Caramel highlights are sticking around.
Caramel highlights are one of the most sought-after hair colours ever, mostly because they look good on everyone. Seriously, no matter what your complexion, hair type, or even natural hair colour may be, there’s a way for you to rock caramel hair.
Want to try this look for yourself, but feeling a little indecisive about which hue to go for? Well, luckily for you, the versatility of caramel hair tones are endless; ranging from all-over colour to ombre, highlights and balayage.
12 caramel hair ideas to consider for your next colour
Looking for a simple way to give your mane an uplifting change? Then hand-painted caramel babylights are a great way to switch up your hair, while maintaining your base colour. These fine caramel highlights add warmth and depth to darker tones and look really natural. Credit: @hairartistrybm
2. Face framing highlights
The placement of highlights can have more of an effect than you might think. If you have a long face, add highlights around your hairline to frame and accentuate your facial features, just like this lovely lady.
Editor’s tip: Whether you choose an allover caramel tint or highlights, it’s important to use products that are going to help take care of your colour. The TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Shampoo and Conditioner boast a rosemary and nutri-oil formula to keep your colour luminous between salon visits.
3. Warm ribbons
Wondering if a caramel hair colour will suit your skin tone? Getting ribbons of warm caramel highlights done throughout your mane is an ideal way for those with mid-tan complexions to try this flattering shade. Credit: @prissyhippiebeautyshop
4. Fresh highlights and balayage
Balayage hair is just like traditional highlights, except they start further down from the roots and are less uniform than classic highlights. Instead, your stylist will place the colour from approximately a quarter or mid-way down the hair shaft, depending on your desired finish.
This colour technique helps to achieve brown hair with caramel highlights in a more low-maintenance way, as regrowth is less of an issue. Credit: @trichologybyma
5. Subtle undertones
New to colouring your hair or just prefer a more understated style? With caramel brown hair at the tips, this soft and subtle colour shows that sometimes you don’t need to go wild with the colour to make a big difference. Credit: @sabrina.r.s
6. Subtle dip-dye on curly hair
How fantastic does this light dip-dye look on curly hair? Pretty amazing we think. This warm brown hue has only slightly been lightened at the very tips, giving a naturally sun-kissed effect that seriously freshens up this curly ‘do. Credit: @emmachenartistry
Editor’s tip: If you’re using heat on your hair regularly, you should be using heat protect anyway but especially so if it’s coloured.
The TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Heat Protection Mist contains a UV filter and up to 230 degrees heat protection, to reduce the chance of colour fade and bring out shine.
7. Straight caramel hair
Looking for a way to add a little more pizzazz to straight hair? Caramel highlights will do just the trick, taking your colour from flat to fab without you even needing to style it. Credit: @amberraynart
8. Red to caramel colour melt
The shier sister of ombre, colour melting is a softer take on the graduated colour look. Cutting out any harsh lines so that one colour flows seamlessly into the other, it gives the hair a “melted” effect. Credit: @loco1805
Editor’s tip: We love a mask and the TRESemmé Biotin + Repair 7 Intensive Mask is great for coloured hair. It repairs 7 different signs of damage, including bleaching and colouring, making it the perfect product to use following any colour treatment.
9. Light ash caramel
10. Rich highlights
This rich hue is great for the brunette who loves their colour but wants to give it a new lease of life. As you can see here, curling your hair will really help to bring out the different tones running through the lengths. Credit: @beautyfied_by_josie
11. Soft caramel
Got a sweet tooth? This all-over caramel blend has got us swooning — and with the Jane Birkin bangs and Farrah Fawcett waves, it’s very appropriate for this season’s ’70s revival. Credit: @michaelgeorgehair
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12. Autumn blends
Thinking of going a bit darker as we head into A/W? This blend of rust and golden caramel highlights creates an earthy, autumnal feel that’s perfect for transitioning through the seasons in style. Credit: @pk_hair