39 Sweetest Caramel Highlights on Brown Hair

Avery Hunt
Avery Hunt Hair Colorist

Caramel highlights on brown hair might be just the thing for you to kick your brunette hair up a notch! They look great and add definition to layers and curls, lighten your overall color, and add soft warmth to your look. You can go bold, soft, subtle, or ombre’ to add that “special something” to your color.

Brunettes, don’t fret; with all of the caramel options you have, your locks will never look the same. Go dark and rich, lighter and creamy, or multi-tonal. Depth and lightness are not your only options either! Concentrate those gorgeous highlights around your face in a soft ombre’, or go through.

Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of popular caramel highlights on brown hair.


#1: Brown Hair with Subtle Caramel Highlights

There’s always something about the subtle and natural-looking balayage that’s captivating. Take it from this dark hair with caramel highlights! A shoulder-length cut plus loose curls feel so right for this shade!

This look has a chocolate brown base color with naturally placed caramel highlights.

#2: Medium Dark Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Medium dark brown hair with caramel highlights can provide depth and warmth for brunettes wanting a caramel hair color. Caramel brown highlights for dark brown hair are great for warm, olive, and neutral skin tones. This style is a lovely mix of caramel highlights, brown hair, and big wavy waves.

#3: Chestnut Brown Pixie Hair with Caramel Highlights

A chestnut brown pixie hair with caramel highlight is an effortless look for women who want added dimensions to their short-length tresses. These caramelized hues will play up a sassy pixie beautifully.

Ash blonde balayage on caramel hair
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#4: Ash Blonde Balayage on Caramel Hair

Ash blonde balayage on caramel hair is a popular option for women looking for a low-maintenance hairstyle. Finish the look with beachy waves and glimmery highlights hitting your hair where the sun naturally would.

Caramel Hues for Cinnamon Blonde Hair
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#5: Caramel Hues for Cinnamon Blonde Hair

Caramel hues for cinnamon blonde hair give the perfect amount of highlights and dimension. Ask your colorist for a dimensional balayage and copper color melt to get this color.

Rose gold and caramel highlights
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#6: Rose Gold and Caramel Highlights

Rose gold and caramel highlights look stunning on a naturally darker, reddish hair hue. Added caramel highlights on dark hair are a great way to brighten your natural roots. Adding in a different shadow root and some streaks with a brighter rose gold helps achieve a well-blended grow out and dimension.

Light brown hair with highlights
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#7: Light Brown Hair with Highlights

Light brown hair with highlights is the go-to hair hue if you want to alter your hair while keeping it under low maintenance. Using a free-hand painting technique, your stylist can create ribbons of honey and caramel blonde highlights on light brown hair to add an equal balance of brightness and dimension.

Natural looking brown hair with caramel highlights
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#8: Dark Brown and Caramel Blonde Highlights

This caramel bronde balayage coloring shows a natural-looking hair color. I do balayage highlights with almost all clients. Caramel highlights on dark brown hair are a great way to go lighter without highlighting the whole head with the traditional foil highlight look. It’s also much more modern.

I recommend this brown and blonde balayage hair for clients looking for natural-looking hair color with natural-looking sun-kissed highlights. This is great for a woman who is looking for lower maintenance highlights. Typically, ladies that get balayage only get their hair highlighted every 3-5 months, depending on how fast their hair grows.

#9: Lived-In Beachy Dark To Light Brown Caramel Hair

“I consider this caramel brown hair to be a lived-in beachy look. I love the multi-dimensional tones of caramel and how soft it is from roots to ends. In this case, the highlights are low-maintenance,” says stylist and color technician Lindsey Flavell of England.

“Be prepared to get your roots touched up every six to eight weeks,” says Flavell. “At that appointment, I would refresh the ends with a toner. I suggest she return every 4 to 6 months to refresh her hair highlights.”

She adds, “I feel this brown balayage hair is for everyone. The soft and beachy look is on-trend at the moment, so this is perfect for any brunette wanting to add more to their current look.”

Sun-Kissed Caramel Halo Highlights on Dark Brown Hair
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#10: Sun-Kissed Caramel Halo Highlights on Brown Hair

“I love this dark brown hair with caramel highlights because it’s so soft and subtle that it almost looks natural,” says hairstylist Kristen Lockhart of Chino, CA.

“I love the balayage technique. However, it’s not for everyone,” she explains. “This was a lot of painting on top of the hair, which looks wonderful straight, but the curl shows off that natural lowlight from underneath. Consider styling these natural-looking caramel highlights with some texture.”

#11: Pick Me Up Caramel Hairstyle for Thin Locks

These highlights on darker hair were created by hairstylist Lichelle Townsend of Monroe, MI. “It’s something subtle yet noticeable to feel like you changed your look but didn’t go too crazy,” says Townsend.

Townsend notes that highlights on brunette hair aren’t for everyone, “but when done right to get them to blend naturally with the hair, anyone can rock them! There are different techniques to make the highlights naturally grow out beautifully so you don’t have to get them touched up every month if you are on a budget.”

As for products, she likes Miracle 20 by Matrix because “it’s not too heavy, but leaves the hair super soft and hydrated.” She adds, “If your hair is very damaged, I would not recommend highlights as they would be more damaging.”

#12: Soft Caramel Brown Highlights on a Brown Bob

This short textured bob with caramel hues was created by stylist and colorist Gladis Contreras of Corona, CA.

“My preference for toning natural brunettes is to keep the rich caramel tone not far from the natural level,” says Contreras. “Although it’s perfect for brown locks, these highlights can also work for black hair.”

The best part is that the maintenance for this dark brown and caramel hair is very low. Seven to eight weeks is the perfect time to pre-book for a haircut and toner. The lightening process is not needed at every visit, but every other visit for a full process.

If you are considering a soft caramel balayage, Contreras recommends asking yourself if you’re ready to do your part to care for your hair in between salon visits.

Caramel Highlights Swirled On Dark Brown Hair
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#13: Caramel Highlights Swirled On Brown Hair

These caramel accents on a dark mane look soft and subtle. “It’s classy and sassy with a pop of color,” says salon owner and head stylist Cathy Korbis of Canada.

Korbis used Wella hair color, Oligo Professional bleach, and Olaplex for healthy processing and healthy hair.

“Such highlights for brown hair are easy to maintain, especially for women that don’t color their hair often. The caramel swirl on brown hair color is a perfect blend of natural with a pop of rich tone. A few babylights add softness, making it perfect for any brunette,” she adds.

Subtle Bronde Dimension for Brunettes
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#14: Subtle Bronde Dimension for Brunettes

This caramel with blonde highlights is a chic hair trend with a subtle dimension that appears effortless. Salon owner and stylist Heather Guderian of Covington, LA, created it.

“This color has lighter shades that look amazing with soft waves,” says Guderian. “I recommend a 1 1/-inch curling iron and Redken Control Addict for curling. After curling, pull your fingers through the curls with a little Redken Diamond Oil.”

#15: Beachy Caramel Balayage on Dark Hair

“Achieve this medium brown hair with highlights by opting for a beachy caramel balayage,” says salon owner and hairdresser Steph Symes of Inverell, NSW.

The beachy waves bring the whole look together. This look is very versatile, and you can wear it anywhere.

Symes says, “This color is a great way to transition from a dark brown into a lighter shade without too much effort and maintenance. It breaks up color without too much change.”

Dark Brown to Light Ombre Highlights for Dark Hair
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#16: Dark Brown to Light Ombre Highlights for Dark Hair

These long locks’ luscious caramel and honey-blonde hues are very dimensional and soft. They were created by advanced stylist Talia Stone of Springfield, MO.

“These highlights for dark hair create a lot of dimensions which in turn creates more depth and a thicker appearance,” says Stone. “This is great for women looking to enhance their fine texture.”

This color is ideal for women who want a lower maintenance color because you’re not committed to being in the salon chair every six to eight weeks getting retouched. The blonde is carefully placed just far enough off the scalp to grow effortlessly without any noticeable outgrowth.

#17: Mocha Brown Hair with Copper and Caramel Highlights

This mocha brown hair with copper and caramel highlights includes multiple warm tones. They were created by hair designer Michelle Lambert of Levittown, NY.

“Any woman that wants low-maintenance hair color and style is the perfect candidate for this look,” explains Lambert. “I made her base color match the same level as her natural color and added mocha to warm up her natural color. We utilized her existing highlights by adding copper lowlights and toning the rest with a caramel shade.”

She adds, “Here, I utilized the natural wave by spraying Redken Fashion Waves on damp hair before blow-drying. After the hair was dry, I loosely curled the front and top layers with a 1-inch curling iron, finishing with a spray of Redken Wax Blast.”

Natural Caramel Highlights Blend with Soft Curls
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#18: Natural Caramel Highlights Blend with Soft Curls

This is dark brown hair with caramel highlights on a mid-length haircut with bangs.

“This shade is low-maintenance, warm, and natural. I️ love that this look has contrast and depth but is still such a natural blend,” says stylist and salon owner Kellie Hatch of Show Low, AZ.

“Too much dark or too much light can sometimes wash out a girl’s skin tone,” says Hatch. “Staying close to their natural base color with some pops of a lighter tone that is two to three shades lighter can balance everything out.”

She explains, “I️ can touch up regrowth/grey coverage for several months before touching the highlights. The warm tones in this color work best on women with medium-colored skin.”

Lovely Light Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights
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#19: Lovely Light Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Go above and beyond with these caramel blonde lush waves on brunette hair. An enticing trick to make it more interesting is the addition of these delicious caramel highlights that can accentuate and brighten the waves.

#20: Warm Foilayage Hair with Highlights

This caramel foilayage on a dark base was created on a woman with virgin hair by hairstylist Leanna Matthews of Canada. “It’s a soft look that I blended with a hand painting technique rather than straight-up highlights in foil,” she notes.

To maintain this color, Matthews recommends coming in every two months to refresh the caramel with a toning service. “This is a great way to renew your look without paying the cost of an entire foilayage. Another option is to bring the caramel tones up higher with a partial foilayage/balayage after the new growth becomes too long,” she adds.

Whether you have skinny or thick hair, this color would be gorgeous on women with golden undertones in their skin. It’s all about placement and how light or dark you choose for those caramel accents.

Caramel Highlights on Brown Curl Hair
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#21: Caramel Highlights on Brown Curly Hair

These caramel highlights on brown curly hair are straight-up hot! Why go plain and dull when you can have a bold hair transformation? Style your long curls with texture, and flaunt a bouncy, fuller-looking hairstyle.

Creamy Caramel Highlights on Short Hair
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#22: Creamy Caramel Highlights on Short Hair

These creamy caramel highlights on short hair look so fun and chic! The combo of dark-rooted babylights and balayage truly adds effortless dimension.

#23: Long and Straight Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Waist-length strands catch attention but don’t stop making a great impression from there, so try this dark brown hair with highlights. The brown hue with caramel highlights on straight hair appears beautiful—guaranteed! Bring out more long layers to add details to the ends and tips.

#24: Mousy Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights and Beachy Waves

It’s mousy brown hair with caramel highlights to flatter your olive skin tone. The sun-kissed and caramel color melt effects take a few sessions, yet its dreamy result won’t bother you. Incorporate voluminous waves to class up your long v-cut.

Hints of Caramel Color and Golden Blonde Hue on Light Brown Hair
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#25: Hints of Caramel Color and Golden Blonde Hue on Light Brown Hair

Here’s a drizzle of a caramel hue plus golden blonde highlights for your next hair transformation! The caramel golden highlights on light brown hair appear to absolutely shimmer. Please don’t waste the gorgeousness of these tones, so match them with a medium-length chop and waves.

“The hair color in this long, layered bob haircut has a natural movement and flow accented with a rich dimension,” says hairstylist Alison Kraus of Okemos, MI.

“Working with her natural brunette color, I enhanced it using a demi-permanent color to create a rich chocolate brown with no grow-out,” she explains. “Then, I added some fun balayage pieces to give her many different styling options, which will also give her many different looks with this color.”

It’s a perfect subtle change for a woman just starting their color journey or even a long-time color guest wanting something new!

#26: Warm Caramel Highlights on Short Brown Hair

Two-toned hair colors like this caramel mane are receiving all the rave and reviews.

Brown Balayage Hair with Caramel Highlights and Lowlights
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#27: Brown Balayage Hair with Caramel Highlights and Lowlights

Spice up your dark brown locks with this mix of highlights and lowlights. You can explore and experiment with different coloring methods with this hair length.

Caramel Highlights on Chocolate Brown Hair
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#28: Highlights on Chocolate Brown Hair

Naturally, sun-kissed is how I would describe this warm caramel balayage on chocolate brown hair. This look expresses a natural beachy glow, from its loose beachy waves to its pops of color. When I picture this chocolate and caramel hair, I think anyone can rock it! Another bonus to this chocolate hair with caramel highlights is the natural roots which minimize the visits for maintenance. Therefore, your color can last for months without returning for touch-ups.

Light Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights
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#29: Light Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Don’t be afraid to pull off this stylish light brown hair with caramel highlights. Its warm hue will flatter your light skin tone while framing your face.  To your long mane, and bring out the volume.

#30: Caramel Balayage Highlights

Gorgeous is just one of the countless words to describe this light caramel balayage hair. Have fun incorporating these eye-catching caramel balayage highlights into your long tresses. And you know what style suits this the best? Loose curls will uplift its glam, for sure!

Medium Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights
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#31: Medium Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Try brightening up your medium brown hair with caramel highlights! You can’t deny how this trend screams glamour. Opt for caramel babylights to achieve a softer and more natural-looking dimension.

#32: Caramel Ombre

Do you ever like to try a new hair color for your long, dense mane without too much commitment? No worries—the prettiest caramel ombre is here!

“The technique allowed me to correct the natural cross-fading shades between the roots and hair in this look. I used these colors to provide brightness and volume and hide her damaged hair,” says stylist Nicoleta Popa of Romania.

Popa recommends these carmel highlights for women with a smaller height, hair volume problems, or an unsatisfying history of dye jobs. She adds, “The waves will look good on women with medium-length to long hair, too.”

#33: Burgundy and Caramel Highlights

These burgundy and caramel highlights will brighten your dark locks in a flirty way. Note the chic dimensional effect in this balayage. Grant your mid-length chop some soft waves to complete your total babe look!

Dark Caramel highlights on Black Base Color
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#34: Dark Caramel Highlights on Black Base Color

These dark caramel highlights appear stunning, and you won’t resist getting them. Notice how glossy these brown and caramel highlights turn out when done on a black base color. Boost its shine by styling your lengthy mane with beach waves for smooth movement and volume.

Light Caramel Highlights
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#35: Light Caramel Highlights

The idea of partial light caramel highlights with a balayage method is genius. So, what now? Grow your thin hair long, then bring loose waves to channel your inner beach babe.

#36: Red and Caramel Highlights

Pops of red and caramel highlights with lowlights never fail to create a trend that’s on fire with glam—blessed with long tresses. This dimensional look will work best on your hair length, spiced up with beachy waves.

#37: Blonde and Caramel Highlights

Are you wanting a full-bodied and beautiful dimensional look? Caramel tones won’t let you down. These trendy blonde and caramel highlights add texture to a lengthy mane. Soft waves for a subtle movement won’t hurt the entire style, so go for it.

Auburn and Caramel Highlights
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#38: Auburn and Caramel Highlights

The tonal variations in this auburn caramel hair are on point, making the dimension look flawless. Achieve this stunning look by getting auburn and caramel highlights. It’s an excellent balayage to jazz up your long, wavy locks.

Face-Framing Chunky Caramel Highlights
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#39: Face-Framing Chunky Caramel Highlights

Achievable with chunky caramel highlights, this unique look offers a face-framing effect. So what are you waiting for? Bring back the ’90s trend as you pair your caramel face-framing highlights with a wavy shoulder-grazing chop.