26 Hottest Caramel Brown Hair Color Ideas for 2018

Warm, rich caramel is a beautiful shade for brunettes! Some are deeper and some are lighter, but all variations of this color scheme are warm and delicious. Explore these caramel brown hair colors and get ready to try a new hue! From light and sweet to dark and dreamy, the possibilities are endless. Give it a try!

Short Caramel Brown Hair

Picture perfect short layered caramel brown bob
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These sweet caramel brown hair hues on a layered bob could make anyone look picture perfect! You can also add some flirty waves for volume and depth. The light brown shade really comes out nicely with this haircut.

Evening Out Brown Waves

Picture of an evening out waves caramel brown
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We’re in love with these big voluminous shiny brown waves painted by sweet caramel highlights! This style is so adorable on any night out with friends or a date! The dark brown with the highlights really creates an illusion with the waves.

Dashing Caramel Brown Balayage for Olive Skin

Picture of a dashing long caramel brown balayage for olive skin
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Genuine brown is the best hair color for olive skin but any of its shade would also do good. Take note that all skins come in a range of underlying tones, so better consult with your stylist first for the best recommendation. You can tweak the caramel brown hair color to match any skin tone.

Head-Turning Caramel Brown Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Miranda Blancas
Senior Stylist @ Sharon Daniel Salon in Schaumburg, IL

How would you describe this look?

This is a long layered bob in dark brown color with a caramel balayage. My favorite thing is the way the lighter pieces of the balayage make the face-framing layers and shorter layers pop.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For this client, she needs to use a color safe shampoo and conditioner and a protein building product. My personal favorite product is Alterna Caviar Infinite Color Hold Shampoo & Conditioner.

As a leave-in product to rebuild the hair after lightening, I always recommend either at home Olaplex #3 or Alterna Caviar Instant Recovery Protein Cream. It depends on your styling needs or something to bring the layers to life would be great. We used Alterna Perfect Texture Spray as a finishing Spray for some touchable movement here.

For the color, I suggest not going too close to your skin color because it will wash you out. So for this particular client, we kept it darker with a deeper gold tone than originally wanted but added a few brighter pieces away from the face for dimension.

Personally, I always like balayage for a low maintenance look. This is for the college students and busy moms who don’t like the harsh highlight outgrowth lines and don’t have the time to be in the salon every 6-8 weeks getting a big service done but can stop in for a quick toner at 6-8weeks to keep the ends fresh!

Neck Length Hair Caramel Brown and Ashy Silver Tones

Picture of a neck length with ashy tones
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Q&A with style creator, Nelly Cardenas
Stylist @ Topstyles Hair Salon in Oakwood, GA


How would you describe this look?

This look reminds me of warmth meets cool. I love how it goes from this light brown color to this really bright white/silver blonde color. Not too many people combine caramel brown hair with silver tones but this hairstyle looks awesome.

The contrast of caramel brown hair and ashy silver works perfectly with each other. It gives the hair a lot of dimensions because there’s a mix of different shades, it kind of just adds more texture to the hair. This color is also a style that you don’t see too often so it makes you stand out and that’s the best part about it!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice is just to go for it! We can all rock this type of style with the right shade to go with your skin tone.

This does require a little maintenance. We all know ashy shades fade out a little faster so if you want it to stay looking ashy you do have to come back at least every 4-6 weeks to tone it back to the beautiful shade you desire.

Getting your hair done is an investment, so please use the products your stylist suggests for you to use. We suggest this to get you more bang for your buck. Remember color takes time and patience especially for those really bright ends, so please be patient with your stylist.

You build on different levels of lightness over time but it’s achievable and that the end result will turn out AMAZING!

Beautiful Long Loose Caramel Brown Curls

Q&A with style creator, Claire Goodwin
Hair Artist @ Diva Salon Spa in Calgary, AB


How would you describe this look?

This is a more subtle sun-kissed look. I like that it’s very natural and it just looks like you’ve been out in the sun for a bit!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This rich brown color is great for someone who is new to hair coloring. It is a balayage so it is lower maintenance. The nice thing about this is you won’t have to come in to touch up your new hair growth as often.

I would definitely recommend a color conserving shampoo to prevent the color from fading quickly. This is good for darker hair types who are looking to add a little bit of dimension to their hair.

Long Caramel Brown Wavy Hair

Q&A with style creator, Mylena Vittori
Hairstylist / Co-owner @ Meraki Hairdesign in Winterthur, Switzerland


How would you describe this look?

This is a perfect look for this Spring season. The highlights add a fresh nuance to the warm caramel brown tint. The colors tangle smoothly and shine with curly as well as straight hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend it for brunettes with long hair, it keeps them at the top of their game despite not refreshing the color monthly. The warm brown tint gives the look a unique intensity. Since the different shades flatter every color types, people of any complexion can dare this color adventure to be ready for Spring.

Natural Tone on Tone Light and Dark Caramel Brown

natural tone on tone caramel brown hair
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Q&A with style creator, Krystel Waite
Hairdresser / Makeup Artist / Owner @ KDM & Cie. Lab beauté in Sherbrooke, QC


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a natural, tone on tone color that was inspired by rich brown materials like leather and copper. With the textured set, we can feel all the different colors!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is perfect for people who don’t want to go to the salon very often. They can easily keep this color beautiful by using good shampoo and conditioner.

A 1 1/2-inch curling iron is needed to create the curls and, of course, a good thermal protection product is a must!

Caramel Brown Cream Dimensional Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Jessica Scott
Manager / Master Stylist @ Tangles Salon and Spa in Easton, PA


How would you describe this look?

This is a caramel brown cream dimensional balayage!

My favorite thing about this balayage is that she was transitioned from a brassy, heavy highlight into a seamless, dimensional balayage. This look is nice for a lot of people, especially those who cannot make it to the salon every six weeks, because you will not get the growout line that a tradition foil highlight will make. The growout is seamless and will blend right into the natural color.

Another thing I love about this look is that you have the depth of the natural color near the roots, but a nice blonde at the ends. You have the best of both worlds, which is especially appealing to those who change their hair from dark to light often!

Ask your stylist about using Olaplex with your color service! This bond builder will help protect the hair and repair the bonds of the hair as your hair is being colored. It will make your hair feel like butter, I promise!

Any advice for someone considering it?

The maintenance on this balayage can range anywhere from four to seven months, depending on the look you are going for. Anyone can achieve this look and it is a great option for moms, busy working women, and anyone who travels!

Anyone who colors their hair also needs to use good products recommended by their stylist. Why spend the money to get your hair done, but not invest in products to keep it maintained? I recommend using a sulfate -free shampoo and good conditioner, a leave-in conditioner (which is like your daily vitamin for your body, but for your hair), and great styling products like an oil, a smoothing product, or a volume cream!

Subtle, Wearable, and Healthy

Subtle, Wearable, and Healthy hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Arisa
Stylist @ Muse Hair & Beauty Salon in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this look?

I describe this look as subtle, wearable, and healthy. One of my favorite things about this look is that it gives a natural and bubbly look to the client. There is a rich, sleek brown color that combines well with straight hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this look for anyone who has a busy lifestyle and is always on the go. This color is manageable and low maintenance, but still fun looking! The rich caramel brown hair matches best with fair skin tones.

I also recommend using L’Oreal’s Smart Bond Hair Treatment for all hair coloring services as it helps strengthen and gives the hair more resistance after any hair coloring process.

Chocolate Brown Lob with Highlights

Chocolate Brown Lob with Caramel Highlights
Instagram @colorbycoco

Q&A with style creator, Coleen Figiel
Balayage & Blonde Specialist / Owner @ Thairapy Hair Salon in Tannersville, NY


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a rooty chocolate brown lob with caramel highlights.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a great look for someone who is naturally brunette and wants something low maintenance. Since the highlights are teased up before being colored, it allows for a more natural, rooty look that will grow out seamlessly and doesn’t require much upkeep (maybe a refresh every four to six months). The lob is also a great cut for this brown color because it will also grow out very nicely along with the highlights, meaning you only have to get it re-shaped when you go in to touch up your color.

It’s a great cut for someone who doesn’t like to have to do their hair every day because even if you just wash and go, it still looks like you have a “style”. You would want to wash your hair with good quality shampoo and conditioner made for color treated hair and if you don’t feel like doing much else just, throw in some texturizing balm to show off those highlights and the piece-y ends of your textured lob.

Chocolate Balayage Hair

Chocolate Caramel Balayage
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Q&A with style creator, Alex Gagliardi
Master Color Expert @ Hair By Gagz in Roselle, IL


How would you describe this look?

This is a chocolate brown balayage. It reminds me of a Carmello candy bar.

My favorite part about it is the way it blends and the rich colors. Also, I’ve always hated to Balayage in a foil, but I’ve recently found a new way that works for me and I used it here!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I suggest this brown color for anyone who has warmth in their skin or anyone who is more narrow in their chin and jawline (triangle or heart-shaped face) or has a wide or square forehead (square rectangle or round face shape). The darkness at the top can diminish the width or length and the ends being lighter can give the look of a less narrow chin, creating the illusion of the perfect face shape which is oval.

I also think it’s worth mentioning that although it will look good both ways, it will look different straight. It’s great for someone who wants low maintenance because the balayage grows out softly. It is a good option for people with dark hair who want a change but don’t want to be too light!

Balayage and beach waves, in general, are just super trendy right now. You see the combo everywhere! It’s also fun for us colorists because it’s not as uniform and gives us such freedom. The possibilities are endless.

Soft Golden Caramel Brown Hair

Soft Natural Caramel Hair Color

Soft, natural-looking caramel is both beautiful and luscious. Slightly lighter ends and darker lowlights help to give this combo a more natural look. Caramel brown hair that blends well tend to look more natural and beautiful.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin that look great in a range of warm colors also look fabulous in this light caramel brown. Hair that is naturally a lighter brown is the perfect palette for creating this multi-dimensional color.

Tip:

When looking for a stylist to achieve your perfect color, check out their Facebook page, Instagram account and website to see their work before making your appointment. This gives you an idea on what kind of creative color work you can expect.

Peek-a-Boo Caramel Brown Color

Blonde Accents

Rich caramel brown with lighter blonde accents peeking out through the top layer and underneath give this color a fun yet still office-friendly look.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to darker skin wear this shade well. Hair that is a medium to light brunette is a perfect starting point for achieving this color.

Tip:

Be specific about where you want your blondes to peek out. Discuss both the haircut and style you plan on wearing with this color so your stylist can give you just the right amount of peek-a-boos!

Lush Dark Brown

Dark Caramel Hair Color with Texture

Rich, dark brown caramel with oh so subtle lighter pieces give this color style and texture, with or without curls!

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to dark skin that look fabulous in dark burgundy, navy and black wear this hue best, while hair that is naturally dark makes it easy to achieve this color.

Tip:

Giving your hair some curls can brighten up any day and give you a “dressed up” feel. Try different methods and irons when curling hair. Search our tutorial section for more styling ideas!

Caramel Accent Hair in Light Brown

Soft Brown Hair color with Caramel Accents

A soft brown color with added caramel accent highlights brightens the face and is a perfect year-round color scheme!

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Lighter skin look best in this softer color, while hair that is blonde to light brunette is a good starting point for achieving this color.

Tip:

If you are going darker from blonde hair to this rich hue, it is important to ask your stylist for the right shampoo and conditioner to maintain your color. A lot of shampoos will quickly pull fresh color out of previously blonder hair. Sulfate-free, color safe shampoos are a must!

Lightly Caramelized

Dark Brown with Caramel Highlights

Sometimes less really is more. Slightly lighter and caramelized highlights brighten the face and give texture and interest to this curly look.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin that look fabulous in warmer tones wear this color beautifully, while hair that is rich dark brown to light brunette can achieve these gorgeous highlights easily.

Tip:

Don’t overdo these soft highlights! They are meant to be subtle, so talk to your stylist and bring pictures to show how much of the highlights you are looking for.

Glazed Hair Light Caramel Brown Color

Light Brown Color with Warm Caramel Glaze

Light brown with a warm caramel glaze keeps locks looking fresh and beautiful.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin that look great in warmer colors such as yellows, reds and oranges wear this color nicely. Hair that is naturally a lighter brown is the best starting point to achieve this color.

Tip:

Not sure if you’re ready for a permanent hair color? This is a great look to try it out with a demi-permanent color. It will give you shine and glaze over your natural color and will fade off in a few weeks.

Caramel Brown Highlighted Hair

Caramel Highlights on Dark Brown Hair

Soft, flowing caramel brown highlights through a rich, darker tone brown is always in style! Pair it with a classic twist updo and you’re ready for an afternoon party or a night out!

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin that look great in warmer colors wear this shade well. Hair that is healthy and starting at a medium to dark brown is a great base for these rich highlights.

Tip:

When looking to achieve this brown shade, you will only need to ask for a partial highlight. This will bring lightness around your face and through the top of your head, leaving the depth and darkness underneath.

Warm Brown Toffee Hair

Warm Toffee Caramel with Curls Back

Just like a delicious toffee bar, this color is extra sweet! Just the right amount of lightness and depth paired with gorgeous curls will turn heads everywhere you go.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin that look great in blues, greens, and oranges look great in this bright caramel highlight. Hair that is starting at a medium warm brown is the perfect canvas for these face framing highlights.

Tip:

Love her curls? The best curl-staying tip I have is to use a medium hold gel or mousse before blow drying hair. Let your curls cool completely after curling with an iron before you manipulate them, and don’t go over board on the hairspray. That can actually weigh down curls, causing them to fall out!

Light Caramel Brown Perfection

Rich Brown with Caramel Highlights Side

Lighter shades of caramel winding through a rich brown gives you a flattering lightness around your face. Keeping it dark underneath gives serious depth, creating the perfect color combo for half up styles.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin look best in this mutli-dimensional hue, while hair that is starting at a light to medium brown will make it easier to achieve this color.

Tip:

Bringing a picture in to your stylist is one of the best ways to get exactly what you’re looking for. Make sure you discuss what your idea of caramel brown is as it varies sometimes from person to person in regards to exactly how light, dark or warm it can be.

Caramel Brown Sombre’ with Highlights

Easy Caramel Sombre Hair Color

Lightening just the ends of your hair creates a trendy look that is super easy to maintain!

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to light skin wear this color best, while hair that is currently a medium to dark brown is the best base to start with.

Tip:

Be very specific when requesting a ombre type hair color. Bringing in a picture helps your stylist understand how you would like your highlights placed, as well as the target shade. Based on the consultation, they can advise you as to how you can achieve your chosen color.

Ashy Caramel Brown

Ashy caramel

Keeping an ashy brown flowing from scalp to ends gives a richness to your color while being easy to maintain .

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin that tend to wear more light pinks, greens and other pastels wear this color beautifully. Hair that is healthy and naturally or colored light brunette is a good starting point to creating this color.

Tip:

A full head of highlights can be maintained easily by alternating appointments between full and partial highlights. Talk to your stylist to see if this is an option for you!

Caramel Brown and Buttery Blonde, Oh My!

Buttery Blonde and Caramel

A mix of buttery blonde and brown colors that vary in lightness and darkness provides hair with depth and dimension to give you an amazing glow!

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light skin that looks great in creams, yellows and oranges will be stunning in this buttery shade, while hair that is already dark blonde supports this color nicely.

Tip:

Keeping hair slightly darker underneath gives more of a natural look to this blonde. The sun naturally lightens the top layers more than the underneath, but that means they need a little extra TLC too!

Caramelo Brown Color

Caramelo Brown

Rich caramel streaming through chocolaty brown is a fun and easy way to brighten up your hue! Pair this color combo with curls for a stunning finish.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Light to medium skin look fabulous in this warm tone, while hair that is layered around the face gives a great base for the highlights to really frame your face.

Tip:

Adding lots of curls keeps this style looking fresh. Curl most pieces away from your face to open it up, but pick one or two curls to direct towards your face to give it a more modern feel.

Shot of Caramel Brown Hair

Dark Brunette with Pop of Caramel

A rich pop of brown around the face softens this dark hue and keeps you right on trend!

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

Medium to dark skin that look great in warmer colors are perfect for this hue, while hair that is naturally dark brown provides a perfect canvas for these face-framing highlights.

Tip:

Keeping hair shiny and healthy can make your color go from nice to fabulous. Adding a deep conditioning treatment weekly or bi-weekly to your hair regimen makes a huge difference. My favorite is Pravana’s NEVO 60 sec deep treat. In only one minute, hair is soft and shiny!