31 Hottest Caramel Brown Hair Color Ideas of 2023

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Caramel brown hair is a warm blend of brown and golden blonde hair color shades. 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. Here are the best caramel brown hair color ideas:

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#1: Long Caramel Brown Wavy Hair

This is a perfect hairstyle 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. I recommend it for brunettes with long hair. It keeps you at the top of your game despite not refreshing the color monthly. The warm brown tint gives the look a unique intensity. Since the different shades flatter every color type, any complexion can dare this color adventure.

Dimensional Caramel Balayage on Brown Hair
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#2: Dimensional Caramel Balayage on Brown Hair

Caramel balayage added to your brown hair is the perfect color combination. Balayage is a color technique, where lighter pieces are hand-painted in your hair to create soft and natural ribbons of color. Caramel is my favorite color to create on dark hair. It’s rich, soft, and natural looking.

#3: Beautifully Blended with Dark Roots

Ask for beautifully blended caramel brown with dark roots for your next hair color. Dyeing your hair dark doesn’t have to look stark and allows the illusion of soft grown-out color. Always ask your stylist if a caramel tone would be right for you.

Picture of a dashing long caramel brown balayage for olive skin
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#4: Dashing Caramel Brown Balayage for Olive Skin

Genuine brown is the best hair color for olive skin, but any shade will also look good. Take note that all skin tones come in a range of underlying tones, so you better consult with your stylist first for the best recommendation. You can tweak the shade of caramel brown hair color to match your skin tone.

Sexy Golden Caramel Brown Hair
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#5: Sexy Golden Caramel Brown Hair

If you have really long and thick hair, ask your stylist to achieve a look that helps you look sun-kissed and more natural. The nice thing about this style is it’s very low-maintenance and very well blended. For a caramel brown hairstyle, you need to know that you will be working with a warmer palette. Warmer palettes have a better grow-out because you do not need to maintain and tone as soon as you would for an ashier blonde to cancel out brassy tones. Overall, this cut and color can be flattering and the simplicity and dimension will make you stand out in a crowd.

#6: Stunning Short Caramel Brown Hair

These sweet caramel brown hair hues on a layered bob could make you 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.

#7: Evening Out Brown Waves

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

#8: Stunning Dark Brown with Caramel Brown Highlights

These caramel brown highlights are a natural, sun-kissed balayage. The best thing about this look is that it’s amazing if you have never tried color and want to give it a shot without gambling too much! It’s also perfect if you want minimal upkeep!

You can have any length, texture, or thickness in your hair. In fact, if you have fine hair you might find that a color like this can give you depth and dimension! Some key points here are to make sure your stylist has been trained in balayage! Take a peek at their Instagram or the salon’s website and then trust your stylist. Ask them about a heat protectant if you aren’t already using one (and use a good one), as this will keep your ends healthy and your color bright!

Peek-a-Boo Caramel Brown Color
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#9: Peek-a-Boo Caramel Brown Color

Go for a dark brunette lob (aka long bob) with a splash and blends of nutmeg and caramel brown tones. It’s a very classy but edgy haircut with lots of movement, volume, and texture. The best ting about this particular style is that it isn’t just your regular bob, it’s shorter in the back with longer layered pieces in the front. It can be worn down straightened, curled, waved, or even up in a “half up half down” pony or messy bun – a very popular style for today’s younger women!

If you’re a young chick with an edgy style or even just a mom that doesn’t want a lot of hair to deal with while the kiddos are running around, or even if you just love short hairstyles on yourself, this is the style for you!

#10: Head-Turning Caramel Brown Highlights

This is a long layered bob paired with a dark brown color and a caramel brown balayage. My favorite thing is the way the lighter pieces of the balayage make the face-framing layers and shorter layers pop. For the color, I suggest not going too close to your skin color because it will wash you out.

Neck-Length Hair Caramel Brown and Ashy Silver Tones
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#11: Neck-Length Hair Caramel Brown and Ashy Silver Tones

This look reminds me of warmth meets cool. I love how it goes from a light brown color to a really bright white/silver blonde hair color. Not too many women combine caramel brown hair with silver tones but this hairstyle looks awesome. The contrast of caramel brown hues and ashy silver works perfectly with each other. It gives your hair a lot of dimensions because there’s a mix of different shades, it kind of just adds more texture to your 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!

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!

#12: Beautiful Long Loose Caramel Brown Curls

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! This rich brown color is great if you are new to hair coloring. It’s a balayage so it’s 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.

natural tone on tone caramel brown hair
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#13: Natural Tone on Tone Light and Dark Caramel Brown

Try 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! This look is perfect if you don’t want to go to the salon very often. You can easily keep your 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!

#14: Caramel Brown Cream Dimensional Balayage

Try a caramel brown hair color with creamy dimensional balayage! My favorite thing about this balayage is that it was transitioned from a brassy, heavy highlight into a seamless, dimensional balayage. You have the depth of your natural color near the roots, but a nice blonde at your ends. You have the best of both worlds, which is especially appealing if you change your hair from dark to light often!

Ask your stylist about using Olaplex with your color service! This bond builder will help protect your hair and repair the bonds of your hair as it’s being colored. It will make your hair feel like butter, I promise! The maintenance on this balayage can range anywhere from four to seven months, depending on the look you are going for.

subtle caramel and brown hair
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#15: Subtle Caramel and Brown

Subtle caramel and brown hair is wearable and healthy. It gives a natural and bubbly look and it’s a rich, sleek brown color that combines well with straighter hair. This color is manageable and low-maintenance, but still fun-looking! The rich caramel brown hair matches best with fair skin tones. Try using L’Oreal’s Smart Bond Hair Treatment for all your hair coloring services as it helps strengthen and gives your hair more resistance after any hair coloring process.

Yummy Chocolate Brown Lob with Highlights
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#16: Yummy Chocolate Brown Lob with Highlights

Consider a rooty chocolate brown lob with caramel brown highlights. This is a great look if you are naturally brunette and want 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. The lob is also a great cut for a brown color because it will also grow out very nicely, meaning you only have to get it re-shaped when you go in to touch up your color.

It’s a great cut if you don’t like to have to do your 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 your highlights and the piece-y ends of your textured lob.

Yummy Chocolate Caramel Balayage
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#17: Yummy Chocolate Balayage Hair

Opt for a chocolate caramel balayage. It reminds me of a Carmello candy bar. I suggest a brown color if you have warmth in your skin or you’re more narrow in your 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 that although it will look good both ways, it will look different straight. It’s great if you want low maintenance because the balayage grows out softly. It’s a good option if you have dark hair and want a change, but don’t want to be too light!

#18: Soft Golden Caramel Brown

Caramel highlights are definitely one of my favorite looks. It gives your hair a warm glow with depth and contrast.  A long layered cut is perfect for you, as it gives you movement and texture. This color complements the dimensions of highs and lows for a warm and bold look. Being a brunette is just as fun as being a blonde. Caramel colors go perfectly well with any hair type. A brown base frames the caramel shades, making it a sort of an active lowlight that accentuates the brown hair. Long-haired and short-haired girls should try caramel highlights on brown hair or a caramel hair color in general, at least once. The results will exceed all expectations.

#19: Amazing Dark Caramel Brown

When you’re blessed with a natural black base, a little balayage will be great! With teasylights and babylights of a dark caramel brown hue, the result is so stylish. Spread the right amount of hair oil on your long, wavy locks to secure a glossy finish.

#20: Lush Dark Brown with Light Caramel

Chocolate-y goodness is now infused into your favorite cut. Get glitz and glam with light caramel brown highlights for brunettes partnered with a soft cut that makes you look fresh!

#21: Caramel Accent in Light Brown Hair

Get tangled into sporting golden brown and caramel locks as lighter accents get paired with your blonde-brunette main! You are sure to leave everyone breathless with stunning results.

Lightly Caramelized
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#22: Lightly Caramelized

If going for a relaxed and more calming vibe for your new look, this mid-length hairstyle will do the trick! Locks are lightly caramelized to create a balayage finish that’s a trendsetter. Complete your look with subtle waves, and let your innate texture add flair to it.

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#23 Warm Caramel Brown

The search for a brighter and golden trend is on! Paint shades of warm caramel brown to your lengthy locks, and see the stunning result. Spruce up your everyday look with its sun-kissed tone that works well with curls and waves.

#24: Trendy Caramel Brown Highlights

Try a color that’s overflowing with stylishness. Fine streaks of caramel brown highlights give your mane a subtle brightness. And, trust me—these will do well at enhancing the fullness of your dark, mid-length hair.

#25: Wearable Caramel Brown Highlights on Short Hair

Pull off a dimensional look that fits your natural brunette locks! Amp up your presence by wearing caramel brown highlights on your short hair. Layers plus your innate waves and texture will work well, giving you the best volume for your look.

#26: Gorgeous Light Caramel Brown

It’s so stunning to see a light caramel brown balayage on soft but voluminous waves. To maintain its beauty, keeping your long and dense hair healthy is essential.

Lovely Ash Caramel Brown
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#27: Lovely Ash Caramel Brown

Who’s obsessed with this lovely ash caramel brown, too? The highlights and babylights made by balayage create a gorgeous dimension. If you have a straight and long layered mane, the ash brown tones secure your look and extra texture.

Caramel Brown and Buttery Blonde
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#28: Caramel Brown and Buttery Blonde

What could be more eye-catching than a shoulder-grazing bob with a chic balayage? Pretty in lob, these are the stunning shades of caramel brown and buttery blonde. Give an extra pop to your look by styling it with classy waves.

Deep Caramel Brown
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#29: Deep Caramel Brown

The secret to a delicious-looking shade of a deep caramel brown relies on its richness. This is the kind of balayage that works great with oil to add shine to your long, wavy hairstyle.

I recommend this style to women who already have a bit of wavy or curly hair, or who are ready to style their hair in the morning. Quick waves are the easiest way to style this. You should blow-dry your hair with styling mousse or some gel-type product, and always use the iron spray when you use styling tools. I think that this kind of style is best if you have a round shape, diamond, or heart-shaped face.

Low-Maintenance Caramel Brown Ombre
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#30: Low-Maintenance Caramel Brown Ombre

The subtle effect of the color melt makes this trend breathtaking. Medium-length tresses have never been this superb, thanks to the caramel brown ombre! Pair this balayage with soft waves to create more body and a softer touch to your appearance. My favorite thing is the color – it’s perfect. It’s that easy, lived-in lightness that makes a girl glow. It really gives you that natural look without trying too hard. It’s easy to maintain and, with the length of the cut, keeps a curl for much longer.

Keeping up with the tone and layers for this style is going to be key. The toner is going to keep your color fresh and healthy, and the layers are going to keep the body and movement in your hair. Always get trims and treatments with lightening as well – it’s so important!

#31: Sweet Caramel Brown Hair with Honey Highlights

Try a striking caramel brown with honey highlights. Looking best on your medium wavy locks, this trend makes a statement piece. With a shadow root, you’ll love how easy to maintain this balayage is. My favorite thing about this look is the color dimension. It’s a very natural melted look. It has a lot of rich tones and shine using our favorite line Goldwell! I feel like this is a pretty easy look and color for most clients.

It’s not much maintenance after your first initial service. A simple touch upon your regrowth/and or just a refresh on your toner to give it shine. Every 4-6 weeks is recommended. This haircut is very easy to work with for almost any hair type you may have. Long layers give your hair a nice shape but also leave your hair feeling full (for medium to thick hair).

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