These Are This Year’s 17 Hottest Caramel Hair Color Ideas

Deliciously enticing, a caramel hair color is a sun-kissed, buttery shade that never goes out of fashion. The incredible warmth radiated by its golden undertones is one of the multiple reasons why it’s loved by expert stylists and celebrities alike!

Caramel hues hit the perfect balance between the rich shades of red, blonde, and brunette and possess a bit of each, showing an impeccable mix of everything under different kinds of light. It’s essentially used for its brightening effect and its amazing ability to create a multidimensional color especially when it’s against a rich, dark base.

Deep, olive skins, as well as fair complexions with cool undertones, are best complemented by warm caramel shades. Maintenance depends on how you’ll wear this glamorous color, and remarkably, there are lots to choose from!

This up-to-date collection of caramel hair colors are made to inspire you on how to rock this sweet, beachy shade any time of the year!

Golden Caramel Hair Color

Golden Caramel
Instagram @suzycolorist

Goldilocks would be envious of these long loose curls that are made more luscious by these rich blonde balayaged strands.

Honey Color

Honey Caramel
Instagram @samantha_hairdesign

Stun everyone everywhere you go with the dimension and body that huge, easy waves on medium length hair gives you when highlighted by honey pieces.

Creamy Caramel Strands

Creamy Caramel Strands
Instagram @hairbyabbyhelms

Spice up a shoulder-length hair with effortless beach waves for that magnificent deep and dimensional look!

Chocolate Hair Color

Chocolate Caramel
Instagram @strangestylez

Mesmerizing sleek curls fit for any event from your local coffee shop run to a casual date night.

Ash Brown Balayage

Ash Caramel Balayage
Instagram @chiyukihair

A cozy contrast between dark and blonde strands – this faded version of toffee hues on beach waves are giving us goosebumps for its softness and impressive allure!

Brown with Blonde Highlights

Brown Caramel with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @hairartistrybyjordinh_

On this medium, layered hair is a captivating contrast of intertwined platinum and hazel strands that result in a contemporary, edgy look!

Warm Caramel Blonde

Warm Caramel Blonde
Instagram @hair.by_laurenn

A bright mellow shade to lighten your waves, this hue’s a real show-stopper! Own sun-kissed tresses that look adorable all year round!

Black Hair with Highlights

Black Hair with caramel highlights
Instagram @jillianmariebeauty

Become a dimensional brunette with sweet honey swirls in between your tresses! It’s a total lowkey look that doesn’t require too much maintenance!

Dark Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights
Instagram @_locksbylexa_

A straightforward option if you’re looking to brighten up your chocolate locks and add effortless dimension – this high contrast mane is a sexy trend to try out this season.

Light Brunette

Light Caramel
Instagram @hairby_prattana

In between blonde and brunette, this soft golden mane is the way to go for unparalleled definition and glow. It’s a natural shade that will make you obsessed with the new you!

Toffee Shades

Toffee Caramel
Instagram @n.m_hair

The magic that a balayage plus babylights can do – this multi-tonal and dimensional soft mane is perfect for ladies who want so much versatility when it comes to styling.

Brown Balayage

Caramel Brown Balayage
Instagram @glenhew

Q&A with style creator, Glen Hew
Hair Artist / Education Director @ Nekderx Hair Academy in Selangor, Malaysia

How would you describe this look?

I did a balayage ombré on top of my client’s natural hair color (dark brown) to create a multi-dimension effect of highlight with caramel. The best part about it was that the client can maintain their natural hair color while looking trendy and fresh.

Caramel color is different with from others where it last more longer, and with the balayage ombré technique, the client will still look good even after new roots grow and come out after a few months. This technique also requires a wavy kind of styling and hair that is layered to create more dimension and silhouette.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is suitable for natural or colored hair – from black, brown to light brown. With the balayage face framing technique, you can customize your client’s caramel hair color effect according to their face shape and skin tone.

This caramel hair color is suitable for a client who wants something that lasts more longer and is always on the go (long vacation) under the sun, on the beach, and etc. The only things client need to consider is the products to maintain the look like a beach wave spray, a leave-in conditioner, and natural hair oils.

Gorgeous Balayage

Gorgeous Caramel Balayage
Instagram @theladymisst

Q&A with style creator, Theresa Hardy
Salon Manager / Master Stylist @ Salon Millennium at Midtown in Tallahassee, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look was actually created by a color correction. This guest was a natural level 3 and had wanted to be lighter and brighter but her previous stylist had simply done an all over bleach. The guest wasn’t happy with the brassy, grow out so she put a box of “red” at home color on herself.

First, we took off about 5 inches of hair and did a color extractor to get rid of some of the red. Then I balayaged highlights and lowlights throughout her entire head to give her the depth and dimension her hair was missing.

By wanting to keep it low maintenance, we did a subtle shadow at the root and kept the tone in the warmer and richer caramel family.

The great thing about this look is how well it will work with her busy lifestyle all while looking fresh and fun!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This process took a total of 4 1/2 hours. I made sure to use Olaplex every step of the way to help maintain the integrity of her hair. So, I would plan for setting aside a good amount of time for this appointment. Also, this look will last you about 4 – 6 months with minimal maintenance of trims, glosses, and treatments in between.

Light Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Light Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights
Instagram @sophsoph_luxe

Q&A with style creator, Sophie Henderson
Senior Stylist @ LUXE Concept Salon in Chatswood, NSW


How would you describe this look?

I really like this look because of the softness of the color! Balayage is a low maintenance and effortless color – once you have your color done, it can be maintained for months afterward with toners (given the right home care) and you don’t have to worry about being back in the salon every 5-8 weeks to top up your regrowth.

I think caramel tones are really popular because they suit a broader range of root/base colors – especially on people with darker hair. Caramel hair color allows for a really nice subtle variation, and warmer tones reflect the light more – so the hair looks healthy and shiny (in comparison to some other colors – ash tones, for example).

I kept the cut really simple to complement the color – I cut it dry to give more texture to it. Because this client has a longer face, I kept the fringe/bangs longer to widen the feature points where I lightened it.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Balayage is great for people who want a low maintenance color – however, the first appointment is often a big one. It’s a great color that can be personalized for your hair and face shape. The products the stylist/colorist recommends in the salon are the best to ensure the longevity of the color – brands like Olaplex, Davines, Kerastase are great to maintain the hair condition and keep your color lasting longer.

Dark to Light Caramel Ombre

Dark to Light Caramel Ombre
Instagram @hairlust__

Q&A with style creator, Rhiana Cielonko
Stylist @ V A I N Austin Hair Salon in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as “All the Golden Tones” – a nice golden caramel hair color, transitioned into a creamy blonde with a slight gold undertone.

The best thing about this is how warmth can be present in the hair and not be too harsh or overwhelming. Nowadays, cooler tones are what many people want. What they may not realize is that warm tones done properly can be very beautiful and complimentary to many skin tones.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love this look for people that still want to be brunette but add a pop of blonde in their life. Having the natural root color melt into a caramel hair color allows the color technique to have minimal upkeep while still maintaining the all over lightened look.

Rich Latte

Rich Caramel Latte
Instagram @bbridgetta

Q&A with style creator, Bridget Holmgren
Stylist @ Salon du Sud in Baton Rouge, LA


How would you describe this look?

I would definitely describe this caramel hair color as subtle. This was a client with virgin hair who wanted something new and fun without being too drastic. My absolute favorite thing about this look is the grow out. It grows out beautifully and gives her the easy boho vibe she loves! It’s also super easy to keep!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice to anyone wanting to lighten their hair is that you should always have the product to keep it looking healthy, shiny, and vibrant. Lightener brings damage no matter what, so a trim or treatment is another must with this service!

Dark Caramel

Q&A with style creator, Jessie Maulden
Hairstylist @ Hudson Salon in Huntersville, NC


How would you describe this look?

I describe it as a low-maintenance yet high-end look. We’re trying to get away from her years of black box dye.

The color is for laid back girls who don’t want to maintain their hair color every 4-6 weeks. It’s more for someone who wouldn’t mind going every 8-12 weeks.

The most beautiful thing about it is the warmth her color has. It brings so much more life to her skin tone! (Very fair with bright green eyes)

Any advice for someone considering it?

Prior to blowing her out, I used Oribe products, Royal Blowout for shine and Créme for style on her mids to ends for a little moisture and hold. To achieve the style, we used a 1 1/2″ curling iron. I let those curls cool down a minute and I went in with her finishing product which was Oribe’s texturizing spray with my hands and pieced it out. It’s my personal all-time favorite for dreamy/romantic curls!