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

Caramel hair colors

A caramel hair color is a sun-kissed, buttery shade. The warm golden undertones is 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. Plus, it has a bit of each, showing a mix of everything under different kinds of light. Especially when it’s against a rich, darker base color.

Deep, olive skins, as well as fair complexions with cool undertones. These are best complimented by warm caramel shades. Maintenance depends on how you’ll wear this caramel color.

This up-to-date collection of caramel hair colors are made to inspire you. Check out our top caramel hair color ideas below!

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Golden Caramel Color

Golden Caramel Color
Instagram @suzycolorist

These long loose curls are made more luscious by these rich blonde balayaged strands. This lighter caramel colored hair is great for most skin types as well.

Honey Caramel Color

Honey Caramel Color
Instagram @samantha_hairdesign

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

Creamy Caramel Hair

Creamy Caramel Hair
Instagram @hairbyabbyhelms

Spice up shoulder-length hair with beach waves for that deep and dimensional look! The creamy color is perfect for any skin type during all four seasons.

Caramel + Chocolate Color

Chocolate Caramel Color
Instagram @strangestylez

Mesmerizing sleek curls fit for any event from your local coffee shop run to a casual date night. Just like the candy, the color blend here is great.

Ash Caramel Balayage

Ash Caramel Balayage
Instagram @chiyukihair

A cozy contrast between dark and blonde color. This faded version of toffee hues on beach waves have a softness and impressive allure!

Caramel Hair with Blonde Highlights

Caramel Hair with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @hairartistrybyjordinh_

On this medium, layered hair is a contrast of intertwined platinum and hazel strands.

Warm Caramel Blonde Hair

Warm Caramel Blonde Hair
Instagram @hair.by_laurenn

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

Black Hair with Light Caramel Highlights

Black Hair with Light Caramel Highlights
Instagram @jillianmariebeauty

Become a dimensional brunette with sweet honey swirls in your tresses! It’s a total lowkey look that doesn’t need too much! Adding caramel color to a darker base color creates a new color spectrum.

Dark Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights
Instagram @_locksbylexa_

If you’re looking to brighten up your chocolate locks and add dimension give this sexy trend a try. The blend of base color and highlights creates captivating caramel streaks.

Light Caramel Hair

Light Caramel hair
Instagram @hairby_prattana

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!

Caramel Toffee Shades

Caramel Toffee Shades
Instagram @n.m_hair

The magic that a balayage plus babylights can do. This multi-tonal hair is perfect for ladies who want versatility when it comes to styling.

Caramel Balayage Hair Color

Caramel Balayage Hair Color
Instagram @glenhew

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

How would you describe this?

This is a balayage ombré on top of natural hair color (dark brown). This creates a multi-dimension effect of highlight with caramel. The best part about it is you can maintain your natural color while looking trendy and fresh.

Caramel color is different from others where it lasts longer. And with the balayage ombré technique, you will still look good even after new caramel roots grow.

What’s your best advice?

This carmel hair color is suitable for natural or colored hair – from black, brown to light brown. You can customize the caramel hair color shade according to your face shape and skin tone. Just use the balayage face framing technique.

This caramel color is suitable for a woman who wants something that lasts longer. Maintain your warm caramel shade and style with a beach wave spray. Try a leave-in conditioner and natural hair oils, too.

Gorgeous Caramel 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?

This gorgeous caramel balayage color was actually created by a color correction.

First, about 5 inches of hair was removed and then a color extractor was done to get rid of some of the red.

Ask for a subtle shadow at the root and keep the tone in the warmer and richer caramel family. This will keep it low maintenance.

What’s your best advice?

This caramel coloring process took a total of 4 1/2 hours. Be sure to use Olaplex every step of the way to help maintain the integrity of the hair. This color will last you about 4 – 6 months with the low maintenance of trims, glosses, and treatments.

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?

This light brown hair with caramel highlights offer softness to the color! Balayage is a low maintenance and effortless color technique. Once you have your color done, it can be maintained for months afterward with color toners. And you don’t have to worry about being back in the salon every 5-8 weeks to top up your regrowth.

Caramel tones are popular because they have a broader range of root/base colors. Especially on women with darker hair. Caramel color allows for a really nice subtle variation. The warmer tones reflect the light more so the hair looks healthy and shiny.

What’s your best advice?

Balayage is great for women who want a low maintenance color – however, the first appointment is often a big one. Use brands like Olaplex, Davines, Kerastase. They are great to maintain the hair condition and keep your color lasting longer. Losing the intensity of the color can make a huge difference in the hairstyle.

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?

This is a dark to light caramel ombre. It’s a nice golden caramel hair color. It was turned into a creamy blonde with a slight gold undertone.

The best thing about this caramel with a salted ombre is how much warmth can be present in the hairstyle. Nowadays, cooler tones are what many girls want.

What’s your best advice?

The caramel color hair is for women 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 creates minimal upkeep. All while still maintaining the all-over lightened look.

Rich Caramel Latte Hair Color

Rich Caramel Latte Hair Color
Instagram @bbridgetta

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


How would you describe this?

This caramel color is subtle. It grows out beautifully and gives you the easy boho vibe! It’s also super easy to keep!

What’s your best advice?

If you want to lighten your hair you should always have products to keep it healthy and shiny. Lightener will damage hair no matter what. So a trim or treatment is a must with this light caramel hair color service!

Dark Caramel Hair

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


How would you describe this?

This is a low-maintenance yet high-end haircut and darker caramel color.

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

The most beautiful thing about it is the warmth the color has, as it’s on the warmer spectrum of caramel.

What’s your best advice?

Before blowing your hair out, use Oribe products.