35 Most Delectable Caramel Highlights You’ll See

Caramel highlights

Caramel highlights can be used to create an absolute hair masterpiece. No matter what your complexion, hair type or natural hair color may be, a warm caramel hue can complete your look! Whether it be a subtle pop of caramel against some darker pieces or an all over color, there’s always a way to add highlights to your life! Whether it’s a subtle touch of warmth or something extra contrasty, there’s always a way to incorporate one of these yummy caramel highlights into your look!

Beautiful Butterscotch

Beautiful Butterscotch
Instagram @m_lolo_14

These sweet warm streaks provide a stunning contrast that creates a deep and dimensional look for her long brown waves. This style would be ideal for any hair length and texture.

Iced Coffee Brunette

Iced Coffee Brunette
Instagram @camouflageandbalayage

Go lighter this season without going fully blonde with this beautiful blonde color melt. Style with loose subtle waves and choppy ends for a fresh lightweight look!

Dark Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Picture of a painted to perfection caramel highlights
Instagram @aimee_cuts_and_dyes

These delicious hazelnut pieces on a deep brunette hair prove how combining these two shades can be so enticing. The result is super sexy, rich, and attention-grabbing!

Caramel Chin Length Bob

Picture of a brightened up hair plus good chop and caramel highlights
Instagram @hair_by_amanda.k

A bob with hints of caramel syrup dripping down lusciously on a dark base has all the depth it needs. This color is bound to make anyone who wears it sophisticated and trendy.

Creme Caramel

Picture of creme caramel highlights
Instagram @hairmakeuphappiness

A timeless color that flatters any natural hair color out there – these caramel highlights do amazingly in creating a dimensional look. Finished with wavy ends, this style is best on medium to long hair length and can be done on any hair type.

Salted Caramel Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Amberly Philipps
Master Hairstylist @ Texture Salon in Palm Harbor, FL

How would you describe this look?

This look is a subtle beachy style with hints of bright blonde with mostly caramel highlights and a dark underneath to add depth and the appearance of fullness. The best thing about the cut is that her hair is very fine so we blunt cut the ends and framed her face with a long layer so her hair appears fuller and voluminous. I love how the colors blend and show off with the soft curls.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look would be perfect for someone with fine hair and/or 50% or more grey, looking for easier upkeep. This color goes great with tanned skin so it’s perfect for this sun lovers. I use matrix color products which are super gentle on the hair, and for styling products, I used Kenra blowdry spray as a heat protectant before blow drying and Kendra dry texture spray for a clean finish with a touchable feel and defined curls!

Short Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Bailey Lynn
Certified Cosmetologist @ Prep Hair in Winnipeg, MB


How would you describe this look?

This style is a lobbed caramel balayage. The greatest thing about this particular style is the color blending outcome. Her natural root color was the perfect base. Using a painting method and fine baby lights throughout, I was able to achieve this beautifully blended effect.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Short hair may seem like less work but depending your hair type it can also mean more work! Now don’t let that scare you, that’s nothing a little dry shampoo and styling paste can’t fix with this particular length and style. Someone who doesn’t want to wash their hair often can also maintain this style or modify it as needed, further and further from their last wash day.

However, if you enjoy a ponytail you may want to consider something a tad longer. But there may be alternatives to your favorite gym style, or to get that hair out of the way of the kids, whatever it is. The half up/half down style is my fave for this length! Whether you do a cute bun or just a pony, the other half can be left out and it’s super stylish!

Ash Caramel Highlights

Ash Caramel Highlights
Instagram @luistaylor_

Q&A with style creator, Luis Taylor
Hairstylist & Makeup Artist @ Paralelo Estudio Independiente in Roma Norte, Mexico


How would you describe this look?

This look is for those looking for something slightly natural without changing the natural tones of their hair and using a modern style in natural colors, caramel ash. I recommend the cut for those with somewhat round faces that need to be framed and defined the outline.

Any advice for someone considering it?

For the styling, it is possible to do it with natural waves applying a product such as Kevin Murphy motion lotion or styling with curl iron and apply sea salt from Davines and finish with a little dry texture of Davines to give more texture.

Bronze Caramel Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Matt Kwasny
Hair Colorist & Extension Specialist @ Harper Salon in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a caramel sombré. It’s definitely still rooted like an ombré but has more thin highlights transitioning the depth at the root into the light at the ends. This creates a softer version of a traditional ombré. Less painted, more like she was at the beach. The greatest thing about this look is how effortless and pretty it is. For me, pretty never goes out of style, as it’s timeless. This is a look anyone can wear because of how soft it is. I also love how the soft waves I created that complement the color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This specific look is great for someone who likes a little warmth in their hair. Typically, the natural base color tends to grow out a bit flat, so these caramel ribbons really warm up and enhance a flat base. I also tend to feel that caramel tones tend to compliment women with olive skin tones really well. The sombre look is really great for the girl who doesn’t want to come into the salon a ton, as it really is supposed to be “lived in.” I touch up some of my girls every 4 months! I soften call this look recession highlights!

Pixie with Caramel Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Barton
Hairstylist @ Hair Klaudt in Charlotte, NC


How would you describe this look?

This is an edgy, yet modern look. My favorite thing is the texture in the haircut. It allows it to be fun if you decide to spice it up with some pomade, or it can look more modern and professional if you lay it down! The color of the caramel highlights creates a playful look!

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

You will definitely want some type of fiber pomade if you want to add more texture. The stickiness will allow the hair to stick up while giving some hold and not being too heavy. This look is great for anyone because it is so versatile in how you can style it!

Medium Brown Hair with Custard

Medium Brown Hair with Custard
Instagram @pk_hair

Q&A with style creator, Paige Yates
Independent Stylist in Sarasota, FL


How would you describe this look?

This look embodies those summer vibes that every brunette woman looks for. The blend of natural color and the sunny caramel waves creates the perfect setting for any occasion.

The greatest thing about this color is the uniformity of both the darkness and the light. The dimension that is shown brings the hair and spirit to life! This cut is classified as the “modern bob” which woman are wearing everywhere. This cut allows to have a length in the front to play with but also able to release the weight in the back.

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

This look is very universal for all shapes and personalities of women, however, all changes to your hair require a certain level of maintenance. This Caramel Dream is great for a wash-and-wear look so styling can be minimized depending on the client’s hair texture.

Color maintenance varies on each client. Some prefer having more of a lived-in and rooty look, while others can’t stand to see an inch of regrowth. Above all things, the product is key to styling.

My favorite products are anything Amika. I started this look by blow-drying the hair using Amika’s Brooklyn bombshell spray at the roots, following it with the Amika mousse. Then I proceed to dry styling. I always start with The Shield anti-humidity spray before any heat service, spraying each section before I curl, then finishing it off with their Undone texture spray to create these beautiful loose beach waves.

Chocolate Brown with Caramel Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Blerta
Licensed Cosmetologist / Colorist @ Giancarlo Hair Studio in Bronx, NY


How would you describe this look?

This one is a classic combination of chocolate and caramel. I like that it looks so healthy and shiny.

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

I used Colorly2020 and Wella to achieve this look.

Chocolate Caramel Swirl

Picture of a chocolate caramel swirl highlights
Instagram @lacey_dru

Q&A with style creator, Lacey Dru
Stylist @ Maggie The Salon in Pembroke Pines, FL


How would you describe this look?

This new mommy has thick hair, so she wanted a look that was low maintenance and easy to style. Something wash-and-go. Her natural waves are perfect for this pop of color balayage and layers.

My favorite thing is…. she was so happy with her service and a new look.

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

As stylists, we do consider face shape amongst other things. However, the length is perfect for her because she can still ponytail it. With The Euphora curl promise, she can embrace her natural wave and have a bit of brightness from her highlighted pieces.

Balayage Caramel Babylights

Babylight Foils & Balayage hairstyle
Instagram @suchalizzy

Q&A with style creator, Lizzy Campos
Hairstylist @ The Beauty Bar at Carmel in Westfield, IN


How would you describe this look?

This look was creating with babylight foils and balayage. My favorite thing about the look is the subtlety of it. It brings dimension and pops of color to the hair without the client feeling like they are blonde.

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

This is a great low maintenance color for someone who isn’t regular with appointments. I would also recommend it for someone who is shy about going lighter.

Any face shape could pull off this look. If you pull your hair back often, I recommend having foils placed around the hairline. This look was created on someone with fine hair.

I used a flat iron to curl the top sections, added Air Control by Aveda, then shook out the curls.

Dark Chocolate with Caramel Foilayage

Caramel Foilayage hairstyle
Instagram @katiepdxhair

Q&A with style creator, Katie Pattison
Stylist @ Rock Paper Scissors Salon in Portland, OR


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a caramel foilayage on a dark chocolate base. What I love about caramel highlights is that they can add natural warmth and brightness to a dark base color while maintaining color harmony.

What I love about the foilayage technique is that it allows you to lift through naturally dark (or even previously colored) hair more quickly than open-air balayage, yet it creates the same natural-looking, rooty highlights that make balayage so low maintenance.

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

Caramel highlights are a great choice for anyone who wants to add depth and dimension to medium or dark hair, however, they are definitely not for someone who doesn’t like warmth in their hair.

Achieving caramel highlights using the foilayage or balayage technique is great for the client who wants a low maintenance hair color that looks natural and grows out beautifully.

Natural Brown with Caramel Highlights

Enhanced Natural Color hairstyle
Instagram @blairepowell_hair

Q&A with style creator, Blaire Powell
Senior Stylist @ Berry Lane Hair in Grafton Street, Cairns


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as an enhanced natural color. I used warm and natural caramel tones to complement her natural hair.

My favorite thing about this look is that you can’t tell her has been artificially colored. This could really be a natural head of hair.

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

I recommend this color to someone who wants to change their look but still wants to feel like their natural self. This look is best suited for someone with a warm skin tone. I think long hair works best to show off all the different tones.

Bolder Caramel Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Chelsea Rich
Color Expert / Owner @ Golden Edge Studio in Olathe, KS


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a more bold caramel highlight versus a subtle caramel highlight. This could be a great “round two” for someone who has had caramel highlights before but is looking to take the next step!

I love all the dimension it has with the different tones against the depth of her natural base. It all melts together so beautifully!

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

Caramel highlights are friendly to most clients because they are easier to achieve and maintain than lighter ones. I always ask my clients what their level of comfort with styling is before I do any color service because color deserves to be shown off, not thrown up into a messy bun every other day!

This look will require a longer service due to the density and length of the hair, and because it is a full balayage and lowlight with a gloss is required. If your client has compromised hair or wants to keep their hair in its healthy state, I recommend using a bonding system like the Redken PH bonder or Olaplex.

As far as products go after the service, I recommend using a color-safe shampoo or any salon brand shampoo. I warn clients that the drugstore shampoos and conditioners can strip the color quickly and make your hair look dull and lifeless.

Caramel Highlighted Lob

Q&A with style creator, Matthew Gucci
Stylist / Master Colorist / Bridal Specialist @ Hair Machine Salon in Rockville Centre, NY


How would you describe this look?

This is a long bob haircut or lob. Lobs are cut so that the hair falls between the chin and the collarbone, essentially creating a look that is quirky, cool, and neither too short or too long. This effortless cut works with pretty much every face shape and hair texture, so it’s a perfect cut for anyone who wants to switch up their look in a flash.

This client asked for balayage but didn’t want to be much lighter than her base color or considered a “blonde”, so I made her a true caramel blonde. I used a lightener and a glaze which consisted of Goldwell’s Colorance, 80Mills of Colorance Lotion, 20Mills of 8GB, and 20Mills of 8BA.

My favorite thing about this whole picture is how her hair color pops with the right amount of balayage highlights to outline her haircut in a way that her hair gives a nice flow. It was just the right amount of color to make the whole haircut work. She wanted a change and she got it!

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

Any client considering caramel highlights needs to really think about her way of life by imagining herself with this look and her everyday wear. A cut like this requires maintenance and a little TLC. By TLC I mean caring for your new haircut and color with proper product use.

We used two to three pumps of Goldwell’s Just Smooth Serum and one pump of It’s a 10 Keratin Oil before blowing her hair out with volume. We used a 1-inch curling iron to achieve the curled look. As far as at-home maintenance, she bought the Goldwell Blondes & Highlighted Hair shampoo and conditioner along with the products I used for styling.

Warm Caramel

Warm Colors hairstyle
Instagram @mayliz_hairmad

Q&A with style creator, May Zavala
Cosmetologist @ MLZ Hair & Makeup in Central Valley and San Diego, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is warm colored hair with a few sunkissed babylights touched with a speck of caramel tone, all done with the balayage technique. The caramel highlights help lighten up the warm base color and bring out all of the wonderful tones and shine.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used Affinage lite powder with 20vol for the babylights and foils. I then applied Matrix Socolor 5m with 20vol to the hair that was left out of the foils (which is the base tone). We processed for about 35 minutes after finishing with the base color. I topped it off with Matrix Socolor 6w for the babylights.

I used Olaplex (my favorite) with the entire process. My model took home Joico Keratin shampoo and conditioner, Techitaly Lumina shampoo (purple shampoo), and #3 Olaplex treatment. This look requires regular trims every two months and a retouch every four to six weeks.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

All hair needs a little bit of TLC. No hair color or cut can shine if it’s just put away no matter the skin tone, hair type or lifestyle!

Caramel Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Brittany Lavoie
Hair Artist and Nail Technician @ Hairaholic Salon in Mansfield, MA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a gradual ombre. I used a foilayage technique to achieve the light blonde tones throughout her ends.

This color was quite the transformation and took about 3 hours start to finish, but I love the way the color melts from start to finish and how the light and dark tones compliment her haircut.

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

It is quite low maintenance once you’ve achieved this level of lightness if you have naturally dark hair color. If you color your root, you’ll still have to maintain your root.

The ombre look is very easy to maintain and can be refreshed whenever you’re ready! The best face shape for a look like this is a rounded or square face. From the front, the vertical placement of the color helps to draw your eyes and create the illusion of elongating the face.

It’s always recommended with blondes to keep up with regular deep conditioning treatments at home as the hair tends to be more porous and can be fragile after lightening services.

As for the beachy curl, a little heat protect prior to curling with a wand and breaking it up with some medium-hold hairspray is just enough to keep the style soft and touchable!

Black Hair with Caramel Highlights

Black Hair with Caramel
Instagram @carly.colors.hair

A delectable treat for your naturally dark hair, these sugary pieces can make any type of hair appear dimensional because of the excellent contrast it provides.

Light Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Krystina Maria
Creative Hair Colorist @ Creative Hair Artistry in Walnut Creek, CA


How would you describe this look?

This look is lived-in caramel highlights. With the colors and placement, it gives clients 12-18 weeks before needing to return to the salon. I melted the highlights and smudged the root, so it gives a classic “I’ve-spent-all-summer-at-the-beach-getting-natural-sun-highlights” look.

For clients with lower hair density, I give a halo layered cut to give some movement, volume, and definition to their hair. I blend shorter layers into longer layers to achieve that and use a curling iron without using the clamp, as a wand gives the perfect boho beachy curl which looks effortless.

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

This looks wears well straight or curly and can be great for those who want minimal styling, such as a wash and blowdry or for those looking to heat style and spend a little more time.

For my wash and blow-dry clients, I always recommend Kenra’s Color Charge Serum Spray which smells heavenly on damp hair to prep for the blowdry, and then followed up with their Volume Burst at the root and dry oil conditioner all over to set the style.

For my thermal clients, I love having them start with the same routine of Kenra’s Platinum Color Charge Serum Spray on damp hair then blow dry. Before using a curling or flat iron, I use Paul Mitchell Hot Off the Press Thermal Spray with low hold to prep for heat styling. Then I follow with Kenra’s Volume Burst at the root and a light spray of dry oil conditioner.

Honey Caramel Highlights

Honey Highlights
Instagram @prissyhippiebeautyshop

Sexy, delicate, and luscious, these soft waves are brightened up and defined more by these perfectly-placed accents..

Candy Apple on Dark Hair

Candy Apple on Dark Hair
Instagram @brittdeshair

Q&A with style creator, Brittany Des Rosiers
Master Hairstylist @ Avalon Hair Designs in San Antonio, TX


How would you describe this look?

This incredible look was created by adding caramel balayage highlights to virgin hair and finishing it up with a long layer cut. My lovely client was wanting to go lighter and still have something that would grow out well without looking too bold on her naturally dark hair.

She was very concerned during the consultation about her highlights looking too brassy or orange. I was able to lay those worries to rest by discussing how a toner works and that we would be using a toner at the end of her service to control the amount of warmth seen on her highlights.

The blend of these freehand highlights is my favorite part of this look. With such a seamless blend, my client won’t have to rush back into the salon at four to six weeks because she sees a strong line of demarcation (grow out). This amazing blend allows her to choose when she comes for her next color service depending on if she wants to maintain or go even lighter.

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

These caramel highlights are amazing for just about every hair type. With the balayage growing out so seamlessly, it can be very budget friendly. The biggest thing you need to be aware of when considering caramel balayage highlights is that your highlights will have some warmth in them.

Discuss with your stylist what you like about the color you’re showing them. Talk through the different tones you see so that you and your stylist can be on the same page. Caramel balayage highlights are super buildable. They can be your end result or an amazing stepping stone for going even lighter!

Sandy Caramel Highlights

 

Sandy Caramel Highlights
Instagram @artistry.by.nicole

Bring warmth everywhere you go by adding warm pieces on darker hair. Waves on long hair are guaranteed to add to a more sultry look.

Toffee Hues for Short Hair

Q&A with style creator, Mariam Khan
Professional Stylist @ Epic Hair Studio in Winnipeg, MB


How would you describe this look?

Brunette hair doesn’t have to look “boring”. By adding these soft caramel/toffee highlights, it gives a kick to your brunette hair and turns it up a notch!

What I love about this look is how depth and lightness come into play with the layers and warm tones seamlessly blending in with one another. Literally, any basic hair color will pop out more if you get caramel highlights.

By adding some wispy layers at the back and contouring the face frame, it allows the hair to move freely and not weigh it down.

The final touch is, of course, a good blow out with a round brush, remembering to work at the roots for some lift and at the ends for a sleek, smooth look!

Any advice for someone considering caramel?

Consider the following: face shape, maintenance of the style, and if it’s age appropriate. There are so many versions of a “bob haircut”.

The chin length bob (often caters more to mature women), tends to soften the facial features which make women look more elegant. The long bob which I did here is perfect if you’re not into short do’s but don’t want the upkeep of a long haircut either. The trick is to aim for the collarbone-length, giving a look that’s easy to style and take care of.

This is perfect for active women who workout at the gym or mom’s who are running around chasing their little ones because it’s long enough to be tied up.

Chocolate Brown Hair with Light Golden Caramel Highlights

Chocolate Brown Hair with Light Golden Caramel
Instagram @megandiez

Featuring a rich chocolate base with caramel highlights that’s ideal with any hair length and texture. Warm and bright shades always work so well to brighten any hair type and add depth especially when with waves.

Dark Caramel

Dark Caramel
Instagram @kaylad.artistry

Warm lighter streaks can give a dark base the depth and dimension it needs. This style also allows the texture of the hair to be on the spotlight, letting you style with ease.

The Bronzey Beauty

Medium Brown Hairstyle with Bronze Highlights

Caramel can mean many things, and this tone to me is caramel kicked into high gear. This bronze-ish tone is sure to please!

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type for Caramel:

I love adding a bit of copper to hair color and really giving it that extra kick! You will find that it can really accentuate your eye color and add some needed warmth to a fair complexioned gal.

Keep in mind that ultra warm colors in the copper and caramel family can come with a price. They can fade quickly and lose their sheen if you don’t use the proper products to care for your precious locks.

Be sure your shampoo is ultra hydrating and avoid washing whenever possible. This color is ideal and easiest to achieve on those with a medium blonde to light brown color naturally. If you like the look the model above is rocking, dry your hair using your medium-sized round brush.

Charged Up Caramel

Medium Curly Caramel Highlighted Hairstyle

I called this look “Charged Up Caramel” because the caramel pieces are not meant to be subtle in any way. A natural look it is not, but certainly a fun one that will turn heads!

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type for Caramel:

This look could be beautiful on someone with dark skin and hair who wants to add some contrast to their pretty brown or hazel eyes. The caramel pieces add quite a bit of dimension, and, although they are thicker pieces and placed towards the front and around the face, they offer a very low-maintenance option.

Bigger pieces will give you a look that’s a bit more dramatic, but could certainly be a lovely addition to an all over brown hue. Depending on what your natural hair color is, this look requires lightening your hair.

To get your desired result, you must have healthy hair! Be sure to use a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, as well as a styling product regimen that is helpful to your hair. Grab your 1¼-inch curling iron and get to curling if you like the look seen here!

The Bold Beauty

Blonde Hair Color with Contrasting Warm and Cool Tones

Contrasting warm and cool tones make for a stunning multi-dimensional look.

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type for Caramel:

If you are one of those girls who has always been a super bright blonde bombshell but wants to change up your look, adding some chunky pieces of a warm caramel toned color could be a great option for you!

Keep in mind, the look shown here showcases a bold, contrasting look, which isn’t necessarily natural looking. However, it is a great way to really make those blonde pieces pop, as well as bring some warmth to a fair and cool toned complexion.

Keep in mind that your maintenance schedule could change based upon the color of your hair naturally. To achieve the look shown here, curl your hair using a 1¼-inch curling iron, then secure a section around your face back using a bobby pin.

Blonde Caramel Highlights

 

Blonde Caramel Highlights
Instagram @gma_styles

Balayage and classy waves on long hair spell out effortlessness and charm that is eye catching in every occasion.

The Crimson Crush

Medium Crimson Highlighted Hairstyle with Curls

Adding as little as 6-10 caramel highlights of a brighter, warmer tone can change your whole look!

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type for Caramel:

Those with a darker complexion who want to add a subtle change to their look, listen up! This could be the one for you! By simply adding as few as 6-10 strategically placed highlights with a lighter, warmer color, you could make a big impact on your brunette look. I love this idea for when you are looking for a change but don’t want anything too drastic.

You may find that your eyes are far more noticeable with a different tone, or that your haircut is much more noticeable. Be sure to consult with your stylist to discuss just exactly how light you can go without damaging and over-processing your hair. Use your 1¼-inch curling iron to get the look seen in the photo!

Tan Caramel Highlights

 

Tan Caramel Highlights
Instagram @loveisinthehairxx

Soft waves are great for adding character to medium length hairstyles. Paired with the right accents, it can also bring out the edginess and spunk in you.