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12 Buttery Caramel Hair Ideas That Work For Every Skin Tone

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There may be no such thing as the perfect hair color, but we’re firm believers that caramel comes pretty close. This buttery warm-toned hue is the perfect combination of brunette and blonde, has tons of dimension, and flatters every skin tone. Honestly, we can’t think of a single reason not to try caramel hair. 

If you’re thinking of testing out caramel hair, we have great news—there are so many on-trend ways to do it! Whether you’re into dark brown hair with caramel highlights or a golden caramel hue, these are the 12 looks you need to know about. 

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Chocolate To Caramel Balayage

Chocolate brown is strikingly dimensional all on its own. If you want to give your chocolate hue an extra bit of panache, however, you can’t go wrong with a caramel balayage. The combination of chocolatey roots with cascading notes of buttery caramel is stunning on every skin tone. 

Auburn With Caramel Highlights

Auburn is undoubtedly the most in-demand shade of red. If you’re wary of venturing too far into red territory, however, caramel highlights can tone down your auburn hue while adding effortless-looking dimension. 

Curly Hair With Caramel Highlights

We’re firm believers that there’s no better way to show off dimensional color than with healthy, springy curls. If you want to add highlights to your ringlets, be sure to find a salon pro who specializes in coloring curly hair. 

Coffee To Caramel Ombre

Wake up and smell the coffee! This caffeine-inspired ombre with notes of caramel is calling your name. 

Caramel Ribbon Highlights

If you want your balayage to look a bit bolder, opt for ribbon highlights. Your colorist will paint color on thicker sections of hair. The end result? A balayage with cascading ribbon-like highlights that add depth and warmth to your look. 

Caramel Money Piece

If you’re looking for the most subtle way to ease into caramel hair, you’ll hit the jackpot with a money piece. To achieve the perfect money piece, your colorist will paint highlights onto the strands framing your face to create a brightening sun kissed effect. Whether you want a bold money piece or something a bit more subtle, your colorist can adjust the placement to achieve your desired look. 

Mahogany With Caramel Highlights

This contrast between the rich mahogany base color and caramel highlights is so stunning, you’ll be itching to try this one out. 

Golden Caramel

If you want to go a shade or two brighter with your caramel hair, this gold-toned look is perfect for you. As with all lighter shades, golden caramel will require a bit of upkeep. Pick up a shampoo and conditioner system for color-treated hair like Redken Color Extend Magnetics Sulfate-Free Shampoo And Conditioner. This system includes Redken’s exclusive RCT Protein Complex to treat hair from the root, to the core, to the tip. 

Black To Caramel Balayage

We consider black hair a power color for a reason—it’s intensely shiny and undeniably gorgeous. If you’re hoping to brighten your stark black strands, however, a black to caramel balayage can help ease your transition from dark to light. 

If you’re starting with black strands, you might need to sit through a few bleach sessions at the salon before you leave with caramel hair. Bleach will always cause damage, so you’ll want to invest in an at-home hair treatment like Redken Extreme CAT Anti-Damage Protein Reconstructing Rinse-Off Hair Treatment. This strengthening protein hair treatment spray reconstructs, reconditions, and adds immediate strength without added weight.

Lob With Caramel Highlights

Mermaid-length waves are stunning and all, but there’s something special about a fresh hue paired with an on-trend lob

Caramel Pixie Cut

Speaking of short haircuts we’re obsessed with, pixie haircuts and caramel color are a match made in heaven. Amp up your texture with a texturizing spray like Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray to really show off all that dimension. 

Rooted Caramel Blonde

While you might’ve dreaded showing even the slightest bit of regrowth back in the day, the smoked out roots trend can ease your worry. Instead of bringing your caramel blonde hue all the way to your scalp, your colorist will leave your roots darker than the rest of your hair. 

If you want to ensure that your color will grow out seamlessly, ask your colorist about the gloss smudging technique. 

Interested in trying a caramel hair color? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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