There are two reasons why you absolutely need to try caramel highlights on your dark hair right now. First of all, they match any type of hair out there and every skin tone imaginable, which means you can’t go wrong with them.
Second of all, they are a cheap, easy, and non-damaging way to update your look in case you need a bit of a refresh. Are you convinced yet? Take a look at these dark hair with caramel highlights ideas and get inspired now!
1. Dark Brown Hair with Caramel Balayage Highlights
The first stop on our list is this amazing caramel balayage on a dark brown base which can be obtained if you go for caramel highlights, of course. Your hair will then have a very natural appearance as if you’ve simply spent some time in the sun.
2. Subtle Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
One of the most important things you need to know about this hairstyling choice is that there are many different shades of caramel highlights out there. This means that all you need to do is find one that will suit your needs best.
3. Layered Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
A layered haircut is always a fantastic idea because it shows off the different colors and shades of your hair, like warm caramel, as opposed to a straight one which might act as a curtain and shield the colors away.
4. Dark Hair with Chunky Caramel Highlights
Another thing you need to be aware of is that there are different sizes when it comes to highlights. You can get the thin ones which are barely visible and are called baby lights, chunky ones like these or everything in between.
5. Espresso Brown Hair with Highlights
Are you getting a little bit tired of your espresso brown hair? We have the solution. Add a few caramel highlights and watch it turn into a scrumptious shade of chocolate that will do wonders for your complexion.
6. Golden Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
If you’re getting ready for the summer but are not ready to give up on your dark hair just yet, we suggest a set of golden caramel highlights. They will shine like molten gold in the sunlight, making you a true summer goddess.
7. Wavy Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
When your highlights start in the middle region of the hair strands and not from the roots, you can easily turn this job into an ombre if you want. Use your hair curler to style your hair in this sweet, girly way.
8. Nutmeg Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
These nutmeg and caramel highlights are everything you need for wintertime. The colors are highly reminiscent of the spices we used in the cold season, and they will turn your hair from a dull brown into a lovely hot chocolate.
9. Professional Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
The best way to get this type of highlights is to go to your stylist. You can try it at home as well, but caramel is a tricky shade to get, being somewhere between blonde and brown. Therefore, leave it to someone who knows how to do it.
10. Short Bob Dark Hair
If you have this type of short, stacked bob which is also very layered, you can use the caramel highlights to add a luminous quality to your complexion. This means that you need to place them very close to your face.
11. Cropped Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
Messy haircuts are always the best choice for highlights. The hair is left to its own device to move freely whenever you move your head. That’s when the highlights are revealed in all their glory.
12. Butterscotch Brown Hair
Another shade of caramel highlights which you can try is butterscotch. It’s a darker shade than what you would normally think about when you hear about caramel, but it works fantastic on chocolate brown hair.
13. Flattering Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
The key to a perfect set of caramel highlights on dark hair is to find the perfect shade for you. Take into account the color of your eyes, your skin tone, as well as the type of makeup you typically wear on an everyday basis.
14. Shaggy Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
This shaggy haircut is a lob or long bob. It has been emphasized by the fantastic golden caramel highlights and lowlights that you can see strewn all the way across it. Place some chunkier ones on top to catch the light.
15. Front Highlights for Dark Hair
Here’s a tip – you can place your caramel highlights anywhere you want. There’s no rule saying they have to be spread out evenly across your head. That’s just the classical way of doing it, but you can also get creative with them.
16. Gorgeous Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
Always start with a darker base and keep it all along your roots. In this way, your hair color and the overall look of your hair will seem a lot more natural. The ends can be as light as you want.
17. Glossy Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
This is a dark brunette hair color which has been updated and improved using a handful of matte caramel highlights. The effect is striking, breathing new life into what otherwise would have been a dull hairstyle.
18. Caramel Balayage on Short Hair
Despite what most women believe, balayage is not reserved for long hair alone. You can also go for it if your hair is shorter. This is a jaw-length bob in a dark brown with caramel highlights that looks like a natural balayage.
19. Subtle Highlights on Dark Hair
These are the thinnest highlights you can get, also called baby lights. Depending on the number you decide to get, the effect on your original hair color will be different. Just remember, the higher the number, the more your hair will look like a cross between an ombre and a balayage.
20. Copper Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
This combination of dark hair, caramel and copper highlights has resulted in a fantastic reddish hue. You can benefit from it if you have green eyes. Red is the opposite of green, so your eyes will look fantastic.
21. Long Black Hair with Caramel Highlights
If you have long hair, you can save some money on your trip to the stylist by going for some highlights instead of dying it all. We all know how expensive that can be, and this may be the perfect solution for you.
22. Well-Blended Caramel Highlights
This highlight job is absolutely fantastic. The caramel highlights are extremely well-blended into the dark hair which serves as a base. We also love that there are several shades of caramel in there, instead of just one.
23. Melted Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
Speaking of well-blended highlights, here’s a set of melted burnt caramel color ones that almost fade away into the dark hair beyond. This idea is for the ladies who don’t want the change to be so noticeable, but rather more sleek and subtle. Depending on the light, these might be considered auburn highlights.
24. The Penelope Cruz
Not even celebrities can resist how good caramel highlights look on their dark hair. This is the case of the gorgeous Penelope Cruz as well, who used the caramel undertones to highlight her amazing toffee-colored eyes.
25. The Jessica Alba
Although we do like her more as a blonde, we can definitely say that Jessica Alba totally nailed this darker hair color. She used some caramel highlights that matched her skin tone and hair and caught the beauty of her soft eyes.
26. The Lily Aldridge
Have you ever dreamed of having supermodel hair? Then Lily Aldridge should be your inspiration. This Victoria’s Secret angel has one of the best manes in the industry, and she surely knows how to style it to her advantage.
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27. Picture Perfect Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
Beach waves are never out of season, despite their name. But did you know you can even get them with a hair straightener? Check out YouTube for some awesome tutorials that will save you loads of time on your style routine.
28. Half Up Half Down Updo
Another very simple style you can try is this half up half down one. All you need is your hair curler to apply to your tips and a soft brush so that you can achieve that small beehive on top of your head for some extra elegance.
29. The Miranda Kerr
It’s time to see another supermodel and the second Victoria’s Angel on our list of dark hair with caramel highlights. There must be something in the air over there or these girls must have discovered the secret to fantastic hair because they look amazing in this color combination. And it works better if dark brown is your natural hair color!
30. Dark Hair with Sienna and Caramel Highlights
Another version of this you can try is by adding another type of highlights into the mix. This, for example, has both caramel and sienna highlights on a dark brunette base. The result has a reddish hue to it.
31. Extensions on Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
If you’re worried about your thin or fine hair or if you simply want to add some extra length, you can always turn to hair extensions. They will give your mane the extra body it needs, making you look like a movie star.
32. Curly Dark Hair with Caramel Tones
These are very long and loose espresso brown curls which have been treated to a mixture of toffee and caramel highlights. The result is a little 2010s and a lot fantastic. Choose the shades that match your complexion the best.
33. Simple Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
If you happen to have green eyes, then do yourself a favor and get some caramel highlights. The golden undertones of this color will match the gold flecks in your eyes and bring them out in ways you never though were possible.
34. 2000s Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
As you might have imagined seeing it’s so gorgeous, this color combination has been around for a long time. This, for example, is how it used to look back in the 2000s. The caramel highlights were a lot chunkier and less well-blended into the base color. Depending on your hair type, you can still pull this off now!
35. Everyday Dark Brown Hair with Highlights
The truth is that this color combo is so strikingly beautiful that it even saves you the trouble of having to figure out new ways of styling your hair every day. From now on, the real star of the show will be the color of your hair, not the way you do it.
36. Pixie Cut with Caramel Highlights
If you have a pixie cut and want to get caramel highlights, you can focus on the long bangs. This is the longest portion of your hair. Moreover, it just so happens that it hangs nearest your face, where it can highlight your eyes.
For more ideas like the above, we’ve got a list on pixie cuts too.
37. The Jenna Dewan
There is little doubt that dark hair is Jenna Dewan’s hair color. It suits her perfectly because she has a beautifully tanned complexion and gorgeous hazel eyes which come alive under her curtain of brunette hair.
38. Curly Bob with Caramel Highlights
Here’s a hairstyle that you could easily wear over the Christmas holidays, be it for the office Christmas party or at home with the family. Caramel highlights can support a massive amount of jewelry, be it gold, platinum or diamond. Especially if they’re closer to blonde highlights like we see here.
39. Perfect Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
We absolutely love it when you can match your makeup to your hair and dark hair along with its caramel highlights allows you to do just that. Choose a makeup in shades of terracotta and bronze. Don’t forget the nude lipstick and black eyeliner.
40. Party Ideas for Dark Hair
The whole beauty when it comes to dark hair is that you can pair it up with anything in terms of clothing. We promise it won’t clash. However, we strongly recommend a golden sequin dress that will make you look like a queen.
41. Pretty Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
The best thing about this color combination is that it transitions wonderfully from one season to another. This means you can wear it primarily in autumn and winter but also in spring and summer with very little changes.
42. Dark Hair with Baby Lights
These are called baby lights are simply meant to highlight your skin tone and the color of your eyes. That’s why they are placed around your face even though your original hair color is dark brown.
43. Deep Side Part Dark Hair
Who doesn’t love a good side part? It gives you that air of having just woken up, quickly apply some makeup, run your fingers through your hair, and rush through the door with this wonderful bed head.
44. Elegant Dark Hair with Caramel Highlights
The opposite of the messy bed head with a deep side part above is this elegant take on the dark hair with caramel highlights. You can easily wear it on an occasion from an important meeting at the office to a styling event that requires a dress code.
45. The Selena Gomez
Our favorite Instagrammer, Selena Gomez, has experimented quite a bit with her luscious locks. These experiments also included a platinum blonde at some point, but we still love her the best with her fantastic dark hair.
46. Choppy Bob with Caramel Highlights
Did you know that stylists use a razor to get these choppy ends of your haircut to perfection? It’s the best way to perfect the style. You learn something every day! Please don’t try this at home, though.
47. Mocha Dark Hair with Highlights
Mocha brown hair is a gorgeous color that is best suited for wintertime. However, when you add some caramel highlights, it easily becomes a color that you can wear in the fall and even in the summer.
48. The Jessica Biel
This color combo is perfect for the beautiful Jessica Biel because she has lovely blue eyes. The golden undertones of the caramel highlights catch the blue in her eyes and bring it out so that she shines wherever she goes.
49. The Minka Kelly
Another actress who knew perfectly well how to take advantage of the brown and caramel mix is Minka Kelly. She steps up her game with a long blow out and beach waves and she looks like a complete knock out.
50. Dark Hair with Cinnamon and Caramel Highlights
If you want to obtain a reddish hue on top of your dark hair, you can always mix your caramel highlights with some cinnamon ones. The combination is just as delicious as it sounds, and you’ll love it!
As we’ve seen from these 50 ideas, dark hair with caramel highlights is a universally flattering hairstyle. It can also help you kick things up a notch when you don’t want to change your hair entirely but merely update it a little. Let us know in the comment section below which one of these ideas was your favorite and why!