So you want to go lighter this season without going full-on blonde? You can keep your status as a brunette by asking your colourist for caramel highlights.
The color can be added to any brunette’s hair using techniques like balayage, or with foils, to lighten up the base in a subtle way. When the creamy colour is evening distributed and placed on the right areas, it should mimic what the sun does naturally, giving the hair a more dimensional look.
It also happens to be one of the most flattering (and popular) highlight shades for dark brown hair. The proof is in these 10 celebrity hairstyle pics. Keep scrolling to see how stars like Eva Longoria, Jasmine Tookes, and even Jennifer Lopez have given this trend a shot.
Eva Longoria opted for face-framing caramel highlights, drawing attention to her facial features.
You don’t have to stick with a subtle use of the colour. Over time, you can ask your colourist to add in more and more caramel highlights until you reach a shade similar to Jennifer Lopez.
Kate Beckinsale’s highlights stand out even more when styled in loose, cascading waves.
A darker caramel highlight gives warmth to a brunette base like Priyanka Chopra’s.
Olivia Munn’s sun-kissed highlights are really only visible from the middle to the tip of her hair.
Lucy Hale has tried every hair color out there, but she frequently returns to this brunette bob lightened up with caramel highlights.
Sofia Vergara’s highlights are focused towards the ends of her hair, but there isn’t a harsh line of demarcation. Bring this photo to the salon if you want a super, super natural look.
You can also ask for all-over caramel highlights that go up to the root. Your inspiration? Alessandra Ambrosio.
Mindy Kaling used the colour to create an ombréd look.
Jasmine Tookes’ caramel highlights begin a few inches away from her hair line, growing lighter as they reach the tips.