31 Caramel Hair Colors That Are Just *Chef's Kiss*

We're not sure who needs to hear this, but it's time to open up a conversation about caramel hair colors. Brown-based hair colors often get a bad rap for being plain or boring, but this unique tone, which straddles the line between brown and blonde, is anything but. Caramel hair colors do typically skew more on the brown side, but the versatility here is simply unmatched.

Sure, blonde is fun, but the complexity of caramel colors makes them almost mesmerizing to look at, in the best way possible. They can range from light to dark brown, even encompassing a smattering of darker blonde hues, and are flexible enough to serve a wide range of skin tones and eye colors. Plus, there are endless highlight and lowlight options in between that can take almost any base color into caramel territory.

Long story short, caramel hair colors are some of the prettiest options out there. Don't believe us? We scoured the internet for the receipts. Ahead, check out 31 caramel hair colors that send our hearts into a fluttering fury, and be sure your screenshot your favorites to share with your colorist.


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Cindy Crawford's complex caramel color is straight up art.


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Blogger Linh Niller's butterscotch hair color is proof that hand-painted, caramel highlights can add the perfect amount of warmth to darker hair.


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No one can hold a candle to caramel hair queen, Beyoncé. Her multi-tonal color situation is always a win.


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Gigi Hadid's rustic blonde is the perfect hue for those who don't want to fully commit to bright flaxen hues.


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Ana de Armas shows us that a touch of color from mid-shaft through the ends can create an insane amount of depth.


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J.Lo always falls somewhere between caramel and true blonde, and we love the thick, retro color panels she's rocking right now.


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If you thought ombré hair was over, let Kelly Rowland's chic strands tell you a different story.


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Blogger Marianna Hewitt's caramel color features the perfect amount of warmth, with a touch of near-blonde in the ends to keep things light and playful.

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Gisele Bündchen is practically the poster child for pretty light-brown and caramel hair colors. She's always getting it right.


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Suki Waterhouse's beachy waves perfectly display her amazing color.


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Face-framing highlights like Sofía Vergara's are so pretty.


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Darker-brown hair can get in on the caramel color train, too. Jasmine Tookes's subtle highlights are the perfect example.


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Jessica Biel is just another star who has discovered the brightening power of well-placed highlights.


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Miranda Kerr's hue is soft and delicate yet impactful. We love how the bulk of her color is focused around her face.


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Some highlights can easily brighten up dark brown hair like Olivia Munn's.


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Ciara's single tone is so rich and beautiful.

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Ashley Graham's perfect caramel color looks natural and anything but basic.


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We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Face-framing highlights are just so good. We love Eva Longoria's.


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Addison Rae's voluminous texture really puts her intricate color on display. 


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Camila Morrone's caramel highlights perfectly complement her natural, deep-brown hair color.


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Yes, Kaia! We're loving the model's new sun-kissed shade.


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One could argue that Lily-Rose Depp's hair is more dirty blonde than caramel brown, but we think her strands are just dark enough to fall into the caramel color family. 


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Even when she's paying homage to Queen Bey, Ciara knows how to nail a hair moment. Her hair color here is perfection.


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Alexa Chung's natural-looking brown color is understated and gorgeous.

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Doutzen Kroes shows us just how light one can go with caramel hair colors.


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Aimee Song's signature light-brown locks laced with blonde highlights have become a benchmark for cool-girl color.


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Halle Berry's effortlessly gorgeous highlights are so dreamy.


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Lily Aldridge is another dark-haired diva who's discovered the magic of caramel highlights.


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Jessica Alba's hair reaches pretty bright blonde tones at times, but this saturated caramel tone is so perfect.


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We love this gorgeous gradient tone on Melanie Liburd. The way the color accentuates her natural curls is just swoon-worthy.


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We're just going to say it: Ashley Benson looks even better with caramel hair than she does when she's rocking the platinum blonde.

Up next, a celeb colorist says these will soon be the most-requested hair colors.

Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.