12 Photos of Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights to Inspire Your Summer Hair Color

Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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If you want to go lighter for summer without going full-on blonde, you can keep your status as a brunette by asking your colorist for caramel highlights.

Caramel highlights on dark brown hair can be done with a couple of techniques like hand-painted balayage or foils to lighten up the base in a subtle way. When the creamy color is evenly distributed and placed on the right areas, it should mimic what the sun does naturally: give the hair a more dimensional look.

Warm caramel also happens to be one of the most flattering (and popular) highlight shades for deep brunette hair. The proof is in these 10 celebrity hairstyle pics.

Keep scrolling to see how stars like Eva Longoria, Jasmine Tookes, and Jennifer Lopez have took on the trend.

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Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson - Dark Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights
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Taraji P. Henson added caramel higlights to her dark brown curls to create an ombréd look.

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Jasmine Tookes

Jasmine Tookes - Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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Jasmine Tookes's caramel highlights begin a few inches away from her hair line, growing lighter as they reach the tips.

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Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria - Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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Eva Longoria's face-framing caramel highlights draw attention to her facial features.

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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez - Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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You don't have to stick with a subtle use of the color. Over time, you can ask your colorist to add in more and more caramel highlights until you reach a light blonde shade similar to Jennifer Lopez.

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Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale - Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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Kate Beckinsale's caramel highlights on her dark brown hair stand out even more when styled in loose, cascading waves.

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Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra - Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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A darker caramel highlight warms up a deep brunette base as seen on Priyanka Chopra.

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Olivia Munn

Olivia Munn - Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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Olivia Munn's subtle, sun-kissed highlights are really only visible from the middle to the tip of her hair.

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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman - Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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Natalie Portman brightened up her brunette bob with a set of caramel highlights.

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Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara - Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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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.

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Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez - Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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Selena Gomez is bringing '90s chunky highlights into 2021. To create the look, her colorist added thick streaks throughout the lower half of her bob.

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Dakota Johnson

Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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Blink and you'll almost miss the subtle, face-framing caramel highlights added to Dakota Johnson's chocolate brown base. The placement of these highlights are a foolproof way to brighten up your face.

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Halle Berry

Dark Brown Hair With Caramel Highlights
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Halle Berry didn't just surprise everyone with her micro bob and bangs on the 2021 Oscars red carpet, she also debuted a fresh set of caramel highlights throughout the short cut. The new color is the work of the actress' go-to colorist, Tracey Cunningham.

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