Caramel blonde: the next delicious hair color you should try

Hungry for a new hair color? Caramel blonde has tickled our taste buds! Here's everything you need to know about the different ways to wear caramel blonde hair color, and how to keep it looking sweet for longer.

What is caramel blonde hair color?

Caramel blonde comes in a variety of shades. It can be light, bright and golden, or a darker, more autumnal shade. Think about the different grades of maple syrup, and you'll understand the varying golden shades of caramel blonde.

To create caramel blonde hair, it depends on what your base color is. Usually, caramel is achieved by subtly adding different shades of blonde color (not one all-over "caramel" shade). Combining different caramel colors is a great way to achieve a really personalized finish that flatters your complexion.

Your stylist will choose a coloring technique that best suits your desired look, face shape and skin tone: from strobing, strandlighting and ombré to balayage, highlights and lowlights. These last two options are the most popular coloring techniques when it comes to caramel blonde hair.

Caramel highlights for blonde hair

To turn naturally light blonde hair into a warmer caramel shade, your stylist will pick two-to-three shades of blonde that are darker than your natural color, and sometimes even a lighter one to give more depth to the overall look. Sand, dark honey, golden beige and just the tiniest hint of strawberry undertones all contribute to creating a caramel blonde ensemble that looks healthy and natural.

Caramel highlights on brown hair

When it comes to turning brunette into a lighter shade of caramel, the technique isn't quite the same as on naturally blonde hair. If you want to lighten your hair by more than 5 levels, you'll have to take out the natural color first, and then add the blonde caramel over the top. However, if your hair is a lighter shade of brown, it is possible to play with different warm blond colors to achieve a darker caramel ensemble.

Different varieties of caramel blonde hair

These are some of our favorite caramel creations... be inspired!

1. Dark brown hair with subtle caramel highlights around the front sections.

2. Dark butterscotch/caramel can take a beachy, summery blonde into the autumn-winter seasons.

3. Slightly cool-toned caramel lowlights on the lengths and ends that give a glowing radiance to the face.

4. Long bronde waves can be given body and depth with infusions of caramel.

5. Naturally light, ashy blonde really warms up with caramel colors using strandlighting.

6. A dark brunette shade that transitions using the balayage or ombré techniques into a delicious caramel at the tips.

How to care for caramel blonde hair

Caramel blonde has warm undertones to it. However, whenever your pigments are on the warm side of the color scale (red, orange, yellow), there's a risk of brassiness involved. Brassy undertones (an unwanted orange tint) can develop for multiple reasons: if the color isn't properly applied, if you haven't used the right product, chemical reactions, sun exposure and so on. Luckily there are ways to prevent your caramel blonde from turning brassy.

For blonde caramel hair, use the Blondifier haircare collection from Serie Expert. It includes an Illuminating shampoo and conditioner, as well as a Restoring and Illuminating masque and a Top Coat spray for lightened hair. For brunettes with caramel highlights, the Vitamino Color cleansing conditioner is ideal. It gently washes the hair without stripping it of its color or exposing any reddish undertones thanks to its paraben/silicone/sulfate-free formula.

Visit your stylist to learn what colors you're best suited to, and get a full hair diagnosis, then tuck in to a spoonful of delicious caramel blonde hair color!

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