Dark Brown Hair with Caramel Highlights: Is It the Right Look For You?

It seems dark brown hair with caramel highlights is everywhere these days and there’s a reason for that. When it works, it works beautifully. It’s a great look but it’s not a look everyone can pull off. There are a lot of celebrities who rock this look including Beyoncé, Eva Longoria, Kate Beckinsale and Miley Cyrus but it’s important to remember that these celebrities work with stylists that can help them choose the look that is right for them. That’s not a luxury many of us have so let’s take a look at how you can decide for yourself whether or not dark brown hair with caramel highlights will work on you.

Eva Longoria (image: fanpop.com)

Consider your skin tone.

Your skin tone and your eye color often go hand in hand so we’ll talk about both of these things under the same heading. If you have blue, green or gray eyes, you probably have fair skin. That means this look might not be right for you. Dark hair on fair skin can sometimes make skin appear even more pale or can make it look washed out. That’s something you definitely want to avoid. This isn’t always true though. I have very fair skin, blue eyes and naturally dark hair. If your hair is naturally dark or you’ve tried dark colors before and liked the result, you can still give this look a try.

Eva Longoria is a great example of a woman this look was made for. In the photo above, you can see the dark brown hair with caramel highlights Eva is rocking is perfectly suited to her skin tone and to her hair color. This look works so well for Eva because she has a darker skin tone, dark eyes and of course, naturally dark hair. Those things combine to really made her the ideal candidate for making this look work. Beyoncé is another great example. With that said, even women with fairer skin like Kate Beckinsale(shown in the photo below) can make this look work as well. In the end, your skin tone and your eye color should really just be used as a guide. Not all women with darker skin tones will be able to pull of this look and not all women with lighter skin tones should avoid it. There are almost always exceptions to every rule and it’s important to keep that in mind.

Kate Beckinsale (image: lady-magazine.info)

Stay close to your natural color.

One of the biggest things this look really has going for it is the fact that it has a very casual, natural look but that it can still be glamorous. If this look is going to be a drastic change for you, you really need to give it a little thought. It’s always a good idea to stay within two shades of your natural color with your base color regardless of whether you’re going lighter or darker. Keep this in mind when you’re choosing the base color for your hair. If you’re blond and you want to try out dark hair, there’s no rule against it per say but you really have to be careful when you’re choosing your shade. This is where your skin tone and your eye color will come into play.

For the ladies out there who are already brunette and want to darken their base color to add caramel highlights, the same rules apply. Stick to within one or two shades of your natural color. This gives your hair a lovely natural look but also helps prevent choosing a color that is too dark for your complexion. As we talked about in the above section, this is especially important for light skinned women. You want a shade that is complimentary, regardless of your skin tone so choosing something just a bit darker than your natural color is always the best way to go.

Beyonce (image: viphairstyles.com)

Trust your hair to a pro.

Any time you are dying your hair more than one shade, you are increasing the amount of maintenance your hair is going to require and you’re increasing the chances of getting the color wrong. A look like this one is a look that is better left to a professional. While there are some women out there who will be able to do this one at home, don’t take on this job unless you’re absolutely sure you can do it. Another serious benefit of going to a stylist to get this look is the fact that a stylist will be able to offer you guidance. It is much easier to find the right colors to suit your complexion if you have a pro guiding you in the process. In addition, a pro can also help you understand what kind of maintenance you’re going to be looking at with the dark brown hair with caramel highlights look. Maintenance on a look like this can be a little more involved than maintenance on all-over color. Again, if you’re not positive you can handle that on your own choose one of two options – try something less high maintenance or book a few appointments with your stylist in advance to make sure your hair is properly cared for.

Miley Cyrus (image: hubpages.com)

Be flexible.

The great thing about dark brown hair with caramel highlights is that you can really get the look you want and make it work for you by playing with your base color a little bit. You might not be able to go as dark as you’d like to offset the caramel highlights but if you go with a lighter base color you can still get the warm, trendy feel the look offers while still getting a look that compliments you. Basically, you really need to keep an open mind when it comes to your color. While there are a lot of women that place a lot of importance on trends, having a trendy hairstyle will do you no good if that trendy style doesn’t look good on you.

In the photo at the top of this section, you’ll see Miley Cyrus wearing the caramel highlights trend but she’s chosen to pair it with a lighter brown base color. Miley has worn her hair darker and it’s looked great on her, but I love her decision to wear a lighter shade of brown with her caramel highlights. It makes the whole style feel fresh and youthful while still capturing the feel of the trendy dark brown hair with caramel highlights trend.

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