Do you have dark brown hair and want to try out a new look without sacrificing your gorgeous locks? One of the hottest styles for dark brown hair is caramel highlights. They look amazing on a wide variety of skin tones, and leave you feeling elegant and stylish.
Caramel highlights for dark brown hair are very versatile, and many celebrities are sporting this great color combination. If you are ready to find out the best ways of using caramel highlights, keep reading to find out the best caramel highlights for you.
Caramel work with a variety of skin tones, but to truly look your best you need to determine whether you have a warm or cool skin tone. One of the easiest ways to do this is to look at the veins in your inner arm at the wrist. If your veins look blue, you have a cool complexion. If the veins have a greenish hue, you have a warm skin tone. The underlying color of your skin plays a huge role in how good your caramel highlights will look, so this is an important step in the highlighting process.
Those of you who have a cool complexion will look great with lighter caramel highlights. The best highlights for dark brown hair and green eyes are the lightest caramel colors. You can use this color to frame your face, or you can do an all over highlighting to really make your green eyes stand out.
If you have a warm complexion, the darker caramel shades will work wonderfully with your skin tone. You can choose from medium to dark caramel tones to really accent your natural hair color as well as your complexion.
Once you have decided on the shade of caramel highlights you want, the next step is deciding what style you want to achieve. Caramel highlights have a wide variety of possibilities for dark brown hair, and choosing which one you like best can often be the hardest part.
If you want a sun kissed look for your dark brown hair, an all over caramel highlighting will brighten up your hair. Most of the highlights are placed around your face, with a few spread throughout the rest of your hair.
One of the hottest trends in caramel highlights is the ombre highlighting style. This method of highlighting creates a look where the top portion of your hair is dark, and the bottom is lighter. The ombre look can be done in a few different ways. One method leaves the roots dark so they can peak through the lighter hair color. Another method leaves a majority of the hair dark, with only the tips sporting the caramel highlights.
Once you have decided whether you want a gradual lightening to the tips, or simply lighter tips only, you need to decide which type of hair dye to use on your hair. Most highlights are done using bleach. This method is great for healthy hair, and can create lighter shades on even the darkest brown hair. Hair bleach can be very damaging to your hair, and even the healthiest hair will end up drier after using bleach to highlight.
If you have previously colored your hair or it is already dry, brittle, or damaged you should not use bleach. Using bleach on damaged hair can result in a large amount of breakage, and can lead to you having to cut off your hair in order for it to grow out again. In this case, you should look for a blonde dye that does not rely as heavily on bleach. These dyes will not lift your hair color more than one or two shades, but you can still achieve a noticeable difference.
When opting for the ombre technique, you will need to plan on a two step dying process. The easiest way to achieve this look is to split your hair into smaller sections. Once divided, you then need to braid each section and tie them off around a third of the way down (or lower if you only want the ends to be lighter). You will then apply the bleach to the ends of your hair up to where you have tied the sections off. Unlike the regular hair dying process, you do not want to apply the bleach evenly, instead, you will want the bleach to go past the bands in some areas, and staying below them in others.
After you have done this step, and rinsed your hair according to the instructions provided with your kit, you will them need to resection the hair and tie each section off higher than in the previous step. You will apply the bleach again, including the parts you have already done. This time, you will not go past the ties. This step helps you achieve the gradual lightening from the roots to the ends, and the extra step will leave the ends of your hair much lighter than the other sections.
Caramel highlights look great in many other ways as well. You can use the chunking method to create a bold highlighting look. You can choose to only use caramel highlights in one section of your hair to create a distinct contrast, or you can use the highlighting on chunks of hair of varying thicknesses throughout your to create an eye catching look of color all over. If you use this method for your caramel highlights, you will need to make sure to use different thicknesses throughout your hair. If you do each section the same size, you will end with stripes all over your head. The different thicknesses allow the different colors to blend more naturally.
If you are ready to glam up your dark brown hair, caramel highlights can allow you to go with a subtle change, or a more drastic one if you opt for a lighter caramel color. Either way, your gorgeous dark brown hair will look even more elegant with a few caramel highlights.