Variations of light brown/dark blonde hair dominate our Instagram and Pinterest feeds more than any other shade, fromВ brondeВ toВ tortoiseshellВ to caramel. The way the light catches the subtle variation within the hues makes it the most nuanced hair color family, and we're here for it all.В
To inspire your next salon visit, we spoke with three celebrity coloristsВ who specialize in caramel hair color: Michael CanalГ©, Jennifer Aniston's longtime colorist;В Matrix and Bioage celebrity colorist George Papanikolas whose celeb clientele includes Hannah Jeter and Ana de Armas; and Rita Hazan the woman responsible for the tresses of superstars like BeyoncГ© and J.Lo.
Take a look at the colors they think are the mostВ stunningВ below.
Golden CaramelDesiree NavarroВ /В ContributorВ / Getty Images
"This is one of my most-requested looks in the salon," says Papanikolas. "The placement of the highlights is very strategic, focusing on the face frame, natural part, and ends. It's a great way for brunettes to add lightness and dimension to their hair, and it's universally flattering."
Warm Honey Caramel@georgepapanikolas
"These warm tones are a great complement to neutral and golden skin tones," explains Papanikolas.В "If your hair tends to bleach out very late, you can ask for a warm golden gloss to give the hair a sheer finish."
Pumpkin Spice Caramel@georgepapanikolas
Pumpkin spice has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, including beauty. Says Papanikolas, "This is a great way for very dark hair to go lighter. To avoid the look from feeling brassy, you should be very strategic with a few highlights."
"This is an ideal shade for clients who don't want to see any red or orange undertones," says Papanikolas. "It's very flattering on fair skin and olive tones. Keeping the highlights very delicate allows them to lighten past the warm tones."В
Light Golden Brown or Dark Golden BlondeGetty Images
"It's important when trying to achieve that perfect caramel shade to decide if you want to go lighter or richer," says Hazan.В "You can go one way or the other to achieve that perfect balance of lightness in the hair. Caramel is always a warm shade, so either way you go, it has to have that perfect balance of warmth."
ButterscotchTaylor HillВ /В ContributorВ / Getty Images
This sticky-sweet shade errs more on the side of the rich melted ice cream topping variation than the yellow candies. Hazan describes it as "a warm caramel shade, but not orangey."В
Sandy BlondeJason LaVerisВ /В Contributor / Getty Images
If anyone knows sandy blonde color, it's the magical hands behind Jennifer Aniston's beige mane. This particular color is great for someone who wantsВ a more ash hue instead of the warmer spectrum of caramel. CanalГ© describes it as "medium blonde with a cool tone."
Next up, take a look at these stunning examples of brown balayage.