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17 Gorgeous Shades of Blonde Hair

Having been through every hair color under the sun, I can definitely assure you that blondes DO have more fun! There’s something about being a blonde that gives you that unexpected head turn when you walk down the street, or that extra pep in your step. Check out these blonde looks and give being a blonde a second thought. Or, if you’re already rocking a luscious blonde, don’t be afraid to change it up a bit and add a hint of caramel or a touch of contrast!

  • Blonde Bombshell

    long blonde hair

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    Q&A with Style Creator Heather Marshburn
    Hairstylist @ Ave 42 Style Studio in Richmond, VA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I would call this look a blonde bombshell! My favorite thing about this look is how much dimension it has. Although it’s a bright blonde, it still looks natural with such a dark base because it has so much dimension in it!

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I would recommend a lot of commitment. She is a natural level 5, so we have done full highlights every four to six weeks. In the end, we will be able to go longer between appointments and only do partial highlights every six to eight weeks. Between appointments, I recommend using professional hair care products at home. My favorite at home product for blondes is Oribe Bright Blonde shampoo and conditioner. It has a purple base which makes blondes brighter!

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    If you want to have blonde hair and you’re naturally dark, I would only recommend this if you have time in your life to commit to coming in for frequent maintenance. It also would not work well with dry curly hair because you want your hair to be healthy to begin this process.
    Being a blonde works best for olive undertones, however pale skin and blonde hair is a beautiful combo. Just make sure you don’t have too much pink in your undertone.

  • Long and Straight

    long straight blonde hair

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    Q&A with Style Creator Megan Hemingson
    Hairstylist & Salon Manager @ Elle Marie Hair Studio


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a heavy balayage used to ease her out of doing foils! I love how icy blonde she is and how consistent the color is from roots to ends.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I recommend a purple shampoo for anyone who is trying to keep their blonde hair ashy and vibrant.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    A balayage looks great for anyone who is trying to stay away from a six week maintenance schedule. The skin types I would recommend for this tone of hair would be more on the pale side. Anyone with a lot of color in their skin might feel that their hair looks very artificial.

  • Perfectly Blended

    blended blonde hair colors

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    Q&A with Style Creator Angelina Turja
    Hairstylist @ Color Me Lounge in Denver, CO


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This look is the result of a foilyage and balayage blend of techniques. I wanted to create a blend of different blondes melting toward her face, leaving a chunky contour of super white blonde to give her look more brightness. My favorite thing about the look is how all of the blonde colors melt together to work with her skin tone.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I recommend a straightening balm to help achieve a good blow dry and prepare for a curling iron for the beachy wave look. Lastly, use a texture spray to finish the messy look.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    My ideal client for this look is anyone with medium to full thickness hair, light colored eyes and a fair to light skin tone. These blonde colors are a part of a color palette of blondes. The ash and beige colors work for cool toned clients. This look is perfect for someone that is fun and outgoing!

  • Sunkissed Blonde

    beautiful blonde hair

    Instagram / @balayagebybritt

    Q&A with Style Creator Brittni Rafter
    Senior Hairstylist @ Kharma Design Studio in Victoria BC, Canada


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    I would describe this blonde look as natural and sunkissed. My favorite thing about this look is the soft blend along with the vanilla ice tones.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    To create this look, I use a 1 1/4-inch Rusk curling iron. By alternating the curls, it creates a “beachy” look without the curls winding together. After the curls set, I run my fingers through the curls and finish with Amika Texture Spray.

    To maintain your blonde hair, purple shampoo is a must! Milkshake brand is by far my favorite purple shampoo due to its potency (and it smells amazing!). Lather the shampoo on your ends first, then work it up into your scalp. Leave on for three to five minutes. I always recommend clients use it once a week.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I recommend balayage to anyone who likes a more natural and low maintenance look. When clients get highlights, the re-growth is a more solid line whereas a balayage has a softer blend that doesn’t go right to the root, enabling a more natural grow out. Any hair type can wear balayage. A white/olive skin tone can really be complimented nicely with vanilla/icy tones like in the photo.

  • Two Dimensions

    Q&A with Style Creator Ashley Pheasant
    Owner @ Seven7Five Salon Suite & Boutique in Reno, NV


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a two dimension toned balayage. The client had an over processed blonde on top with about an inch of new growth, then half of the head was a darker brown. She wanted to be bleach blonde all over, but I suggested that with her being a nurse and wanting a more low maintenance color that it would be best to break up the bleach blonde with a lever darker and add some dimension with a bayalage. We all know the process and upkeep of being completely bleach blonde all over. This way she can have the high end look with the low maintenance upkeep!

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I used Schwarzkopf bleach with 20 volume on the new growth and none on the over processed bleach. I took a level 7.0 rusk and hand painted some pieces over the over processed blonde with 10 volume, then on the dark brown I used 30 volume bleach. I put her under the dryer for about 15 minutes on low heat and then let her sit for another 30 minutes without heat. I shampooed with Joico K Pak, towel dried and toned with Kenra Tone on Tone Ice and Steel with 20 volume for 20 minutes to cancel out some of the warm.

    I then conditioned and styled with a 1-inch curling iron, adding curls and then straightening the end of the curls out with my Babyliss straightener to give the beachy look. I added a texture spray by A.G. to finish the look. To maintain this blonde I would recommend Joico K Pak for the health of the blonde and a re-touch every eight to ten weeks on the new growth.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This hair color and style is very low maintenance which is the best part of a bayalage! This client was nurse who is low maintenance and loves to just put her hair up or add some curls in it without having to worry about getting a high light/lowlight every month. Throw some curls in with a beach spray to break it up and you don’t even have to worry about it looking perfect!

  • Beachy Blonde Waves

    wavy blonde hair

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    Q&A with Style Creator Tasha Peyton
    Hairstylist @ Salon Surreal in Evans, GA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a rooted blonde balayage. Hair painting is my absolute favorite! I love how it blends. With this client, I was able to use her natural root and hand paint blonde panels throughout to create a beautiful dimensional blonde.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I recommend a product that is light and airy, but can still add some volume at the root. I used Bumble and bumble HIO Primer paired with Surf Foam Blowdry Spray, then finished the look with a light hold hairspray.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I feel like this is a great style for anyone with shoulder length hair or longer. Balayage is great for a client who wants a lower maintenance color. The textured cut is great straight or with some fun curls!

  • Soft Blonde Waves

    long curly blonde hair

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    Q&A with Style Creator Anna Chait
    Master Hairstylist @ D Rock Salon in Fairfax, VA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This look is a bright, soft blonde using balayage. My favorite thing about it is that it’s a very soft look because the roots are kept more natural for a sun-kissed appearance.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    Using a 1-1.25-inch curling iron or wand, curl one inch-wide sections away from the face and in different directions throughout. After curling, use a pea-sized amount of shine finishing cream on the hair and take it through the ends of the curls. Finish by texturizing and separating the waves with a dry texture finishing spray to add movement and a modern texture. My favorite is from Oribe.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This look is perfect for anyone looking for a lower maintenance color, as well as anyone who wants to add more dimension and amp up their hair!

  • Icy Blonde Hair

    long straight blonde hair

    Instagram / @cosmopaulogist

    Q&A with Style Creator Paul Madahan
    Owner @ PaulDavid Salon in Fullerton, CA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is one of my favorite blonde hair colors due to its cool, icy tone.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    After achieving a level 10 pale yellow, I used Redken Shade’s Eq gloss to neutralize the remaining unwanted pigments. I always recommend my blonde clients use a purple toning shampoo to maintain the look. My go-to is Pravana’s!

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I recommend this look for anyone with fair and warm undertones.

  • Gorgeous Blonde Curls

    beautiful blonde curly hair

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    Q&A with Style Creator Andy Smith
    Owner/Stylist @ Hey Sister in Brisbane, Australia


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    This is a soft caramel to ash blonde highlighted ombré. It was created using a micro foiling technique through the root to mid-length area, then freehand lightened from the mid-lengths to ends. What I like about it most is how the softness of the color unifies with the soft flowing waves of the style to create a sassy, modern, playful look.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    As this is a natural flowing look, I tend to use as few products as possible. After returning from the basin, I apply Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Session Label Volumizing root spray, followed by Schwarzkopf BlondeMe shine enhancing spray conditioner for blonde hair which adds a nice and light conditioned feel without weight, while boosting luminosity using silver shimmer pigments.

    After blow drying and styling, I apply a light hairspray to allow the hair some movement. I use Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Session Label flexible hold hairspray because it has an ultra-fine mist which allows the hair to maintain bounce and volume without adding weight.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    This is perfect for the blonde client who is looking for a new look, yet wants to remain light. A subtle addition of some depth around the root/facial area can really define the eyes and make them pop! It is also fantastic for the darker haired client who has always wanted to be blonde, yet doesn’t want to be frequenting the salon to deal with regrowth issues. This technique is the ideal way to get the best of both worlds.

    This look is perfect for medium to thick haired clients. This particular shade of blonde (ash) is well suited to a warm skin tone (yellow/golden/peach undertone), although this look can still work for cooler skin tones with an adjustment of tone on the blonde. When picking tones of blonde, a good general rule to follow is to choose the opposite of your skin’s undertone.

  • Bright Blonde

    mid length blonde hair

    Instagram / @rinniemichele

    Q&A with Style Creator Corrine Anderson
    Hairstylist @ Blue Hair Studio in Huntingdon Valley, PA


    How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

    The look is a rooted yet soft bright blonde. I love the pale and buttery tones paired with a super natural placement.

    What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

    I recommend Blondor Freelights by Wella for some hair painting to create and maintain this color. I followed up with 7/89 in Wella’s Color Touch for a shadowy base, and 10/ + 9/60 (2:1) in Illumina on the ends.

    What type of client would you recommend this look for?

    I think this look is great for any blonde that wants to be very bright with a more natural and lower maintenance feel. It great for all those naturally “dirty blonde” clients who no longer want to be a slave to foils.

  • The Pretty Platinum

    Ahhhhhh, platinum blonde. It takes the right girl with the right hair to get the perfect platinum color, but once you go this blonde, you’re never going back!

    Pretty Platinum Pale Blonde Hair Color Pretty Platinum Pale Blonde Hair Color Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This extra light, ash blonde tone can wash out a person with a lighter complexion, but that doesn’t mean it’s out of the question! If you have light skin but want to try a platinum blonde, just be sure to tweak your makeup a little bit so that it adds warmth to your skin, that way you won’t look washed out. Being that this style requires bleach, it can be one of the harsher ones to achieve. If your hair is suffering at all health-wise, I wouldn’t recommend this look.

    Tip:

    Even if you walk out of the salon with extra ashy, nearly gray hair, chances are that over time, the gold and yellow tones will begin to show up. Use a purple shampoo and conditioner once a week to keep those locks bright and extra platinum!

  • The Double-Toned Dame

    Here’s a look that’s great for those with naturally dark hair who still want to be blonde. It can be very simple…leave your natural color as it is underneath! Brightening the top but leaving the bottom dark (or even coloring the bottom to darken your natural hair) can create an awesome contrast!

    Double Toned Dame Full Long Style with Fringe Double Toned Dame Full Long Style with Fringe Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Since you have multiple tones going on in your hair, really any skin tone will work great with this color. As with many of the other looks, a contrasting hair color can sometimes require a makeup adjustment or maybe just a bit more blush or bronzer than usual. If you like the look seen here, simply curl your hair, then pull back the upper portion of your hair and loosely secure it back with bobby pins.

  • The Highlighted Hottie

    Here’s another look that really makes my hairstylist heart melt. Bright, platinum highlights can be the perfect accessory that will always go with a beautiful dress, or even a casual look.

    Highlighted Hottie Full Blonde Hair Highlighted Hottie Full Blonde Hair Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Platinum highlights can wash out a pale complexion, but a great way to combat that is to put a very light, warm color at the roots. I also love the contrast two tones of blonde creates, and, it can often make the regrowth process a bit easier! Any healthy hair type will work well for this particular look.

    Tips:

    As with any blonde ‘do, be sure to keep your locks extra healthy as blonde can often times be harsh on the hair and dry it out. Use a super hydrating shampoo and conditioner and deep condition every fifth wash!

  • The Warm Blonde Babydoll

    A great cut and perfectly blended highlights and lowlights are the perfect combination for nearly every girl! It’s a surefire way to have all eyes on you when you walk in a room.

    Warm Blonde Babydoll Warm Highlights and Lowlights Warm Blonde Babydoll Warm Highlights and Lowlights Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Because this color is so multi-dimensional, it can work on multiple skin tones and hair types. It really is a great option for most because the highlights and lowlights make the in between appointment time a breeze! Be sure to ask your stylist for natural highlights and lowlights; no chunky highlights for this look. I love a warm caramel color right next to a bright blonde. Straight across bangs, like in the picture, are a great way to show off your stunning blonde and frame your face at the same time.

  • The Contrasting Cutie

    The last look was blended, but here we are going for a chunky, contrasting look. This style can really be a fun way to go bold with your otherwise basic blonde ‘do!

    Contrasting Blonde Hair Highlights on Medium Curly Style Contrasting Blonde Hair Highlights on Medium Curly Style Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    This look is not for those looking for something blended and natural, it’s for those gals who want to stand out in the crowd and dare to be different! Depending on the tones you choose to mix in with your blonde, this look could really work for any skin tone and hair type. If you like the look seen here, I recommend using a 1-inch curling iron on all pieces of your hair.

  • The Pretty Pastel

    This look is a real stunner because it is a softer take on full-on platinum. By adding in a very very light shade of another color, you can break up what would be an all over color and give it some serious dimension!

    Pretty Pastel Short Blonde Hair Swept Off Face Pretty Pastel Short Blonde Hair Swept Off Face Side View

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Since this look is generally still very cool toned and very light, I would recommend girls with a medium complexion giving this one a shot. However, if you are fair skinned, don’t be afraid to try this look, just be sure to add a little more bronzer or blush to warm up your skin to avoid looking washed out. If you have hair that is already stressed and over processed, I wouldn’t recommend this specific color for you. It can be a bit harsh on hair that isn’t in tip top shape.

  • Blonde In Front and Bangin’

    I absolutely die for a great highlight and lowlight combo with a bright blonde band right in front. I love how this look really frames the face. That bright piece right in front brings the attention to your moneymaker! Your hair is the perfect accessory to your beautiful face in this look.

    Long Blonde Pixie Long Blonde Pixie Sculpted Back

    Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

    Being that this particular blonde look has plenty of dimension, I really think anyone could pull it off! It will complement those with a warm, cool, dark or light complexions. Be sure to ask your stylist to throw in some extra light blonde pieces around your face. This will be a nice contrast to all the other colors going on and it will also brighten up and frame your whole face.

    Tip:

    The model shown here has short hair, but I also love bright blonde around the faces of my long haired girls as well. A side swept bang really shows off your color, so if you’re feeling extra brave, give that a shot next time you’re at the salon!

    Being a blonde doesn’t just mean you get to rock that “hot blonde” attitude, it also gives you options! Don’t be afraid to mix up your blonde a bit and throw in some subtle lowlights or even a contrasting color. With any of the looks shown above you will be sure to turn heads and make all the brunettes jealous!