Who knew blonde could have so many shades and styles? From ashy tones to honey balayage highlights, the options are almost endless. To make choosing a blonde shade easier, I’ve collected photos of the trendiest ways women are coloring their hair blonde right now.
💡 Key Things to Know First
- If you want to have blonde hair and you’re naturally dark, make sure you have time in your life to commit. Blonde requires frequent maintenance.
- Blonde hair colors work best for olive undertones, however pale skin and blonde hair is a beautiful combination.
- When picking a tone of blonde, a good general rule to follow is to choose the opposite of your skin’s undertone.
- To maintain your blonde hair, use purple shampoo. The milk_shade brand is one of my favorite purple shampoos due to its potency.
Before your next hair color appointment, check out these pictures of the best blonde hair colors!
#1: Dreamy Silver Blonde Hair
A silver blonde look is dream hair! Unicorn blonde hair, dreamy cascading waves of creamy white blonde. If you’re a low-maintenance girl it would be great to keep this color as healthy as possible. It requires as little heat as possible – the more it’s air-dried, the better. On the other hand, this color is pretty high-maintenance to keep the tone. You’ll need constant purple shampooing, constant toner, and trim appointments to keep your hair healthy. Don’t forget, white blonde is fragile!
#2: Light Golden Blonde Hair with Wispy Bangs
Your hair will sparkle with light golden blonde hair with wispy bangs. Blonde and honey hues will bring warmth to your face and make your hair sparkle and shine. If you want super shiny locks, golden tones are the way to go. Gold tones are light reflective and will make you glow.
#3: Creamy Blonde on Medium-Length Hair
Creamy vanilla blonde on mid-length hair is a personal favorite. I always recommend my clients add dimension to their blonde. This creates a brighter blonde base and adds the slightest bit of warmth in order not to look washed out and dull. Your look wouldn’t be complete without soft, effortless waves with a mist of texture spray.
#4: Neutral Blonde with Face-Framing Highlights
Freshen up your locks with a neutral blonde color and face-framing highlights. A natural color blonde like this is easily obtained when your natural roots are on the lighter side. Face-framing highlights are perfect for women looking to brighten up their complexion and have a dramatic pop of color right in the front.
#5: Layered Pixie with a Medium Blonde Shade
A pixie is a fresh low-maintenance look that works best on fine hair with its choppy layers adding texture and dimension. Go with a medium blonde shade and add some warm highlights. This shade is just the perfect complement to a layered pixie. For blonde to really pop, use a little pomade to your ends for a fun, chic look.
#6: Cool-Toned Blonde on Pixie Bob Hair
Ask for a cool-toned blonde on pixie bobbed hair for your next adorable trending color. For those with finer hair, a pixie bob can add a lot of volume. Blonde shades compliment a short style and add a statement with just a small amount of product.
#7: Bronde Balayage and Beach Waves
Get beautiful dimension with a bronde balayage paired with beach waves. Balayage blonde hairstyles look natural and have multi-dimensional tones. Your mane will appear brighter and lusher. Ask your stylist for a natural-looking bronde balayage to keep your locks low-maintenance and fresh.
#8: Dimensional Light Blonde and Brown Tones
Dimensional light blonde and brown tones look so beautiful on any skin color. For a low-maintenance color, a touch-up would only have to be done every few months or so. I personally love breaking up darker colors with blonde hair pieces for eye-popping contrast.
#9: Dark Roots with Vanilla Cream Highlights
Dark roots with vanilla creamy highlights are perfect for women that want white blonde hair but need to be in the salon less often. This lovely hue, inspired by vanilla bean, is a very light shade of cool neutral. Expect to be in the salon every 12 weeks for touch-ups.
#10: Rich and Cool Beige Blonde Color
Ask for a rich and cool beige blonde color for a stunning Hollywood style. Flattering on almost anyone, a beige tone is the perfect neutral color. In this look, adding a soft wave can add a glam shine, only enhancing your blonde.
#11: Brunette Lob with Glossy Blonde Highlights
Try a modern yet classic brunette lob with glossy blonde highlights. Beautiful on fine to medium hair, highlights add a unique contrast that is just as chic as a balayage style. Adding shine will only enhance your color.
#12: Super Chic Platinum Blonde
To keep it interesting, go for a long platinum blonde hair color and do soft curls to reflect shine. If you need extra inspiration, know that Emma Stone transformed her red hair to this perfect shade of platinum white blonde, and it’s super chic!
#13: Stunning Honey Blonde Highlights
Honey blonde highlights are a great choice for women with sun-kissed medium skin tones. Honey blonde is an amazing mix of brown and blonde hair. This makes it a great color if you’re wanting something not too overly dramatic, but noticeable.
#14: Subtle Dishwater Blonde Waves
Dishwater blonde is a mix between a very subtle blonde and an extremely light brown. It’s very easy to tweak this color slightly to adjust to your skin’s undertones, so talk with your colorist before you commit to this one. This is another very sun-kissed look for summer, which requires very low maintenance.
#15: Baby Blonde Color with a Buttery Undertone
Baby blonde color is very close in shade to platinum, but with a little more of a buttery undertone. This is a great all-over color if you’re trying to appear naturally younger, but not in the sense of blending grays. This is great if you do not like to see extremely bright/light hues of color. If paired with darker hair, this color can create extremely high dimension.
#16: Dimensional Dirty Blonde Hair
Dirty blonde hair, is a medium-level blonde with a hint of brown in the toner. This specific shade is great if you have a warmer skin tone. This is typically a shade that is easily achieved when lightening darker hair. This color creates a beautiful single movement in darker hair and dimension in already naturally lighter hair.
#17: Natural-Looking Honey Blonde
Honey blonde is a beautiful mix of golden blonde and a touch of brown. This specific shade is very easily customizable, to enhance a range of different skin tones. This is a great color choice that you can use in many different hair ideas, to create a very sunkissed, natural highlighted illusion.
#18: Popular Light Strawberry Blonde Hair
Light strawberry blonde hair has become a popular choice in the blonde shade range. This controlled warmth gives fair and medium complexions a golden glow and can further enhance eye color. The hair color works well no matter your hair texture or length. You can customize it with more red, coppers, or golden blonde hues.
#19: Radiant Bleached Blonde with Lowlights
Make your blonde shade even more radiant by adding lowlights in several places. This results in a dimensional effect with additional beige blonde hues. Adding lowlights is a great way to bring life to blonde that has taken on a washed-out, dull appearance.
#20: Gradient Blonde for Brunettes
Transitioning from a dark base to lighter ends adds a beautiful dimension for brunettes. Lighter ends are a great way for you to get the feel of being blonde without all the commitment. You can add more or less blonde or darker pieces at each appointment to personalize your hair color each and every time.
#21: Peach-y Blonde Hue
A full highlight with a beautiful peachy tint gives a woman a blonde shade that is not too warm nor too cool. When deciding on the correct tone for your blonde hair, a thorough consultation is key. Skin tone is definitely something to consider when looking at different blonde tones.
#22: Wearable Chestnut Blonde Hair
Chestnut is the perfect blonde shade for the woman who likes their blonde locks but wants to venture out to a little darker side. Adding in chestnut or a brown blonde shade of lowlights is a great first step when taking your blonde slightly darker. If lowlights don’t create the depth you’re looking for, a darker toner would be an excellent next step to achieve your shade of blonde. Adding in darker pieces slowly is the ideal way to change color without going too drastic right away.
#23: Ravishing Dark Blonde
Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder but for this soft dark blonde color, you won’t get mistaken for anything less than ravishing. Going for this color is ideal to lighten up your natural brown hair. With this balayage effect, you will have a beautiful low-maintenance style.
#24: Low-Maintenance Champagne Blonde
Try a stunning champagne blonde with a shadow root if you want to be blonde, but don’t want the maintenance. This allows you to go months instead of weeks between visits without losing the brightness every blonde wants. Don’t be afraid of warmth as going with an ash blonde can actually make your blonde appear darker. You need gold to reflect light, so often times the ash blonde appears darker because they do not reflect light.
#25: Hand-Painted Golden Highlights
This beautiful golden blonde balayage has hand-painted blonde highlights. It’s a very low-maintenance color and can also be perfect if you’re new to coloring your hair. This color will work with most hair lengths. It will look beautiful with beachy waves, curls, and straight. If you like a little brightness around the face you can always add some babylights or a bolder highlight in the front.
#26: Polished Gold Blonde
I love everything about this blonde hairstyle. Ash, silver, and cool blondes are very popular, but this golden blonde tone is stunning and glowing. Don’t be scared of warm blondes! They are so beautiful on so many skin tones.
#27: Youthful Rose Gold Blonde Hair
Rose gold blonde hair is very wearable. The blonding can be done with a mix of balayage and a baby foiling technique. After the lightness is achieved I suggest you glaze your hair in a pinky rose gold blonde color. This makes it uniquely customized and fun, yet keeps you looking professional. The lob haircut (long bob) is great for pretty much every face shape and age range. You should know that soft hues do tend to fade quickly so be prepared for frequent toning.
#28: Healthy-Looking Strawberry Blonde
Strawberry blonde hair is meant to draw on your natural undertones and give an ethereal glow. If your goal is a low-maintenance color, try a sun-kissed balayage to complement the natural tones in your dirty blonde hair. The depth in the crown against the brighter V points of the strawberry blonde balayage looks amazing. Appreciate your natural beauty and seek to enhance the canvas you have, rather than change it. Healthy hair is the best hair!
#29: Creamy Butter Blonde Hair Color
A butter creamy blonde bombshell without waves looks very similar to a Barbie blonde hue. Although it’s a bright blonde hue, it still looks natural with such a dark base because it has so much dimension in it. If you’re naturally a medium brown shade, ask for full blonde highlights every four to six weeks. In the end, you’ll be able to go longer between appointments and only do partial blonde highlights every six to eight weeks.
#30: Long and Straight Sleek Blonde Hair
Long and straight blonde hair looks best as a heavy balayage. Use a purple shampoo if you’re one of those women trying to keep their blonde hair ashy and vibrant. A balayage looks great on women trying to stay away from a six-week maintenance schedule. The skin types for this tone of hair would be more on the pale side.
#31: Casual Warm Blonde Tone
This is the type of hair, with a warm blonde tone, suits women with fair skin. The warm blonde color is not that damaging – so it’s friendly if you’re a brunette. The warm blonde tones are complimentary on most skin tones and will keep blonde from looking dull.
#32: Sun-Kissed Vanilla Blonde Hair
Go for a blonde hair color that’s natural and sun-kissed. The soft blend along with the vanilla blonde tones looks stunning. Balayage is for women who like a more natural and low-maintenance look. When you 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. A white/olive skin tone can really be complimented nicely with vanilla/icy tones.
#33: Luscious Caramel Blonde
Lowlights and dark tips make a blonde style more dimensional, creating a luscious caramel blonde shade. This style is stunning and trendy and not your typical way to do blonde making it a bold statement on your long hair. You also can get away with doing partial retouches with the blonde only being on the top of the head.
#34: Bright & Soft Blonde Waves
Try a bright, soft blonde using the balayage technique. It’s a very soft look because the roots are kept more natural for a sun-kissed appearance. This beach blonde is perfect for ladies with dark hair looking for a change. This soft blonde is also great if you’re looking for a lower maintenance color, as well as wanting to add more dimension and amp up your hair!
#35: Inspiring Icy Blonde
This is one of my favorite blonde hair colors due to its cool, icy tone. The ash blonde color is a perfect way to blend your roots as you start to grey. I always recommend my blonde clients use a purple toning shampoo to maintain the look.
#36: Gorgeous Ash Blonde Curls
A soft caramel to ash blonde highlighted ombré is created using a micro foiling technique through the root to the mid-length area. Then, freehand lightened from the mid-lengths to ends. A light ash blonde hair is well suited to a warm skin tone (yellow/golden/peach undertone). This look can still work if you have a cooler skin tone with an adjustment of tone on the blonde.
#37: Rooted & Bright Blonde
This is a rooted, yet soft bright blonde on a short bob haircut. Even on a pixie cut dyed with this color, the result will still look awesome! I love the pale and buttery tones paired with a supernatural placement. This look is great if you’re a blonde that wants to be very bright with a more natural and lower maintenance feel. It’s also great if you’re a naturally “dirty blonde” who no longer wants to be a slave to foils.
#38: Remarkable Buttery Blonde
Try a beautiful buttery blonde hair color. It has multiple tones of blonde. Your stylist will want to use different shades of high-lift blonde to achieve this dimensional look. To blow out your hair, use the J Beverly Hills platinum blonde line.
#39: Natural-Looking Blonde Balayage
Go for a natural-looking blonde balayage with a little dimension. The best thing about this look is it’s such a low-maintenance hairstyle, yet it always looks new and fresh. It’s also recommended if you want that natural but sun-kissed look! If you have more of a tan complexion tend to pull off a warm balayage best. If you have a fair complexion, it tends to make a cool blonde balayage look great.
#40: Shiny & Luminous Balayage Blonde
The dark roots get a splash of light from golden blonde balayage, making your tresses look super shiny and luminous. Going for a balayage technique allows you to space out your color appointments.
#41: Seamless Light Blonde with Heavy Foils
This look is for you if you can’t let go of that light blonde hair achieved by heavy foils, but also want an easy maintenance color. This technique of babylights and babylows provides the bright pops of blonde with a little dimension. Doing a small smudge of the dark roots will soften the foil lines and allow your hair to grow out seamlessly. This provides longevity between color appointments and requires very little maintenance. In 8-10 weeks, a fresh smudge and tone will be needed to freshen your color. Provide another 6-8 weeks before needing to completely start fresh.
#42: Textured Blonde Balayage with Dark Roots
A rooty blonde balayage has dimension, and texture and is created via hand painting balayage. This is a great look if you’re wanting that sun-kissed look without being in the sun all summer. Since it’s a grown-out rooty look, it’s easy for you to maintain for more than four to six weeks. It’s a great look for full, thick hair as color is used to break up the thickness with depth and dimension.
#43: Trendy Blonde Bangs
Adding bangs to blonde hair colors is super trendy. Products are very important to maintain your hair after you leave the salon. To maintain your blonde strands at home, use Davines Alchemic Silver shampoo to help cancel out any brassy tones you may get from washing.
#44: Rooty Blonde Babylights and Foilayage
Consider a rooty blonde with babylights and foilayage through your entire head. When it grows out, your hair will blend in nicely with your natural base and could last up to months if maintained properly. I recommend Moroccan oil on the ends to keep your hair hydrated, and a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to keep the color last.
#45: Yummy Butterscotch Blonde
Butterscotch blonde hair color has hints of honey blonde tones. Everything takes time if you want it done right, so first discuss your level of maintenance with your stylist. Also when lightening your hair, you want to make sure that you go at a slow pace to maintain the integrity of your hair.
#46: Luxurious Golden Blonde
A thick, wavy coat of golden blonde hair deserves only the most luxurious of blondes. Using the right products for your honey blonde hair definitely makes a huge difference with upkeep! I recommend you use original minerals to conquer blonde shampoo and conquer blonde mask.
#47: Statement-Making Ashy Blonde
If you love blonde hair colors but want to explore more variation, this ashy blonde tone might be just the color for you. The tan tones work wonders for a flexible look. It is perfect for women with medium skin tones.
#48: Very Popular Ice White Blonde Hair
This is the ice white/platinum blonde tint that everyone is dying for right now! The best thing about it is the really light pieces that seem to be almost glowing. A lot of women wait until summer to go lighter, but with this look being so icy, it’s perfect for winter as well. I suggest you use a purple shampoo to help the tone from turning yellow. Also, use a heat protectant and oil because lifting your hair to that level can be extremely damaging.
#49: Head-Turning Sandy Blonde
This sandy blonde hair color is a grainier and more ashy shade of blonde. The beauty in this color is the softness it creates and can brighten your pale skin tone. The darker root keeps you from being too washed out.
#50: Customized Mushroom Blonde
Mushroom blonde hair colors are quickly becoming extremely popular with no sign of fading any time soon. Mushroom tones are more neutral cool tones without being overly ashy. Mushroom blonde can work with any skin tone and can be customized to work with any hair texture.
Readers Also Ask
There are many different shades of blonde hair ranging from dark blonde to light blonde and warm blonde to cool blonde. Ash Blonde and smoky blonde have cooler blue undertones to rid the hair of any warmth, whereas golden blonde and strawberry blonde have hints of gold and red to help complement warmer skin tones. Knowing your skin tone, eye color, and skin undertone will help you to choose the best and most complementary shade of blonde for you.
Blonde hair is a recessive gene. If both parents are blonde, there is a very strong chance that their child will have blonde hair. If one parent is a brunette and one is blonde, it is more likely that the child will have brunette hair. If both parents are brunette it’s more likely that their child will be a brunette as well unless they carry blonde alleles in their DNA, then they have a small chance of having a blonde child.
Blonde hair is more likely to turn white than grey. People don’t actually get “grey” hair, but rather a mix of their natural and white which gives the illusion of grey or salt and pepper in the hair. Blonde hair naturally has less pheomelanin in it to give it color, so it doesn’t take as long to lose melanin and turn white. Natural Blondes will usually see white hairs at a younger age than brunettes or redheads.
Blonde hair strands are thinner compared to other hair colors. Although blondes have thinner hair, they actually tend to have a higher scalp density. Non-blondes tend to have around 100,000 strands of hair, while blondes have around 140,000. So even though the actual strands are thinner, it doesn’t always mean that the hair looks thin.
Blonde, like all colors, turns white as you age. Your hair color is made up of two types of melanin; eumelanin and pheomelanin, which are made by melanocytes. As you get older, the melanocytes stop producing as much melanin and you lose the color in your hair. Blondes tend to go first due to the fact that they have the lowest amount of melanin in their hair to give it color.
There is a perfect shade of blonde for everyone. There is no one shade of blonde that is better than another, but there is a shade of blonde that suits specific skin tones, undertones, and eye colors. Ash-blonde, smokey blonde, and beige blonde tend to suit paler, more pink skin tones. Golden blonde, caramel blonde, and strawberry blonde tend to suit warm, golden skin tones. Finding your skin tone and undertone is a huge advantage to finding your perfect blonde.
Being naturally blonde is pretty rare. Redheads are the rarest, but blondes are a close second. Although natural blondes are rare, one in three women dye their hair to look blonde. Blonde hair is a recessive gene, which makes it less likely to occur and makes it rare.
Blondes lose more hair than other hair colors. People with lighter hair have more hair density per square inch. On average, 7% of your hair is shedding per day, so if you have a higher density of hair on your head, you will lose more hair. The average amount of hair loss is 100 hairs per day.