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.
Browse these blonde shades 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!
Before your next hair appointment, check out these pictures of popular blonde hair color ideas.
#1: 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 for ladies wanting something not too overly dramatic, but noticeable.
#2: Dishwater Blonde
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 any skin 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.
#3: Baby Blonde Color
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 for a woman trying to appear naturally younger, but not in the sense of blending grays. This is great for ladies who do not like to see extremely bright/light hues of color. If paired with darker hair, this color can create extremely high dimension.
#4: Dirty Blonde Hair
Dirty blonde hair, is a medium-level blonde with a hint of brown in the toner. This specific shade is great for women with warmer skin tones. 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.
#5: 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 can be used in many different hair ideas through the summer, to create a very sunkissed, natural highlighted illusion.
#6: Silver Blonde Hair
This silver blonde look is dream hair! It was created by colorist Danielle Hess of Clearfield, PA. “Unicorn blonde hair, dreamy cascading waves of creamy white blonde. A look that is all her own hair but looks as though she’s wearing a wig. The technical description is softly shadowed white blonde hair with long textured layers and beachy waves,” explains Hess.
Hess says this creamy blonde hair color could be for low-maintenance gals or high-maintenance for two reasons – “the low-maintenance girls would win because to keep this color as healthy as possible. It requires as little heat as possible – the more it’s air-dried, the better. The less styling with flat irons/curling irons, the better.”
“On the other hand,” she continues, “this color is pretty high-maintenance to retain the tone- constant purple shampooing, constant toner, and trim appointments to keep the hair healthy because white blonde is fragile!”
Ash blonde hairstyles look best on people with cool or pink undertones.
#7: 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 reads well with most textures and lengths yet can be customized with more red, coppers, or golden blonde hues.
#8: Bleached Blonde with Lowlights
#9: Gradient Blonde for Brunettes
Transitioning from a dark base to lighter ends adds beautiful dimension for brunettes. Lighter ends are a great way for brunettes to get the feel of being blonde without all the commitment. A woman can add more or less blonde or darkness each appointment to personalize the hair color each and every time.
#10: 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.
#11: 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 a blonde slightly darker. If lowlights don’t create the depth a woman is looking for, a darker toner would be an excellent next step to achieve your shade of blonde. Adding in darkness slowly is the ideal way to change color without going too drastic right away.
#12: 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.
#13: Champagne Blonde
“This is one of my favorite looks, champagne blonde with a shadow root,” says salon owner, hair colorist and stylist Michaela Breci of Windsor, CA. “Most of my clients want to be blonde, but they don’t want the maintenance of being blonde. Adding a shadow root to your blondes allows them to go months instead of weeks between visits without losing the brightness every blonde wants,” she explains.
Breci reminds us not to be afraid of warmth. “I often have women come in saying they want “ash” blonde. Be careful with ash because it can actually make your blonde appear darker,” she notes. “Ash does not reflect light. You need gold to reflect light, so often times the ash blonde appears darker because they do not reflect light. Also while ash looks pretty on some skin tones, it’s not flattering on most.”
Hair care products are a must for blondes. Breci’s favorite products for blondes are Oribe run-through detangling primer, royal blowout heat styling spray, and matte waves texture lotion.
#14: Golden Highlights
This beautiful golden blonde balayage has hand-painted blonde highlights making it a very low-maintenance color and can also be perfect for someone new to coloring their 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.
#15: Gold Blonde
I love everything about this blonde hairstyle. Ash, silver, and cool blondes are very popular so I love when I get the chance to see a gorgeous buttery bright blonde.
Don’t be scared of warm blondes! They are so beautiful on so many skin tones.
#16: Rose Gold Blonde Hair
“I think this rose gold blonde hair is a very wearable look with an edge,” states stylist and Lanza team member Catlin Weston.
“The blonding was done with a mix of balayage and a baby foiling technique,” she explains. “After the lightness was achieved I glazed her in a pinky rose gold blonde color that whispers. This makes it uniquely customized and fun, yet keeping her looking professional.”
The lob (long bob) is great for pretty much every face shape and age range. Weston reminds us that soft hues do tend to fade. “When it does she is left with a beautiful blonde. Her color will also grow out soft and blended because of the technique used while coloring.”
#17: Strawberry Blonde
“This strawberry blonde hair was meant to draw on the natural undertones and give an ethereal glow,” explains level 2 stylist Krystal Press of Doylestown, PA. “Our goal was a low-maintenance, sun-kissed balayage to complement the natural strawberry blonde tones in her dirty blonde hair.”
Press’ favorite part of this look is the depth in the crown against the brighter V points of the strawberry blonde balayage. “I love how the curls accentuate the dimension and allow you to see all the different tones of her hair,” she notes.
Appreciate your natural beauty and seek to enhance the canvas you have, rather than change it. Healthy hair is the best hair!
#18: 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 a natural level 5, 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.
If you want to have blonde hair and you’re naturally dark, make sure 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.
#19: Long and Straight Blonde Hair
This long and straight blonde hair is a heavy balayage used to ease her out of doing foils!
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. Women with a lot of color on their skin might feel that their hair looks very artificial.
#20: Warm Blonde Tone
This is the type of hair, with a warm blonde tone, that suits people with fair skin. The warm blonde color is not that damaging – so it’s friendly for brunettes to try.
#21: Sun-Kissed Blonde Hair
Go for a blonde hair color that’s natural and sun-kissed. My favorite thing about this look is the soft blend along with the vanilla blonde tones.
To maintain your blonde hair, using purple shampoo is a must! Milkshake brand is by far a favorite purple shampoo due to its potency. Lather the shampoo on your ends first, then work it up into your scalp. Leave on for three to five minutes.
Balayage is for women who like a more natural and low-maintenance look. When ladies 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.
#22: Caramel Blonde
Stylist Lizele has a magical touch with this blonde style! The lowlights and dark tips make the look more dimensional, creating a luscious caramel blonde shade.
#23: 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!
#24: Soft Blonde Waves
This is a bright, soft blonde using balayage. It was created by master hairstylist Anna Chait of Fairfax, VA. “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. This beach blonde is perfect for ladies with dark hair looking for a change,” she notes.
This soft blonde is perfect for women looking for a lower maintenance color, as well as women who want to add more dimension and amp up their hair!
#25: Icy Blonde
“This is one of my favorite blonde hair colors due to its cool, icy tone,” says stylist and salon owner Paul Madahan of Fullerton, CA.
After achieving a level 10 pale yellow, Madahan 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!”
#26: Gorgeous Ash Blonde Curls
This soft caramel to ash blonde highlighted ombré was created by salon owner and stylist Andy Smith of Australia. “It was created using a micro foiling technique through the root to the mid-length area, then freehand lightened from the mid-lengths to ends,” explains Smith.
As this blonde ombre is a natural flowing look, Smith tends 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 which adds a nice and light conditioned feel without weight, while boosting luminosity using silver shimmer pigments,” she adds.
This light ash blonde hair 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 hair colors, Smith says a good general rule to follow is to “choose the opposite of your skin’s undertone.”
#27: 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! Fall in love with the pale and buttery tones paired with a supernatural placement.
This look is great for any blonde that wants to be very bright with a more natural and lower maintenance feel. It’s great for all those naturally “dirty blonde” clients who no longer want to be a slave to foils.
#28: Buttery Blonde
This is a beautiful buttery blonde hair color. It has multiple tones of blonde.
Use J Beverly Hills high lift blonde and J Beverly Hills max lightener when coloring. To blow her out, use the J Beverly Hills platinum blonde line.
#29: 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.
This look is for the woman who likes low-maintenance as opposed to coming in every six to eight weeks for a highlight root touch-up. Also, it’s recommended for women who want that natural but sun-kissed look! Those with more of a tan complexion tend to pull off a warm balayage best, and those with a fair complexion tend to make a cool blonde balayage look great.
#30: Balayage Blonde
The dark roots get a splash of light from golden blonde balayage, making the tresses look super shiny and luminous.
#31: Light Blonde with Heavy Foils
“This look is for the girls who can’t let go of that light blonde hair achieved by heavy foils, but who also want an easy maintenance color,” says salon owner and hairstylist Jamie Park of Elkhart, IL.
This technique of babylights and babylows provides the bright pops of blonde with a little dimension, while the smudge of the root line allows for a flawless and seamless grow out!
Products Park used to create this look include:
Formula 1: Babylights Wella Blondor Powder Lightener with 30vol and Olaplex
Formula 2: Babylows Wella ColorTouch 7/71 (matching her natural base)
Formula 3: Root Base(Smudge) Wella ColorTouch = 7/71 5/71
Formula 4: Glaze Redken ShadesEQ = 09v/07p + 3 drops 09t
“I face-framed with Formula 1 to create the money piece in front at bang area and front hairline using very small woven babylights. After front framing has been done, I used a faded-foil technique from ear to part alternating Formula 1 and 2 in a 2:1 ratio (Blonde:Dark) and repeated on the other side and through the crown area,” she explains.
“Do not pull the lowlight all the way through in the foil,” notes Park. “Only pull it halfway to keep the ends blonde to help create the fine woven balayage with dimension. Keep in mind to take small weaves in the foils. Process for 45 minutes. Once rinsed, apply Formula 3 1/2″-1″ on roots ( tip: do not use an excessive product) and let process for 15 minutes. Rinse and glaze. Keep an eye on the glaze and process to the desired tone of blonde.”
By doing a small smudge of the dark roots, Park says this will soften the foil lines and allow the hair of blonde shades to grow out seamlessly. “This provides longevity between color appointments and requires very little maintenance. In 8-10 weeks, a fresh smudge and tone would be all that is needed to freshen this look and provide another 6-8 weeks before needing to completely start fresh,” she adds.
#32: Blonde Balayage with Dark Roots
This rooty blonde balayage has dimension, and texture was created via hand painting the balayage.
This is a great look for a woman looking for that sun-kissed look without being in the sun all summer. Since it’s a grown-out rooty look, it’s easy 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.”
#33: Blonde Bangs
A blonde look that is modern and a little edgy.
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.
When going blonde, you should always work with your stylist on the right tone of blonde that best compliments your skin. To find which color works best on your skin tone, look up pictures of celebrities that have the same eye color and skin tone as you.
Consider a rooty blonde with babylights and foilayage through the entire head. It was created by hairstylist and colorist Joanne Hong of Torrance, CA.
“My favorite thing about this look is how low-maintenance it is. When it grows out, the hair will blend in nicely with its natural base and could last up to months if maintained properly,” states Hong.
Hong recommends Moroccan oil on the ends to keep your hair hydrated, and a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to keep the color last.
Any woman can wear this look as long as there is a nice transition from the natural color to blonde.
#35: Butterscotch Blonde
“I love how rich the butterscotch blonde color turned out,” claims salon owner and stylist Stephanie Marroquin of Bethlehem, PA. The color has hints of honey blonde hair tones. “We used Original minerals 8/0&8/1 with 30 vol for the base, then we did babylights all throughout the hair. I then toned with 10/03,” she explains.
Marroquin recommends you discuss the ins and outs with your hairstylist. “Everything takes time if you want it done right! Also when lightening a client, you want to make sure that you and your client are on the same page!”
Haircare is so important, not just at the salon but also at home! Using the right products for your honey blonde hair definitely makes a huge difference with upkeep! “We used original minerals to conquer blonde shampoo and conquer blonde mask,” she adds.
#36: Golden Blonde
A thick, wavy coat of golden blonde hair deserves only the most luxurious of blondes.
#37: Ashy Blonde
If you love blonde but want to explore more on variations, 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.
#38: 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 people wait until summer to go lighter, but with this look being so icy, it’s perfect for winter as well.
Use a purple shampoo to help the tone from turning yellow. Also, use a heat protectant and oil because lifting the hair to that level can be extremely damaging. The heat protectant and oil create a barrier on the hair to help prevent breakage from high temperatures.
#39: Sandy Blonde
There are all sorts of blondes nowadays. This sandy blonde hair color on the grainier side, more gray and tan tones but equals the beauty.
#40: Mushroom Blonde
Mushroom blonde hair is a color that is 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.