15 Hottest Dark Blonde Hair Colors for 2018

In the range of blonde shades, dark blonde hair color is at the opposite end of platinum blonde and has many different tones including cool, warm, and neutral ones. Dark blonde hair color can range from a dark golden tone to a cooler tone of dark ash which makes it a versatile hair color for all seasons and many skin tones. The warmer shades work great for spring and summer while the cooler and neutral shades work well for autumn and winter. Dark blonde is also flattering with highlights and brown or black lowlights so dimensional color is an option. For anyone changing hair colors and looking for blonde shades, a darker shade is an easier transition because there is more to work with in terms of different highlights and combinations of darker hues.

Dark to Platinum Blonde

Dark to platinum blonde hair
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This shade of dark blonde to a light platinum makes for one incredible ombre! To best show off this color, you’ll want shoulder-length to long straight hair.

Natural Bronde with Dark Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Heddie Root
Hairstylist & Owner @ Cattleya Hair Studio in Katy, TX

How would you describe this look?

This is a long, round, layered haircut with golden dark blonde color and highlights. My favorite thing is that it could work on all hair types and face shapes and is very low maintenance and easy for the client to recreate.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You don’t need too much product to recreate this look. I always use a root lift and a leave-in conditioner or style cream

This specific haircut could look great round brushed or you could add more movement by adding curl with a curling iron.

Natural Dark Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Whitney Reed
Stylist @ Megan Diez Salon in Greenville, SC


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this hair as natural. The cut and color are not busy and require little effort for the wearer. The color was brought down to be nearer her natural base, without losing the dimension. The maintenance for the color is very relaxed due to the more slight variations in level.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The style can be worn in several ways. For this look, we used her natural texture and enhanced it slightly with a few soft curls with a traditional curling iron.

The cut is done so that the layers fall naturally with the head shape. This allows the hair to dry with or without help and still look nice.

Shimmery Dark Blonde Balayage

Picture of a gloss appeal dark blonde hair
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Q&A with style creator, Danielle Dafoe
Master Stylist @ Salon Sorella & Day Spa in Lakefield, ON


How would you describe this look?

This dark blonde sombre was created to add shimmer and dimension to our guest’s fine locks. We love the youthful shine and natural softness of the end result!

Sombre is a great option for guests with a long or diamond shaped face. By creating shadowing in the corners, the face appears more oval and gives the end result depth and illumination. This is a great color option for the girl on the go who is looking for fun and trendy results with a minimal commitment to upkeep.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To achieve this look, a level 6 was applied to her root and melted into a level 7 mid shaft with alternating babylights and balayage throughout.

For styling, the hair was blown out using Pureology Colour Fanatic Leave-In and Techni Art Sleek and Swing for heat protection and a smooth finish. Finish with a 1-inch hot iron, curling large triangular sections away from the face for a tousled “in motion” finish. We use the L’Oreal Professional Color Portfolio.

Dark Golden Blonde for Long Wavy Hair

Dark Golden Blonde for Long Wavy Hair
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Q&A with style creator, Marija Kekovic
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Mure Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look is inspired by sunsets on the beach with a pina colada in one hand and your beach waves on point.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The best advice I would give to a woman considering this is to know your brand. This means knowing your hair type, its limits, and its worth!

Push it to that point of perfect (which is different for all of us), because life would be very boring if we were all the same shade of blonde.

We should choose our shade of blonde like we do our make up. Embrace your skin color, love yourself, and tailor your blonde to your fierceness. All you need is that and a hot tool. Ladies, who can live without a hot tool?

Trendy Dark Bronde

Trendy Dark Bronde
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Q&A with style creator, Kori Alexandra
Hairdresser @ Pump Salon in Cincinnati, OH


How would you describe this look?

This can be described as a trendy and soft look. I like how a slightly deeper root can create modern, soft dimension. I also like how the color complements her skin tone and changes her whole look!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be patient and committed. Sometimes it takes more than one visit to get to the level of lightness you want, but by being committed, you can achieve your hair goals!

I used Sebastian Professional Trilliant for heat protection and shine, flat ironed, then finished with Bumble and bumble Invisible Oil for smoothness and more shine.

Dark Ashy Blonde

Low Mountain Maintenace hairstyle
Instagram @paintbypaige

Q&A with style creator, Paige
Senior Stylist @ The Loft Hair Studio in Canmore, AB


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this as “Low Mountain Maintenance” My favorite thing about this look is how easily she can maintain it at home, for as many months as she would like.

I find that a lot of women in mountain towns don’t want to spend their free time in a salon because they would rather be outdoors. It’s nice that we can spend a few hours together, even if it’s only a few times a year.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Prepare to spend a good three to four hours in the salon in order to achieve this soft balayage blend that gives a seamless grow out.

I always like to send my clients like this home with a purple wash and rinse to maintain the blonde tone and keep it from going brassy. I use Kevin Murphy’s product because the rinse also acts as a treatment if left on the hair longer, which is really nice to have after a lightening service.

She can easily wash and wear this style, or add a few loose curls around her face.

Natural Ash Caramel Blonde

Natural Ash Caramel Blonde
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Q&A with style creator, Erika Morales
Owner / Stylist @ Hair & Makeup by Erika in Whittier, CA


How would you describe this look?

I love the natural contrast of this base and highlight color. I like keeping the shades in the same color family for the most natural look, as well easy upkeep.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this style for clients who are looking to be blonde but do not want high damage to their hair. This color doesn’t require as much upkeep as a solid blonde, and is perfect for a student, career woman, or anyone looking for a classic “California blonde”.

This color pairs perfectly with a Brazilian blowout for glossy, healthy looking hair!

Light Brown and Dark Blonde

Low Maintenance Dark Blonde hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Britain Green
Licensed Cosmetologist/Owner @ Hair By Britain in Riverside, CA


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

I would describe this look as a dark blonde with a touch of light balayage. My favorite thing about this look is it was a huge change for my client! She went from being extremely blonde and loving it, but hated the upkeep from her dark roots. With this color, we were able to keep her feeling a cool blonde tone without washing her out or requiring a lot of maintenance.

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

For this look, we used Redken One United Spray on damp hair for easy manageability and conditioning. I also used Pureology Illuminating Curl Lotion for a stronger hold with a 1 1/2-inch curling iron for loose waves.

This style is great for clients with thick hair. My client here has wavy hair so it holds curl pretty well. It is still possible for clients with naturally straight hair to achieve this look with the use of the Illuminating Curl Lotion with 24 hour hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This color is great for almost every skin tone. It’s not too bright and won’t wash out lighter or even darker skin tones. It’s great for everyday lifestyles or to dress up a look. Even for darker hair it’s not too much maintenance. I would recommend visits would every six to eight weeks.

Beautiful Dark Blonde with Highlights

Beautiful Bronde hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Brittany Giles
Master Stylist @ Princeton Salon and Spa in Johns Creek, GA


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

My favorite thing about this look is how intentionally unintentional it is! I work in an Aveda Salon which uses naturally derived products, so I love anything that looks fabulous and natural. I love this color because it looks brunette, but it looks blonde. The way the two colors melt give a beautiful bronde, and very on-trend look. These tones are perfect for a blonde transitioning from summer to fall.

Having naturally curly hair myself, I appreciate the styles that look like it took a lot of work from a glam squad, but really are a very simple look for the client to recreate. Especially if they have a similar natural texture, this look would be even more effortless. There is no point in making it look perfect at the salon if it cannot be recreated and maintained at home by the client.

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

I always start with the Aveda Smooth Infusion Style Prep while the hair is still damp, as well as a holding product such as Aveda Phomollient or Aveda Confixor. I blast dry these products into the hair to create volume.

Then, I section the crown area off and curl two to three-inch-wide sections vertically, alternating the direction of the curl with each section. To finish, I use Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip to define the texture and Aveda Air Control hairspray for hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I believe this look is good for most people. I would determine the base color based off of their natural hair color and skin tone. The placement of the highlights would be determined by the head shape and how the client wears their hair the majority of the time.

This look works well for people who want to look like they spend a lot of time on their hair, but don’t. Once the texture is set in place, it can be worn for a couple of days before washing and starting the look over.

Dark Roots with Ash Blonde

Rooty Ash Blonde hairstyle
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Q&A with style creator, Jessica Mott
Hairstylist/Barber @ Plan B Headquarters in Kelowna BC, Canada


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

This is a rooty ash blonde color. I love a good root because it gives a little bit of a grungy feel and keeps the look low maintenance.

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

To create this look, ask for a dark shadow root (I like to stick close to your natural base color) and an ashy level 8 blonde. For the style, I used a flat iron to curl it and loosened the curls up with a sea salt spray and some dry shampoo at the roots for volume.

I recommend a color-safe shampoo and a tinted conditioner to maintain the ash color as toners usually fade after about six to eight weeks.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for a low maintenance girl. It’s perfect for someone who doesn’t want to be in the salon every four to eight weeks. It’s ideal for someone with naturally dark hair who wants blonde without the solid grow-out lines. I like ashy colors for cooler skin tones because it helps neutralize the pink tones.

Autumn Dark Blonde Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Zora Jaksic
Owner @ Sessions With Zora Hair & Beauty in Essendon, VIC


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

This ombre look is perfect for autumn. It complements neutral tones and accessories to set off the warmth and soft golden hue.

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

I recommend using Chi Farouk shampoo and conditioner to lock in color and shine!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is perfect for low maintenance fashionistas looking to enhance their natural hair color without completely altering it.

Ageless Dark Blonde Lob

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Renee
Co-owner and Stylist @ Beauty by Delivery NJ in Bergen County, NJ


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

This a dark blonde, textured long bob. I love this look because it’s so fresh and easy going. It’s super easy to maintain and style for the girl on the go.

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

I recommend a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner such as Sebastian Drench, as well as a beach spray for styling. My favorite is made by Eufora.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut and color combo is great for the client who doesn’t have a lot of time to get ready or spend in the salon, but wants to look great! This look is great for moms on the go and active girls of all ages. The style is truly ageless and super easy to wash and go!

Sunkissed Brown to Dark Blonde Caramel Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Gossett
Hairstylist & Colorist @ Kyle Lawrence Salon in Simi Valley, CA


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

This look is a very natural, sunkissed brunette ombre. I love how the color fades seamlessly from roots to ends and that it is an extremely wearable look!

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

Blue toning shampoo once a week along with a good, color-safe daily shampoo and conditioner are the main products to make this color last. As for the style, I would recommend a blow dry heat protectant like Kenra Blow Dry Spray, along with a blow dry cream to tame any frizz (I use Align by Redken).

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The color is perfect for a natural brunette who wants to lighten her hair but doesn’t want the maintenance of coming into the salon for highlights every six weeks. The best part about a natural hair color like this is that is will look good on every client, no matter the age or hair type!

Dark Buttery Blonde Hair with Dark Lowlights

Dark Buttery Blonde Hair with Dark Lowlights
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Q&A with style creator, Melody Bartelson
Hairstylist @ Olive Grace Collective in Lake Geneva, WI


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

This is a multi-dimensional blonde with a mixture of both warm and cool tones! We used her natural hair color within the mix to help it grow out easily over time without a line of demarcation.

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

I used Wella Freelights and Wella Permanent hair color for her highlights and lowlights. I toned with Redken Shades Eq for the best shine and longevity. I finished off with Kevin Murphy styling products for her waves.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The mixture of warm and cool tones work well with someone who has combination skin and eyes, or someone who wears many different colors. This hair color is low maintenance as well!