21 Hottest Honey Blonde Hair Color Ideas of 2018

Honey blonde hair complements nearly every skin tone and heading into fall it can be the perfect addition to your blonde locks. If you know me, you know there’s nothing I love more than a multi-tonal blonde bombshell. A bright platinum certainly gets my heart beating fast, but it’s always nice to add in multiple dimensions and really make each tone pop. If you want to switch up your hairstyles and color a little bit and looking for some inspiration, then add in a bit of a warm honey tone. Check out these amazing honey blonde hair color ideas.

Dark & Light Honey Blonde Hair

Honey blonde hair curls
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Blonde curls are the perfect match when you wanna go for a fantastic textured flirty hairstyle. You can style your locks with some braids to push back and show off those dark roots that give an additional dimension to your hair. The balance of light and dark makes the honey blonde hair color pop.

Honey Blonde Highlights

Shoulder-length honey blonde highlights with side bangs
Instagram @blondebybritt

Q&A with style creator, Brittany Byrd
Hair Colorist / Stylist @ Deluxe Salon Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY

How would you describe this look?

This is a modern Bridgette Bardot look. The honey blonde hair color is soft, warm, and feminine, but the bangs give the overall look an edge and keep everything from looking too saccharine.

I love how they just skim the eyes and add a bit mystery and sex appeal.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for anyone since adding soft golden tones to the hair seems to be universally flattering. With the ashy color trends that we’ve been seeing the last few years, seeing warmth is refreshing.

This is particularly true for older clients since the complexion naturally cools down as we age. Warmth reinvigorates the skin and adds a cheery overall disposition to your look.

Bangs are a fun way to make a real change in the silhouette of your haircut without committing to a big chop.

As you can see, the combination of both is a gorgeous and a relatively simple way to transform your look.

Blonde Shade Perfect for Short Hair

Short blonde hair with highlights
Instagram @iza_bella_hair

Q&A with style creator, Izabella
Senior Stylist / Makeup Artist @ Jean Paul Spa and Salons in Albany, NY


How would you describe this look?

This look is one of my favorites! I love how you can create texture and also have it smooth! This cut is great for someone who likes to switch things up a bit.

My personal favorite is texture. I love that lived-in hair look. The color also helps make the style as well. I did her base color then balayaged her hair to create some dimension.

I do a lot of balayage on my clients because it has such an easy grow out versus your basic foils. This cut and color would work well for anyone who’s looking to create different looks and likes dimension.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Going with a smoother look will be a lot easier than going with the textured look.

For her, I prepped the hair with Surf Spray from Bumble and Bumble before I blew her out. That helped to give the hair some grit.

Before I curled her hair, I used Curly Twist from Goldwell that is a great 2 in 1 spray to help hold and shape the pattern you desire. When curling her hair, I took about 2-3 inch sections and wrapped the hair around the rod, leaving about 2-3 inches off her ends out. Each section I rotated between curling forwards and curling backward.

After she was curled, I sprayed in some Oribe Dry Texture and combed curls out with fingers. Once you get your rhythm down, it doesn’t take long to curl.

Depending on your lifestyle, you may want to take into consideration how long this style may take to do. That is why this cut is great because you can always wear it straight, texture it up, or leave it with your natural wave/curl. Honey blonde hair goes great with this particular style.

Sunkissed Honey Blonde Highlights

Straight hair with sunkissed highlights
Instagram @stephuneee

Q&A with style creator, Stephanie Torres
Balayage & Extension Specialist @ Hair Designs in Baldwin Park, CA


How would you describe this look?

This is a honey blonde balayage.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s a beautiful honey blonde hair that is very trendy and low maintenance. This look would be great for anyone wanting to be blonde and not having to come to the salon every 4 weeks.

Ashy Honey Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Bonnie Adamiak-Preisser
Stylist / Colorist @ Fringe Beauty Lounge in Wexford, PA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a rich mocha chocolate into honey blonde balayage. The haircut has long layers and angles around her face to compliment her face.

What I love about it is that we used the balayage technique, which means to sweep in French, to get the blend of colors from roots to ends.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This took about 3 visits for her to get the ends to that color, so you have to be patient and let the process happens. We do multiple visits to get the dimension and also to keep the integrity of their hair.

We also used Smartbond which is L’oreal Professionnel’s bond protector. There are three steps: Step 1 is added to your color or lightener and seeks out the strong bonds and makes them stronger.

Step 2 is applied after the color is rinsed or shampooed and left on for approximately 10 mins. Step 2 seeks out the weak bonds and makes them stronger.

Step 3 is a take-home to use once a week in place of your conditioner. Step 3 helps to condition your hair and helps steps 1 and 2 last longer.

This look is perfect for someone wanting a more low maintenance look. In between her balayage appointments every six weeks, she comes in for a root touch up, toner, and haircut. This keeps her hair looking healthy and shiny and keeps the honey blonde hair color refreshed.

Light Honey Blonde

Light blonde hairstyle
Instagram @hairbyfloss

Q&A with style creator, Annabelle Lowe
Stylist @ Nyx Hair Design in Lower Hutt, New Zealand


How would you describe this look?

This look is one of my faves for the change of seasons. While keeping the natural base and adding pops of blonde foils, I created this beauty!

It’s an easy to maintain and very natural look for those wanting to have this honey blonde color but still wanting to stay on the natural side of the spectrum.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for women who are busy and like a low maintenance look. However, coming in every 6-8 weeks to maintain a healthy color like this is recommended., Also a take-home treatment is a must so clients can maintain healthy hair at home. Keeping light honey blonde hairstyles requires some upkeep.

Bright & Warm Honey Hair

Q&A with style creator, Jadi Kelley
Balayage Specialist / Haircolor & Cutting Artist @ A & Co Glam Salon in Bushnell, FL


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a more natural alternative to a blonde for those who aren’t ready for a platinum or want to keep some warmth to their current color.

My favorite thing about it is how it pulls out the golden honey blonde tones in this particular client’s skin tone and is bright and warm without being brassy!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a full babylight done over a grown out balayage, so the upkeep can be pretty high maintenance (but still less than the icy platinum). The time required to achieve this look is a little longer than typical color or foils.

The great thing about this honey blonde hair color is it does not require a purple shampoo since we do want to keep the warmer tones! I actually recommended she use the Brilliant Blonde color-enhancing shampoo from Monat to keep her golden hues beautiful and the health of her hair at its best with their natural, botanical color enhancers.

I think honey blonde hair is the perfect spring/summer look for anyone looking to switch things up! This type of color could easily be transitioned into a rooty look as it grows out as well. When asking your stylist for this look, definitely make sure they lift you to the correct level before toning to this beautiful shade versus using natural pigments to counteract the brass that could occur.

Layered Hair with Balayage Honey Blonde Highlights

Layered Balayage Highlights
Instagram @marie_atcoloraddiction

Q&A with style creator, Marie Rearick
Hairstylist / Balayage Artist @ Color Addiction Salon in Danville, PA


How would you describe this look?

This multi-dimensional balayage is a beautiful mix of honey blonde highlights and a warm brown base. These golden highlights are handpainted and beautifully blended for a sunkissed, natural look. Rich and warm tones are my absolute favorite!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This shadow root balayage is great for anyone who is looking for lower maintenance. Handpainted highlights allow for a beautifully blended dimension without the demarcation lines of a heavy foil highlight. Adding a shadow root, typically closer to your natural color, will give you even more longevity between color appointments.

These warm honey blonde strands reflect light and complement most skin tones. Sunkissed and beachy is a perfect way to go. This look can be worn straight, wavy, or curled.

Golden Honey Blonde Hues

Beyonce Golden honey blonde hair
Instagram @stellastyles_

Q&A with style creator, Christele Beam
Hairstylist & Barber @ Hudson & Canal in Red Bank, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This is a multi-dimensional color that is great for someone wanting both honey blonde and brunette tones. It is edgy but classic and both bold and subtle, allowing the client to be playful with her style.

My favorite thing about this honey blonde hair is the versatility it allows and the way the tones amplify features like skin tone and eye color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This mix of colors is perfect for someone with a medium to deeper skin tone because it lightens the hair and keeps the dimension but does not wash out the skin. Because of the elements and placement of the color, as new growth comes in, it will remain a low maintenance style which is key in any woman’s life while still looking chic and stylish.

Products are essential in maintaining your honey brown hair. Always use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner as well as a thermal protection product before blow drying and ironing. This client has naturally curly hair, so I styled her with a medium-sized round brush first, and then went in with a 1-inch curling iron.

Unfortunately, many clients do not know what unique styles/colors naturally enhance his or her individual face shape. Consulting about the style, cut, and products that work for you can make all the difference. Clients should feel comfortable inquiring about what may work best for them with their stylist. This particular style came about because the client allowed me the freedom to experiment with tones. She wanted something that was a comfortable change while simultaneously bringing out her inner Beyonce.

Having the trust of my client was the biggest driver in creating this style. It is perfect for someone who is looking for something spunky and fierce, and someone who likes to be spontaneous while still being a boss at the office.

Natural Honey Blonde Balayage Hair

Natural Balayage honey blonde hair
Instagram @thedoverparlor

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Frothingham
Stylist / Owner @ The Dover Parlor in Dover, NH


How would you describe this look?

I absolutely love this natural blonde & honey balayage. Often when people want to go blonde, they’re looking for the ice or neutral look. No one wants to see warm tones anymore, but warm tones are what look the most natural! The natural look is my favorite aspect of honey blonde hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Balayage is such a great technique for the low maintenance client. It gives you the brightness of highlights without the six-week line of regrowth. You can go anywhere from six to eight weeks or ten to 12 weeks before you need to retouch it, depending on how it was done.

I personally think balayage color looks best curled or with curly hair to show off the dimension within, but it also looks great on straight hair. It’s so versatile! Always use a heat protectant when using hot tools on your hair. You’d hate to get a wonderful color and then cause damage to your hair while styling it. A blonde/violet shampoo and conditioner are so great when you have this hair color to help to keep you away from a brassy look. It also brightens in between appointments.

I personally think any hair type can work well with the balayage technique. The tone of the final color will vary based on what color the hair started as. Often, warm tones in your skin (reds, yellows) work well with warm tones in your hair (caramel, honey). You can add pops of vibrant color for a more funky look or keep it professional and subtle. The technique is key and going to someone who has been trained to make a smooth and subtle blend up into the root will get you the best results.

Refreshed Honey Beige Blonde Hair

Q&A with style creator, Hilary Watkins
Stylist @ Vain Salon in Lincoln, NE


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a refreshed honey beige blonde. It has warmer tones and dimension added to it! I feel like a lot of the blondies I come across are very cool-toned, so it was fun to change things up a bit. Adding the beige color tones down the honey blonde hair a bit.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I love this look for this particular client! She has gorgeous crystal blue eyes, freckles, and rosy cheeks, so the warmth complements her so well.

She is a young mom, so both the color and style are great for her on-the-go life! It’s a low maintenance color and the cut can easily be styled with some beach spray or a dry texture spray.

Honey Blonde Balayage on Straight Hair

Q&A with style creator, Bianca Lucaci
Hairstylist and Colorist @ Chérie Beauty Studio in Cluj-Napoca, Romania


How would you describe this look?

When I think of honey balayage, I think about the natural beauty that can be seen in simplicity. The great part is that this honey blonde hair stays fresh for a long time because of the warm colors.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this look for those who want more volume in the hair because these highlights give multi-dimensional shape and movement and, of course, a youthful look.

Bright Blonde & Creamy Hair

Luxurious & Natural hair
Instagram @delamilita

Q&A with style creator, Milla Kvick
Hairstylist @ Salon Noomi in Sweden


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this honey blonde hair with the words luxurious and natural. Those are words you don’t often see go together but in this look, I wanted to combine two different worlds. Right now it is all about warm, rich, and luxurious blonde colors.

My favorite thing about this look is that warmer color can be as stunning and effortless as any other color. Often people mistake warm colors for yellow. I created this creamy look with peachy and sandy tones, and on top of the hair, I created a veil of highlights to brighten up the whole look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend products for colored hair. For example, the BlondMe series from Schwarzkopf has a shampoo and conditioner that keeps the color rich and fresh. Personally, I also love Schwarzkopf’s Peach Foam Color that you can easily use at home as color-adding aftercare.

Warm blondes tend to require less maintenance and effort if you compare it to keeping up a cool or grey color.

Peachy and warm colors can even be mixed with warmer or cool tones, so let your hairdresser recommend which tones would suit your skin tone and eye color best. Many women will find honey blonde hair flattering.

Neutral Honey Blonde Hues

Neutral Honey Blonde Hues
Instagram @madelinethestylist

Q&A with style creator, Madeline Wilson
Hairstylist @ Salon 6 in Broad Ripple, IN


How would you describe this look?

This neutral honey blonde hair was achieved by doing a heavy application of traditional foil highlights and toning out unwanted warm tones.

My favorite features of this look include the subtle dimension, the ability to blend her naturally dark base color, and how wearable this shade is for all skin tones!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My advice for anyone wanting to achieve this look would be to trust the process! This photo was taken after several highlighting appointments spaced eight to ten weeks apart. Full foil highlights are among the safest ways to go from dark to light, but it takes time to build up the coverage of blonde.

I also suggest consistent trips to the salon for highlight touch-ups and a trim every six to ten weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows to keep your ends healthy and your new growth nice and bright! I typically don’t suggest foil highlights for those who consider themselves low maintenance, but this color and lightning technique would be great for any hair type and anyone with naturally dark hair.

To extend your time between salon visits, add a toning shampoo to your hair care regimen to keep those warm tones at bay.

Caramel Melting Into Golden Honey Blonde Tones

Caramel Melting Into Golden Honey Tones hairstyle
Instagram @hairelementsgc

Q&A with style creator, Tracey
Senior Stylist @ Hair Elements in Palm Beach, QLD


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this color as caramel melting into golden honey tones. It’s a perfect color for the guest wanting to enhance natural, sunkissed hair.

I love that it uses existing depth as a starting point for this color to reduce color maintenance.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This color best suits a warm skin tone and eye color. It’s a playful, beachy kind of look.

To maintain the hair’s condition, I recommend a great hydrating range such as Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo and Conditioner, along with a regular moisture masque to maintain shine and elasticity. A leave-in moisturizer such as Milkshake’s Incredible Milk is also a great idea to protect the hair from the elements.

Dimensional Blonde Shades With Honey Hues

Dimensional honey blonde hair
Instagram @britt_thomas

Q&A with style creator, Britt Thomas
Owner @ Hairitage Studio in Fleming Island, FL


How would you describe this look?

My favorite thing about this honey blonde hair is that it is super low maintenance. With this client, I do a root touch up and a panel balayage pull through with my excess color to give her beautiful dimension without the added cost of highlights. When her ends start to look dingy, I do a toner and she’s back to this lovely honey blonde color!

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style has a lot of slide cutting around her face, which is more on the oval side, so we don’t let her length get too long and drag her down. With this look, I recommend at least 10-15 minutes of style time to run a hot iron through to smooth the hair down and bump it for a fabulous body (my personal favorite).

This cut has a LOT of slide cutting and point cutting layers, so the style is possible on thinner hair within reason, but would definitely require some root lifter for added volume!

Overall, this is a very simple style with beautiful results. She is complimented all the time on it, and because she is an active mother of two, that really makes her happy. She does utilize smoothing creams and heat protectants to preserve the look and spends 15 minutes styling in the morning to look salon fresh.

I recommend this cut and style for many of my clients who don’t have a lot of time to spend on their hair in the morning!

Honey Blonde Short Bob

Q&A with style creator, Meaghan Andreano
Hairstylist @ Liv Salon & Color Studio in Hopkinton, MA


How would you describe this look?

This is a soft, blonde with some honey. I lifted the client’s base color one shade lighter and added highlights to achieve a sunkissed, natural feel. For the cut, I did a shoulder-length bob with subtle layering for an easy-to-maintain but current style.

My favorite part of this honey blonde hair is its youthfulness. Over time, the hair is depleted of its natural shine and vibrancy from the overuse of chemicals, hot tools, etc. I love that this look rewinds time by restoring the hair with vibrancy and shine.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I recommend this honey blonde hair color to someone whose natural hair color is medium brown to blonde. Lighter hair should have dimension to achieve the most organic looking color, and adding highlights within a few shades of the base color will help to achieve that. I recommend this cut for someone looking for a low maintenance, versatile style. This length takes less time to style but still provides a very flattering, fun and stylish look for any occasion.

For straight hair, longer textured layers are recommended. As for curly hair, I recommend shorter layers to disperse the curl and create more shape.

This look would require a visit to the salon about every five to eight weeks for a color and cut. The proper shampoo, conditioner and styling products are necessary for maintaining healthy, shiny hair, and a long-lasting vibrant color.

Dark Roots with Honey Blonde Color

Dimensional Golden Honey Colors
Instagram @pompandproper

Q&A with style creator, Jocelyn
Master Stylist @ Pomp and Proper in Vancouver, BC


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a dimensional blonde. My favorite thing about the color is how simple and low maintenance it is for my client.

Any advice for someone considering it?

My client needs to look professional but natural, and has a few greys at her temple to cover. She is sporty and social and takes care of herself. She naturally has dark blonde, straight hair.

My advice to a client looking for honey blonde hair is that it is ideal if you are already naturally blonde and only going one level lighter than your own for the base color. It is also ideal for light grey coverage/blending. A few face-framing highlights every other root touch-up brightens and adds dimension to an already beautiful tone.

A light smoothing product to add shine during your blow dry is all that is needed to show off the color and cut.

Gorgeous Honey Blonde Colored Hair for Older Women

Gorgeous Honey Blonde hair color for older women
Instagram @laurynsylvia

Q&A with style creator, Lauryn Sylvia
Hairstylist @ J Russell Salon & Silhouette Hair Salon in Palm Desert, CA


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

This color brings out her beautiful tan and green eyes. It’s a fun short cut with short layers that gives her fine and thinning hair body and volume.

My favorite thing about her honey blonde hair is how the color and the dimension gives her hair a beautifully soft and fuller look.

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

For this look, I used Kevin Murphy Body.Builder mousse and MoroccanOil Strong Sairspray. I love the Design Me Puff Me spray after the blow dry to give roots beautiful lift and add some texture to the hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this color for someone with a warm skin tone. It is also a great look for fine thinning hair. My client here actually is 80% gray and loves how it grows out!

Balayage Highlight & Lowlight Honey Blonde

Balayage Highlights on honey blonde hair
Instagram @suminleehair

Q&A with style creator, Sumin Lee
Hairstylist @ Tangelo Salon in Sacramento, CA


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

This is a balayage highlight and lowlight with a shadow root.

My favorite thing about this honey blonde hair is the dimension of the lowlights and the easy grow out from the shadow root. I love it when I can do all the hard work at the salon so that the client can be lazy at home and their hair will still look fabulous.

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

The easiest way to maintain any color is how and when you wash your hair. Invest in a good shampoo and conditioner and try to wash your hair only when needed. An easy way to stretch out your hair washes is to use a good dry shampoo.

For frequent highlight clients, I like to recommend doing a toning shampoo and deep conditioning treatment once a week. It always breaks my heart a little bit when a client will spend hundreds of dollars on their color but then use $5 shampoo at home and wash it all down the drain.

My personal favorites are Davines Love Smoothing for the shampoo and conditioner, R+Co Death Valley dry shampoo, Evo Waterkiller dry shampoo, Davines Hair Building Pak for the deep conditioner, and Fanola No Yellow Shampoo for the toning shampoo.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is pretty versatile and low maintenance. I personally love it for clients with a natural base level 6 or 7. They lift to a strong yellow and it gives you the perfect base to create a color like this.

I think it looks best with clients with fair skin with warm undertones. Their hair tends to have more stubborn warm pigments, so it’s easier and more flattering to embrace it. Using a balayage technique makes it very low maintenance, so it’s perfect for your laid-back clients who still want pretty hair.

Warm Honey Blonde Hair

honey blonde hair
Instagram @reakakatie

Q&A with style creator, Katie Reaka
Hairstylist @ The Salon by Instyle in Wesley Chapel, FL


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

This is a warm honey blonde hair color. My favorite thing about this look is how much dimension it has. There are so many different colors in her hair that all come together to make the overall look.

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

I used Matrix Color Graphics lift and tone to create this honey blonde hair. To maintain the color and keep the hair healthy, I recommend Joico K-Pak Color Therapy shampoo and conditioner. I also love to use Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum to add softness and shine.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This color is warm/neutral, so it works for a wide variety of skin tones. I recommend this color to anyone who wants to add dimension and brightness to their hair. This look is especially beautiful on people with medium brown hair looking for a natural, sun-kissed color.