17 Best Dirty Blonde Hair Colors of 2021

Dirty blonde hair colors

Dirty blonde hair is a medium blonde hair color with light brown tones. The brown tones are usually wheat or cappuccino. Dirty blonde hair pairs well with warmer skin tones and cooler blonde colors. This color can be achieved with naturally blonde hair or by lightening naturally brown hair with darker blonde tones.

Adding this beautiful tone to your hairstyles will definitely make it look awesome. Most women will think about lightening up their hair around the Spring and into Summer, but honestly, it’s a gorgeous look any time of the year! I admit, this dirty blonde trend does appear more amazing on women with darker skin, as it’s the perfect suntan with beachy hair look.

Having dirty blonde hair means that whether you have naturally darker hair and looking to lighten it up, or you have very light hair and want to darken it up, you can achieve your look with either the balayage or foil coloring technique.

Following a proper hair care regimen will keep your hairstyles popping with color. So rather than getting a super light platinum blonde or a buttery golden blonde, give yourself a dirtier color with one of these inspiring photos and blonde hair ideas below.

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Reverse Dirty Blonde Ombre

Reverse Dirty Blonde Ombre
Instagram @tbgsalonstx

A highly textured dirty dark blonde root to sexy brunette tips is an ultra-fabulous style to treat yourself with. Adorn with waves to majorly accentuate that perfect blend!

Dirty Platinum Blonde

Dirty Platinum Blonde
Instagram @tressesbytress

A fantastic metallic shade that suits warm to neutral complexion – this color illuminates your hairstyle when under the light. Perfect for all types and length of hair, whether it be a pixie or this simple straight medium hair.

Dirty Blonde Ombre with Beach Waves

Dirty Blonde Ombre with Beach Waves
Instagram @beautyby_brittanyjean

A dark to light dirty blonde ombre like this is what everyone’s wanting right now. Absolutely beautiful and easy to style!

Dirty Ash Blonde on Shoulder Length Hair

Dirty Ash Blonde on Shoulder Length Hair
Instagram @mackenziejaymes_

Feel like a beach goddess with this medium length cut with smokey roots and subtle balayage that looks perfect on straight layered hair, This dirty blonde style also a perfect choice for thin fine hair.

Brunette Medium Length Hair with Honey Highlights

Brunette Medium Length Hair with Honey Highlights
Instagram @brianalea_stylist

Add depth and dimension to your natural dirty blonde hair for a healthier hairstyle with these warm caramel streaks! It’s wonderfully vibrant when combined with dark hair because of the contrast and dimension it brings.

Dirty Bleach Blonde

Dirty Bleach Blonde
Instagram @leannaslovelylocks

A really cool white-as-snow shade like this can bring out the pink in your skin and enhance your eyes, especially if you have blue or grey ones. Ideal for wavy lobs and layered cuts.

Light Dirty Blonde

Light Dirty Blonde
Instagram @shannonathairoboston

Go brighter than bright with this light dirty blonde color that looks undeniably pretty on any skin tone. Throw in some babylights and waves for a soft luscious result.

Dirty Blonde Hair with Blonde Highlights

Dirty Blonde Hair with Blonde Highlights
Instagram @beautybyshaylin

This dirty blonde hair style features a contrasting darker ash and lighter honey yet seamlessly melted together that gives you that California beach babe vibes. It’s a softer and warmer version that looks sexy on a blunt cut medium-length straight hair. Hair care is important to maintain the vibrant blonde highlights on dirty blonde hair.

Dirty Blonde Highlights on Brown Curly Hair

Dirty Blonde Highlights on Brown Curly Hair
Instagram @analis_devacurl

An easy way to add spice to your natural brunette curls – adding warm and light highlights can revive and freshen up your shade of dirty blonde hair!

Natural Dirty Blonde Hair Color

Q&A with style creator, Christine Bellemare
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Salon Marc Harris in Boston, MA

How would you describe this?

This natural dirty blonde hair color is a mix of natural regrowth with some foilayage and a root smudge. This creates a natural look that can really stretch the length of time between appointments.

What’s your best advice?

This natural dirty blonde hair color is really great for women who don’t want much upkeep as far as color is concerned. The technique works for every type of color and texture hair. Use the right products to for color hair care to maintain this shade.

Dark Hair with Dirty Blonde Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Cindy Ichikawa
Hairstylist @ Capricci Ricci Salon in Winter Park, FL


How would you describe this?

This dirty blonde hair dye is chic and sophisticated. The contrast of color from the darker roots to the light ends is beautiful.

What’s your best advice?

Dirty blonde with highlights looks cute when it’s messy and wavy with a beach salt spray and more professional when it’s blown out smooth! Put braid in the front or a half up top knot, too!

Dirty Strawberry Blonde Hair

Dirty Strawberry Blonde Hair
Instagram @handmadebynicolel

Q&A with style creator, Nicole Leadbeater
Freelance Stylist in Baltimore, MD


How would you describe this?

This hairstyle is a neutral dark dirty blonde to medium blonde with sunkissed highlights and a shadow root. The shadow root gives an extra dimension and a flawless grow out. It’s not quite cool but also not exactly warm. It all depends on the lighting. Lighting plays a huge role in how your color appears. There is just something about sunkissed hairstyles that brightens up a room.

This dirty blonde hair is beautifully blended and natural. Of course, the waves really bring out all the dimensions of the balayage. Dirty blonde hair with highlights and balayages always look their absolute best with some texture and waves.

What’s your best advice?

To maintain dirty blonde hair colors, it’s extremely important to use a professional brand of shampoo/conditioner that is sulfate free. When coloring over top of platinum hair, especially when wanting a look that isn’t too permanent (because most blondes don’t want permanent dark haha, they always go back to blonde) the color can fade fast, so maintaining the color with the correct products is extremely important.

This dirty blonde color is really for anyone searching for natural looking, low maintenance yet trendy hairstyles. This is also a great option for blondes who want to potentially try going darker, but playing it safe, or just wanting a little change This is very easy to reverse.

Depending on your face shape and skin tone, your stylist can help decide where to frame your face with some blonde and where to put the dark to draw attention to your features. You would be surprised at how the right tone and color placement can enhance all of your good looks.

Dirty Blonde and Brunette Color Melt

Dirty Blonde and Brunette Color Melt
Instagram @sharlenelongbrake

Q&A with style creator, Sharlene Longbrake
Hairstylist @ FTW Beauty Lounge in Fort Worth, TX


How would you describe this?

This is a low maintenance color but with heavy baby lights around the face. It gives the illusion of bright blonde, but allows you not to over process your hair. It features a root smudge. Face-framing babylights are gorgeous inside this dirty blonde hair!

What’s your best advice?

This color is effortless and meant for the girl who still wants bright blonde around her face but is trying to let her hair grow out. Make sure you always go home with the right products and knowledge to maintain your hair.

Dark Dirty Blonde Hair

Dark Dirty Blonde Hair
Instagram @jossxhair

Q&A with style creator, Joss Sanroman
Stylist @ Miva Salon in Hayward, CA


How would you describe this?

This is an icy, dark dirty blonde hair balayage! It’s kept nice and rooted, giving a soft transition from the natural to the icy, cool blonde. Icy blonde colors are unique because of how the color flows through the tresses and in light.

The best thing about this dirty blonde hair color is the melt because it will grow out very blended with no harsh lines. The clean canvas gives you the option of doing different tones or creative colors! Who doesn’t love options?

What’s your best advice?

This color definitely requires extra time, money, and maintenance. It is considered a high contrast look, as you will need to come back at least every 8-10 weeks. Also, plan to come in between touch ups for a quick trim and gloss (to refresh the color).

Use professional shampoo, conditioner, and the proper styling products at home to keep the hair hydrated. Keeping your hair as healthy as possible is key! Hair care should definitely not be overlooked.

Subtle Dirty Blonde for Long Hair

Subtle Dirty Blonde for Long Hair
Instagram @harriakerberg

Q&A with style creator, Harri Akerberg
Hairdresser @ A.K.A. Luova in Helsinki, Finland


How would you describe this?

Dirty blond hair is a blond with beige-y and brown vibes. For dirty blondes, it’s an easy way to try something darker, and you can come back if you get frightened. There’s always deeper shades of blonde if that’s what you’re after.

What’s your best advice?

This dirty blonde hairstyle is suitable for almost all women. The most important thing is to talk with your hairstylist who can personalize it. They know best how to apply highlights and lowlights for your face shape.

If you want to be the whitest blonde in the room, this color isn’t for you. Otherwise, if you like it just try it. Life is too short to have boring hair.

Brown Hair with Dirty Blonde Ends

Brown Hair with Dirty Blonde Ends
Instagram @emilyyork

Q&A with style creator, Emily York
Hairstylist @ Studio Luxe Hair and Skin Spa in Portland, OR


How would you describe this?

The best thing about this dirty blonde hair is the blended transition from dark to light. It flows really well and allows you to have both dark and light hair.

What’s your best advice?

Face framing is super cute with this cut as it will keep the long-hair look a little more interesting. Products used for this style are Davines Sea Salt Spray wet at the root for volume. Finish the curls with a texture spray to allow hold and create thickness and texture.

Dirty Blonde Hair with Highlights

Dirty Blonde Hair with Highlights
Instagram @jasmine.occhoa

Q&A with style creator, Jasmine Ochoa
Hairstylist @ Vanity Chair Beauty Salon in Concord, CA


How would you describe this?

This is a dimensional honey highlights balayage on dirty blonde hair. All the tones in this hair give it so much character. These dirty blonde highlights are perfect all year round!

What’s your best advice?

Depending on your current hair color/hair history, it might take sessions to achieve this color the healthy way! Healthy locks and hair care go hand it hand. However, dirty blonde balayage is super easy to maintain for anyone’s lifestyle. Balayages are meant for everyone from all face shapes, hair types, and personalities! Dirty blonde hair with blonde highlights looks so seamless, even when it grows out!

A hair care regimen should be followed. Always use a good purple shampoo once a week on damp hair for 10-15 minutes, professional shampoo for daily use, washing your hair every 2 days (or longer) to not dry out your hair, heat protectant, and a good hydrating oil to keep your hair looking healthy and shiny.