Light blonde highlights is a hair coloring technique that adds streaks of bright and light hues to a darker base color. It’s a perfect choice if you want to be blonde, but don’t wanna go all in.
It’s the go-to hue for women who want a full of contrast color. Highlights come in different forms – a balayage, an ombre, or full or partial highlights. Your path to blonde should depend on your style and level of commitment.
Blonde and balayage specialist Stefan Riccardi says, “Understand that going light blonde is a commitment and will require regular visits to the salon to maintain.”
Going light blonde usually requires pre-lifting the hair with bleach. From this process, the hair will become more porous, so it’s essential to use some form of bond builder regularly at home to help rebuild the cuticle. Riccardi recommends the Olaplex hair product line for this process.
Ask your stylist whether your hair is healthy enough to handle the process of going lighter, and ask what shade of blonde would be most suitable for your facial profile.
Before your next hair coloring appointment, check out these inspiring photos of the best ideas for light blonde highlights.
#1: Voluminous Waves and a Side Part
Voluminous waves paired with a side part is the perfect duo for creating a hairstyle that comes loaded with volume. A side part gives you one of the most effortless ways of achieving your hair’s natural volume. Just tossing your hair in the opposite direction will give the root area of your hair that extra bounce. If you can afford to spend the extra time it takes to curl your tresses in the morning, this hairstyle is calling out your name.
#2: Lighter Blonde Highlights with a Dark Base
Try lighter blonde highlights if you have a dark base and you prefer a low-maintenance hair color. Try to leave your natural color at the root area so that it grows out without a harsh demarcation line, meaning fewer trips to the hair salon. Tone the bottom color a few shades lighter than the color that is on top if you want to try to create a good contrast of depth and dimension between the two colors.
#3: Light Blonde Highlights on Short Hair with a Deep Side Part
Highlights on short hair with a deep side part are a bold look, especially when pairing it with bright red lipstick. Babylights create a soft, seamless blend.
#4: Blonde Highlights on a Dark Pinkish Base
Blonde highlights on a darker base will give you that contrast you are wanting in your hair color. The warmness of the base next to the pops of blonde highlights is a stunning combination.
#5: Blonde Hair with a Light Blonde Money Piece
Blonde hair is the epitome of a casual-cool girl. Ask your stylist for a brighter face-framing highlighting or “money piece” to frame the face. The rest of the hair can be left more rooty or with low lights added to make the money piece really pop! This is a low-maintenance color and will likely require touch-ups of just the face-framing, or a partial highlight.
#6: Light Brown Hair with Blonde Highlights
Try light brown hair with blonde highlights for an effortless look. Light blonde highlights work well with lighter hair types and can make hair look dimensional and full.
#7: Blonde Highlights on Dark Brown Hair
Keep your long tresses nice and bright! Incorporate big waves on your dark brown, highlighted hair. Its volume and movement will emphasize the streaks of light blonde.
#8: Light Honey Blonde
Going for a youthful and dimensional look? This light honey blonde hair is the way to go! Waves would accentuate the dimension in this light brown hair with blonde highlights. And, the balayage will give your lengthy strands cooler hues for a fresh vibe.
#9: Dirty Blonde Hair with Highlights
#10: Caramel and Blonde Highlights on Light Brown Hair
These caramel and blonde highlights on light brown hair are a combination of shades. These make a stunning upgrade for your natural hair color. They form a charming dimensional blonde with caramel highlights that work well with waves on darker hair.
#11: Auburn Locs Hairstyle with Light Blonde Highlights
#12: Purple with Lighter Blonde Highlights
Give your lengthy, fine tresses new life by incorporating a few vivid colors. Consider purple with lighter blonde highlights to bring radiance to your dark base. Balayage always makes a great combination with waves, so don’t doubt getting them.
#13: Light Brown and Really Light Blonde
Achieve the natural-looking blonde hair of your dreams! Let the shades of light brown and really light blonde create a beautiful dimension. Highlights that are light blonde will add depth to otherwise boring hair.
#14: Dark Blonde with Light Blonde Steaks
Add vividness to your dark blonde locks for a dimensional style! You’ll appreciate how the highlights add richness to your hair. Feel free to give your long tresses body and movement by adding beach waves to it.
#15: Brown with Very Light Blonde Highlights
A shade of brown with very light blonde highlights is exactly what your medium-length hair needs. It’s a brunette balayage with face-framing pieces for ladies with cool and warm skin tones.
#16: Red Hair with Light Blonde Highlights
#17: Silver Hair with the Lightest Blonde Highlights
#18: Light Ash Brown with Light Golden Blonde
Light ash brown with light golden blonde highlights is a fashion statement. The balayage blends the shades very well, working like magic on long, straight hair.
#19: Light Brown with Light Ash Blonde Highlights
Every hair transformation is sensational, and this one is no exception. Go for a hair color that grants you light brown with light ash blonde highlights! You’ll have no issue choosing between wearing it straight or with waves.
#20: Blonde Highlights Ideal for Black Hair
Consider having these highlights, which are ideal for black hair. Your natural dark color is still intact as the blonde hue pops towards the ends. Feathered layers on a lengthy mane make it suitable no matter how old you are.
#21: Light Blonde Highlights with Lowlights
with lowlights offer the right pop of dimension. Match the color with a cut that goes past the shoulders to bring out your perfect waves. Ask your stylist if highlights on light blonde hair would look best with layers, too.
#22: Platinum Hair with Light Blonde
Here’s platinum hair with light blonde highlights to spruce up your long, curly hair. The dimensional illusion looks dramatic with the visible flow of this platinum blonde hair highlights.
#23: Brown Hair with Lighter Blonde Highlights
Brown hair with light blonde highlights is a trendy balayage option. The depth and dimension are evident, while the money piece is subtle. It’s the perfect way to combine a sun-kissed vibe and soft waves on a mid-length cut.
#24: Light Copper Blonde Highlights on Dark Hair
These light copper blonde highlights on dark hair were created by hairstylist Jules Carlson of Thunder Bay, ON.
She explains, “This hair on the model in the picture was easily done by foiling a copper lowlight throughout her full head, with the goal of blending the old blonde highlights into her dark hair. We wanted to add dimension and break up the old foils lines.”
For styling and maintenance, Carlson suggests using Joico Lumishine because it offers amazing coverage, health, and shine!