Want beautiful blonde hair? Get in line! There’s no denying that blond hair looks seriously special when done right—which explains why so many women covet this pretty hair color. Different blonde hair colors have the ability to do everything from subtly add dimension to your strands via highlights to create a total transformation if you decide to go way, way lighter. Don’t know if going blonde is right for you? Well, there’s a good chance that—with a little skin tone matching—the blonde hair you’ve been dreaming of in your head is totally doable IRL. Simply consult our guide to blonde hair color ideas to find your match—then pick up a box of coordinating blonde hair dye or book an appointment at the salon for your mane makeover!
GOING BLONDE 101: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
So, you’ve decided you want to dye your hair blonde. Exciting stuff! However, it’s important to understand that achieving your desired level of blonde hair could potentially take a lot of work, depending on the hair color you’re starting with and the end result you’re after. If you have dark brown hair and you want to go very light, it could very well take multiple sessions to complete this—so in this case, visiting a professional colorist might be the best option as opposed to trying to DIY your hair color if you want a healthy hair color. When it comes to going blonde, having patience is often key. That being said, in many cases, you can get a blonde hair color at home. Below, we’re outlining some of the most popular shades of blonde hair with recommendations for getting the look.
THE BEST BLONDE HAIR COLORS FOR YOUR SKIN TONE
Want to find out if blondes really do have more fun? Find the perfect shade of blonde hair for your skin tone below. Happy dyeing!
BEST SHADES OF BLONDE FOR LIGHT SKIN TONES
There are plenty of shades of blonde that suit light skin tones.
1. EXTRA ASH BLONDE HAIR
This slightly white, almost platinum blonde hair color looks especially stunning on lighter complexions with blue or green eyes because it can help make features pop. Whether you achieve the look with all-over color or natural-looking balayage highlights, you’ll surely turn heads with your new silvery-blonde hue.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Extra Light Ash Blonde
2. GOLDEN BLONDE HAIR
Mixing butter and honey blonde to create an overall golden, sun-kissed hue, golden blonde hair can add vibrancy to lighter skin tones without washing them out.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Golden Blonde
3. LIGHT PASTEL BLONDE HAIR
Feeling bold? Don’t let the name fool you—a light pastel blonde shade will turn heads for all the right reasons.
Get the hair color: Pastel shades of all sorts are best left to a professional unless you want to use temporary hair color like the L’Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Pastel Mint
4. BUTTER BLONDE HAIR
If you’re looking to add the perfect sunshine-y splash to your complexion, look no further than butter blonde hair, which can help brighten up light to medium skin tones and make just about any eye color stand out.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Very Light Natural Blonde
5. COOL SCANDINAVIAN BLONDE
Some of the most striking blonde hair colors can be credited to pale-skinned, bright blue-eyed Norwegians. But you don’t have to be from Eastern Europe to rock a gorgeous Scandinavian blonde hue! This shade looks most complementary against fair and light skin tones.
Get the hair color: Since this color could require some bleaching of your strands, make an appointment at the salon.
6. SANDY BLONDE HAIR
If a rich yet subtle dye job seems up your alley, search no further than beach-inspired sandy blonde hair. The cool, beige tones in this otherwise warm dye make this a great idea for the spring months.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Lightest Natural Blonde
7. STRAWBERRY BLONDE HAIR
Love the way blonde hair looks, but want to get in on a little red action, too? With colors like rose gold hair making quite the name for themselves, we totally understand.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Light Reddish Blonde
8. PLATINUM BLONDE HAIR
As the lightest of all the blonde hair colors on the spectrum, platinum blonde hair can create a gorgeous contrast against light and medium skin tones.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Absolute Platinum Extreme Platinum
9. VANILLA LILAC
In case you haven’t heard, purple hair colors are seriously in right now. Vanilla lilac hair combines our love for this trend with our love for blonde hair. The color features a rooted blonde base that gradually transitions into lilac ends.
Get the hair color: Head to the salon so your colorist can expertly blend the right shades for this blonde-meets-purple hue.
10. ASH BLONDE
If a near-platinum ash blonde hair color is a tad too drastic for you, take things down a notch with a slightly darker version—ash blonde hair! The ashy, beige blonde hue will add warmth to your pale skin.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Ash Blonde
11. PEARL BLONDE
This light, creamy blonde hair color is just as beautiful as the stone it’s named after, and it’ll look striking against fair skin tones.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Ultra Pearl Blonde
12. LIGHT BEIGE BLONDE HAIR
This light, creamy, sandy blonde hair color will add just the right amount of warmth to your pale skin.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Light Beige Blonde
13. LIGHT NATURAL BLONDE
Think you were born to be blonde? If you want to fake a natural blonde hair color, consider sporting a light natural blonde hue. The epitome of blonde hair colors, it’s precisely what you imagine when you think of someone born with a head full of beautiful blonde locks.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Light Natural Blonde
14. VANILLA CHAI
Think about a warm cup of chai tea. Now imagine it as a hair color! Vanilla chai hair consists of dark roots that transition to a nearly white, cool blonde hue.
Get the hair color: Head to the salon for this rooted, light blonde hair color.
15. CREAM SODA
Another drink-inspired hue, cream soda hair features a caramel brown base that’s lightened up with beautiful blonde highlights. It’s a swirling combination of brunette and blonde tones!
Get the hair color: To make sure you get the perfect cream soda hair, turn to the pros.
16. WHITE BLONDE
Who’s the fairest of them all? You—with a white blonde hair color, that is! This whiter-than-platinum blonde hue will create just enough contrast against your pale skin.
Get the hair color: Skip that at-home color and head to your salon instead.
17. CINNAMON BLONDE
Spice up your look with a cinnamon blonde hair color. The color features a mix of platinum blonde, copper, and auburn highlights to create a mane that looks as though it were sprinkled with cinnamon. Yum!
Get the hair color: Since this hue involves a range of expertly blended shades, we’d recommend heading to the salon.
THE BEST SHADES OF BLONDE FOR MEDIUM SKIN TONES
Medium skin tones were practically meant to go blonde!
18. WARM PLATINUM BLONDE HAIR
In our opinion, when done correctly and professionally, platinum hues can look great with just about any skin tone—albeit they will look more dramatic against a medium skin tone.
Get the hair color: Unless your hair is already ultra-light, consult a professional.
19. BRONDE HAIR
Known for its perfect mix of blonde and brown highlights and lowlights, bronde hair can offer up a natural look for medium-toned skin. This color is very customizable, so be sure to ask your colorist to select the perfect honey highlights to match your skin tone so that your ever-so-slightly lighter ends look like they came from spending time outside.
Get the hair color: Since this hair color requires quite a bit of technique, it’s best left to a pro.
20. CARAMEL BLONDE HAIR
Caramel blonde hair can brighten the look of medium-toned complexions and really emphasize your gorgeous facial features. Remember to start with a darker golden blonde base on the lengths and ends with lighter face-framing highlights to tie it all together.
Get the hair color: Hit up the salon, since a pro colorist will have the skills to create custom highlights that are sure to suit you.
21. HONEY BLONDE HAIR
Think of honey: warm and shiny and totally delicious. Yep, that’s this hair color personified. Honey blonde hair can work to awaken medium complexions. When going for this look, make sure to keep your darker roots intact.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Blonde
22. GOLDEN BEIGE BLONDE HAIR
Beige may be a boring color choice for wall paint, but its anything but boring on hair when combined with a golden tint—especially on those with medium-toned skin.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Light Golden Blonde
23. CHERRY BLONDE
With a mix of copper, light auburn, and blonde shades, there’s no denying this hair color trend is absolutely stunning. While the look is customizable, the warm tones make this hue particularly flattering on those with a medium skin tone.
Get the hair color: Since this color features an array of tones—not to mention it’s customizable—your best bet is to book an appointment at your favorite salon.
24. MUSHROOM BLONDE
We’re sure you’re familiar with the mushroom brown craze, but have you heard of mushroom blonde? Consider them sister colors. With a mix of ashy brown and blonde hues, it’s a slightly lighter and brighter version of mushroom brown hair.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Ash Blonde
25. MEDIUM ROSE BLONDE
Rose gold hues have been making their mark in the beauty world for everything from your makeup to your hair. Speaking of the latter, medium rose blonde is the perfect way to hop on the trend while adding a touch of warmth to those with medium skin tones.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Rose Blonde
26. DARK BEIGE BLONDE
For some soft contrast, paint your locks in a dark beige blonde hue. The dark tone will add depth to your look while the beige color adds warmth.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Dark Beige Blonde
27. BLUSH BLONDE
What’s better than a blonde hair color? A blonde hair color with romantic, rosy tones throughout. That’s exactly what blush blonde hair is—and we can’t get enough of it.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Rose Gold
28. MEDIUM GOLDEN BLONDE
If you love the idea of a golden blonde hair color, allow us to introduce you to your hair color match. Medium golden blonde hair pairs beautifully with medium skin tones as it complements the warmth and tone of your complexion.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Medium Golden Blonde
29. WHEAT BLONDE
This soft, brown-meets-blonde hair color is one we can get behind. This of the tones in a field of wheat and you’ll know what we’re talking about!
Get the hair color: To make sure this blend of brunette and blonde hues is seamless, turn to the pros.
30. DARK ASH BLONDE
For a bit of distinction, give a dark ash blonde hair color a try. Thanks to its cool undertones, the hue will contrast beautifully against those with medium skin tones and warm undertones.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Dark Ash Blonde
31. AMBER BLONDE
Add a twist to your blonde hair color with a touch of amber. That’s the definition of amber blonde hair, which features a blonde base with coppery tones throughout.
Get the hair color: For this blonde shade, turn to the pros.
THE BEST SHADES OF BLONDE FOR DARK SKIN TONES
Don’t feel left out, dark skin tones look beautiful with blonde hair, too!
32. GOLDEN OMBRÉ
The ombré hair coloring technique is a trend that’s not going anywhere fast, and that’s because it’s beautiful in any shade you choose. For those with darker skin tones, an ombré with a gold tone on the lengths and ends will complement your skin tone and highlight your eyes.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach Ombre Bleach
33. DARK ROSE BLONDE
We love rose blonde hair, and this slightly darker hair color is perfect for those with darker skin tones. It’s still blonde, but the warm rosy undertones will better complement your skin tone.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Dark Rose Blonde
34. BUTTERSCOTCH BLONDE
Just like the sweet treat, a butterscotch-hued hair color can look super yummy against dark skin tones.
Get the hair color: For this gorgeous color, you’ll want to book an appointment with your colorist since it involves holding onto a darker shade at your roots.
35. PLATINUM GRAY-BLONDE HAIR
This look is not one for the faint of heart, but when done right, a bright platinum gray-blonde can contrast gorgeously against darker skin tones.
Get the hair color: Call up your colorist for this one too.
36. COPPER BLONDE HAIR
Metallic tones are trending in makeup and hair for a reason—they’re stunning! Adding a copper tint to your blonde mane will shine whether you’re under the sun or fluorescent lighting.
Get the hair color: Copper isn’t the easiest shade to encompass in a boxed hair dye kit, so it’s best to book in with a pro if you want to give this look a try.
37. DARK GOLD BLONDE HAIR
Golden blonde tones can work against darker skin, and they can do wonders for bringing your facial features to life!
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Féria in Dark Gold Blonde
38. BLONDE HAIR WITH DARK ROOTS
Blonde hair with dark roots has become seriously popular as a low-maintenance blonde hair color option. And since those with dark skin tones typically have darker hair naturally, it’s the perfect way to rock a blonde hair color that’s sure to flatter.
Get the hair color: For an expertly blended look, it’s best to head to the salon.
39. BLONDE HAIR WITH LOWLIGHTS
Just like a rooted blonde hair color is flattering on dark skin tones due to its incorporation of darker tones, blonde hair with lowlights is sure to please. Not to mention the lowlights will add dimension and depth to your blonde mane.
Get the hair color: For this hair color, seek out a professional.
40. DARK BLONDE
Bordering blonde and brown, dark blonde hair is not only complementary on those with dark skin tones, but it’s also a great way to slowly transition to a lighter mane.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Dark Blonde
THE BEST SHADES OF BLONDE FOR ALL SKIN TONES
Certain shades suit literally everyone—these are them:
41. NUDE BLONDE HAIR
As one of the latest hair color trends, nude hair is all about perfectly matching warm and cool tones to balance each other out for a multidimensional look that mimics your skin tone—think: light skin with lighter shades and darker shades for dark skin.
Get the hair color: Since this hair color depends on your specific skin tone, call up your colorist to book an appointment.
42. CHAMPAGNE BLONDE HAIR
Who doesn’t love a glass of bubbly, right? Now, one of your favorite fizzy drinks has inspired a pretty hair color trend. Champagne blonde hair features cool tones for a refreshing take on blonde hair that flatters just about everyone. If you have a warmer skin tone, think about getting warm highlights added to your champagne blonde hair for a look that flatters your skin tone.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Champagne Blonde
43. SILVER BLONDE HAIR
There’s no denying that cool-toned, ashy hues have been making quite the mark in the hair color world. One of our favorites at the moment? Silver blonde hair. This nearly platinum blonde hair color features silver undertones that make for a striking, trendsetting color.
44. SAND BLONDE HAIR
Featuring a light brown base and ashy blonde balayage highlights, the color resembles the sand on your favorite beach. Since sand blonde hair is both dimensional and customizable, it’ll look good on almost anyone!
Get the hair color: With expertly placed balayage highlights, your best bet is to turn to the pros.
45. CREAM BLONDE HAIR
With a mix of cool and warm blonde tones, cream blonde hair is a universally flattering blonde hair color. More specifically, the color features a blend of platinum and yellow-cream blonde highlights on a medium blonde base. Simply gorgeous!
Get the hair color: You guessed it—you’ll want to head to the salon to achieve this blonde hair color.
46. SMOKED MARSHMALLOW
This intensely rooted blonde hair color offers a high contrast look of dark brown roots that transition to platinum blonde. The stark difference in hues works because the different shades are blended via a combination of highlights and lowlights, allowing smoked marshmallow to be universally flattering.
Get the hair color: For this blended yet contrasted color, head to the salon!
47. DULCE DE LECHE
Doesn’t this hair color sound good enough to eat? A dulce de leche hair color has a warm brown base that’s lightened up with caramel blonde balayage highlights. The combination of brown and blonde tones makes it perfect for any skin tone.
Get the hair color: We’d recommend visiting your colorist for this blonde hair color.
48. MEDIUM BLONDE
As far as shade ranges go, it’s safe the say that the middle is generally the most versatile. Medium blonde is just that: The perfect happy-medium blonde hair color for pale, medium, and dark skin tones alike.
Get the hair color: L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Medium Blonde
49. BLONDE ROAST
Another blonde-meets-brunette hue, blonde roast hair blends cool-toned brown and blonde hues throughout your entire mane—making it more than just a rooted blonde color. The expertly blended shades create a natural-looking, seamless hair color that resembles one of our go-to coffee orders.
Get the hair color: For this seamlessly blended hair color, book an appointment at your favorite salon.
50. DISHWATER BLONDE
Speaking of varying tones, dishwater blonde hair features an array of blonde hues from light to dark to create a modern twist on dirty blonde hair. The color can be customized to have cool or warm undertones, allowing it to be universally flattering.
Get the hair color: Go to the pros to get this dimensional hair color.
HOW TO CARE FOR COLOR-TREATED BLONDE HAIR
Now that you've decided on your perfect shade of blonde hair, it’s time to learn how to care for your shiny new color. After you dye your hair, it’s important to switch to a system of hair care products (including a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask) that are formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment. This system can help to gently cleanse, condition, and balance blonde hair, neutralize brassiness, and deeply hydrate over-processed hair. Gently massage the shampoo onto wet hair, then rinse. Follow up with the conditioner, leaving it on for one to two minutes before rinsing out. Once a week, swap out the conditioner for the hair mask. Apply it to towel-dried hair post-shampoo, leave on for three to five minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Notice your blonde hair getting really brassy? Besides using a daily shampoo that helps neutralize brassiness, you can use a purple shampoo for blondes. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Conditioner work in unison to deeply moisturize and neutralize brassy yellow and orange tones in blonde, bleached, highlighted, and silver hair. To use the system, apply the shampoo to wet hair and massage it into a lather, then rinse out with lukewarm water. Follow with the coordinating purple conditioner.
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