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Want beautiful blonde hair? Get in line! There’s no denying that blonde hair looks seriously special when done right—which explains why so many women covet this pretty hair color. Shades of blonde hair 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 for every skin tone to find your match.
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 shade at home. Below, we’re outlining some of the most popular shades of blonde hair with recommendations for getting the look.
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!
There are plenty of shades of blonde that suit light skin tones.
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 Medium Ash Blonde
Mixing butter and honey blondes 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
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.
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
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.
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
Love the way blonde hair looks, but want to get in on a little red action, too? With colors like blorange and 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
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
Medium skin tones were practically meant to go blonde!
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.
Known for its perfect mix of blonde and brown highlights and lowlights, bronde hair can offer up a natural look for medium-toned skin. Since this color is very customizable, 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.
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 shafts 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.
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
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 Féria in Light Beige Blonde
Don’t feel left out, dark skin tones look beautiful with blonde hair, too!
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
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
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.
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.
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 a pro if you want to give this look a try.
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
Certain shades suit literally everyone—these are them:
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.
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
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.
Want more amazing hair color recommendations? Next up, read our article, The Best Brown Hair Color for Your Skin Tone.