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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 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. Consult our guide to finding the right shade of blonde hair for your skin tone.
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 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. 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.
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 for: 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 allover color or natural-looking balayage highlights, you’re sure to turn heads with your silvery new blonde.
Get the hair color: L'Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Ash Blonde
Best for: medium skin tones
Known for its perfect mix of blonde and brown 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 the professionals.
Best for: light/medium skin tones
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 pop.
Get the hair color: L'Oréal Paris Féria in Very Light Natural Blonde
Best for: medium/dark skin tones
Caramel blonde hair can brighten the look of darker complexions and make your gorgeous facial features really stand out. Remember to start with a darker golden blonde base in 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 for you.
Best for: all skin tones
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
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
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
Best for: all skin tones
As one of the biggest hair color trends of the moment, 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, ranging to 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.
As the lightest of all the blonde hair colors in the spectrum, platinum blonde hair can create a gorgeous contrast on light and medium skin tones, but it may look a tad too harsh on darker skin tones.
Get the hair color: L'Oréal Paris Féria in Absolute Platinum Extreme Platinum
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
Now that you've decided on a shade of blonde hair, it’s time to learn how to care for your new blonde hair 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 colored hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment. The EverPure Blonde system can help to gently cleanse, condition, and balance blonde hair, neutralize brassiness, and deeply hydrate over-processed hair. Gently massage the shampoo into wet hair, then rinse. Follow up with the conditioner, leaving it on for 1-2 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 3-5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
Want more hair color inspiration? Next up, read our article, The Best Brown Hair Color for Your Skin Tone.