If you’re a blonde by choice, then you know there are many ways to blonde. Champagne blonde, icy blonde, beige blonde and honey blonde are just a few of the variations that come to mind and prove just how customizable a blonde hair color can be.
A deeper shade like honey blonde is a great way to maintain vibrance while adding depth and richness to your strands. Whether you’re a natural blonde, a redhead or someone with dark roots that likes to incorporate brightness throughout the length, honey blonde flatters all skin tones. So, if you’re ready to indulge in a sweet honey blonde hue, you’re in for a treat and plenty of compliments. Read on as we share how to get a honey blonde hair color with our favorite at-home hair color kits, plus tips on how to care for it.
What Colors Make Up a Honey Blonde Hair Color?
Honey blonde hair is a warm, golden shade with hints of amber, blonde, chestnut, light brown and even a little bit of red. It’s a warm blonde shade but don’t mistake it for orange or brassy blonde color.
What Skin Tone Goes With Honey Blonde Hair?
Honey blonde has a very deliberate warmth that looks golden and vibrant, making it very flattering for warm skin tones. Of course, honey blonde hair is customizable so it can suit almost any skin tone with a few adjustments.
How to Get a Honey Blonde Hair Color
To get ribbons of dimensional honey blonde color woven throughout your base, it’s best to seek out the help of a professional. If you’re starting with dark hair, you’ll definitely need some bleach to get to honey blonde. If you’re looking to rock an allover honey blonde shade or subtle highlights, it’s definitely in the realm of possibility with at-home permanent dye. Here are some top picks.
How to Get an Allover Honey Blonde Color
If you’re a purist, an allover honey blonde color is gorgeous and very easy to achieve at home. This medium blonde shade has a warm, golden tone that’ll brighten your strands without sacrificing richness or dimension. Try an at-home hair color kit like the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Medium Golden Blonde to get the look.
How to Get Honey Blonde Highlights
You can’t go wrong with honey blonde highlights because they look good on everyone and blend well with every hair color. For an at-home hair transformation, try the L’Oréal Paris Frost & Design in Caramel. The handy cap allows you to specifically pick which hairs you want to highlight for a custom color.
How to Get a Golden Honey Blonde
Add some extra sunshine to your look with golden, honey blonde hair color. This luminous shade of honey will instantly brighten your look with its ribbons of amber, blonde and gold hues. To DIY this vivid shade of honey blonde, try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Golden Blonde.
How to Get a Light Honey Blonde
If you want to keep your strands bright, a light honey blonde shade may be just what you’re looking for. This is an ideal shade for those with light skin tones and you can use the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Golden Blonde to easily get the look.
How to Get Honey Blonde Balayage
For lived-in golden blonde color, try an at-home balayage kit like the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Balayage At-Home Highlighting Kit in Light to Dark Blonde. The kit includes a precise applicator to easily mimic the hand painted strokes of balayage at home, plus it includes a toning mask to blur the root line.
How to Get an Auburn, Honey Blonde Color
Honey blonde hair already has slight red undertones, so embrace it and rock an auburn, honey blonde color. If you’ve always wanted to try being a redhead, an auburn, honey blonde color is a great way to combine the gorgeous depth and brightness of both colors. To get the look, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Reddish Blonde.
How to Get a Dark Honey Blonde Color
If maintenance holds you back from rocking a blonde hair color, definitely try a darker shade of honey blonde. This color looks particularly stunning on those with olive and deep skin tones and it’s easily achieved with the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Dark Gold Blonde.
How to Get a Custom Honey Blonde Color
For foilyage, babylights and custom honey blonde color, you may want to visit the salon. A professional colorist can help you to achieve your hair goals while protecting the integrity of your strands.
If you’re looking to take a temporary spin with honey blonde hair color, consider asking your colorist to use demi-permanent dye or semi-permanent dye to achieve the look.
How to Care for Honey Blonde Hair
Once you have your new honey blonde hair color, it’s time for maintenance to come into play. You want to make sure you’re doing the work to keep your golden strands looking their best, and that starts with your hair care routine. Here are three tips to keep in mind.
1. Use a Color-Safe Hair Care System
If your honey blonde color has left you with dry, bleach-damaged hair, reach for a bonding treatment, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Bond Strengthening Pre-Shampoo Treatment, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care Bond Strengthening Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Strengthening Conditioner. This trio helps to strengthen color-treated hair from the inside out by reinforcing weak hair bonds. Start with the pre-shampoo treatment on damp hair, and rinse it out after 10 minutes. Follow up with the shampoo and conditioner as usual.
Editor’s tip: While honey blonde is a warm shade, it can still be plagued with unwanted, brassy tones. To fix that, once a week, add a purple shampoo and conditioner to your routine, like L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Brass Toning Purple Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Brass Toning Purple Conditioner. This duo contains purple dye to neutralize brassy, yellow and orange tones from blonde and highlighted hair.
2. Limit Heat Styling
To minimize further damage and prevent fading hair color, the best you can do is to limit heat styling. Consider using a curl-enhancing cream like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Non-Stop Dreamy Curls Leave-in Conditioner to bring out your natural hair texture, or, turn to heatless styles like a messy bun or heatless curls.
If you must use heat tools, always remember to prime your strands with a heat protectant like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In or the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Weightless Blow Dry Primer, Heat Protectant. If you can, use your hot tools on the lowest temperature setting and pass through each section of hair once to avoid frying your strands.
3. Use a Hair Gloss
Keep your honey blonde hue looking golden and shiny with a hair gloss like the L’Oréal Paris Le Color Gloss One Step In-Shower Toning Gloss in Honey Blonde. This in-shower gloss enhances shine, tones color and deeply conditions the hair with each use. It’s a great way to keep your color looking fresh on your own schedule, at an affordable price.
Another way to maintain vibrance is with a glossing system like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Glossing Shampoo, pH Balanced and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Glossing Conditioner, pH Balanced. Don’t forget to include the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Glossing In Shower Acidic Glaze, an in-shower glossing treatment that works with the shampoo and conditioner to keep your colored hair shiny, silky and vibrant.
First, cleanse your scalp with the shampoo, then spray the in-shower glaze on wet hair and let it sit for one to three minutes, (do not rinse) and follow up with the conditioner.
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