As the saying goes, blondes have more fun. While we don’t have any proof of that fact, there’s no denying that trying out a blonde hair color is a fun way to switch up your beauty look. Of course, going blonde—and more specifically, rocking a trendy honey blonde color—isn’t a one-size-fits-all deal. Below, we’re sharing 18 honey blonde hair color ideas from subtle highlights to beautiful balayage that are all worth trying, along with a few honey blonde hair dyes so you can pick your match and DIY the hue at home. Bonus: We’ll also go over the best hair care routine for maintaining your sweet, sweet color.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #1: TRUE HONEY BLONDE
If you want to stick to the classics, a true honey blonde color is the perfect option. This medium blonde shade has a warm, golden tone that’ll add warmth to your overall look. We love this honey blonde hair color on those with fair and medium skin tones. DIY your perfect honey hue with the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Créme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color in Medium Golden Blonde.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #2: HONEY BLONDE HIGHLIGHTS
Honey blonde highlights? Yes please! If you aren’t ready to commit to an all-over honey blonde hair color, consider adding some blonde dimension to your mane with honey blonde highlights. Need some inspo? Here are 7 Honey Blonde Highlight Ideas for a Beautiful Honey Hue.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #3: DARK HONEY BLONDE
Don’t want to go too light? A dark honey blonde hair color is a great option for those who want to dip their toes into the blonde waters while avoiding the crazy maintenance that often comes with a lighter honey blonde hue. This color looks particularly stunning on those with olive and deep skin tones. Use the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Dark Gold Blonde to get the look.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #4: HONEY DEW BLONDE
Consider saying “I dew” to a honey dew blonde hair color! This dimensional shade features notes of beige, cream, and copper for a mane that has movement from every angle. Since this color involves a range of shades, make sure you do your research and find honey dew blonde inspiration pictures that you can show your colorist!
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #5: HONEY BLONDE WITH COPPER HIGHLIGHTS
Another way to try a honey blonde hair color with dimension is to add depth to a honey blonde base with copper highlights. This warm, orange-toned shade will beautifully complement your honey blonde base. Consider a range of copper tones from light to dark.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #6: HONEY BLONDE BALAYAGE
For a low-maintenance honey blonde hair color, look no further than honey blonde balayage highlights! Not only is this a great way to extend time between touch-ups, it’s also flattering on nearly anyone since it allows you to keep your natural base color.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #7: GOLDEN HONEY BLONDE
Add some extra sunshine to your look with a golden honey blonde mane. This luminous honey blonde color will instantly brighten your look. To DIY the hue, pick up the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Golden Blonde.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #8: HONEY BLONDE OMBRÉ
A fan of low-maintenance hair colors? In that case, here’s another option to consider: Have your base color gradually transition into honey blonde ends—AKA get a honey blonde ombré ‘do. This is a great option for those with naturally dark hair who don’t want to deal with constant root touch-ups.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #9: LIGHT HONEY BLONDE
Prefer a lighter blonde hue? A light honey blonde shade may be just what you’re looking for. This is an ideal shade for those with light skin tones. Use the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Golden Blonde to get the look.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #10: CARAMEL HONEY BLONDE
What’s better than honey blonde? A caramel honey blonde hair color! Seriously, think of these rich, warm blonde shades, and you’ll understand why this combo has us making total heart eyes. The dimensional color weaves caramel highlights throughout a honey base.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #11: HONEY BLONDE WITH CHOCOLATE LOWLIGHTS
If you like a slightly darker mane, you can add depth while darkening your honey blonde hue by adding chocolate lowlights into the mix. This option looks beautiful on those with naturally dark hair. Consider combining it with a smudged root. Speaking of…
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #12: ROOTED HONEY BLONDE
A rooted honey blonde hair color is ideal for those who love low-maintenance variations of trending colors. Using a smudging technique, your colorist will keep your roots dark, matching your natural hair color, while having them seamlessly transition into your honey blonde shade. Regular touch-ups? Don’t know her.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #13: ASHY HONEY BLONDE
While traditional honey blonde hair tends to be on the warm side of the spectrum, you can opt for a cool-toned version if that's your preference. Particularly flattering on those with warm skin tones, an ashy honey blonde hue will balance out your warm undertones for an overall stunning beauty look.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #14: HONEY BLONDE WITH CREAM HIGHLIGHTS
Think about the beautiful blend of colors when you pour cream into your iced coffee. Well, that’s similar to the beautiful blend of tones when you add cream highlights throughout a honey blonde base. The result? A light, dimensional hair color worthy of your next Instagram selfie.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #15: REDDISH HONEY BLONDE
Honey blonde hair already has slight red undertones, so why not emphasize them? If you’ve always wanted to give being a redhead a try, a reddish honey blonde hair color could be a good way to test the waters. Get the look at home with the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in Light Reddish Blonde.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #16: HONEY BLONDE MONEY PIECE
If you want to keep your hair color but add a bit of honey blonde into the mix, a honey blonde money piece is a great way to do so. This highlighting technique will lighten your face-framing strands and allow your honey blonde shade to be the center of your look.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #17: HONEY BLONDE WITH PLATINUM HIGHLIGHTS
Bring on the contrast! Lighten a honey blonde base with platinum highlights for a mane that demands to be seen—and adored. This dimensional option is most flattering on those with fair skin tones.
HONEY BLONDE HAIR COLOR #18: WARM HONEY BLONDE
Honey blonde hair is known to be warm, but why not take the warmth up a notch? We love a warm honey blonde hair color on those with cool undertones.
HOW TO MAINTAIN HONEY BLONDE HAIR
Once you have your new honey blonde hair color, you want to make sure you get the most out of all your hard work! Here are two tips to keep in mind.
TIP #1: USE A COLOR-SAFE HAIR CARE SYSTEM
The key to maintaining your updated hair color is to use a hair care line that’s safe for color-treated hair. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm have sulfate-free formulas and are color-safe, making the hair care system a prime pick for use post-dye job. The line takes care of damaged hair, helps strengthen strands, and will renew your color.
TIP #2: LIMIT HEAT STYLING
Another way to help your color last and keep your hair healthy is to opt to rock heat-free hairstyles, as opposed to always using your blow dryer, flat iron, and curling iron. To give air-drying a try, spray a wave spray throughout your towel-dried hair and scrunch before letting it finish drying. The wave spray will help to define your hair’s natural shape and texture. If you have naturally straight hair or want some extra definition, put your hair into braids after spritzing. For more no-heat hairstyles, read our article, 8 Adorable No-Heat Hairstyles.
Want blonde locks but aren’t sold on the idea of honey blonde hair? Check out our article, The 50 Best Blonde Hair Colors for Every Skin Tone, to find your perfect shade of blonde.