If you’ve ever thought of going blonde from, say, brunette or any other hair color, you’ve most likely headed on to Google or Pinterest and looked for inspo pics. One thing you’ll notice is that no two shades of blonde are exactly the same, which is great because for all the millions of blondes in the world, you still get to be unique!
Blonde hair is also extremely versatile and works well with various tones and textures. You’ll see shades of blonde not only in the spectrum of light to dark, but also in beautiful tones of white, ash, gold, copper, brown, red, and orange. I mean, have you ever seen buttercream, caramel, or strawberry blonde?
That said, how do you go about picking the right shade for your skin tone and natural hair color? Well, we have taken the liberty of showing you all the different shades of blonde with matching gorgeous photos so you can take your pick. Let’s begin!
- 20 lightest shades of blondes
- Classic vs modern blondes
- Blondes for brunettes
- Low-maintenance blondes
20 lightest shades of blondes
What’s the use of going blonde if you don’t go all out and look for the lightest shades you can get away with without looking alien-y, and more Legally Blonde?
Want to go as light as you can get without entering the platinum territory? Baby blonde is the sweet spot! It’s pale and warm with just the right touch of cool, making it perfect for just about any skin tone and complexion. The not-quite white highlights look absolutely stunning, too!
If you’re a fan of the platinum blonde color that’s trending just about everywhere but would like to look a little less, well, trendy, opt for a more elegant rendition with a pearly iridescent blonde. Here, you can expect to get the perfect balance of gray tones, pale yellows, and extra-light blonde shades.
There’s also the option of trying out platinum without really committing to it – just think Jennifer Lawrence and you’ll get what we mean. If your hair has a light base, find some cool highlights and work your way towards fabulousness. It’s particularly perfect if you have a rosy complexion, too, and don’t really feel like looking flushed and flustered all day.
It’s chic, it’s cutting-edge, it’s the perfect blend of white, gray, and blonde. Platinum hair is a trend that started years ago, and we don’t see it falling into oblivion anytime soon. Do make sure to get this done by a pro, however, since there are so many ways it can go wrong. And, prepare yourself for lots of toning, aftercare, and maintenance. (It’s worth it, though.)
Nothing says true platinum, of course, than just going near-white. Now, it can take a bit of effort and a lot of chemicals especially with a double-process treatment, but you can really pop with this cool white hair with a bit of dimension thanks to dark roots. If you’re up for regular upkeep and a strict hair health regimen, white blonde may just be the best thing you can do to your look.
Classic vs modern blondes
With the right choice of color and some expert application, you too can look like those it-girls on TV with their perfectly golden Hollywood hair, or those Instagram baddies with eye-popping hair colors and matching hairstyles to boot.
Nothing beats the classics – especially the magic and allure of Old Hollywood. If that sounds right up your alley, a not-too-cool, not-too-warm bombshell blonde is sure to be a hit. This super bright shade is perfect if you want to look and feel like a star. Just pair it up with the perfect lipstick and you’re good to go!
If you’re thinking less Hollywood Boulevard and more Coachella, a boho yet chic golden blonde is another classic that gives you an effortless look, a warm and sunny complexion, and the personality of Serena Van Der Woodsen in Gossip Girls – perfect for riding Vespas.
An iconic sunkissed blonde makes you look like you’re really basking in the summer sun – even when you’re in the middle of winter. Just be careful in your application, and don’t overdo your roots to help the natural darkness shine through and make things look more realistic.
For the Game of Thrones fans out there, you can definitely look like your favorite character with this full-on icy white that puts platinum hair to shame. Be warned, though – it’s a dream that can cost you a lot in terms of hair products, time in the salon chair, and regular upkeep. Once you see the final result, however, all that effort will be worth it.
What’s better than blonde? Of course it’s blonde and pink, silly. If you ever dreamt about looking fairy-like, ethereal, and drunk on champagne, you can make that dream come true with the right mix of warm and cool tones – more specifically, light blonde with blush tones for a superiorly sleek twist that works on any skin tone.
Blondes for brunettes
Planning of turning your naturally gorgeous brown hair a tad lighter to catch those sun rays in a more stunning way? Worry no more.
If you’re trying out blonde for the first time ever, perhaps this is one of the safest, easiest, and quite low-maintenance ways of doing it. Just pick out a warm hair color shade so your natural dark roots will complement the blonde beautifully, and the creamy strands can shine through.
Another great way to test the waters and see if blonde hair is something you can pull off is by doing a blonde ombré, which essentially means applying the blonde hair color towards your tips and doing some expert blending around your mids to achieve a seamless look.
For something that has been popular since the early 2000’s – and for good reason – a nice caramel blonde is sure to look good on brunettes, whether as a full on hair color or as a nice set of highlights. Not to mention, it’s quite easy to achieve, too!
You probably don’t know this, but even as a brunette, you can totally achieve an ashy blonde shade – one with a perfect blend of light brown and dark blonde. The subtle ombre, the sleek variations of tones and hues, and the sprinkling of ash all over makes this look a total bomb.
The number one rule of fashion? Layers! And yes – it’s great advice for your hair too, especially if you want to keep things from getting boring. A good mixture of warm and cool tones like bright blondes and rich honeys along with highlights and a lighter base is sure to make your hair pop.
Yes – you can go blonde without going all the way and spending the better part of your day with your hair wrapped in foils and smelling like bleach.
It’s a trend started by Margot Robbie, and a lovely one at that. The trick is to go for “lived-in” highlights around your head, with the exception of lighter and brighter strands to frame your face. Just leave your roots alone, and you’re good to go!
Want something that looks a little more blended and put together? Just take a look at this gorgeous undone blonde that makes the best of natural honey highlights in a darker shade that is super easy to maintain. You can even do a bit of smudge trick towards the roots for a better looking transition and eliminate the need for touch-ups!
Another way to go about your highlights game is by using a super bright shade and working it around to get a good mix with your natural hair color, no matter what that may be. Get it close to your hairline so that it grows out perfectly well, and you’ll look fabulous for months.
Think beige, brown, gold, ash, and sandy, all rolled into one low-maintenance shade of blonde. No wonder this one’s so popular – not to mention, it goes well with many skin tones, too. Plus, it’s very runway-ready. Just think Gigi Hadid.
You can totally pull off blonde going on white all while skipping platinum and still keeping things low-maintenance. Just keep your roots clean and treatment-free to preserve their naturally amazing dark brown color, apply the lightest and coolest blonde hair color you can find on your mids and ends, then finish things off with a heavy drizzling of icy toner.
Blonde is not a singular color – it’s an infinite array of shades, tones, hues, and highlights ranging from the lightest whites and platinums to the darkest coppers and caramels – and each and every shade looks absolutely amazing!
Choosing the right shade of blonde can give you a completely new appearance, and hint at your fun yet mysterious personality. So, the only question is, are you ready to go blonde?