There are a multitude of different blonde hair colour shades from which to choose; they run the gamut from the palest platinum to dark blonde highlights over a dark brown base. Each shade of blonde can even have a variety of sub-shades. Confusing? Perhaps. But here are a few rules of thumb to help:
- Generally, it’s best to stay within two levels of your natural hair colour when dying your hair blonde
- Consider your skin tone. Are you fair, medium or dark skinned? Your complexion will affect how your hair looks when you go blonde.
- Eye colour matters when selecting the best blonde hair colour for you. Some shades of blonde are best with blue, green or hazel eyes, while other blonde hues look best with big brown or black eyes.
- What kind of image are you after? Do you want a natural, sun-kissed look? Or do you want in-your-face blonde style?
That said, when going blonde, there are all kinds of ways to break the rules. Regardless of what you’re looking for, remember that the most important thing to do when dying your hair blonde is to seek the help of your stylist. A good colourist knows how to dye any colour of hair blonde, and can save you the grief of a bad outcome.
Here are the three basic blonde colour categories that provide hair colouring ideas you can take with you to the salon, and tips on how to select your custom colour:
Platinum Blonde Hair Colour
Platinum blonde hair colour is the lightest of all the blonde shades, and is best on fair skin tones or medium skin tones with a yellowish tint. But this palest of blonde hues looks fabulous with any eye colour, and is particularly striking with bright blue or brown eyes. The popularity of platinum hair shades has been around a long time – can you say “Marilyn”? –but the trend has taken on an edgier look in more recent years, often with all-over platinum colour.
Light Ash Blonde Hair Colour
Light ash blonde hair colour is a whiter shade of blonde that has an ashy, or gray, tint. It could be described as cool platinum, and looks best on lighter complexions with lighter eye colours. Lady Gaga has sported this hue, which can be achieved on lighter natural hair colours through balayage, or all-over colour on those with darker natural hair colours
Natural Blonde Hair Colour
Natural blonde hair colour is as it sounds: blonde hair that looks like you were born with it. This baby blonde colour is multidimensional, having several similar blonde shades within the same family of colour. This looks great on any skin tone, as long as the shades mimic skin colour: i.e., for lighter skin, keep the colour shades lighter, and for darker skin, darken up the shades to keep it natural-looking.
Strawberry Blonde Hair Color
Strawberry blonde hair colour is a warm reddish-blonde hue that can have all the colours of a sunset in it. This shade is best on fair skin and lighter eye colours, and is simplest to achieve if hair is a lighter colour to begin with. Balayage over a lighter base is one way to create strawberry blonde hair colour.
Buttery Blonde Hair Colour
Buttery blonde hair colour is a warm hue with splashes of honey-yellow. This sunny colour is best with pearly complexions that are light to medium in tone, and look stunning with any eye colour. Britney Spears sported this shade beautifully on a recent beach vacation.
Beige Blonde Hair Colour
Beige blonde hair colour is a darker base with lighter, cooler highlights. This is best on medium skin tones; just be sure to maintain some warmer tones to match your skin if necessary. Ashy or orange-ish tones could make you look washed out. This is a terrific option for those with darker natural hair colour and darker eye colours.
Silver Blonde Hair Colour
Silver blonde hair colour is a cool, ashy shade that moves blonde hair into a sterling hue. Best on lighter complexions and light eye colours such as blue or green, this shade is a fabulous option for naturally graying hair. For darker complexions or eye colours, add some warm honey tones to avoid looking washed out.
Summer Blonde Hair Colour
Summer blonde hair colout is a flaxen hue that can be achieved with a sandy base and sunny highlights. This combination can be lightened up for paler complexions or darkened up for medium complexions. Madonna captured this look recently, adding signature ombrè pink tips to customise the look.
Creamy Blonde Hair Colour
Creamy blonde hair colour is a cool, whiter shade of blonde that looks best on medium to dark skin tones with darker eye colours such as brown or black. To achieve this colour, ask your stylist for cream and butter balayage highlights over your darker roots. This is a perfect blonde hair colour for dark hair.
Dirty Blonde Hair Colour
Dirty blonde hair colour is a medium-hued blonde with tones of wheat, or, well, “dirt” colour strewn throughout. Consider this shade if you have green or brown eyes and a medium-toned skin. This look can be achieved through balayage or ombrè-style highlighting
Honey Blonde Hair Colour
Honey blonde hair colour is warm and shiny and looks best on medium skin tones with darker eye colours such as brown or black. Taylor Swift has personified honey blonde hair colour. If you want to go honey blonde, ask your colourist to leave your darker roots intact and add honey-hued highlighting.
Bronze Creamy Blonde Hair Colour
Bronze creamy blonde hair colour is a warm, beachy-looking hue that is naturally lovely on medium, tawny complexions with light- to medium-shade eye colours such as blue, gray or light brown. Blake Lively’s wavy locks define this shade. To create the look, ask your colourist to add varying tones of honey highlights through your hair’s mid-length on top of a light brown base, keeping the ends ever-so-slightly lighter.
Golden Blonde Hair Colour
Golden blonde hair colour is a natural-looking, multidimensional mix of butter, gold and honey hues that looks beautiful paired with fair complexions and lighter eye colours such as pale blue or hazel. This natural-looking sun-kissed blonde colour is best achieved with balayage highlighting.
Ash Blonde Hair Colour
Ash blonde hair colour is a darker, cooler shade of silvery blonde that is an excellent choice for those with darker natural hair, skin and eye colours. Traditional ash blonde hair colour can be warmed up with buttery highlights to match skin tone if needed. This can be a great option for naturally graying hair.
Sandy Blonde Hair Colour
Sandy blonde hair colour is rich, warm and subtle. This blonde shade pairs best with fair skin tones and light eyes such as blue, hazel or violet. For a lovely sandy blonde look, ask your colourist for a dark blonde base with cool, beige--toned balayage highlights on the mid-lengths and ends.
Auburn Blonde Hair Color
Auburn blonde hair colour is strawberry blonde with a tangerine twist. This dramatic hue can be worn with any skin tone, but looks ravishing on paler complexions with lighter eye colours such as blue, green or hazel. This is a lovely transition colour from lighter summer blonde hues to darker fall shades.
Copper Blonde Hair Colour
Copper blonde hair colour is a luminous darker golden hue with amber undertones. This colour goes well with darker skin tones and eye colours such as brown or black. For those with darker natural hair colour, copper blonde is a striking way to go blonde without looking brassy.
Brownish Blonde (bronde) Hair Colour
Brownish blonde, also known as “bronde” hair colour is a warm, natural-looking blonde hue that looks lovely with fair and medium complexions and light to medium eye colours such as gold, light brown or blue. When dying dark hair blonde, achieve a rich, contrasting colour by asking your stylist for a dark blonde base with cool-toned, buttery balayage highlights on the mid-lengths and ends.
Cherry Blonde Hair Colour
Cherry Blonde Hair Colour is a vivid fuchsia-toned berry colour over a darker base that is beautiful for those with darker skin tones and darker eyes. This look is best created by dying the hair blonde, then adding cherry colour over it.
Caramel Blonde Hair Colour
Caramel blonde hair colour is a light golden brown or dark iridescent blonde colour that is lovely on any complexion, but most natural-looking on those with medium to dark skin tones. Reese Witherspoon wears this colour well. To keep caramel blonde looking natural, start with a base of dark golden blonde tones through the mid-lengths and ends with pale highlights around the face.
Dark Reddish-Brown Blonde Hair Colour
Dark reddish-brown blonde hair colour is a stunning blend of blondes, browns and reds used on a dark base that can be customised to any skin tone or eye colour. Rihanna is the queen of this technique, having successfully worn many different hair colours that run the spectrum on the hair colour charts.
Chocolate Blonde Hair Colour
Chocolate blonde hair colour is a darker shade of caramel blonde that looks warm and stunning with golden highlights. Beyonce’s creamy mane with a dark base that balances her blonde locks is a lovely example of this colour. Though this hair colour looks best on darker skin tones with darker eye colours, it can be adjusted to suit lighter complexions. Avoid chocolate blonde shades with too much white, platinum or orange because they will look unnatural with darker skin tones.
Chestnut Blonde Hair Colour
Chestnut blonde hair colour is typically a mix of darker hair with golden highlights, though it can be created on golden blonde hair by adding caramel highlights. This earthy-looking hue is best on dark complexions with dark eye colours such as black or brown, but can be exotic on medium skin tones with blue eyes.