Do blondes really have more fun? Well, it might be time to find out! Blonde hair has certainly been linked to many a “bombshell” over the decades – from Marilyn to Brigitte Bardot, Goldie Hawn, Madonna, Scarlett Johansson, and even Beyoncé.
If you’re thinking of lightening up, understand that blonde hair isn’t just “dark” or “light.” There are many different shades of blonde hair that you can embrace – whether as a full head of hair or as highlights.
Depending on your natural hair base, your eye color, and your skin undertone, a good colorist will work with you to come up with a shade of blonde hair that will best make your complexion pop.
Why Your Favorite Celeb’s Hair Color May Not Suit You
It’s easy to look at someone you admire and think, “Oh! I want that hair color!” But just as you need to pick the right shade of foundation for your skin tone, you also need to select a shade of hair dye for your skin tone.
For example, say you’re head over heels for Michelle Williams’ platinum pixie. Michelle can pull off this ice-cold blonde hair perfectly because she naturally has cool undertones. This means she has subtle hints of pink and blue within her skin tone.
In contrast, Charlize Theron’s skin tone is all golds and peaches, otherwise known as a warm undertone. She isn’t able to pull off the “coolness” of Michelle’s ice-blonde, so she tends to stay closer to a honey platinum hair color, which isn’t as icy.
What Shade of Blonde Hair is Right For Me?
When you choose a color that isn’t right for your skin tone, it can make your complexion look red, blotchy, washed-out, or just dull. But the right shade can help make your complexion appear brighter and more vibrant.
Now, there are many tests online to help you find your natural skin undertone, but one quick one is to think about the jewelry you wear. Are you a gold or silver person?
Gold jewelry tends to really suit those with warm undertones, while silver looks great with cool undertones.
Cool Shades of Blonde Hair
- Cool platinum
- Ash blonde
- Silver blonde
- Light blonde
- Cool strawberry blonde
- Sandy blonde
- Dark wheat blonde
TIP: Avoid anything that’s overly brassy, coppery, or orange/gold based.
Warm Shades of Blonde Hair
- Honey platinum
- Caramel blonde
- Baby blonde
- Honey butter blonde
- Butterscotch blonde
- Copper blonde
- Golden blonde
- Dark honey blonde
- Amber blonde
TIP: Avoid anything too ashy and cool. Golden colors will make your skin glow.
Blonde highlights are one of the easiest, most gentle, and effective ways to go blonde. They tend to really brighten and lift your hair – and your complexion. They also create nice depth, because of the contrast between your natural color and the highlights.
Blonde highlights also create a bridge between dark hair and blonde. When you go from, say, dark brown to blonde, it’s a lengthy process that can damage your hair. It takes a lot of time, and bleach, to strip all of that color out. Highlights allow a healthier, more subtle change.
And you don’t have to be a natural blonde to get blonde highlights, nor do you need to fully get rid of your own natural color.
Blonde highlights look just as gorgeous on brunettes and redheads as they do on darker shades of blonde.
Aside from the shades listed above, you can also consider these options for blonde highlights:
This highlighting technique gives a sun-kissed look because it only highlights the parts of your hair that would naturally be hit by the sun. It also involves thicker highlights at the ends of your hair (also known as ombre), keeping your roots their natural color.
Balayage is a particularly stunning look on brunettes and dark blondes.
When your hair isn’t blonde or brunette but somewhere in-between, it’s “bronde.” Bronde is a hot color right now, and it’s a great starting point for anyone a little shy about highlights. It uses lots of natural base color and then adds subtle shimmers of lighter highlights around your face.
Low-lights are helpful for those that feel they’ve gotten a little “too” blonde and want some depth put back in. Darker lowlights are added back into the hair for a more natural look.
The perfect middle ground between blonde and auburn, strawberry blonde highlights can brighten naturally red hair. They can also add a subtle bit of eye-catching color to naturally blonde hair.
Going, Going, Blonde!
Before you run off to buy a packet of hair dye from the pharmacy, some sage words of advice:
Blonde hair is a tricky color to get right, and bleach can even turn your hair orange if you’re not careful. Bleach can also seriously damage your hair.
Though it’s not the cheapest option, a good colorist is a worthwhile investment. You and your colorist can work together to pick the best shade of blonde for your complexion.
The result? You’ll be rocking the shade of blonde that’s going to turn heads – not the one that’s going to do more damage than good.