10 Different Shades of Blonde Hair Color

Blonde hair is easily one of the most beautiful hair colors around.  It literally draws attention to the person, makes the person have more fun (true story) and brightens up their face. But did you know that there many different shades of blonde hair?

In this article, I will discuss what some of the different shades of blonde are, how to achieve them and what they look like.

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10. Ash Blonde

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Ash blonde hair can be amazingly beautiful, like the woman’s hair in the picture, or it can even be more on the grey side of the spectrum.  The term “ash” means that the color has a blue base, which is the cause of the greyish tint.

Another thing to note is that an ash base can beautifully tone hair with orangeish undertones.  This works because blue and orange are complimentary colors and can cancel each other out (read more about using a hair toner for brassiness).

9. Strawberry Blonde

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Strawberry blonde is precisely what it sounds like: blonde hair with red undertones.  It is a hard color to achieve but beautiful when done correctly.

8. Flaxen Blonde

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Flaxen blonde refers to blonde hair without any undertones.  It should be light, but not white, and have no red, gold or brown.

7. Under-Processed Blonde

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I guess you could call this “over-processed blonde” too, depending on how you look at it.  This effect is created when you try to bleach a darker color out of your hair.

It could turn any shade of orange, and/or yellow, and may have different colors throughout the head.  Don’t worry, it is very common and is usually able to be fixed with a toner.

Believe me; I’ve had my fair share of days with this hair color.  If you have any doubts, please consult a professional.

6. Sandy Blonde

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This is definitely one of my favorite shades of blonde hair.  It is just so pretty and blended-looking.  Sandy blonde hair consists of cream-colored, hazel or beige undertones.

5. Golden Blonde

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Golden blonde hair is exactly what it sounds like: blonde hair with golden or yellow undertones.  This is a very natural shade of blonde hair color.

4. Highlighted Shades of Blonde

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This effect is created by weaving multiple shades of blonde hair together in one head of hair.  Many different shades of blonde can be used to develop multi-colored blonde hair.

3. Dirty / Dishwater Blonde

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Dirty blonde and dishwater blonde are both terms that refer to a darker blonde hair with some golden blonde and brown intertwined in it.  It is usually a very natural shade of blonde hair color.

2. Honey Blonde

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Honey blonde is a dark golden blonde color.  It is pretty similar to dirty blonde but probably with more golden undertones, and is usually be achieved through hair color processes.

This color is very popular with highlights and ombré colors.

1. Platinum Blonde

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Platinum blonde is the most shocking, amazing, and noteworthy shade of blonde.

Many glamorous celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Kim Kardashian to almost everyone at the Playboy mansion have had platinum blonde hair.  There is just something about it that screams sexy and high-class.

On the downside, there is a lot of upkeep to this shade of blonde.  Few people in the world have naturally platinum blonde hair, although, it usually darkens as they age.

Keep in mind that even a little bit of outgrowth will be drastically noticeable, and therefore the hair needs to be re-bleached about every 3-4 weeks.  If not done correctly, it could be extremely damaging (see How to Keep Bleached Hair Healthy).

Platinum blonde hair usually has a purple base to it, even though it appears to be white.  The natural color of keratin is pale yellow, so even the lightest “bleach jobs” can have a tint of yellow.  

Purple tones cancel the yellow tint (see how toners work), and makes the hair appear to be white.  Beautiful!

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Are there any shades of blonde that I left out?  Would you ever try any of these shades?  I’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below!

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5 thoughts on “10 Different Shades of Blonde Hair Color”

  1. Hi (: I was wondering: i have kinda damaged hair, im naturally very light blonde but i went dark dirty blonde, i let it grow out a bit (more than 6 months) and then bleached it. I waited a week and then died it with a level 10 violet base dye and 20v developer. Then about a week or 2 later i used the wella t18 toner with 20v developer again. I let that grow out about a month now and i want to use a high lift blonde dye with a 30v developer because im trying to get very light blonde. Do you think dying my hair again in that short of a time frame would be too damaging?

  2. My hair is a light blonde with out grow i put a lightess blonde by nice an easy on it as always it turned my hair dark like it was a ash with that green gray color! Why, an what can i do?

    • What kind of developer are you using? Also, is the light blonde hair that has been colored that way, or completely natural hair that has never been colored? If it has been colored, every time you color over it, you just keep adding more and more pigment into your hair. You have to remember that color won’t lift color. You should check out this article about it. You may have to bleach your hair every so often, even if it’s just for a few minutes, to lift some of the color pigments out. Please let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

  3. I have a question if I mix red brown with bleach what will happen ? O had my license but it has been years since I’ve done hair I don’t think I ever mixed bleach with anything.

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