Blonde hair is easily one of the most beautiful hair colors around. It
In this article, I will discuss what some of the different shades of blonde are, how to achieve them and what they look like.
10. Ash Blonde
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
Strawberry blonde is
8. Flaxen Blonde
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
I guess you could call this “over-processed blonde” too, depending on how you look at it. This effect
It could turn any shade of orange,
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
5. Golden Blonde
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
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
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
Honey blonde is a dark golden blonde color. It is pretty similar to dirty blonde but probably with more golden undertones, and is usually
This color is very popular with highlights and ombré colors.
1. Platinum Blonde
Platinum blonde is the most shocking,
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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With an extensive knowledge of hair color science and over 12 years as a licensed cosmetologist working in the hair industry, Hollee feels the need to share her passion for beauty with the world. She specializes in hair color science, hairstyles, hair hacks, hair knowledge, and how things work in the hair industry. She enjoys sharing her expertise and helping people achieve their personal hair goals.