Let’s talk about the different shades of blonde hair color!
Blonde hair is easily one of the most beautiful hair colors around. It draws attention to the person, brightens up any hairstyle, and makes the person have more fun (true story.)
But there are so many different shades, what’s the difference between them all? Like ash blonde and platinum blonde… they’re both a cooler tone of blonde hair, but what’s the difference? And which one is better for you?
In this article, we’ll cover the different types of blonde hair, how to tell the difference between them all, and how to achieve the perfect blonde hair color!
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Shades of Blonde Hair Color Chart
1. Ash Blonde
Ash blonde hair has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and it’s clear to see why. This cool hair color is ultra-chic and doesn’t leave a trace of gold in your hair.
Ashy blondes have a blue case color, which neutralizes orange tones and gives your hair an icy-cool feel.
2. Strawberry Blonde
Strawberry blonde is
Red hair is the rarest hair color to naturally occur in the world (only 1-2% of the population has natural red hair)… but this color can be achieved by using a warm toner on golden blonde hair.
3. Beige Blonde
I’m a huge fan of beige blonde; it’s such a beautiful tone and severely under-utilized. This magical hair color mixes warm and cool tones together for an overall ashy look.
4. Caramel Blonde
Caramel blonde is more of a dark blonde or a light golden brown and looks best as an accent color. This is a great choice when adding highlights to naturally dark hair, as it helps conceal unwanted warm tones.
5. Flaxen Blonde
Flaxen blonde is a completely neutral blonde hair color… without any undertones or apparent highlights. It should be light, but not white, and shouldn’t contain any red, gold, or brown.
6. Sandy Blonde
Sandy blonde hair consists of cream-colored, hazel, or beige undertones… and should obviously look like white sand on a hot summer day.
7. Pearl Blonde
This neutral, yet cool shade of blonde is a fun variation of platinum blonde, infused with metallic, pearlescent hues.
8. Golden Blonde
Golden blonde hair is exactly what it sounds like… blonde hair with golden or yellow undertones. It results in a more natural tone and works well with dimensional highlights.
The term, blorange, literally means blonde mixed with orange. It has a peachy feel, but true blorange should still feel like a shade of blonde.
10. Icy Blonde
Icy blonde usually refers to an extra cool blonde hair color… and may almost have a silvery feel to it. This look is achieved by toning a very light blonde with a very cool toner.
11. Dirty Dishwater Blonde
Dirty blonde and dishwater blonde are both terms that refer to a darker blonde hair with some golden blonde and light brown intertwined throughout.
This shade is often natural and has a lived-in, “I spent my summer outside” look.
12. Honey Blonde
Honey blonde is a darker shade of golden blonde and is usually
It’s a popular choice for highlights and ombré colors, as it can be too brassy on its own.
13. Cream Blonde
When I think of cream blonde, I picture cafe au lait… aka coffee and cream. This color is made by blending warm and cool tones together; it works well with balayage but can also stand on its own.
Bronde is a modern hair color trend that seamlessly infuses brown and blonde hair together. It’s usually achieved with dimensional techniques like hair painting and balayage.
15. Buttery Blonde
Buttery blonde is a newer hair trend that mixes a warm blonde color with golden honey highlights. It should have a melted feel… like hot, melted butter.
16. Rosé Blonde / Rose Gold Hair
This is my absolute favorite hair color right now. Well, to be honest, I’m a fan of anything rose gold. This blonde hair color should mimic rosé wine as a pinkish, peachish hue of blonde.
17. Champagne Blonde
Champagne is another one of my favorites… this ultra-light shade of blonde has pink/peach undertones to make it a much lighter version of rosé hair.
It really doesn’t have a warm or cool feel to it… but instead blends the two worlds together.
18. Vanilla blonde
Vanilla blonde is a slightly warmer shade of light blonde that should melt creamy, subtle golden hues into neutral blonde hair colors.
19. Platinum Blonde
Platinum blonde is one of the most shocking,
In fact, many glamorous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Kim Kardashian, and just about everyone at the Playboy mansion have had platinum blonde hair at one point. There is just something about it that says sexy and high-class.
This color has a purple base to it, which neutralizes the unwanted yellow tones of bleached hair. The result is a super light, white-looking blonde.
The majority of blonde hair colors call under the main shades: ash blonde, platinum, golden blonde, honey blonde, caramel blonde, rose gold, blorange, bronde, vanilla blonde, buttery blonde, pearl blonde, champagne blonde, cream blonde, strawberry blonde, or ice blonde.
You should take into account what type of skin tone you have and how much upkeep you want to deal with. If you don’t mind spending a lot of time at the salon, a lighter color will work for you. If you’d rather get your hair done a few times a year, you’d be better off with a subtle shade of blonde worked into a balayage or color melt.
I think it definitely can, depending on what tone you have. For instance, ash blonde can look grey, and would tend to make a middle-aged person look older. However, some warmer highlights can definitely make you look younger.
The base color of ash is blue, giving it a cool, greyish tone.
With so many different types of blonde hair color, it’s important to pick the best one for your skin tone and needs. Since they all have different undertones, the different shades can be used to neutralize unwanted tones or help you achieve new looks.
With this guide, I’m confident that you’ll find the perfect shade to fit your personality!
Until next time,
MEET THE AUTHOR 🤩
Hollee is a licensed cosmetologist with over nine years of professional experience in the hair industry. With her unique insight and versatile experience, she’ll help you discover the latest hair trends or even crush your next DIY hair project.
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