19 Different Shades of Blonde Hair Color

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

Different shades of blonde hair color chart.

1. Ash Blonde

Ash blonde hair color.
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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 hair color.
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Strawberry blonde is precisely what it sounds like… a light golden blonde hair color with reddish undertones.

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.

I’m a big fan of the Keracolor Clenditioner, which deposits color into your hair each time you wash it. The copper tone is perfect for strawberry blondes.

3. Beige Blonde

Beige blonde hair color.
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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 highlights.
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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 hair color.
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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 color.
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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

Pearl blonde hair color.
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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 color.
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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.

9. Blorange

Blorange hair color on a blunt bob.
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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

Ice blonde hair color.
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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

Dishwater blonde hair color.
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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 hair color.
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Honey blonde is a darker shade of golden blonde and is usually achieved with a hair color process.

It’s a popular choice for highlights and ombré colors, as it can be too brassy on its own.

13. Cream Blonde

Cream blonde hair color.
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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.

14. Bronde

Bronde hair color.
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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 hair color.
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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

Rosé hair color / Rose gold hair color.
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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.

Again, I like the idea of using Keracolor Clenditioner to deposit these tones into your hair each time you wash it.

17. Champagne Blonde

Champagne blonde hair color.
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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 hair color.
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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 hair color.
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Platinum blonde is one of the most shocking, amazing, and noteworthy blonde hair types.

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.


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What are the different shades of blonde hair color?

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.

What shade of blonde should I dye my hair?

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.

Does blonde hair color make you look younger?

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.

Is ash blonde warm or cool?

The base color of ash is blue, giving it a cool, greyish tone.

Final Thoughts

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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,


Your Turn: What is your favorite type of blonde hair color? Are there any other shades I should add to this list? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼


17 thoughts on “19 Different Shades of Blonde Hair Color”

  1. INstead of PLATINUM color mY hAir color is greY. I don’t Like it., how soon can i revisit hAIrstYlist to geT it dyed again? Sorry caN’t remOve all caps from my phone.

  2. I went grey very early so when it became fashionable I stopped colouring it as it is a very nice ice white colour. My hairdresser put lighter ‘slices’ through it and a silver toner. I loved it. However now covid is here bye bye hairdresser and I am getting a bit fed up with the whole grey look. I will never go back to proper colour so I am looking for something simple. Maybe ash blond or platinum. would I need to use a colour and toner or just toner.

  3. My hair is grey now but looks a bit dull and boring, i would like to go lighter, platinum maybe, or two shades. I’m around 70, I want to avoid to bleach my hair too much, as it’s very thin. What would you suggest?

    • You could always do some highlights with bleach and use 20v to slowly lift. It shouldn’t take much to get light, since it’s already grey. You could also try using a high-lift blonde color. Hope that helps!

  4. Hi, i always had my roots colored by my hair dresser but since covid, she has been closed. I am coloring my roots myself now and she told me to get a 7NN hair color for my roots. SHe wouldn’t say what brand she used but what I am using now is from Clairol in a 7nn but it seems to be darker than the rest of the body of my hair. I also tried wella which i didn’t like. I have gray roots and my roots needed coloring every 4 weeks with my hair dresser but now with me coloring my own roots, it doesn’t last 4 week. I use a 20 volume with the color. i like a golden blonde, what would be the color i would use?

    THank you,

    • I wonder if you are using a demi-permanent color that would fade out quicker than what your stylist uses. Maybe check to see if there is a permanent variety. If you have permanent, I’m not sure why it would fade so quickly but maybe you can try another color line. Shades of color vary from color line to color line, but if 7nn seems pretty close, but a little dark, maybe you can try an 8NN. Hope that helps!

  5. Hi I have grey hair now and would like to put a pearl blonde in my hair do you think that would look ok as I am 66. Thanks colleen

  6. Hi ok well my natural hair color was light blonde. I’d never touched it until I was 38 . I’m 47 and in those 10 years I’ve turned it every color. Now it is dark red/purple and brown. I have tried several times to go back to my super light blond hair and I cant get it right. Can you please please help me..

  7. 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?

  8. 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 🙂

  9. 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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