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Bombshell Blonde: 24 Blonde Highlights For Every Hair Color

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Blonde makes everything better—at least, that’s what we like to believe. The happy color brings summer into every room while simultaneously brightening the complexion. Although your friends might inquire, you did not get really toned, have a facial done, or start using a new moisturizer at night.

What you did do is get blonde highlights. They’ll add a new swagger to your step, taking your hair color from barely there to full-on beautiful, whether they’re ash blonde or mushroom brown.

Whatever your shade, we’ve handpicked a blonde highlight hue that will work with what you’ve already got going on!

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Good hair day by @jruby_lorealpro.

Silver White

Silver is the extra-cool cousin of standard blonde, making every hairstyle seem a little more upscale. If you’re looking for a hair color that says high class without dropping the big bucks for it, silver’s the way to go.

Good hair day by @hairby.chas.

Ice Blonde

If you’re looking for a way to elevate light blonde or brown-tinted tones, platinum is a great idea. Based on the beauty mistakes we made in the early ‘00s, however, be sure you’re asking your stylist to really blend the streaks evenly throughout the hair. Nobody wants to deal with accidental stripes.

Good hair day by @hairhousevasa.

Ash Blonde

Frosty and ashy blondes often have trouble keeping their color from reading as one-note. It makes sense: Ash is matte and neutral by design. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no way to add nuance or dress it up.

Good hair day by @chelseahaircutters.

Sunny Blonde

Sunny highlights might be calling your name. On ashy hair or dark blonde, sandy looks sophisticated and subtle. If you’re really looking to mix it up, try sandy hair as an ombre with dark chocolate or caramel hair—the look is flattering while still feeling very youthful.

Good hair day by @hairmira.

Natural Blonde

An unspoken truth of the hair coloring world is that not everyone is seeking the trendiest, most dramatic shade on the market. In a salon full of girls going neon purple, there are always a few who just want to look natural—their natural color, just better.

Good hair day by @krazy4hair.

Sandy Blonde

Perhaps it’s just the name, but sandy blonde always seems like the least beloved member of the blonde color family. The shade falls between bright blonde and light brown, adding a casually chic vibe to any hair color.

Good hair day by @hairchar_.

Coconut Blonde

When it comes to coconut blonde highlights, we’re big fans of the way the color looks next to ashy shades. If you’re going for sandy or beige brown hair, toasted coconut hair is your new best friend. Ask your stylist to place your highlights throughout your ends.

Good hair day by @styled_by_carolynn.

Golden Blonde

All that glitters isn’t gold—that is, unless it’s these stunning highlights. Warm blonde is officially back.

Good hair day by @diehaarstylisten.

Chunky Highlights

Get in the throwback spirit with chunk highlights! Next thing you know, you’ll be wearing platform slides and watching video tapes.

Balayage Highlights

Gorgeous, creamy balayage? Don't mind if we do.

The Best Blonde Highlights For Brunette Hair

Good hair day by @hairby_gloria.

Silver Blonde

Blinding and a little surprising, white blonde highlights are the unexpected power move of the hair world. Although we may see plenty of gray and pastel hair, we rarely see ladies commit to the full maintenance routine that goes with keeping white highlights pristine. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1ralwlncUz/

Good hair day by @lauracicconehair.

Soft Blonde

Ask for soft blonde highlights on brown hair, being sure to request a super subtle application technique. Try babylights, an ultra-blended application that mimics the natural highlights of kids’ hair, or balayage, the process of hand-painting highlights into the hair.

Good hair day by @neeenaboo.

Sunkissed Blonde

We swear we’re not that biased, but sunkissed blonde highlights really have a special place in our hearts. The blissful dark blonde mimics the look of naturally sun-lightened hair, adding a healthy, outdoorsy element to your look.

Good hair day by @haircolorkilla.

Golden Blonde

Flattering and always in style, golden blonde is a shade guaranteed to flatter everyone. Its bright tones ensure the hair color never reads as dull or flat, adding a textured vibe to every head of hair. That wide-ranging beauty is precisely the reason gold works so well as a highlight shade.

Good hair day by @luxe_blond_stilist.

Caramel Blonde

To bring a little caramel into your own life, we recommend you start with a dark blonde, bronde, or medium brown shade. The color will provide depth and texture, helping you fake hair that’s thicker and more voluminous.

Good hair day by @haircolorkilla.

Cherry Blonde

If you’ve tried rose gold, pastel pink, or even blonde orange, you know that washed out color looks fantastic for a day. After that, though, you start to a loose a little pigment every day, and the shade falls flat.

Instead of mourning your unicorn hair, add life to it with pinkish blonde highlights. The lighter shade will add depth to the look without sacrificing any dynamic color. Better yet, the blonde-pink hue may just provide inspiration for your next dye job.

Good hair day by @jenghair.

Honey Blonde

Just the way honey sweetens whatever treat you’ve drizzled it over, this opulent color does the same for the hair on your head. The gold tones and brown notes of honey highlights make them incredibly easy to wear on a range of brown hair colors.

Good hair day by @elita_stylist.

Rose Gold

If you’re ready and willing to do the work (consult your stylist for full directions), we can’t get enough of the way rose gold highlights look over the top of brunette manes. It’s a dramatic move, but a beautiful one.

Good hair day by @maneglowartistry.

Beige Blonde

Enter the beige highlight, which doesn’t usually get much attention. On dark hair, however, it’s a real game changer. The light sections add life to the color, creating a multi-tonal look that’s really striking. Everyone will be asking where you got your hair done, and you can thank us later.

Good hair day by @robindeltoro.

Strawberry Blonde

Strawberry blonde is not quite red, not quite white gold. Somehow, it manages to incorporate the best parts of both shades. If we already love the way strawberry blonde looks as a hair color, imagine how excited we are by the possibilities of strawberry blonde highlights.

Good hair day by @manuelnovohair.

Blonde Ombre

If you’ve already tried partial highlights, commit to a full head! With an ombre, you won’t have to worry about your roots starting to grow out.

Good hair day by @tabetha_and_co.

Face-Framing Highlights

Show off your best feature with simple yet stunning face-framing highlights.

The Best Blonde Highlights For Red Hair

Good hair day by @Krazy4hair.

White Blonde

If you’re a redhead, you’ll be delighted to learn that white blonde is one of the few shades that’s practically made to flatter you. Be sure to ask for balayage so that your highlights don’t become tiger stripes.

Good hair day by @hairbytay_lo.

Pale Ginger

If you happen to be working with rose gold or copper, pale ginger is a flattering way to add dimension without pushing too far away from the color scheme you already have going on. The shade also looks lovely on light brown and copper hair.