Seeing blonde everywhere you go? Thinking of finally taking the plunge? We’re totally behind you. Blonde is one of the most versatile colors in the hair world, making every complexion look a little bit brighter and transitioning beautifully into other shades. If blonde is on your mind, there’s only one question to ask yourself: Which blonde?
With a spectrum ranging from dark to light and warm to cool, there are a million shades of blonde to choose from—but which one is best for you? We gathered the most searched-for shades of blonde on the internet to help guide you in the right direction with the ultimate blonde hair color chart. Whether you want strawberry or ash blonde, you’re sure to find the right shade for you.
The Ultimate Blonde Hair Color Chart
If you’re thinking of going blonde, the hair color world is basically your hair dye oyster (sorry). While we can’t reach through your screen and give you a personalized consultation, there are a few factors that should influence any blonde decisions you make.
A hair color is only as good as the skin tone it’s flattering! If your skin has cool undertones (you’ll see blue veins on the inside of your wrists), lean towards icy shades. Those with warm undertones (you'll see green veins) should head that direction with their color.
Salon pros tell us the color they create is only as good as the products their clients use at home and the touch-up appointments they schedule. If your end goal is dramatically different from your natural color, expect to need fresh color every 6 to 8 weeks (or even less).
Blonde hair’s evil twin is bleach, the substance stylists use to lift the natural pigment from your strands and create those gorgeous shades we love so much. However, bleach is inherently damaging, meaning your color may come with an impromptu haircut if you have damaged or weak ends. If you’re worried about losing length, check in with your stylist ahead of time to make sure you’re on the same page about realistic color goals.
The Trendiest Blonde Shades Now
Ashy hair colors have risen to major popularity in the last few years, winning us over with their chilly gray undertones and laidback vibes. In the wild (or on the city streets), ash blonde is recognizable because of its silvery reflects.
With this shade, your biggest concern will be fighting brass and maintaining that cool finish. Invest in a targeted shampoo like Kérastase’s Blond Absolu Bain Lumière to help keep your ash shining bright.
Read more: 34 Ash Blonde Hair Looks You'll Want To Try
“Dirty” doesn’t always sound like it’s leaning into a winner of a shade, but dirty blonde is the exception to the rule. This blend of light brown and dark blonde can run either cool or warm, depending on your complexion, and will exponentially up your cool factor. As an added bonus, dirty blonde is one of the more low-maintenance shades of blonde on the spectrum.
To make dirty blonde work for you, as for a dark blonde base color with brighter highlights throughout. If you naturally have a medium blonde shade, you’re in luck! This is the easiest hair color you’ll ever have.
Read more: 34 Photos That Prove Dirty Blonde Hair Is Everything
If you’ve ever tried platinum hair, you’re fully aware that it’s basically like being married to your local salon. Drop the commitment for a blonde shade that doesn’t require as much maintenance—and what’s prettier than dark blonde? This caramel-influenced hue is a chic play on the return to natural-looking hair colors we’ve been seeing all year.
Want to make sure your dark blonde hair doesn’t run too warm? We don’t blame you. Pick up Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed So Silver Purple Shampoo to help keep those yellow tones at bay.
Read more: 10 Shades Of Dark Blonde Hair We Love, From Honey Blonde To Bronde
We’re extremely picky when it comes to hair color—some might even call it demanding. If you’re like us, combine the all the best of red and blonde into one magnificent shade: strawberry blonde. The color brings coppery depth to bright blonde, resulting in a shimmery, multidimensional final look that’s just dreamy on olive and fair skin.
Whatever your color, be warned that strawberry blonde is an unofficial gateway drug. A little taste of sweet strawberry and you’ll be begging your colorist to take you full Joan Holloway—not that it’s a bad thing.
Read more: Why It's Time to Try Strawberry Blonde Hair
It doesn’t get much more angelic than honey blonde hair, a shade that basically looks like it was ripped from the pages of a storybook. The silky, warm color suits fair complexions and reminds us of pure summertime.
Read more: 3 Stunning, On-Trend Honey Blonde Hair Color Ideas
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