18 Dirty Blonde Hair Ideas to Refresh Your Style

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28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

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You know how second day hair always looks just a little bit better? It’s got a texture not even the best salt spray can replicate with added volume and bounce. The same goes for hair color. While we love perfect, doll-like shades of platinum and ash blonde, it’s dirty blonde hair that really gets our hearts racing.

Looking to try the sexy, subtle hue for yourself? Read on for our favorite takes on dirty blonde.

Dark Dirty Blonde

If it’s your first time going dirty, a dark blonde shade is the right place to start. Not quite caramel but not hazelnut either, dark dirty blonde mixes gold and brown notes for a creamy, soft color that’s particularly flattering on medium skin tones.

Light Dirty Blonde

Summer is in full swing, and nothing will make your hair feel brighter than a light dirty blonde. This shade is ideal for ladies who are tired of clinging to platinum or white blonde, instead craving a shade that feels a little grittier.

Cool Dirty Blonde

Classic takes on dirty blonde usually opt for warmer tones, creating a sunny brown-blonde that highlights tans and makes everyone look just a little healthier. These days, however, we’re advocating for a very cool dirty blonde that hints at ice queen (the more bone-chilling, the better). You’ll love how fresh this take on dirty blonde feels, trust us.

Ash Dirty Blonde

Ashy shades are very trendy at the moment, which means your favorite Instagram supermodel has probably already tried them out. To live life like you’re ruling social media, talk to your colorist about a beige hue that looks (and feels) totally low maintenance. In 2017, beige is anything but boring.

Dirty Bronde

Bronde is probably the newest shade on this list, seeing as it only saw a rise to popularity within the last year. The matte color is just a touch darker than standard dirty blonde, adding honey notes to a dark beige base.

Dusty Blonde

Yet another shade in the pantheon of dirty blonde hues is dusty blonde, a shade that’s gained popularity thanks to the influencers who regularly wear it. This shade is creamy perfection.

Smoky Dirty Blonde

Sultry girls deserve a hair color that’s just as moody as they are. In this case, it’s smoky dirty blonde. The chocolate-infused shade adds more drama to the standard dirty blonde look. For brunettes looking to shake up their hair color, smoky dirty blonde is a solid choice.

Honey Blonde

We regularly gush over honey manes, which seem to be the softest and healthiest of them all. If you’re angling for a super natural hair color that really isn’t natural at all, this is a shade that should have all your attention. Paired with blonde babylights, the color is a stunner.

Wheat Blonde

Like honey, wheat blonde is one of those magical hair colors that makes every woman look a little more put together. This shade suits tanned or medium complexions, and plays will with ultra-blonde highlights.

Golden Blonde

When it comes to going blonde, you might as well to commit to the identity. There’s no better way of going full Malibu than giving golden blonde a shot. The creamy, rich shade benefits from subtle brunette lowlights that add in a touch of “dirt.”

Sandy Blonde

When it’s done well, sandy blonde is a cool, ashy shade that flatters fair and medium complexions. It has tons of depth, creating the illusion of thicker, healthier hair. Who wouldn’t want to look like she just woke up like this every day?

Dirty Blonde with Caramel Highlights

Luxe, buttery blonde is one of the most beautiful hair colors available in salons. So, it only makes sense that you’d want to add a touch of caramel to your dirty blonde mane. This shade is all about creating that effortless beach babe illusion.

Dirty Blonde with Pink Highlights

There’s no rule saying dirty blonde hair has to remain within the confines of shades that grow naturally from the scalp. For a touch of fantasy, work with your colorist to figure out the placement of several pastel pink highlights. We’d recommend focusing them around your newly-brightened face.

Dirty Blonde with White Highlights

If you’re more of a white wine drinker than a rosé obsessive, don’t panic. White blonde plays nicely with its dirty counterpart, creating a dreamy swirl of icy color that’s practically begging for Instagram. Be sure your colorist keeps the white blonde highlights as fine as possible to ensure you achieve the best results.

Dirty Strawberry Blonde

Current or wannabe redheads shouldn’t feel left out of the dirty blonde world. Instead, they can try a dirty strawberry blonde that combines a subtle red shade with notes of ashy blonde. Sometimes the best shades of red hair aren’t the loudest, so take your look subtle. You’ll be impressed with life as a low-key redhead.

Grown Out Roots

Like purposefully distressed jeans and crop tops, grown out roots are one of those trends you mom probably won’t ever get behind. That’s doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly stylish, however. The stark contrast between your dark brunette roots and dirty blonde strands is a little punk rock.

Dirty Blonde with Lowlights

While we’re discussing ways to add brunette accents to dirty blonde hair, we’d be remiss to leave out a mention of lowlights. These artfully placed streaks add the illusion of depth to your hair, resulting in strands that look thicker and more textured. More hair is always a good thing, if you ask us.

Dirty Blonde Balayage

Wanting to go dirty blonde doesn’t mean you have to give up your base shade entirely. On lobs or blunt bobs, we recommend giving dirty blonde balayage a chance. The brighter color will enhance the look of any natural texture in your hair, creating a sense of movement that’s often built in short hairstyles.

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