Ashy hair colors will always have their place, but when it comes to hues that flatter every skin tone, there’s a strong contender in golden-toned hair colors. Blended with notes of honey, gold, and buttery tones, these hair colors can add shine, dimension, and brightness to any mane. If you’re keen on trying golden blonde hair, we’re outlining everything you need to know before hitting up your stylist.
What is golden blonde hair?
The hair color spectrum goes from cool to warm. On the cool side you’ve got a lot of ash tones, blues, and violets. Think silver, platinum blonde, smoky brown, and black. On the opposite end—the warm hair colors—you’ve got shades infused with red, orange, and yellow.
With its rich warmth, golden blonde hair color falls squarely into the warm category. There are many shades of this hue, ranging from dark golden blonde hair to caramel golden blonde hair to ultra-light shades of buttery blonde. You can even try golden blonde hair with highlights to further lighten your mane or start with a darker base color and infused golden blonde highlights throughout. There’s really no limit, so get creative with your colorist!
How To Care For Golden Blonde Hair
Even though the point of golden blonde hair is to embrace the warmth, you don't want your hair to turn too brassy or orange between touch ups.
To maintain that original beautiful shade from your golden blonde hair dye, incorporate a purple shampoo and conditioner into your regimen about once a week. For example, the Redken Color Extend Blondage Color Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner duo is a toning and strengthening system that prevents brass while softening.
Since dyeing your hair can also cause damage (especially when lightening your color), it’s also important to use a reparative treatment. L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Masque has a rich, buttery texture that leaves your hair fiber softer and shinier. When used with the L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Shampoo and Conditioner, your strands will be left seven times shinier while reducing hair surface damage by 77 percent.
How To Style Golden Blonde Hair
The world is your oyster in regard to styling your golden blonde hair! You could try pairing your new hue with beach waves for the ultimate ocean-ready look, keep it out of your face via a low ponytail, or wear it in a chic updo for more formal events. Show off that gorgeous dimension by adding a bit of texture or crafting a braid.
Best Golden Blonde Hair Color Ideas
If you’re wondering what golden hair color is right for you, we’re here to help! Read on for 31 of the best golden blonde hair colors around.
All-Over Golden Blonde
Bright, shiny, and dimensional, golden blonde hair is an ideal shade if you’re looking for that perfect beachy glow. If you want your golden blonde hue to look as light and bright as possible, ask your colorist about Redken’s Shades EQ Level 10s. These demi-permanent, no-lift shades are the highest level of toner that helps you achieve super light blonde shades.
Subtle Golden Blonde
If low-maintenance hair care is your love language, make it a reality with subtle golden blonde. Starting with a dirty blonde base, your colorist will add streaks of gold throughout your hair using a balayage or traditional highlighting technique.
Golden Blonde Highlights
A full head of golden hair isn’t for everyone, and that’s okay! If you want just a touch of gold throughout your mane, ask our colorist for golden blonde highlights. This technique works particularly well for natural brunettes looking to add dimension and brightness to their hue.
Butter blonde is so rich and warm, it is the perfect complementary color to your summer tan. For a super low-maintenance look, ask your colorist for a butter blonde balayage.
Adding golden caramel to your hair is a lot like putting a caramel topping on any ice cream sundae—it’s an instant upgrade! Opt for golden caramel highlights to instantly brighten and add dimension to your base color.
If you’ve been trying to find the perfect balance between blonde and brunette for years, you’ll want to give bronde hair color a second look. If you’re lightening your naturally brown hair to achieve a golden hue, pick up a shampoo and conditioner system like Redken Color Extend Brownlights Shampoo and Conditioner. This blue toning system neutralizes brass in natural and highlighted brunettes.
Light Golden Blonde Hair
If you want your golden blonde hue to look as light and bright as possible, ask your colorist for light golden blonde hair.
Subtle Golden Blonde Highlights
Not ready to commit to a whole head of golden blonde hair color? Try ultra-subtle golden/caramel highlights in your brunette locks, instead.
Cream Soda Blonde
Go a bit lighter with a creamy pale blonde. This hue feels bright and fresh while still incorporating those flattering warm undertones.
You can infuse warmth and brightness to a naturally dark base via broad, amber highlights.
Golden Blonde Balayage
Create contrast by keeping your roots slightly darker and having your stylist paint on golden blonde a la balayage.
Pink hair color ranges from cool bubblegum to ultra-rich hot magenta. Consider this warm golden rose hue the perfect way to get your pink fix and golden blonde, too.
Light Pink to Golden Blonde Ombre
Here’s another way to try pink hair color while still getting your sweet honey fix. This ombre pairs the faintest warm pink hue with a buttery pale yellow.
Golden Highlights and Lowlights
For a truly multidimensional hue, ask your colorist for a fusion of warm lowlights and highlights. It’s a great way to transition your hair either lighter or darker while still making an impact.
Buttercream blonde is a softly sunkissed shade that promises dimension and warmth. Best of all, it’s incredibly flattering on everyone.
Golden Blonde and Chestnut
This honeyed brunette looks perfectly sunkissed thanks to a mixture of golden blonde and chestnut.
Spun Yellow Gold
This perfectly toned blonde hair looks exactly like spun yellow gold, and it’s proof you can take your locks from ultra-dark to a beautiful, ultra-light result.
Lean even further into warm territory by opting for dark golden blonde highlights across a tawny base.
Sunkissed Buttery Blonde
Keep things natural via a sunkissed buttery blonde hue—not too dark, not too light, and perfectly golden.
Golden Blonde with Colorful Highlights
Infuse a splash of color into your golden blonde base with fashion color highlights like red, pink, blue, purple, or green. You can even keep them hidden within the bottom layer of your hair for a gorgeous peekaboo look.
Vanilla Hazelnut Blonde
This light golden blonde hue almost blends shades of vanilla and hazelnut for the sweetest multidimensional hair color.
Brunettes craving a super bold look should consider true goldenrod highlights. They’ll definitely make a statement wherever you go.
Golden Blonde with Root Smudge
For a more natural look and grow-out phase, ask your stylist to add a darker root smudge to your golden blonde hair.
Honeyed Highlights On Brunette
Those with dark bases can try honeyed, caramel-esque highlights for a more natural blend that infuses lots of warmth.
Light Flaxen Hair
This golden blonde hair color is more of a neutral-warm shade. The single color (versus ombre, balayage, or highlights and lowlights) adds to the drama of it all.
Golden Blonde Money Piece
Whether you’ve got a coppery base or a darker brunette, a golden blonde money piece is an easy way to incorporate warmth and lightness to your mane.
Golden Brown Hair
Want to take your brown hair to the next level? You can’t go wrong with golden brown. This rich, warm-toned shade allows you to experiment with golden blonde tones without abandoning your brunette roots.
Who says chestnut hair is exclusive to fall and winter? If you’re searching for a darker golden toned shade to try this summer, opt for this chestnut brown with caramel highlights.
Edgy girls, we haven’t forgotten about you! If neutral hair color isn’t your vibe, try a vibrant golden-toned hue like golden orange. While it’s not exactly blonde, this shade offers the same brightness.
When it comes to golden hues that flatter every skin tone, copper is the clear winner—which is why we adore the shade so much! Add golden blonde highlights to add dimension and shine to the hue.
Burnt Sienna With Golden Blonde Highlights
Warm up and brighten any red hair color with golden blonde highlights. We particularly love them paired with burnt sienna hair.
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