You're Golden: 11 Shades of Golden-Toned Hair We LOVE

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The 2020 Olympics might be postponed but whether it’s a competitive summer sport or your salon color, going for gold is never a bad idea! Ashy hair colors had their time to shine over the past few years, but let’s be real—when it comes to hues that flatter every skin tone, we always look to 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—so what’s stopping you from trying a golden-toned hue for yourself?

If you’re wondering what golden hair color is right for you, we’re here to help! From golden brown to red, read on for 11 of the best golden-toned hair colors around.

The Best Golden Toned Hair Colors To Try Now

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Golden Blonde

Bright, shiny, and dimensional, golden blonde hair is an ideal shade if you’re looking for that perfect beachy glow. Pair your new hue with beach waves for the ultimate ocean-ready look. 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.

To keep your golden blonde hue looking vibrant and brass-free for as long as possible, add a purple shampoo and conditioner like Redken Color Extend Blondage Shampoo and Conditioner to your hair care routine. This toning and strengthening system prevents brass to keep your blonde looking brighter and healthier.

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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.

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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.

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Butter Blonde

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.

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Golden Caramel

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.

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Caramel Chestnut

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.

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 tones without abandoning your brunette roots.

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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, 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.

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Golden Orange

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.

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Golden Copper

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! From deep copper to soft ginger, there are plenty of ways to make this haircolor work for you.

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Golden Red

Red hair colors require a lot of maintenance but with a hue as universally flattering as golden red, the payoff is totally worth the commitment!

Interested in trying a golden-toned hair color? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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