Fall is in full swing, and once the weather starts to cool down, we instantly look for ways to warm up. We swap out our summer T-shirts for hoodies, buy way too many fuzzy blankets, and switch our hair color from cool tones to warm tones. While platinum, icy blondes were on-trend in years passed, 2020’s hottest fall hair color trends have us leaning towards warmer, cozier shades. If you’re looking to refresh your ‘do and keep your blonde current, look no further than honey blonde hair color.
Like a drizzle of honey in your morning tea, a honey blonde hue can be the instant touch of warmth that your mane needs for autumn. Read on to learn more about honey blonde hair color, how to care for it, and 11 of our favorite ways to try the shade.
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What hair color is honey blonde?
Honey blonde hair is a warm-toned shade with undertones of gold, brown, and red. Like actual jarred honey you might find at a farmer’s market, this trend runs the gamut of shades from deep amber to light, sweet gold—so it’s easy to find a shade that works for every skin tone.
How do you get honey blonde hair?
In order to achieve honey blonde hair, your colorist will likely need to use bleach to lift your current color and create a blank canvas before applying your nectar-inspired hue. After all, your colorist will need to craft a customized honey blonde hue with varying amounts of gold, brown, or red, depending on the look you want to achieve.
It’s important to note that bleach will always cause some damage, but a seasoned colorist will help improve the look and feel of your strands before you leave the salon.
What is the difference between honey blonde and golden blonde?
While golden blonde and honey are similar hues, honey blonde hair color features more red and brown undertones to really make it rich-looking and multidimensional.
How do you care for honey blonde hair?
Keep your honey blonde hue toned and vibrant by maintaining a regular salon schedule and upgrading your at-home color care routine. Start by swapping out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated for color-treated hair. We recommend Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. This creamy and hydrating system revitalizes, softens, and nourishes dry, color-treated hair.
There’s a fine line between warmth and brass, so to keep your honey hue toned between appointments, be sure to invest in a purple shampoo and conditioner. We suggest swapping out your regular system for one like Redken’s Color Extend Blondage Shampoo and Conditioner once a week. This system contains ultra violet pigments and the brand’s Triple Acid Protein Complex to tone, strengthen, and brighten your blonde all-in-one.
Your strands may feel more dry and damaged than usual if your colorist used bleach to create your honey blonde shade. That’s why we recommend incorporating a weekly hair mask like L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Masque into your routine. This mask is infused with gold quinoa and protein, which helps to restore damaged hair instantly, leaving it softer and shinier. Click here to see how this hair mask works on three different hair types.
If you’re ready to try honey blonde hair for yourself, keep scrolling for 11 of our favorite ways to wear the shade.
The Best Honey Blonde Hair Ideas To Try Now
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Light Honey Blonde
Oh, light honey blonde, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for you! This dreamy, super pale take on the honey trend is best for experienced blonde lovers whose hair may already be a few levels away from platinum or ice.
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Honey Blonde Balayage
OK, brunettes, here’s one for you: honey blonde balayage on a dark base. Because your stylist will only lift your color from a few choice strands to create a statement, you’ll experience way less damage and much easier maintenance than what a full head of blonde might bring you. If you have virgin hair, this is your perfect first step into hair color!
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Bronde is another great option for brunettes that want to edge into blonde without committing to all-over color. Ask your colorist to create your bronde look with a honey blonde shade to keep your hue rich and warm-toned for autumn. If you’re lightening your brunette base, we recommend picking up a blue toning system like Matrix Total Results Brass Off Shampoo and Conditioner. This system contains blue violet pigments to neutralize brassy undertones.
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Honey Blonde With Subtle Auburn Highlights
If you’ve been scrolling through fall hair color trends, you’ve probably seen auburn at the top of every single list. It’s a staple autumn shade and luckily, pairs beautifully with honey blonde. Ask your colorist to incorporate subtle auburn highlights throughout a honey blonde base.
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Honey Blonde Curls
There are certain shades that really stand out on curly hair, and honey blonde is one of them. The texture of ringlets helps to show off the depth and dimension of this hue.
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Honey Blonde With Lowlights
Give your honey blonde look extra depth by adding lowlights throughout your mane. Pro tip: Adding texture to your hair can help to accentuate the dimension of your color. Try applying a few spritzes of texturizing spray like Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray throughout your hair.
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If a quiet Sunday morning over coffee in a Parisian cafe could be distilled down into one hair color, it would be honey-roasted blonde. Tiptoeing right on the edge of light brown, this shade incorporates notes of honey with copper reflects. Excuse us while we save this one to our phones!
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Sandy Honey Blonde
Beach season is months away (eight to be exact), but if you’re counting down the days until the warmer months arrive again, this sandy honey blonde color is perfect for you. This shade incorporates hues of honey and beige blonde to create a dimensional color that resembles a sandy beach.
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Neutral Honey Blonde
When in doubt, subtlety is the motto. We love the way this honey shade could almost have grown out of this model’s scalp—which is a cool girl hair color dream.
Pale Honey Blonde Ombre
The only thing prettier than one shade of blonde is two! Treat your hair (and your self-confidence) to a gorgeous ombre that’ll let you try honey alongside your typical shade without committing to any color near your roots—which means fewer touch-ups.
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Glossy Honey Blonde
Give your honey hue a high-shine finish with a hair oil like Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Hair Oil. This formula rebalances the hair's moisture level from mid-lengths to ends while providing shine and intense nutrition.
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