Vibrant red hair has what the French call je ne sais quoi. Translated literally, it means “I don’t know what”—but colloquially, it’s a phrase to describe that undefinable “it” factor that makes something cool. Of course, taking the plunge and dying your natural brown or blonde hair fully red is a huge commitment. Strawberry blonde hair, however, is less so. This in-between hair color is neither blonde nor red nor pink, but a gorgeous (and wearable) combination of all three. Even better, there are plenty of ways you can customize this playful shade to your liking.
With strawberry makeup recently taking social media by storm—a combo of bright blush, a subtle cat-eye, flushed lips and soft freckles—we wanted to remind beauty enthusiasts why strawberry blonde hair color is the OG trend with 65 pics to inspire your next salon appointment. Plus, you’ll learn how to keep your new hue salon fresh and vibrant between appointments. You may even want to pair your strawberry blonde locks with the viral makeup look. Get into all the details (and plenty of envy-worthy hair inspo) ahead.
What hair color is strawberry blonde?
Strawberry blonde hair isn’t quite red, but it isn’t all the way blonde, either: it lives somewhere in the middle. Generally, it’s on the lighter side (like blonde hair), but with a warm, gold or pinkish glow. However, the dimensional shade can be made darker or cooled down—it’s super versatile.
Depending on your base color, going strawberry blonde may take a bit of time. Specifically, your colorist may need to use bleach to lift your hair’s current pigment so the strawberry blonde shade will show through. It’s important to note that bleaching your mane will always cause some damage, but your colorist can work to improve the look and feel of your strands before you exit the salon.
How common is strawberry blonde hair?
Having natural red hair is rare (like, two percent of the population rare), so coming across someone with natural strawberry blonde hair isn’t very common. But even if you’re not a natural-born redhead, your colorist can help you achieve your ideal strawberry blonde shade at the salon.
Who looks good with strawberry blonde hair?
Given that a very small percentage of people have naturally strawberry blonde hair, it would be understandable to wonder whether it’s a widely wearable hue. After all, if it’s that rare, there must be a reason for it—right?
Actually, not so much. The shade is much more versatile than you’d think and can flatter a wide range of skin tones (and undertones). If you’re looking to experiment with strawberry blonde locks, we recommend working with your stylist to create a shade that complements your coloring.
How do you care for strawberry blonde hair?
Like all red-leaning hair colors, strawberry blonde hair can be tricky to maintain—which means you’ll need to stock your bathroom shelves with color-protecting products to help keep your hue vibrant. Start by swapping your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated for color-treated hair, such as Biolage Colorlast Shampoo and Conditioner. This protective system gently cleanses and conditions to maintain the color depth, tone, and shine of color-treated hair.
If you had to bleach your strands to achieve your ideal hair color, consider adding a nourishing hair mask to your weekly routine as well. We recommend the Kérastase Masque Cicaextreme Hair Mask, formulated specifically to help restore the strength of bleach-damaged hair.
Finally, if you want to extend the life of your color, opt for regular hair gloss treatments. Redken Shades EQ Hair Gloss provides a demi-permanent wash of color and helps tone your strands in just 20 minutes. Plus, the conditioning, color-depositing gloss lasts up to six weeks, helping you stretch the time needed between full color touch-ups. And we suggest picking up a bottle of Matrix’s Brass Off All-In-One Leave In Spray to neutralize any brassy, orange tones to keep your strawberry tones in tact.
Once you’ve obtained your color-protecting products (and pre-emptively booked your gloss appointment), you’ll be ready to hit the salon. Ahead, find 65 strawberry blonde hair color ideas to consult for inspiration.
65 Ways to Wear Strawberry Blonde Hair
Classic Strawberry Blonde
At its best, strawberry blonde is a delicious, warm combination of blonde and red. The shade, sometimes referred to as Venetian blonde, is a pale but vibrant take on red. It’s flattering to a range of fair and medium skin tones and classically leans warm.
Ashy Strawberry Blonde
If you’re hunting for an approachable first step into strawberry blonde territory, no version of the shade is more welcoming than ash blonde. This dusty, cool interpretation is appropriate for all seasons and can flatter a range of skin tones.
Light Strawberry Blonde
At first glance, light strawberry blonde hair reads more golden blonde than red. Upon closer inspection, however, you’ll notice a subtle reddish tint that’s extremely flattering on those with fairer, cooler skin.
Dark Strawberry Blonde
For those wanting to try strawberry blonde without lightening their strands too much, there’s this darker take on the flattering hue. It has all the warmth of a classic strawberry blonde hair color, but with a deeper, brownish undertone.
Strawberry with Face-Framing Highlights
For a modern twist on strawberry blonde hair, ask your colorist to add pale strawberry highlights around your face. The lightened-up look gives the impression that you’ve been out in the sun—but without the risk of sunburn.
Stylists love using shadowed roots as a way to create the illusion of thicker hair and more volume, as well as a more realistic hair color. As a bonus, the visible roots will mean you can stretch the time between touch-up appointments.
Often mistaken for faded rose gold, champagne strawberry blonde is a rich gold with just the slightest hint of warmth.
If you’re committed to the blonde life already, up your game with this statement-making platinum and pink hue.
You can wait until summer to bask in the glory of sun-brightened blonde streaks around your face and at your roots, or you can mimic the look with a salon-created sunkissed strawberry blonde hair color.
Natural brunettes, this one’s for you. For a subtle take on the strawberry blonde trend, ask your stylist to coat your mane in a red gloss. You’ll get the nutty warmth you want—and none of the bleach damage you don’t.
Ginger hair offers a bit of everything. It’s vibrant and exudes bold confidence—but, because it’s a take on a natural hair color, remains wearable enough to rock in professional settings.
Like its namesake, caramel-colored strands are sweet and luscious. Have your colorist add the tiniest touch of red to your hue for a warm spin on the classic color.
Brown and Gold Balayage
Worried about veering too far into pink or orange territory? No worries. Ask your stylist to ground your strawberry blonde balayage with a neutral brown shade that will keep you from accidentally leaving the salon with pastel hair.
On the other hand, if orange is your speed, go full-force with an unapologetically vivid orange hue. While (incredibly) fun, keep in mind that fantasy colors like orange can fade quickly. Maintain your mane with a color-protecting shampoo and conditioner, and avoid over-washing to help keep your color vibrant.
For a more toned-down take on vivid orange, try a pastel-adjacent creamsicle hue (bonus: it’s meant to look faded so you can go longer between touch-ups).
Keep your brunette hair intact and add interest with a few well-placed bubblegum, creamsicle, and golden-blonde highlights around your face.
Add dreamy warmth to your natural brown hair by having your colorist lighten your strands with a warm, golden-blonde balayage. This technique involves hand-painting highlights onto your lengths—and since it spares the roots, you can go longer between touch-ups than with traditional highlights.
True amber can lean fairly red, but this sandy take on the color is subtle, making it the perfect starting point for cool blondes looking to experiment with warmer tones.
Few shades of blonde are as effortlessly chic as honey blonde. The shade incorporates just the slightest hint of strawberry and flatters almost every skin tone. We love a versatile hair color!
Dip your toes into strawberry blonde territory with this unique cool blonde hue, which boasts muted grey-rose tones for depth and interest.
Warm Strawberry Blonde
Embrace your firey side with a warm, vibrant strawberry blonde hue—think copper, but lighter and airier.
Talk to your stylist about a gradual change if you’re someone who doesn’t love the idea of showing up to the office brunette one day and blonde the next. Find your middle ground with strawberry bronde, a warm-toned light brown that looks beautiful on a range of skin tones.
You may not expect it, but orange hair is wearable—especially when the hue is balanced by rose gold tones. This bright, vibrant coral shade is a stand-out, to be sure, but unlike true orange, flattering on a range of skin tones and undertones.
Pastel Pink Balayage
Pink balayage is pink hair, without the commitment. Instead of undergoing a full head of bleach, your stylist will lighten your strands a few inches below the roots. Then, they’ll overlay the blonde streaks with a pale pinkish hue that starts soft and gets more vibrant toward the ends.
Channel the coziness of your favorite season with a warm, autumnal hue that straddles the line between chocolate brown and copper.
Auburn with Strawberry Highlights
Love auburn but want some dimension? Have your colorist paint in pale strawberry blonde highlights for a tonal shade that photographs beautifully.
Tangerines are delicious—and tangerine hair is, too. Juicy, bold, and full of personality, this ultra-vivid shade is made for those who aren’t afraid to make a statement.
Blonde with Chestnut Lowlights
Lowlights, as the name suggests, are the opposite of highlights. Rather than painting blonde strands into a darker mane, this technique involves adding streaks of a darker hue (in this case, chestnut) to add depth and dimension to a lighter base color.
Put the strawberry back in blonde with this pretty pink shade. Particularly flattering on the very fair-skinned, this warm, rosy gold will brighten up your complexion.
We’re just going to come out and say it: Strawberry brown is a painfully underrepresented hair color. The shade, which often gets lost behind its blonde relatives, combines light brown and red notes. It’s multifaceted and shimmery—a shade you just can’t forget once you’ve seen it. What’s more, it’s ideal for medium skin tones that often struggle to pull off light red strands.
Bronze hair will always hold a place in our hearts: this gilded hue is at once unexpected and deeply flattering. Infuse yours with extra richness by having your colorist add a touch of red to your chosen shade.
Strawberry Blonde with Blonde Ombré
As we mentioned before, natural strawberry blonde hair is rare. It isn’t, however, unheard of. If you’re a natural strawberry blonde and want to punch up your color without totally transforming it, ask your colorist to gradually lighten your mid-lengths and ends for an on-trend ombré effect.
Brown with Strawberry Blonde Ombré
Ombré is convenient because it can be customized to work with any base color (plus, it’s making a comeback this fall!). If you’re a natural brunette, you can dip your toes into the strawberry blonde hair color trend by having your stylist lighten your ends, then tone them with the tiniest touch of red.
You know what they say: blondes have more fun. We don’t know about that, but we do know that adding a soft wash of pink to blonde hair is fun—and a unique yet low-commitment way to experiment with a strawberry blonde hair color (especially if you opt for a demi-permanent gloss rather than dye).
Copper hair is having a serious resurgence right now, and we’re here for it. This bold hue is like a darker, more intense version of strawberry blonde, and it’s especially flattering on those with fair skin.
While bright, copper can sometimes lean fairly dark. For those who prefer paler strands, there’s this light version of the shade—we like to think of it as copper hair after a summer spent on the beach.
Brown with Amber Highlights
If you’d rather keep some of your natural color, add some zest to your dark brown hair by having your colorist paint in chunky, reflective copper highlights. It’s all the zing of a bold copper hue, but without having to undergo a full makeover.
Gingerbread and Blonde
Like the delicious, ginger-spiced holiday treat from which it gets its name, this gingerbread hair is equal parts spicy and sweet. Accompanied by pale blonde highlights, the hue stands out as a gorgeous choice to turn heads year-round.
Like a fiery late-summer sunset, sunset blonde hair commands attention. We especially love this strawberry-tinted take on the trend, which features dark pinkish-red roots and gradually fades to a lighter coral hue towards the ends.
We like to think of peach hair as strawberry blonde's playful, slightly cheeky cousin. Note that this shade is light (like, well, the skin of a peach!) so you’ll need to have your colorist thoroughly bleach your strands before applying the pretty, pinkish-orange color.
If you want a vivid hair color but are wary of going too vivid, try a burnt orange hue. This darker take on the strawberry blonde hair trend features rust-colored roots, a dimensional orange-and-brown base color, and warm blonde highlights framing the face.
For a more natural take on orange-toned hair, try apricot. It’s slightly more vivid than most strawberry blonde hues, but still on the natural-looking spectrum.
Here’s a strawberry blonde hair idea we love for brunettes: rust. The moody hue is in the same color family as strawberry blonde, but boasts a darker undertone that makes it ultra-flattering on those with naturally darker features.
Black with Copper Highlights
Lightening black hair can be challenging, so we recommend doing it in stages. If you have naturally dark hair, dip your toes into the strawberry blonde color by starting with coppery and gold highlights from your roots down. It’ll lighten your mane significantly but spare you hours in the salon chair.
For a hair color that’s more blonde than strawberry, try ginger blonde. The bright shade is almost exactly the same hue as fresh ginger, with warm, golden undertones that best flatter those with warmer skin tones.
Want strawberry without the blonde? Have your stylist lighten strands of your natural dark brown hair to a light golden brown, then top the bleached portions with a pure pink hair dye. The contrast of the soft pink streaks on brunette hair is everything.
Strawberries and Cream
Strawberry blonde, as we’ve established, is a mix between two shades: strawberry (pinkish or orange-ish) and blonde. And while these hues look stunning mixed, they’re also gorgeous side-by-side. To achieve this strawberries-and-cream hair color, have your colorist bleach your mane to a light, pale blonde. Then, part your hair down the middle and dye one side bright pink. It’s not strawberry blonde: it’s strawberry and blonde.
Strawberry Blonde Babylights
When it comes to your hair, the subtlest changes can make a difference. Adding strawberry blonde babylights to your light brown mane proves that concept. The warmish babylights will lighten and add depth to your strands without totally changing your hair color.
Platinum and Orange
Platinum and orange are both bold hair colors—they make a statement. If that’s what you’re after, embrace your daring side by adding platinum streaks to an orange or copper base for the ultimate look-at-me hue.
Another insanely cool marriage of platinum and orange can be found in this two-toned look, featuring platinum blonde hair on one half of the head and vivid orange on the other. Keep in mind that this (loose) interpretation of strawberry blonde hair will require extra upkeep: you’ll want a purple shampoo to keep the blonde side cool-toned, and a color-protecting shampoo to protect the intensity of the orange.
If you want to try strawberry blonde hair but are wary of the shade clashing with your skin, dip your toes in with a cooler pink shade. This color looks stunningly fresh, but just as cool with a faint shadow of dark brown roots (consider that an added bonus).
Can’t decide on one strawberry blonde shade to put in your hair? Then don’t. Instead, highlight your natural brown mane with copper, auburn, and light strawberry blonde highlights for a color-blocked look with serious cool factor.
Give your medium brown hair a subtle lift by adding warm golden-blonde highlights for a bronzy shade that exudes luxury.
Strawberry blonde is often associated with orange, but it can also be more pink (like, well, strawberries). This unexpected take on the hair color features multi-colored pink and copper highlights woven throughout a dark brown base for a dimensional look that’s surprisingly wearable.
When it comes to a shade like strawberry blonde—a massive change for someone with naturally dark hair—give yourself a chance to adapt gradually. A pinkish balayage application will help you ease into the new shade.
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