While warm-toned shades like honey and caramel are always fall favorites, we can’t stop thinking about cool, icy tones—and we’re not the only ones. If you’re obsessed with cool-toned hair colors, you’ll be happy to know that ashy shades of blonde are just as on-trend this season.
There are several blonde hair colors that fall into the cool-toned range, but white hair color is our favorite for 2021. What is white hair, you ask? This shade is even lighter than platinum blonde, reflecting true icy tones that are perfect for the chillier days ahead.
Interested in trying white hair color? We’re breaking down everything you need to know about white hair dye, including how to care for your newly-colored hair and 23 gorgeous white hair color ideas to show your colorist.
Can you dye your hair white?
White hair color is totally achievable with the help of a salon professional, but it'll likely take several appointments to reach your desired shade. Since white hair is the lightest hue on the blonde hair color chart, it’s going to take your colorist some time (and a few bottles of bleach) to lift your color enough to create those gorgeous icy tones.
As with any shade that requires you to lighten your hair with bleach, achieving white hair coloring can be a damaging process—but don’t let that deter you from trying it! A professional colorist can work to improve the look and feel of your strands throughout the lightening process. You can even schedule a consultation with a trusted colorist to see if white hair color is a good fit for your strands.
Why is my white hair yellowing?
Over time, it’s common for white hair to turn brassy. Everyone’s natural hair color has underlying warmth, and as your hue starts to fade, those undertones begin to peak through. White hair is the lightest shade you can achieve at the salon, which makes it even harder to keep brass-free.
If you’re opting for white hair color, we recommend booking an appointment with your colorist every four weeks to keep your hue icy and cool-toned. You can also opt for a hair gloss if you want to tone your hair without damage. Formulas like Redken Shades EQ are demi-permanent hair colors that can help refresh and tone your color while minimizing fading and adding shine.
Interested in trying Redken Shades EQ? Click here to find a Redken salon near you.
How To Care For White Hair Color
Platinum blonde hair is one of the most challenging hair colors to care for, and seeing as white hair is one of—if not the—lightest shades of platinum, get ready to overhaul your hair care routine completely.
The foundation of every hair care routine is a good shampoo and conditioner system. We recommend swapping out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system like Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with citric acid and vitamin B, this sulfate-free system works in combination with the concentrated Bonding Complex to strengthen weakened bonds and improve your hair’s resiliency and strength—even after a bleach session or two.
You’ll also need a purple shampoo and conditioner like Kérastase Blond Absolu Bain Ultra Violet Purple Shampoo and Cicaflash Conditioner. These formulas instantly neutralize brassy undertones to keep your blonde or white hair cool-toned.
The back-to-back bleach sessions required to achieve white hair color can take a serious toll on your locks. Help improve the look and feel of your strands by incorporating a weekly deep conditioning mask into your routine. We love Biolage Colorlast Deep Treatment Pack Multi-Use Hair Mask.
Your shampoo, conditioner, and deep conditioner system will set you up for hair success, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore your day-to-day styling routine. If you want to ensure your strands and hair color look their absolute best every day, we recommend adding a strengthening, heat-protecting primer to your daily routine. We love Kérastase’s Blond Absolu Cicaplasme Hair Primer. This universal heat protectant doubles as a fortifying leave-in serum to help unify damaged areas for less breakage and seal the ends with a lightweight touch.
Searching for white hair dye inspiration? Keep scrolling to discover 23 gorgeous ways to try the shade.
The Best White Hair Dye Ideas To Try Now
All Over White
It’s only right that we begin with the most striking look of all: a full head of white hair color. If you want your white hue to really shine, use a clear color-depositing conditioner like Biolage ColorBalm Clear Color Depositing Conditioner. This formula adds intense shine in just five minutes while leaving your hair 10 times more conditioned.
Platinum blonde is a smidge less icy than true white hair, but it’s equally as stunning. We love the way this shade pairs with pale skin tones.
Did someone ask for even more ice? Frosted blonde is a moodier take on white hair that incorporates gray undertones. The touches of gray enhance the shine and reflectiveness of the hue.
This high-shine shade offers an even more metallic finish than traditional white hair.
White Hair With Lowlights
If a full head of white hair color seems too severe for you, ask your colorist for lowlights to tone down your shade while adding tons of dimension.
While we used to cringe at the thought of letting our regrowth show, we’re embracing dark roots like never before. Opt for a white hair color with visible roots if you want to squeeze fewer touch-ups into your busy schedule.
Honey Blonde With White Highlights
We’re obsessed with the way white highlights contrast a honey blonde base.
If you have a dark skin tone, a cream white hair color adds a subtle touch of warmth to your hue that will really complement your complexion.
White With Lavender Tint
One of the things we love most about white hair color is that it works as the perfect canvas to experiment with any hair color you can think of. White with a subtle lavender tint is one of our favorite pairings.
If you’re looking to get a taste of white hair without bleaching your entire mane, opt for a peekaboo pop of white throughout a brunette base.
Subtle White Highlights
These white streaks are barely noticeable but add a soft touch of brightness to this dimensional blonde shade.
Peekaboo White On Orange Hair
High-contrast hair color is huge for 2021, which is why we can’t get enough of this all-over orange shade with white peeking through the bottom layer.
This silver white hair color is perfect if you’re looking for an on-trend way to embrace gray hair.
White With Chunky Orange Highlights
Did you think we're done talking about high-contrast color? For a more dramatic take on the trend, ask your colorist for chunky, ‘90s-inspired orange highlights throughout a white base.
White With Orange Face Frame
Loving the white and orange combo? Here’s another idea: all-over white hair color with orange streaks framing your face.
Feeling extra bold (or indecisive)? Have your colorist paint one half of your mane white while leaving the opposite side neutral.
White Highlights On Black Hair
Black and white hair color is also on-trend for 2021. If you’re already working with a dark base color, ask your colorist to apply white highlights throughout your mane.
White With Peekaboo Black
Here’s another way to try a black and white hair color: a high-contrast look of white hair on top and black throughout the bottom layer.
This reflective shade of blonde is truly something to celebrate, offering a mix of icy and warm tones that work for any skin tone.
Half Icy, Half Warm
Who says you have to have only cool tones? If you want a mix of warmth and iciness, get inspired with this half-and-half creation.
If you’re working with bangs, have your colorist paint white exclusively on your fringe for a look that will really turn heads.
White With Brunette Bangs
Or,paint your bangs a neutral shade while opting for white hair color throughout the rest of your mane.
White With Blue
The subtle blue tint adds a more playful touch to this white hair idea.
Interested in trying white hair color? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.