22 Blonde Hair Colors, from Golden to Caramel

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There are endless shades of blonde hair. The word ‘blonde’ can mean anything from golden-warm to icy-cool, and just when you think you’ve seen every flaxen hue going, another light and luminous trend comes along. Throw techniques like ombré and balayage into the mix, and the blonde hair bracket just keeps getting bigger, but there is a way to make the list less overwhelming. Enter Wella Professionals’ guide to blonde shades…

We’ve rounded up the most popular blondes (all 22 of them) to help you find the perfect hue, whether you’re going for a smooth, buttery finish on a client or piecey, beachy blonde highlights for yourself.

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1. Honey Blonde

There’s only one thing sweeter than honey and that’s this delicious shade of blonde, which features a combination of Blondor + 6% to pre-lighten, plus shades of demi-permanent Color Touch to create the golden melt. It’s the ultimate in warm-toned blonde shades; a shade so sunny and complexion-enhancing that it flatters everyone, whether you wear it all over or in soft, subtle ribbons through a brunette base.

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2. Ice Blonde

If snow queen is the aesthetic for you or your client, ice blonde is the coolest color around, combining pale platinum tones with a subtle silver, blue or white edge. The key to this look is getting major gloss, so that strands look like they’ve been veiled in a touch of frost, resulting in a shimmering effect with every swish, flick and curve of your hair. To get locks this light, hair needs to be pre-lightened to a pale yellow first, then toned with skill, the perfect formula and our bond-strengthening system, WellaPlex.

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3. Beige Blonde

Proving beige is anything but boring, Wella Passionista Jacqueline shows that, when teamed with the radiance-boosting powers of Illumina Color, this blonde is a guaranteed head-turner. You can also achieve this classic shade with the brand new tones of /31 in the Koleston Perfect collection, which veil locks in a soft, beige glow. Finish with a gloss-boosting spritz of EIMI Oil Spritz.

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4. Ash Blonde

Did you know? Ash blonde is one of the most Googled hair colors around, and we think it has something to do with its flatters-all-skin-tones, ultra-versatile finish. The very definition of cool (in tone and style), it features a moody grey undertone, meaning it looks fresh on natural blondes without overwhelming brunettes when applied in fine highlights. Just remember that upkeep is key, so INVIGO Blonde Recharge Cool Blonde Color Refreshing Conditioner is a must to top up those ashen tones.

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5. Strawberry Blonde

Verging on copper, strawberry blonde hair is the dreamiest not-quite-red color. You’ll know you’ve got it when you spot subtle scatterings of blonde that sparkle in the sun. Look to Color Fresh CREATE for this shade, as the color can easily be created with our semi-permanent Nu-Dist Pink and Hyper Coral hues, pastelized using Tomorrow Clear. Then, keep hair looking luminous for longer by treating it to a weekly dose of our subtly-pigmented INVIGO Color Recharge Red Conditioner.

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6. Silver Blonde

Silver hair gets a wearable edge in a ‘Gram-worthy silver blonde hairdo, which sees platinum hues mixed with gunmetal greys for a seriously multi-tonal mane. Take this trend to the next level by teaming it with the sleekest, straightest styles, made super-glossy thanks to the lightest spritz of our shine-boosting EIMI Glam Mist.

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7. Bronde Blonde

One part blonde and one part brown, bronde hair is the trending color made covetable by the likes of Jessica Alba, Lily Aldridge and Gisele Bündchen. It’s the dream for brunettes who want to dip a toe into a lighter look, and when they’re ready to rev up the blonde, it’ll segue into a honey or golden blonde with ease. If you or your client decide to take the plunge and transition bronde into a bright blonde, complete the lightening service with a Pure Glossing treatment for a hint of color and a huge dose of shine.

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8. Platinum Blonde

Also known as white blonde, platinum blonde is Gwen Stefani’s signature hue. It’s a mesmerizing look, but comes with plenty of post-salon maintenance, too. To keep this shade looking fresh, we always recommend the INVIGO Blonde Recharge collection, which features a Cool Blonde Color Refreshing Shampoo and Cool Blonde Color Refreshing Conditioner.

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9. Golden Blonde

The clue’s in the name. Golden blonde hair has a gleaming, gilded tone that shines from all angles. There’s a hint of yellow, but it’s glowy and flattering rather than dull and brassy. If you’re craving this creation by Wella Master of Color, Anne, look to tone-enhancing formulas like light-reflective Illumina Color and multi-dimensional Color Touch.

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10. Foilyage Blonde

Okay, okay – so foilyage isn’t technically a shade of blonde. Instead, it’s a technique that, when teamed with a lightening hair color, will lend a surfer-girl, sun-kissed effect. Combining the painterly approach of balayage with the intensifying powers of foils, it creates bright, randomly-scattered highlights with a bold contrast against the natural base.

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11. Balayage Blonde

You’ve got foilyage down. Now, let’s talk about Insta-viral balayage; a more natural-looking process that involves painting freehand highlights through the mid-lengths, ends and face-framing layers. While foilyage creates a more contrasting effect between the roots and the tips, the best kind of balayage lifts color no more than two shades lighter than the natural base.

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12. Smoky Blonde

Proving dark brunettes can go blonde, this smokey shade is created using a combination of the new Color Touch shades: Inky Violet 7/86 and Misty Gray 9/86. The hues were specifically designed to kick brassy tones and create a smoky hue, which is similar to silver blonde, but with a couple of inches of root shadow peeking through. Find out more about Smoky Blonde hair.

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13. Cream Blonde

With a focus on texture over color, cream blonde is smooth, silky and Scandi-inspired, with more of a one-tone finish than other popular shades of blonde. To get this particular hue, Tom Badger pre-lightened locks with Blondor Soft Blonde Cream 4% on the roots, then toned using Koleston Perfect 10/16 pastel developer for 15 minutes. Creamy and dreamy.

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14. Caramel Blonde

Think of this as the blonde equivalent to dark chocolate brown hair. It’s just as rich and shiny, plus its warm, sun-touched finish makes your skin look glowier to boot. The secret lies in the glaze after the lightener. Choosing neutral warm shades on the depth of an 8 such as 8/97 or 8/38 gives you a liquid caramel finish. Jennifer Lopez, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Blake Lively have all experimented with this trend, and each time the result has been the same: utterly, undeniably flawless.

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15. Dark Blonde

If you’re wondering what the difference is between dark blonde, light brown and bronde hair, just know that dark blonde falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to lightness. Featuring more blonde than the average bronde, the highlights are less platinum and more dark caramel, balanced out with a few brown lowlights for added depth.

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16. Dirty Blonde

Blondes with a lived-in look are often described as dirty blonde. They follow the same tone as dark blonde, but with a bolder contrast between golden highlights and dark lowlights. Consider this the go-to for festival season if you’re all about working boho waves, as the two-toned effect and tousled texture complement each other perfectly.

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17. Babylights Blonde

Made for people who fear stripy highlights, babylights are the micro-fine solution, giving the wearer a seamlessly-blended finish no matter what shade of blonde they choose. Go for a root-to-tip finish or combine them with balayage-style painting, and you’ll see a streak-free, shimmer-boosting effect every single time.

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18. Vanilla Blonde

Who doesn’t love vanilla? This ice cream-like blonde is almost ash, but with brighter streams of frosted color that are totally irresistible to bleach lovers. For pale hair that’s also multi-tonal, go for a combination of lightening with Blondor, then add the subtle tones with Color Touch, mixed with our bond-strengthening treatment, WellaPlex.

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19. Champagne Blonde

Pink fizz, anyone? Champagne blonde centers around light locks with a pale blush or peachy tint, as soft and subtle as the color of your favorite bottle of bubbly. If you’re trying this look for yourself, make sure you use red-enhancing haircare – not blonde-boosters – such as INVIGO Color Recharge Red Conditioner, which deposits a small amount of pigment with every wash.

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20. Violet Blonde

You didn’t really think purple hair would remain in 2018, did you? While Ultra Violet may be last year’s Pantone Color of the Year, it’s still inspiring a slew of 2019 beauty trends. Amongst them is violet blonde; a platinum-meets-purple hue that was practically made for pastel hair-lovers, thanks to its super-subtle, powdery finish. It can be effortlessly created with shades from the Color Fresh CREATE portfolio, such as a small amount of Pure Violet mixed with the Vintage Blush additive.

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21. Butter Blonde

When you hear the word ‘blonde’, this is probably what you think of: a creamy, buttery, glossy mane that’s so pure and polished, it could only be described as ‘blonde hair goals’. Anyone trying this shade should add INVIGO Blonde Recharge Warm Blonde Color Refreshing Conditioner to their kit, as it eliminates brassiness while keeping highlights soft and sunny.

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22. Blonde Ombre

Make no mistake; blonde ombre hair is totally different to balayage, as it swaps freehand highlights for a soft gradient from dark roots to lighter ends. Blonde-seekers should go for this look if they want to achieve a beautifully-blended, summery look with an even fade, as if their topknot has been lightened on the beach before they let their locks loose.

Looking for more blonde hair looks? To break the shades down further, discover our round-up of the best warm-toned blonde hair ideas and cool-toned blonde hair colors. You can also check out our Frosted Blondes board on the Wella Hair Pinterest page, and find endless hair trend inspiration on the @WellaHair Instagram.