41 Blonde Hair Color Ideas, From Golden To Caramel
There are endless shades of blonde hair. The word ‘blonde’ can mean anything from golden-warm tones to icy-cool tones, and just when you think you’ve seen every flaxen hue going, another light and luminous blonde trend comes along. Throw techniques like ombre and balayage into the mix, and the blonde hair bracket just keeps growing. But there is a way to make the list less overwhelming: enter Wella’s guide to the best blonde hair ideas.
We’ve rounded up the most popular blondes (all 41 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, lighter hair for summer (or a darker shade of blonde for winter!) you’re sure to find a blonde tone to suit your natural color up a level.
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1. Honey Blonde
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There’s only one thing sweeter than honey and that’s these delicious honey blonde highlights. This look features a combination of Blondor + 6% to pre-lighten, plus demi-permanent Color Touch 8/81 + 4% through the mid-lengths and ends. It’s the ultimate in warm-toned blonde shades; a color so sunny and complexion-enhancing that it flatters everyone – whether you wear it all over, or in soft, subtle ribbons.
2. Ice Blonde
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If ‘snow queen’ is the aesthetic for you or your client, ice blonde is the coolest hair 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. To perfect the look, try lifting hair to a pale yellow hue, then tone with Ilumina Color 10/69 or Koleston Perfect 10/96.
3. Beige Blonde
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Proving beige is anything but boring, Wella Digital Ambassador James Earnshaw shows that, when teamed with bountiful curls and Color Touch, this beige blonde is a guaranteed head-turner. You can achieve this timeless shade with chunky Blondorplex highlights, 10/6 + 1.9% to pre-tone, and 9/97 9/16 + 8/03 + 1.9% as a gloss.
4. Ash Blonde
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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 gray undertone. This means 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.
5. Strawberry Blonde
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Verging on copper, strawberry blonde hair is the dreamiest not-quite-red color. In this juicy creation, that perfect balance of tones has been created with Opal-Essence by Illumina Color. In the roots, you have Titanium Rose + Copper Peach +4% – a pinky, peachy combination. Then, in the mid-lengths, you can see a blend of Titanium Rose + Illumina Color 9/43 + 4%.
6. Silver Blonde
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Silver hair gets a more wearable edge in a ‘Gram-worthy silver blonde hairdo, which sees platinum hues mixed with gunmetal grays 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.
7. Bronde Blonde
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One part blonde and one part brown, bronde hair is the trending color made covetable by the likes of Gisele Bündchen and Beyoncé. It’s ultra-versatile, helping brunettes try out a slightly lighter look, while giving blondes the option of working a deeper hue without a dramatic switch. For this particular hue, brown locks were lightened using one of our one-step lightening and toning Koleston Perfect Special Blonde shades. The formula? It’s simple: 12/1 + 9%.
8. Platinum Blonde
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Also known as white blonde, platinum blonde hair is Gwen Stefani’s signature hue. It’s a mesmerizing shade, but it comes with a little extra post-salon maintenance. To keep this shade looking fresh, we always recommend clients use a purple shampoo, like the INVIGO Cool Blonde Color Blonde Refreshing Shampoo. Then, as a weekly treat, we suggest they hydrate locks and revive color with the Color Fresh Mask in Pearl Blonde.
9. Golden Blonde
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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 Color Expert Anne, look to tone-enhancing formulas like light-reflective Illumina Color. Some of our favorite golden tones include 8/38, 9/03, and 10/36; three shimmering hues on three different levels of lift.
10. Balayage Blonde
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Chances are, you’ve already got your balayage technique down. This natural-looking process sees freehand highlights swept through the mid-lengths, ends and face-framing layers to lightly brighten. Unlike foilyage (up next), there are typically no foils involved with this look. Simply allow strokes of Blondor Freelights to develop in the open air. The formula’s adhesive mass ensures it stays exactly where you paint it on.
11. Foilyage Blonde
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Foilyage isn’t technically a shade of blonde. Rather, 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 that contrast against the natural base. Create the look with BlondorPlex or, to achieve lift and tone in one, try the Koleston Perfect Special Blonde shades. These dreamy blondes offer up to five levels of lightening.
12. Cream Blonde
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With a focus on texture over color, cream blonde is smooth, silky and Scandi-inspired. It sits close to a platinum blonde, but falls just shy of its bright, white finish. If you’re as hooked on this hue as we are, try Tom Badger’s creamy formula. First, he pre-lightened locks with Blondor Soft Blonde Cream + 4%. Then he toned hair for 15 minutes with Koleston Perfect 10/16.
13. Caramel Blonde
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Think of this as the blonde equivalent to chocolate brown hair. Caramel blonde is just as rich, lustrous and shiny, plus it boasts a sun-touched finish that makes skin appear radiant. The secret lies in the glaze after the lightener. Choosing neutral or warm shades on the depth of an 8 – such as 8/97 or 8/38 – lends clients’ subtle highlights a liquid caramel finish.
14. Dark Blonde
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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. Some of our go-tos for this look include Color Touch 6/0, Koleston Perfect 7/0 and Illumina Color 7/18.
15. Dirty Blonde
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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. As for formulas, try adding level 7 highlights to a medium brown base, then tone with Koleston Perfect 7/17, Color Touch 7/73 or Illumina Color 7/3.
16. Babylights Blonde
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For soft and seamless highlights, babylights are your micro-fine solution, giving the wearer a flawlessly-blended finish – no matter what shade of blonde they choose. Maintain these shine-boosting ribbons with a little extra gloss, courtesy of a color-kind care ritual. Recommend clients go home with the ColorMotion+ Color Protection Shampoo and ColorMotion+ Moisturizing Color Reflection Conditioner.
17. Vanilla Blonde
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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.
18. Powdered Blonde
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Powdered blonde centres around light locks with a pale blush or peachy tint. It’s an ultra-flattering hue that leaves locks shining. If you’re trying this look for yourself, make sure you use red-enhancing hair care – not blonde-boosters – such as INVIGO Color Recharge Red Conditioner. It deposits a small amount of pigment with every wash.
19. Butter Blonde
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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.
20. Blonde Ombre
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Whether long or short, blonde ombre hair has transcended trends to become a timeless look. That soft gradient from dark roots to light ends gives locks a beautifully-blended, summery finish. We’re hooked on Konstantinos’ ombre creation, which sees mid-lengths and ends set aglow with Color Touch. The formula? A bright blonde blend of 9/16 + 10/01.
21. Beachy Blonde
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Piecey blonde highlights are the hallmark of beachy blonde hair. That’s why, when we spotted these sandy blonde ribbons weaved through defined coils, we got instant surfer-girl vibes. Created with our Illuminage technique – which combines root shading with sun-kissed painting – these curls were perfected using Koleston Perfect. Try the shade 9/1 to recreate this cool-toned hue.
22. Cream Soda Blonde
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Cream soda color combines beige-brown and blonde hair tones, resulting in a warm, creamy hue. But how do you reach a creation as multi-tonal as this? The trick is to leave a little dark root on show (or add it in with a stroke of color), before painting hair with two lightening formulas in alternating ribbons: Blondor Powder + Color Touch Emulsion and Blondor Freelights + 12%. Once lengths have been rinsed and neutralized, tone using Illumina Color 10/36 + 8/69. Soon, your client’s hair will be fizzing with a spectrum of shimmering blondes.
23. Golden Toffee
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Swathe rich, radiant toffee tones through a brunette base to achieve this golden shade. Start by adding a root shadow, using Color Touch 6/47 through the crown area. Meanwhile, on mid-lengths and ends, smooth 7/73, then process under heat for 15 minutes. Once the color has developed, emulsify for a further five minutes. Locks will gleam and glow with every move.
24. Blonde Chunky Highlights
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Chunky highlights are back. Embrace this nineties throwback with generous blonde ribbons through a brunette base, as seen in this creation by Jesica Mesa. Here, she’s shaded the roots with Color Touch 6/0 + 7/71 + 1.9%, then applied 8/3 + 9/01 with 1.9% over the top of Blondor-ed ‘lights.
25. Brown Blonde Balayage
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One of the hottest 2020 blonde hair color trends has worked its way into 2021. It's time for blonde balayage to take a back seat and prepare to be getting a lot of requests for brown blonde balayage this year. After 12 months of intermittent lockdowns, many clients will be looking for low-maintenance color techniques. And, as far as low-maintenance goes, this brown to blonde look is right up there. Just make sure that, if you’re creating it, you opt for brown and blonde hues in the same tonal direction. Case in point: the look above, which features ash brown roots against ash blonde lengths.
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You’ve heard of sun-kissed hair, but what about moonlit locks? That’s the inspiration behind twilighting; a color technique that involves painting bright blonde pieces through a brunette base. Glittering and golden, they play on light, contrast and texture in the mid-lengths and face-framing layers. Try lifting sections with Blondor Freelights first, then tone with Illumina Color 8/ + 8/37 + 7/35 + 9/03.
27. Blonde Moneypiece
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Face-framing highlights – aka moneypiece highlights – bring blonde’s glow-boosting powers to the front of the face. It’s the perfect technique for clients who crave a little shimmer to enhance their skin. Focus Blondor Freelights through the front section, add balayage to mid-lengths and ends, then make like Igor Khonin and tone lightened hair using Illumina Color 9/7 + 9/43.
28. Butterscotch Blonde
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This rich shade of blonde is a winner for clients wanting to add warm, buttery tones and smoothness to their look. For this deliciously creamy butterscotch blonde creation, @aichaamalie started with babylights using Blondor Multi Blonde, before performing an all-over glossing treatment using Illumina Color 10/93 + 10/05 + 9/43.
29. Rooted Blonde
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This low maintenance look came about after months of on-off salon closures but has continued to make a huge impression on Instagram. As well as being low maintenance, rooted blonde is super versatile, too! Why? It can be created using balayage, ombre, or a root shadow. Dark roots melt into light golden balayage in this dark rooted blonde look, created using BlondorPlex. This lush two-toned effect is best achieved using foilyage because the foils enhance the lift your lightener achieves.
30. Sunset Blonde
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We are in love with sunset blonde. It combines warm shades of pink, coral, red or orange on a blonde base to create a luxurious glow that makes us all want to book a summer vacation! For this look, use BlondorPlex Multi Blonde with Welloxon Perfect to lighten locks and tone using Color Fresh Create in shades Tomorrow Clear and Hyper Coral.
31. Pink Blonde Hair
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Pink blonde hair has been making a BIG splash, particularly in the summer months (did someone say festival season?), and it's easy to see why. With Lady Gaga's cute candy locks and other celebrities like Florence Pugh and Kim Kardashian slaying pink hair, this look has quickly become a must-have trend. This pink ombre paired with beach blonde is a summer staple that's got us hooked! For this look, Global Top Artist Matthias Herzberg has lightened and neutralized locks before applying Color Touch 10/0 + 0/56 + 1.9% to create a Cali-cool shade of pink.
32. Rooted Baby Blonde
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Rooted Baby Blonde hair brings a touch of glamour and shine that's sure to turn heads. This soft rooted baby blonde look uses balayage to seamlessly blend the roots and ends for an effortlessly elegant result that works beautifully against olive skin tones. For the balayage, use 40g Multi Blonde + 45g 6%. @ryan.weeden applies 30g Color Touch 7/71 + 60g 1.9% to the roots, and 30g Color Touch 10/81 + 60g 1.9% to the ends.
33. Medium Blonde
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Medium blonde hair is perfect for blondes who want to go darker, or brunettes who want to go lighter. It's the sweet spot for caramel, golden and bronde (blonde and brown hair) fans. For this gold medium blonde masterpiece, chunky highlights were applied through the hair using BlondorPlex. The hair was then toned using Koleston Perfect 7/38 + 8/38 + 8/97 with 1.9% Welloxon Perfect developer.
34. Mushroom Blonde
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For a deeper way to create a cool ash blonde, look no further than mushroom blonde. It's a sleek bronde with beautiful dimension that's utterly flawless. This reverse balayage coloring technique look combines mushroom blonde roots with icy silver ends. @adriannarachelhair started this look as a root-to-tip level 10, before applying Illumina Color 6/ to the roots. For extra dimension, alternating panels of 6/ and 7/ were swept through mid-lengths and ends. The lightened face frame was left free of color.
35. Stone Blonde
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Ash hues meet icy shades for the cool and cozy stone blonde trend. For anyone who loves white blonde but wants to incorporate natural hues into their style - stone blonde is the perfect transition shade! This stone blonde balayage beautifully contrasts ashy tones in the roots with bright blonde mid-lengths and ends. Replicate the look using strokes of BlondorPlex to lighten locks, before toning with a demi-permanent Color Touch blend of 10/6 + 8/81 + 10/73.
36. Blorange Hair
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We are obsessed with blorange hair (AKA blonde and orange hair). It creates a gorgeous pop of color that makes the perfect summer shade or statement piece all year round. To get this look, lift the hair all over first, then mix up a Color Fresh Create formula. We recommend using 20g Infinite Orange + 10g Nu-Dist Pink + 60g Tomorrow Clear. Paint these from root to tip and leave to develop for 20 minutes.
37. Expensive Blonde Hair
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Shiny, chic, summery tones are at the very core of the 'expensive blonde' trend (which has nothing to do with the price tag btw). This color is delicately defined, with a gentle transition between the base color and highlights. No expensive blonde creation looks the same - some involve a delicious caramel glow, gold tones, or honey hues. This expensive blonde hair layers honey tones on dark blonde hair, complete with a glossing service using Koleston Perfect for extra radiance and shine.
38. Nordic Blonde
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Nordic blonde is as platinum blonde as you can possibly get. The pure, singular tone of Nordic blonde only adds to its boldness and vibrancy. The way you approach this color is very dependent on your client's current hair color. For this look, the original starting point was dark blonde with deep regrowth, meaning just a single process was needed to lighten these locks. For a flawless finish, BlondorPlex was mixed with 6% for the darker regrowth, and 1.9% through the lighter lengths.
39. Cinnamon Blonde
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Nothing says fall-ready like cinnamon blonde hair. It's the spice of choice for lighter locks craving a touch of warm rusted copper hues. The starting point for this look was a dark auburn shade, which was transformed into a dark cinnamon blonde using BlondorPlex to lighten and lift, before applying Koleston Perfect 7/1 + 7/7 + 1.9% to the roots, and 9/03 + 1.9% to the mid-lengths and ends. Move over pumpkin spice!
40. Peach Blonde
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We love pastel hair, but if there's one color that's leading way in the pastel pack it's peach blonde. This juicy, orange-meets-pink hue is perfect for those looking for a style that's summer-ready. This particular look couples a platinum blonde base with peach highlights and vibrant orange tones. To create a similar effect, try adding Color Fresh Create in Infinite Orange to a blend of Hyper Coral and Tomorrow Clear - and say hello to a multi-tonal peach blonde finish that's totally mesmerizing!
41. Pearl Blonde
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Mother of Pearl Blonde is the perfect shade for clients looking for a touch of elegance and shine. These shimmering, luscious locks were created using 30g Multi Blonde Powder + 45g 6% to lighten, and Illumina Color 9/59 + 10/05 + 10/69 for toning.
How to Maintain Blonde Hair
While blonde is one of the most covetable hair colors around, it’s also the hardest to keep healthy-looking and bright. To neutralize brassy tones, it’s crucial to commit to blonde hair care at home. Help your clients by recommending products that enhance the shade and condition of their locks, so they can enjoy salon-fresh, luminous color for longer. Here are their go-to heroes…
1. Fusion for Moisture
Healthy hair is shiny hair. That’s why we suggest introducing the Fusion collection to your client’s blonde care routine, as it works deep down to repair and recover the hair fiber. The Intense Repair Shampoo will protect lightened and colored locks from hair breakage, while the Intense Repair Mask will leave mid-lengths and ends feeling soft, nourished and more manageable.
2. INVIGO Cool Blonde for Balance
Most blondes need a purple shampoo in their kit. Suggest INVIGO Cool Blonde Color Refreshing Blonde Shampoo, which offers a hint of a violet tint to neutralize brassy tones and refresh their hue. All your client has to do is lather up in the shower whenever hair starts to look dull, then leave it on for five minutes and rinse. They can follow with the Fusion Mask for moisture.
3. Thermal Image for Protection
Because heat is one of the key culprits of brassy hair, EIMI Thermal Image is a must. It protects locks from heat up to 220°C, and creates a frizz-free, shiny finish. Suggest clients mist it through from root to tip before blow-drying or tonging strands.
4. Glam Mist for Shine
The finishing touch that every blonde needs is EIMI Glam Mist. Sprayed directly onto just-styled hair, it gives their lightened locks a hint of shimmer that lasts until the next wash.
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 find endless hair trend inspiration on the @WellaHair Instagram.
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