18 blonde hair colours to try in 2018

From platinum to ash and beyond, we've rounded up the hottest blonde hair colours that will make you want to to take the plunge!   

Gone are the days when getting blonde hair was a temporary summer fancy, as now, more than ever, we crave the light side all year round. Able to brighten up the complexion, bring a new edge to your look and even add a cool feminine vibe to almost any outfit, there’s nothing that blonde hair styles can’t do for you.

Thinking of lightening up? Well, you won’t be the only one, which is why we’ve put together a list of the chicest, most fashionable blonde hair colours, that you can rock year round. Honey tones, platinum shades, flaxen locks and more, we have them all…

18 blonde hair ideas that will convince you to take the plunge

Blonde hair: Front facing image of a woman with platinum blonde hair and a full fringe.
Go for this bombshell hue with true platinum tones. Credit: indigitalimages.com

1. True platinum

If you’re committed to the upkeep, this striking platinum shade of blonde hair is worth all the hassle, we promise.

Chic, modern and especially sophisticated when paired with soft, undone waves, it’s also the perfect colour match for those with fair skin and pink undertones.

side view of a woman with white hair, a green coat and sunglasses
Rock white blonde hair for icy perfection. Credit: indigitalimages.com

2. White blonde

Because it’s one of the boldest variations of platinum you can get, it should come as no surprise that this almost white shade isn’t the easiest to maintain.

But the good news is, that it can also work for those with slightly more olive skin tones, for a cool, directional effect. Don’t believe us? Just check out Rita Ora and her stunning shade of blonde hair.

Blonde hair: Front facing view of a woman with golden-platinum-blonde hair and red lips.
This Hollywood style ‘do is one to take note of. Credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Golden platinum

Probably the most glamorous take on platinum blonde hair, this light, golden shade (AKA Marilyn Monroe blonde) also boasts an incredible brightening effect for the complexion.

Elegant and expensive-looking, it makes an ideal pairing for perfectly polished, old Hollywood-style finger waves and a red pout.

Editor’s tip: To maintain the vibrancy of a golden platinum hue, switch up your current shampoo and conditioner duo for one that’s been made especially for blonde hair. We recommend the TRESemmé Violet Blonde Shine Shampoo and Conditioner.

Enriched with pearl extract and violet toning pigment, this mighty duo will help neutralise brassy yellow tones to reveal your gorgeous shade while giving intense nourishment.

Blonde hair: Image of a model on a catwalk with blonde hair long and worn in half-up, half-down style.
Bronde hair is the easiest way to dabble with blonde. Credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Bronde

Is it brown? Is it blonde? Well, actually, it’s both, hence the name “bronde“: a look that combines different shades of blonde and brown hues to make this achingly cool shade!

Best achieved with balayage or flamboyage, this beautifully subtle blend of light and dark is a favourite of many an A-lister – including Jennifer Lawrence, Amber Heard and Elizabeth Olsen.

Blonde hair: Front facing view of a woman wearing green sunglasses with ash blonde hair colour.
Could an ash blonde sombre be your next colour? Credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Ash blonde sombre

Blonde hair ideas don’t get much better than an ash blonde sombre, and here’s why. It’s an ideal option for those who want to go lighter – but are concerned about having to constantly manage regrowth – an ash blonde sombre strikes the perfect balance between cool and warm tones.

Wear it with smooth, straight tresses for maximum sophistication when in the city, and make the most of your naturally-tousled texture by letting it air-dry while on the beach.

Blonde hair: Front facing image of a woman with long blonde hair in a melted butter shade.
Melted butter is a delicious new hair colour! Credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Melted butter

Now this is what we call true, statement-making blonde hair. Yellowish and rich in tone, it can be quite overpowering on the wrong hairstyle, so opt for an ultra-short pixie, bob or, at the most, mid-length for the most effortless-looking, mellow effect.

Blonde hair: Image of a woman with a pixie but and pink champagne shade blonde hair.
Let your hair sparkle with pink champagne blonde. Credit: indigitalimages.com

7. Pink champagne

We love the chic yet playful nature of this model’s golden blonde hair with subtle pink undertones. Don’t you think it just oozes style? Pop some bottles this season and get inspired by your pink bottle of bubbly!

Recommended: Champagne blonde hair colour ideas you have to try.

Blonde hair: Front facing image of a woman with beach-blonde-hair-colours and waves.
Who needs a beach when you can recreate beach blonde hair instead! Credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Beach blonde

Best teamed with natural-looking texture it’s no wonder this exotic hue, comprised of different shades of blonde, has long been the bohemian girl’s go to. This is post-holiday hair, minus the airfare!

Editor’s tip: Looking to add more texture into your tresses? Say hello to the VO5 Texturising Sea Salt Spray. Ideal for adding intentional messiness and bedhead texture to the hair, it’ll enhance waves in a natural-looking way.

Blonde hair: Front facing image of a woman with blonde hair in a centre parting and white top
We love this soft baby blonde hair colour. Credit: indigitalimages.com

9. Baby blonde

Blonde hair styles have been favoured by the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kate Hudson and Gisele Bündchen – all of who sport different shades of blonde. One of the celeb favourites though is this light, bright, golden shade, which looks so natural it’ll make people think you grew it yourself!

It’s also great for lending a hint of youthfulness to any look (hence the name, baby blonde!).

front facing image of a woman with wavy blonde hair in caramel tones
Give your locks a makeover with a caramel ombre. Credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Caramel ombre

Have a darker complexion and want to dabble in the blonde hair palette without looking washed out? This rich caramel ombre is perfect for olive-based or darker skin tones. Root regrowth could pose a potential pain to maintain but that’s where the ombre effect comes in to save the day!

Blonde hair: Front facing image of a woman with wavy dirty-blonde-hair.
Channel your inner carefree gal, with dirty blonde hair. Credit: indigitalimages.com

11. Dirty blonde

For those desperate to go lighter, but are concerned true blonde highlights might be too obvious, look no further than the directional golden shade du jour: dirty blonde.

Slightly duller in tone, with soft grey tints, it’s the perfect option for those who want to inject a little bit of an edge, while maintaining a fresh look and feel.

Blonde hair: Front view of a woman with slicked back honey blonde hair
Honey, your hair looks so sweet! Credit: indigitalimages.com

12. Honey blonde hair

Ideal for those with yellow or olive undertones, this luxurious and luscious, rich honey blonde works pretty much all year round.

The best thing about this versatile shade is that there are so many variations that can be tailored to suit different times of year without requiring you to go through a dramatic change. Clever, right?

Blonde hair: Close up shot of Margot Robbie with golden blonde hair mid-length wavy hair.
You’ll be golden in no time. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

13. Golden blonde

If you’re after a blonde look that has a universal appeal, then turn to those with shades of golden blonde! These stunning hues gives you the appearance of a lovely glow, and always look effortlessly luxurious, no matter how dark or light you want your golden tresses to be. 

Opt for a single colour all over, or mix in a set of golden blonde highlights, for a luscious look that has loads of depth and shimmering dimension. 

Blonde hair: Close up shot of Dawson's Creek star Busy Philipps with rose gold hair styled into a low ponytail.
We’re loving rose gold hair. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

14. Rose gold

Looking for blonde hair styles that have been fashion-approved? Well, in that case, turn to this pink-toned, rose gold version of blonde, that is sure to uplift even the dullest of tresses! 

A subtler take on the bright neon and pastel colours of other hair trends, rose gold brings together a blonde base with coppery-red tones, as well as hints of gold and rose pink. And the good news is, that this ultra-feminine hair trend can easily be adapted to suit almost anyone – so what are you waiting for?!

Recommended: 11 rose gold hair colour ideas we can’t get enough of.

Blonde hair: Close up shot of Ciara with caramel blonde wavy hair.
Caramel blonde is the most skin-flattering hue around. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

15. Caramel blonde highlights

Don’t let the thought of having an all-over colour deter you from going blonde this season, because by simply opting for caramel blonde highlights, you can easily blend blonde tones into your natural hue.

These indulgent shades are super-versatile and work with pretty much any hairstyle!

Rich, ultra-soft shades of caramel blonde highlights are perfect for ladies with natural brunette hair, who just want a small amount of colour to brighten their look.

Blonde hair: Side view of a woman's face with a fringe and bobbed hair with a blonde ombre colour
Dabble with blonde hair by trying your hand at an ombre. Credit: indigitalimages.com

16. Ombre

If you aren’t ready to go all the way with blonde hair, why not introduce blonde elements into your tresses with an ombre effect, instead?

This will allow you to try out being blonde, while keeping your natural roots and the darker hair around your face. Then, once you’re ready, you can add more and more blonde to the look, until you’ve become a fully-fledged blonde bombshell!

Blonde hair: Side view image of actress Michelle Williams with ice blonde short hair
Try out ice blonde hair like Michelle Williams’ look. Credit: Getty Images

17. Ice Blonde

This ashy, almost-white shade of blonde creates an instant cool factor thanks to its icy finish. And with a result that’s youthful and thoroughly modern, it’s not hard to see the appeal.

What’s more, this shade is surprisingly versatile: women with warm, pale complexions can pull off this cool colour, but you might be surprised to hear that women with yellow-based medium skin can also rock this shade of ice blonde!

Blonde hair: Close up shot of Nicola Anne Peltz with dark roots and buttery blonde hair.
Rootsy blonde is on the raise. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

18. Rootsy blonde

We’re so into rootsy blonde hair at the moment! So, if you do notice your natural hue poking through at the roots, why not keep them like that for a look full of stylish contrasts?

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