18 blonde hair colours to try in 2018
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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!).
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!
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.
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?
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.
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?!
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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.
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!
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!
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?