55 Blonde Shades You Can Wear Year-Round

Warning: hot shades of blonde coming through! 

Thinking about going blonde in 2021? With so many blonde shades around, from warming golden blondes to caramel hues, to cooling ash tones and even strawberry blonde, there are endless blonde hair colours you can choose to covet. And, because blonde ranges from medium to dark, it is a universally flattering shade choice for everyone that can be worn year-round.

Blonde hair can be achieved in a number of different techniques from classic highlights, balayage, ombre and all-over colour, depending on the results you want and how much maintenance you’re willing to commit to.

Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the 55 best blonde shades right here, to convince you to take the plunge. Keep scrolling to see!

Blonde Ombre

Margot Robbie with wavy blonde ombre hair
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Never been blonde before? Ombre ends are an easy way to trial lighter locks before committing to a whole transformation.

Brown Hair With Blonde Highlights

Jamie Chung with shoulder length brown hair with highlights
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

You might think that having naturally brunette strands would get in the way of your blonde ambitions, but it doesn’t have to. Jamie Chung shows how blonde highlights can be used to add lightness to a darker base without making you look washed out.

Caramel Blonde

Gigi Hadid with dark blonde hair and beachy waves worn to one side
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

On the darker end of the blonde spectrum, Gigi Hadid’s warm dark blonde complements her California girl style perfectly.

Editor’s tip: Keep your blonde hair looking great by using the Nexxus Blonde Assure Purple Shampoo and Conditioner. It’ll gently cleanse different blonde shades while helping to maintain colour vibrancy and give it a shine boost.

Blonde Hair Dark Roots

Ashley Benson with wavy blonde hair with dark roots
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The best way to blend the blonde with your natural colour? Ask your hairdresser to apply a darker colour at your roots – this way when your real regrowth starts to come through it’ll be barely noticeable.

Bleach Blonde Hair

Soo Joo Park with bleach blonde straight hair with bangs
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Craving a bold new look? Take your inspiration from model Soo Joo Park’s statement bleach blonde hair and stylish long fringe. Shades of blonde like this one will give your look an extra edge.

Brown To Blonde Hair

Bella Hadid before and after brunette to blonde
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Thinking of making the transition from brown to blonde hair? Bella Hadid recently joined sister Gigi in the blonde squad, trading her signature dark locks for a golden honey blonde.

Grey Blonde Hair

Blogger Victoria Magrath (Inthefrow) with a grey lob
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

The grey hair trend is here to stay, offering up a fresh twist on the classic blonde.

Blonde Highlights On Dark Hair

Ciara with long dark hair with blonde highlights
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Ciara’s ashy blonde highlights look amazing against her brunette hair and darker skin.

Blonde Hair With Lowlights

Jennifer Aniston with layered blonde hair with lowlights
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Adding lowlights is a way of giving blondes more dimension for the most natural-looking results.

Natural Blonde Hair

Elsa Hosk with long wavy natural blonde hair
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

This hue speaks for itself: it’s natural and the perfect shade to covet when you’re starting with a light brown base.

Copper Blonde Hair

Nicole Kidman with blow dried strawberry blonde hair
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

This sultry hue is the result of blending blonde tones with copper, making it the coolest way to go red.

Baby Blonde Hair Colour

Devon Windsor with straight baby blonde hair
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

This cool hue mimics the blonde colour that some lucky individuals can be born with. If you prefer icy blonde shades, you’ll love this illuminating example.

Amber Blonde Hair Colour

Blake Lively with long amber red/blonde hair in a half-up half-down
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Featuring gold, red and orange tones, this amber blonde shade is exactly what you need to add warmth to your look.

Grey Hair With Blonde Highlights

If you want to stylish embrace grey hair, opt for pearly blonde highlights. These will do a great job of adding dimension and create the illusion of thicker locks.

Cool Blonde Highlights

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley with mid length blonde hair with cool highlights
Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Already sporting blonde hair? Give your locks a striking update with some cool blonde highlights.

Buttery Blonde Face-Frame

If you really want to make your face pop, consider getting buttery blonde face-framing highlights.

Blonde Dip Dye

If you want to keep your base colour dark, the best way for you to go blonde is via ombre.

Beige Blonde

Nude and beige tones are a huge trend in fashion right now, so it’s no surprise that that’s filtered down to hair too.

Beachy Blonde

Dreaming of the beach? Dimensional blonde shades, like this one, will take you there. Don’t forget to create these curls, too!

Warm Butterscotch Blonde

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with wavy warm blonde long hair wearing a black top.
Keep things toasty with this warm butterscotch blonde. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Want to keep warm this winter? Then try out this luxuriously creamy, butterscotch shade – one of our favourite blonde hair shades, ever.

It’s a great colour for those with fair to medium skin tones, as the richer blonde hues won’t wash out these complexions, but rather give them a lovely, healthy glow.

Winter White Blonde

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with straight white blonde hair wearing hair clips.
Rock winter white blonde for a stunning change! Credit: indigitalimages.com

We know it might sound a little unorthodox, but have you ever considered rocking white blonde beyond sunshine season?

Contrary to popular belief, this icy blonde hue looks just as great in the winter as it does in the summer. Plus, it complements paler complexions perfectly!

Champagne Blonde

Shades of blonde hair: Elsa Hosk with long wavy champagne blonde hair style in a side parting wearing red lipstick and a black sheer dress.
Make your blonde hair shade pop with a champagne hue. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

From all over colour to a champagne ombre, get the A-list look with this popping shade of blonde.

Blended Blonde Balayage

This is the stuff balayage dreams are made of!

Platinum Blonde

Platinum blonde shades have always been a popular choice, from Marilyn Monroe to Rita Ora, there is no denying their appeal.

Dark Honey Blonde

Looking for low maintenance shades of blonde? Then this sweet yet sultry colour could be your hair solution.

How? Because the roots can be kept relatively dark to create a contrast with the lighter tips, it means you won’t have to worry too much about the upkeep of your regrowth!

Silver Blonde

Shades of blonde hair: Kim Kardashian West with very long wavy silver blonde hair wearing a black blazer dress.
Embrace dark roots with this silver blonde shade. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Silver and blonde hair is a match made in heaven. With its unique ashy shade and brilliant shine, it’s no wonder this colour is hugely popular with those looking for different shades of blonde hair.

Dirty Blonde

Want a hair colour that will carry you through to the colder seasons? This understated elegant blonde colour is ideal because of its warm tones and the slightly darker blonde shades that have been worked into the mix underneath.

Worn-In Platinum Blonde

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with platinum blonde naturally curly hair with dark brown roots on runway wearing a bomber jacket.
Sport worn-in platinum blonde for an added edge! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Casual and relaxed, this worn-in platinum blonde hue (with statement regrowth, of course) is one of the most low-maintenance shades of blonde around. And the best part? The darker your roots, the edgier the look.

Bronde

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with dark blonde bronde wavy hair wearing heavy eye makeup.
Don’t want to go full blonde? Try bronde instead! Credit: indigitalimages.com

Can’t decide between blonde and brown? Well, the good news is, you no longer have to: just go bronde!

As the name suggests, it’s the perfect in-between shade of brown and blonde, so just like A-listers J. Lo and Karlie Kloss, you too can tow the hair colour line!

Strawberry Hues

Blonde hair shades don’t get much more on-trend than this. Complete with delicious strawberry hues, this shade is warm, pretty and a must-try colour for year-round wear.

Ice White Blonde

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with long wavy ice white hair wearing a black top.
Loving the dimension and shades of blonde in this ice-white hue! Credit: Instagram.com/catherinelovescolor

Keep things on the cooler side with this stunning ice-white, blonde colour. It’s high maintenance, but the head-turning results are well worth it! Credit: @catherinelovescolor

Blonde Shades With Grey And Pink

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with straight stray grey and pink pastel hair.
We’re loving this grey blonde hue with pops of pink. Credit: Instagram.com/dazy_lynstudio

Create a statement look by combining different shades of blonde, with silvery grey tones and pops of pink. This a subtle way to create magical looking hair, without being too loud! Credit: @dazy_lynstudio

Bright Honey Blonde

Shades of blonde hair in the honey-coloured spectrum are always a winner, as sporting bright honey hues can be worn in any season.

The best part is, this shade is easy to maintain if you have hair that’s slightly darker as the regrowth will blend in with the warm honey tones nicely.

Ice Blonde

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with long straight ice blonde hair wearing a beige knitted jumper.
This shade of blonde is well worth the effort. Credit: Instagram.com/punktg_fryzjer

Ice blonde shades can be tricky to achieve when you have naturally dark hair, but when it looks this good, it’s definitely worth the effort. Credit: @punktg_fryzjer

Pink Blonde

We all know that pink tones are huge right now so stand out with this unique platinum pink blonde hue.

Light Blonde

Shades of blonde hair: Julianne Hough with shoulder length wavy light blonde hair wearing a white sleeveless dress
How light will you go? Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Light blonde hair will be easier to achieve and maintain naturally fair-haired women. For those with darker hair, start by adding blonde highlights and building up to an all-over blonde shade.

Ash Balayage

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with long wavy ash blonde balayage hair running her hands through her hair.
Pinterest-worthy hues. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbyjayleen

Get the perfect colour melt by teaming ash blonde hair with a multi-tonal balayage like above. Credit: @hairbyjayleen

Ash Highlights

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with ash blonde highlighted wavy bob wearing a grey knitted jumper.
Is this the blonde hair shade for you? Credit: Instagram.com/bescene

Create contrast on ash blonde hair with the addition of highlights. This hue will work great on those olive and tanned skin tones. Credit: @bescene

Blonde Highlights

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with straight blonde highlighted hair wearing a light blue shirt with beige jacket.
Add a sunkissed feel to your strands with highlights. Credit: indigitalimaes.com

Use highlights to give your blonde hair a touch of sunkissed glamour that’s perfect for the summer months.

Next read: Your guide to getting blonde highlights.

Blonde Bob

If there’s one thing we love more than blonde hair, it’s bob haircuts. Combine the two together for the ultimate cool-girl look.

Blonde Balayage

Shades of blonde hair: Suki Waterhouse with wavy blonde balayage medium length hair with long centre parted fringe.
A balayage can be as subtle or as obvious as you like. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Create a natural-looking colour with a blonde balayage. Much like highlights, a balayage can be used to frame the face and add dimension to blonde hair.

Dark Ash Blonde

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with dark ash straight bob length hair with flicked out ends wearing a snap clip hair accessory and sunglasses.
Ash tones can be used to add a cool finish to dark strands. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Dark ash hair is ideal for those seeking a darker shade of blonde. From natural blonde to brunettes, ash hair is the perfect in-between colour.

Golden Platinum Blonde

side view of a woman's hair with golden platinum blonde hair
Try shades of blonde in golden tones. Credit: Instagram.com/redbloomsalon

We love this look for its true A-lister appeal and red-carpet-ready finish! Team with some loose waves and you’ll be ready for your close up. Credit: @redbloomsalon

New York Blonde

side view of a woman with her long hair worn down in a natural blonde colour
Shades of blonde look are warm and flattering. Credit: Instagram.com/foxandjane

You might wonder which shades of blonde would constitute a ‘New York blonde’ and we’re about to tell you!

This shade is all about classy, natural-looking hues, that are probably the result of hours spent in a salon (we won’t tell if you don’t). Think Upper East Side chic and you’re there! Credit: @foxandjane

LA Blonde

Keep the ends of your hair light and bright, while the roots can be slightly darker for a more lived-in effect.

Caramel Blonde

Pumpkin spice lattes and cosy knits anyone? Not without a warm, autumnal new hairdo, you don’t! Fall into these wonderful caramel tones to achieve a mix of blonde shades with added ‘wow’ factor.

Editor’s tip: Keep your colour treated hair looking vibrant with the Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Colour Shampoo and Conditioner.

Delivering a healthy shine while protecting coloured hair, add this wash and care duo to your hair washing routine now!

Honeyed Caramel

These beauty’s golden blonde highlights take her hair colour and cut to the next level.

Dark Honey Blonde

back view of a woman's hair with long waves and different shades of blonde colour
These different shades of blonde are so pretty. Credit: Instagram.com/j.flowerz

If you’ve got naturally darker hair, then going for a dark honey blonde hue is going to be a great way to go blonde, without the painstaking upkeep.

We love the multi-dimensional tones and different shades of blonde hair in this look, seamlessly melting from one colour to the next! Credit: @j.flowerz

Warm Blonde

Keep things warm and bright with this lovely hue. Perfect for brightening up pale complexions, yet not light enough to wash you out, this is a great colour for any time of year. Credit: @beyond_club

Ginger And Gold

side view of a woman's shoulder length hair with waves and different shades of blonde
Gold and ginger hues make for a lovely finish! Credit: Instagram.com/sandvikdomeij

Add depth and dimension to your tresses by combining elements of warm ginger and glorious gold to your locks. The end result will be a shade that’s perfect for the colder months while looking equally amazing in summer. Love! Credit: @sandvikdomeij

Pearl Blonde

back view of a woman's long blonde hair with pearl blonde tones
This pearl blonde colour is simply stunning. Credit: Instagram.com/krosehairboutique_

Add a touch of sparkling luminosity to your locks with a pearl blonde tone, that will make your tresses look like they glisten.

Re-create the look with foil highlights, a cool root colour and a set of pearlescent tones throughout! Credit: @krosehairboutique_

All Over Blonde

side view of a woman with shoulder length wavy hair and an all over blonde colour
We love this all over blonde! Credit: Instagram.com/hairstylesbycd

If you’re not one for lengthy sessions in the salon, you might want to go for an all-over blonde shade, instead. This look is still lovely and bright and only requires root touch-ups. Score! Credit: @hairstylesbycd

Toffee Blonde

Shades of blonde hair: Woman with toffee blonde shoulder length hair with a slight wave.
Toffee blonde looks golden and lovely! Credit: Instagram.com/taylorduprestylist

Keep your locks looking lovely with this vibrant shade of toffee. We love the mix of deep caramel hues, with luminous shades of blonde and slightly darker roots.

This is a winning colour choice for those starting off with darker tresses. Credit: @taylorduprestylist 

Golden Yellow Blonde

This hue is far more golden and yellowy than other shades of blonde hair, making it an ideal choice for natural blondies looking to enhance their hue.

But how do you nail the look and avoid looking like you’ve just had a bad dye job? Easy. Just make sure you ask for some milky blonde tones to be subtly worked into your yellow blonde base. This will help lift the colour and make it look more golden, rather than brassy!

Ash Blonde

Go for a classic blonde look that’s also incredibly flattering with gorgeous tones of ash blonde. Ask your stylist to work with your natural hues to create a stunning finish.

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