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!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
The grey hair trend is here to stay, offering up a fresh twist on the classic blonde.
Blonde Highlights On Dark Hair
Ciara’s ashy blonde highlights look amazing against her brunette hair and darker skin.
Blonde Hair With Lowlights
Adding lowlights is a way of giving blondes more dimension for the most natural-looking results.
Natural Blonde Hair
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
Baby Blonde Hair Colour
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
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
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.
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.
Warm Butterscotch Blonde
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
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!
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 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 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.
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
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.
Can’t decide between blonde and brown? Well, the good news is, you no longer have to: just go bronde!
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
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
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 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
We all know that pink tones are huge right now so stand out with this unique platinum pink blonde hue.
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.
Get the perfect colour melt by teaming ash blonde hair with a multi-tonal balayage like above. Credit: @hairbyjayleen
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Keep the ends of your hair light and bright, while the roots can be slightly darker for a more lived-in effect.
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.
Delivering a healthy shine while protecting coloured hair, add this wash and care duo to your hair washing routine now!
These beauty’s golden blonde highlights take her hair colour and cut to the next level.
Dark Honey Blonde
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.