Blonde curly hair: 9 enticing shades that’ll have you running to the salon

Blonde curly hair: It’s not just a myth!  

While blonde hair is a highly coveted hue, there is a common misconception that only certain hair types can pull it off. But believe it or not, you don’t have to have poker straight strands in order to rock a beautiful blonde hue. In fact, blonde curly hair is a gorgeously modern way to rock this classic shade, with coiled textures helping to give the look a more bespoke finish.

And with so many shades out there – from buttery hues to ice queen platinum – there’s no limit to the number of looks you could create! Sound too good to be true? Check out our top 10 inspiring shades from Instagram, below, and make your blonde curly hair dreams a reality!

1. Butter blonde

selfie of a woman with butter blonde curly hair
Excuse us while we swoon! Credit:

Creamy, buttery blondes are one of the most popular blonde shades around and it doesn’t take much to work out why. Classic, clean and always on-trend, this is a foolproof option for those looking to dip their toes into the world of blonde curly hair for the first time. Credit: @stephaniegerard

2. Honey blonde

woman with honey blonde afro hair
Oh, honey! Credit:

Popular with A-list stars including Beyoncé, Natalie Portman and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, honey blonde is unique in that somehow it magically seems to work on just about everyone! Credit: @honeyblondegigi

3. Blonde tips

woman with brunette curly hair with blonde tips
Looking for something on the subtler side? Try lightening just the tips of your hair. Credit:

Before you click off, know that you don’t have to ditch your dark locks if you don’t want to! Simply adding a touch of blonde to the very ends of your hair will let you trial the blonde curly hair trend with minimum commitment. Plus, it’s easy to reverse if you decide it’s not for you. Credit: @allcurls

4. Platinum curls

woman in a blue tshirt with platinum blonde curly hair
Who hasn’t dreamed of going platinum blonde at least once?! Credit:

If you’re an all or nothing kind of girl, why not take the plunge and go for a bright and bold platinum blonde, a la Gwen Stefani?

Traditionally favoured by those with porcelain skin tones, recently we’ve seen many celebs with darker complexions (from Rita Ora to Nicki Minaj) working this striking shade, too, so it’s anyone’s game! Credit: @kristenpintor

5. Sandy blonde

beauty blogger with sandy blonde brown hair
You can almost hear the ocean breeze! Credit:

To limit damage, it’s best to only go a couple of shades lighter than your natural colour in any one dyeing session.

So, for any brunettes looking to lighten up their colour slightly, sandy, beachy blonde is the way to go. This hue also has the benefit of being easier to maintain than other, lighter shades, so that’s one less thing to worry about! Credit: @toni_macaroni

6. Ombre curls

black woman with brunette to blonde ombre curly hair
Ombre, anyone? Credit:

Love ombre? Us too! Allowing you to maintain your natural hue while adding lightness and dimension through your lengths, it’s the perfect option for commitment-phobes! Credit: @iliandraa

7. Rootsy blonde

woman with blonde curly bob length hair with dark roots
Low-maintenance AND stylish? Seriously, where do we sign up?! Credit:

Understandably, one of the main reasons that many women are put off by the prospect of going blonde, is the high-maintenance nature of the shade.

If that’s you, you’ll be pleased to hear then that intentional grown-out roots, like this Instagrammer’s, have officially gained cool status. So, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing you can leave it a little longer between root touch-ups! Credit: @curly_n_blonde

8. Silver curls

woman with silvery grey curly hair
Granny chic, here we come! Credit:

If it’s a stand-out colour you’re after, silver is the shade for you. Just make sure to invest in a purple shampoo, like the TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo, to keep brassiness at bay and leave your hue looking fresh! Credit: @larivieiraoficial

9. Caramel blonde

woman with curly caramel blonde and brunette curly hair
This caramel hue looks good enough to eat! Credit:

Hoping to achieve a natural, sun-kissed effect? With a blend of blonde and brunette ribbons of colour woven through, caramel blonde highlights give year-round summer vibes! Credit: @jennrayna

Editor’s tip:
Whichever shade of blonde curly hair you decide to go for, don’t forget to switch up your hair care routine to help maintain your new hue. We love the TONI&GUY Illuminate Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner, as they enhance and add vibrancy to blonde tones, and keep them looking salon fresh!



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