The Ultimate Dirty Blonde Hair Guide: 10 Ways to Style Your Strands (Plus a Quiz!)

10 beautiful ways to show off your dirty blonde hair color.

Dirty blonde hair is one of those hair colors that we lust after, and often to go to great extremes to achieve, especially if we were born with naturally darker locks. Expensive highlights and intense reparative treatments to make up for bleach damage are just two factors to consider when faking this color, but the results are well worth the work. This creamy brunette-blonde combination is a beautiful base for both simple and more intricate styles. Whether you were born with dirty blonde hair or you work hard to achieve the perfect blonde-ish hue, all 10 of these beautiful styles will make your color pop. Scroll on:

10 Ways to Style Dirty Blonde Hair

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When in doubt just amp up the volume.

1. High

Whether you want to wear your hair down or pull it back into a chic knot, teasing the roots and amping up the volume is a great way to show off your color. Comb a golf ball-sized amount of Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse through your roots before blow drying for extra drama.

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Tease your strands in the front and show off your dirty blonde hair color.

2. Teased

This style is great if you’re in a rush and are looking for a way to add instant glam to your look. Tease your roots and pull your hair back into a low knot. Pull a few pieces out in the front for a little extra glam.

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A straightener and a little serum will help you nail this look.

3. Straight

Run a straightener through your hair to achieve this stick straight look, then add a touch of Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Smoothing Hair Serum for extra glossiness.

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Grab your curling iron and prepare for major volume.

4. Voluminous Curls

Use a 1 1/2 inch curling to create curls all over your head and let them cool down. Follow up by brushing through them with a hair brush for a looser, more laid-back effect.

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You’re never too old for a ponytail with the perfect ‘swish’.

5. High Ponytail

Another great ‘when in doubt’ style, the high ponytail is a classic we find ourselves falling back on over and over again.

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Find the perfect balance with a half up style.

6. Half Up, Half Down

To recreate this style, separate your hair into a side part and gather the top half back into a half-up style. Use bobby pins criss-crossed into an X shape to hold it in place.

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A deceptively simple style you’ll recreate time and time again.

7. Fishtail Updo

Would you believe us if we told you this style is actually really easy to create? Check out our fishtail braid tutorial and create a braid that starts at the front of your head and then trails backwards from there. Secure the braid with a ponytail, coil it up against your head and pin it into place.

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A simple flip of the part can make a huge difference.

8. Flipped Part

If you’re in a big rush and are looking for a way to change up your look and draw attention to your color then you’ll want to try a simple flip of the part. Change your part to the opposite side for a little bit of volume and an attention-grabbing look.

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Once you nail this technique you’ll leave your curling iron behind.

9. Straightener Curls

Have you learned how to use your straightener to create curls? Check out our easy tutorial here and prepare to say goodbye to your curling iron for good.

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Opt for an air drying technique you can depend on.

10. Air Dried

Last but certainly not least: Find an air drying technique that works for you. Embrace your natural texture for beautiful, low-key waves.

Take our dirty blonde hair quiz and vote on which blonde hair color you love most!

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Looking for more ways to style your dirty blonde strands? Check out five gorgeous and easy updos for blonde hair