How to Get The Perfect Shade of Honey Hair Color

Alyssa François | 23 April 2016

Go light and keep it sweet.

There’s something uplifting about lightening up and going blonde. Out of all the blonde hair shades, honey blonde hair color is at the top of our radar at the moment—we just love this warm hue that’s mixed with gorgeous brown tones. Plus, it works on just about anyone with a warmer undertone. But, like any gorgeous new color, you’re going to have to figure out how to get the right sun-kissed honey blonde shade for you. No worries, we’ve got you covered!

Whether you’re thinking of coloring your hair for the first time or contemplating on a new look, we’ve taken some pointers from our colorist to provide you with some insider tips to going blonde. Read on to learn how you can get the most flattering honey blonde hue:

Finding the Best Shade of Honey Blonde

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A gorgeous shade to try this season. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Adding color to your hair can change your image and make your complexion glow, not to mention add shine, texture, and thickness to your hair. One of our favorites is honey blonde, a darker shade of yellow blonde with brown undertones that also includes shades that range from light to dark. Typically, this hair color works well with warm skin tones as they highlight your natural undertone and even out the red pigments in your skin. Cool skin tones should avoid a hair color like this since it could clash with the cool in your skin, washing you out.

Eye color and honey blonde hair

Maybe your eyes are your favorite feature and you want to find a shade that complements and highlights their color:

Dark Eyes
If your eyes fall on the darker end of the brown spectrum, they could match well with a darker shade of honey blonde with deep golden brown hints. You can opt for a variation of copper tone lowlights or highlights to lighten things up a bit and highlight your dark eyes. On the other hand, for brown eyes that are lighter such as hazel, a medium honey blonde shade with caramel tones would accentuate your eye color.

Light Eyes
Since your eyes fall within a group of colors such as blue, green and gray, you want to accentuate your tone with a light shade like strawberry honey blonde or a darker shade like chestnut. Both will draw more attention to the flecks in your eyes and complement their color. If you choose the light shade of honey blonde, you can mix in some darker pieces to frame your face and enhance your eye color.

Mixed Eyes
This eye type has a mixture of shades like gray, green and blue. If you look closely you could probably see little flecks of this color range in your pupils. You can play with just about any shade of honey blonde since any choice you make may light up those pretty eyes! Try a lighter golden shade to ring in the summer season.

If you decide not to determine your honey blonde choice by eye color, fret not. Don’t be afraid to experiment and feel free to pick the shade of honey blonde that you covet.

Wig It Out
Try before you dye! Get a wig in the tone you like and see how comfortable you are with the look. Opt for a wig that allows you to play with different hairstyles on a day-to-day basis to give you a feel of living with this new color. If you are seeking to lighten or enhance your natural hair shade, try variations of wigs that match your color but have honey blonde lowlights or highlights.

How to Upgrade Your Honey Blonde Hair Color for Fall

1. Get a gloss.

The spoils of summer days—fried strands, split ends, green hair!—can definitely rear their ugly heads at season’s end. Refresh your luscious honey blonde hair before school starts with a glossing treatment: Not only will it revitalize your color and counteract any brassiness or chlorine pigmentation, it will also fill in porous strands for a smoother, shinier look. Looking for an at-home refresh? Spray on some Nexxus New York Salon Care Color Assure Glossing Tonic before you style for standout luminosity and shine.

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A rootier effect warms you up for Fall.

2. Darken your roots.

Want to transition into a sultrier shade for the colder months, but still want to feel, you know, blonde? Try getting darker roots. A deliberately rooty color has that lived-in feel, but with a polished, more expensive take—and not that you were just sloppy about upkeep. Ask your stylist to smudge a warm brown that’s one to two shades darker than your honey blonde hair. Ed’s note: Keep it above eye level so it doesn’t look like you just forgot about your ’do all summer. A dry shampoo that smoothens, like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo, keeps your edgy new upgrade fresh all day.

SUAVE PROFESSIONALS KERATIN INFUSION DRY SHAMPOO
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Soft dark blonde highlights makes a sombré more natural-looking. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

3. Go the way of sombré.

Instead of an ombré, which can look too stripey and harsh for the Fall, ask for a sombré instead. Subtler than an ombré, a sombré that blends a darker brown base with honey blonde highlights on the mid-lengths and ends gracefully marries two color trends in one. Have your stylist do a balayage technique, where s/he paints on some quiet honey blonde hair highlights into your look without a telltale line, so the result looks more natural. Maintain this sexy new hue by keeping your shade vibrant. Switching to a lower-sulfate wash and care system, like Dove Nutritive Solutions Color Care Shampoo and Dove Nutritive Solutions Color Care Conditioner, gently nourishes as it prolongs your color for up to eight weeks.

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DOVE NUTRITIVE SOLUTIONS COLOR CARE SHAMPOO

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A slight hint of strawberry enlivens a warm blonde shade. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Ribbon in some red.

Tying in a few reddish highlights can actually warm up your features in a romantic, sun-kissed way. Shades such as light copper, rose gold and strawberry blonde actually complement honey blonde hair perfectly, and can impart some luxurious dimension to your overall color. It’s also a more unique hue for the cooler months as opposed to traditional browns, so you’re sure to stand out from the pack. Keep this notoriously short-lived pigment from washing out by prepping your hair before you shower. Nexxus New York Salon Care Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer helps repel water and extend the vitality of your shade.

NEXXUS COLOR ASSURE PRE PRIMER
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Go for the gold: A gold-tinged glaze is luxurious without being OTT. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. A gold-tinged glaze is a gamechanger.

Similar to a gloss but shorter-lived, a glaze stays on hair for only one to two weeks. It’s a clever way to flirt with or ease into a warmer shade, particularly if you’re still on the fence about how it will look with your features. A gold-tinted glaze can infuse your existing honey blonde hair with a warmer, richer tone; ask your stylist to focus on the sections near your hairline for a more flattering effect. Also, unlike a gloss, a glaze is both peroxide- and ammonia-free, meaning you can have it re-done as soon as you notice some fading.

How will you reinvent your color for fall? See our awesome brunette hair color guide for all you need to know about going darker.