21 Chic, Classic Natural Blonde Hair Shades

Eunice Lucero | 07 November 2017
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Jonesing for a natural blonde hue that can take you from summer to winter to back again? Look no further.

Trends come and go, yes (and at All Things Hair HQ, we’d be absolutely remiss to not try every single one, of course), but there’s something unshakeable about a classic. Blonde hair is one of those things that goes through several iterations too, depending on what’s in vogue at the moment: During the 1950s, coiffed platinum locks took the stage, as bombshell screen sirens sported the hue, while grown-out, sunnier golden blondes became the look during the hippie, free-loving ’70s. In the Early Aughts, stripey blonde highlights (inexplicably) became the hottest thing ever, which gave way to more natural blonde hair shades like balayage and ombré during late 2010s.

Even though there’s something about every shade of blonde out there, its this latter natural blonde hair color that’s been quietly doing its job since day 1. We pay homage to this wear-anywhere, wear-anytime, universally flattering hue (we credit its neutral ashy tones) in the following looks below. Scroll on to find your new classic:

21 Timeless Natural Blonde Hair Looks

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Mess it up for more texture and movement.

1. Flaxen Sombré Waves, Short

Flaxen is a neutral baby blonde that skews slightly cool, but is still flattering on peachy and warm skintones. Put it to good use as a sombré color job on a blogger fave: the wavy bob.

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A twisted hairstyle shows off both a clean color and flirty lengths. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

2. Café Au Lait Curls

Cream in your coffee never looked so chic, especially when rendered as a clean, ashy single-process shade—and finished off with on-trend curls.

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Splitting hair in the middle makes for a charming updo.

3. Ash Blonde Bun

This true sandy blonde is most ideal for neutral undertones. Just remember to inject a purple shampoo, like Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo, into your routine to avoid brassiness.

BED HEAD by TIGI DUMB BLONDE PURPLE TONING SHAMPOO
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This ethereal blonde looks romantic when loosely styled. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

4. Flaxen Sombré Waves, Long

Creamy, cool-toned perfection that really makes pink undertones glow.

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A middle part gives the look a feathered, slightly retro feel. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Golden Balayage

This bright, sunny blonde, with its natural sun-streaky highlights, also works well with a bit of a dark root.

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An air-dried texture gives the look a beachier feel.

6. Ash Brown with Bleached Ends

Blink and you’ll miss it: This super natural blonde hair color  popular on surfer girls everywhere features an ash brown base that’s been lightened at the ends (by too many days out by the breakers, perhaps?)

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A mini-beehive helps put your color front and center.

7. Dusty Flaxen Blonde

Ask your stylist to smudge your highlights (typically by backcombing as they’re being foiled) to get rid of any telltale edges, as above.

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We’re all about a pinkish-beige blonde! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

8. Bright Champagne

This beige blonde doesn’t quite read as strawberry, but retains a definite pink tone that registers really well on peach and neutral complexions.

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Tight curls hide any telltale edges.

9. Tri-Color Sombré

Is it ash brown? Is it beige blonde? Or is it caramel? All three shades, while typically discordant, blend seamlessly in this look via a good balayage (and some clever curling action).

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Heartier than platinum, but with a similar impact. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

10. Sandy Lowlights

Ash brown lowlights provide more dimension to a baby blonde base.

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A bright, sunny natural blonde is great even for the cooler months.

11. Golden Honey

Display a warm natural blonde shade, like honey or caramel, to the hilt with an air-dried texture.

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The 1970s vibes we’re getting from this look are so on-point today.

12. Sun-Streaked

The perfect natural blonde is only marginally lighter at the ends and has delicate sun-kissed highlights that look uniform even on straight hair.

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Bleached blonde can look natural too. Photo credit: Dvora

13. Bleached

Bottle blondes can join in on the fun too, provided the shade is on the cooler side (it’ll brass up naturally anyway, virtue of your shower) and is given a bit of dimension with a few lowlights.

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Bedhead-sexy!

14. Rooty Golden Blonde

Rumpled, It-Girl roots plus some natural golden balayage equals a modern bombshell look.

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This tactic is best for those whose base is two to three shades lighter, max.

15. Smudgy Root

Brunettes that want a natural—but still super bright—blonde look can opt for a smudgy root, with features the color starting lower on the strand (bonus: easier touchups too). Create this just-rolled-out-of-bed rumple by scrunching in a texturizer, such as Bed Head by TIGI Joyride, to the mid-lengths.

BED HEAD BY TIGI JOYRIDE TEXTURIZING POWDER BALM
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Well-placed highlights can take you from summer to winter to back again, no problem.

16. Natural Highlights

Thin foil highlights are a more wearable and grown-up version of the streaks of yesteryear.

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With natural blonde hair, a gloss is so necessary. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

17. Creamy Ash

A single-process ash blonde finds a gorgeous, gleamy finish with a glossing treatment after the fact.

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Cali-cool in a few strips. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

18. Skinny Highlights

The ultimate (and upscale) Cali-girl look features paper-crisp highlights on a sandy base. A tan also helps!

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This two-toned look is subtle, not jarring.

19. Bleached Blonde with Messy Waves

If there were ever an iconic surf-to-turf shade, this would be it.

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Natural blonde hair: The last word in Model Off Duty style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

20. Beige and Textured

Who said beige was boring? Rendered with a modern-day texture, it loses all its stuffy references. Create this look by first sopping up any excess grease with a dry shampoo (we love Dove Refresh+Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo), then giving locks a bit of a tousle.

DOVE DETOX & PURIFY DRY SHAMPOO
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An ashy base provides a natural-looking root. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

21. Angel Blonde

Young kids typically have natural blonde streaks that are scattered all throughout hair, depending on sun exposure. Mimic this cherubic vibe by asking your stylist for a baby blonde balayage starting on the mid-lengths and ends.

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