20 Blonde Highlights Hairstyles to Brighten Your Look

Your quick guide to nailing blonde highlights this season.

There seems to be something in the air when the seasons change. Everyone instantly falls in the mood to change up their hair, whether it be a new haircut, a new dye job, or adding depth and dimension to their look with blonde highlights. Our current obsession is definitely the latter!

Perfect for any season, give one of these blonde highlight ideas a go to revamp your look and spice up your style.

Blonde Highlights: Hot Looks for 2023

1. Ribbons of Gold

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Make a bold impact with ribbons of golden hues. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

In the mood for a dramatic change this season? Pile on the blonde. For maximum impact, freshen up your look with a mixture of caramel and blonde ribbons. Give your new look a glossy sheen for a golden sun-kissed glow. After styling your hair, finish it off with TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Leave-In Hydrating Mist for frizz protection and control.

2. Face-Framing Blonde Highlights

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Add a small change to your look with subtle face-framing highlights. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

A true minimalist at heart knows a little goes a very long way. If you’re looking for a way to boost your natural hair color and facial features in an ever-so-subtle way, opt for face-framing blonde highlights. A color-safe dry shampoo, such as Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo, can give you a break from washing in order to prolong your highlights’ integrity as well.

3. Waves with Blonde Highlights

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Raise the bar this season with bold blonde highlights. Photo credit: Dvora

Nowadays, everyone is wearing a wavy hairstyle of some sort. Stand out from the crowd and add more personality to your look by updating your waves with blonde highlights, which you can amp up with a bounce-enhancing product such as Dove Style+Care Curls Defining Mousse before blow-drying or curling.

4. Blonde Highlights for Curly Girls

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The right hair products can enhance your curls. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Most curlfriends usually ditch the curl enhancers during the colder months and stick to their trusty heat styling tools to revamp their look for the new season. If you’re not looking forward to spending hours on end straightening your hair but still want to try something new, opt for adding bronde or blonde highlights to enhance the look of your ringlets.

5. Blonde Highlights on Ash Blonde

Create volume with darker and lighter blonde highlights.

Combining cool and warm blonde highlights will do the trick if you already have fair hair and want to give them depth and dimension. The darker the root, the stronger will be the contrast. And if you want to accentuate the look, style your hair in loose curls or waves to impress day and night.

6. Light Brown Hair With Blonde Highlights

Illuminate your light brown shade with blonde touches.

This style is perfect if you want to try out some blonde on your hair without committing to the full look. This look elevates your natural color giving depth and volume to your hair. Moreover, blonde highlights go with any season: they will spice up your beach waves and illuminate dark autumn days.

7. Platinum Blonde Highlights

Both a classic and a statement, platinum highlights revamp any hair color.

Icy blonde tones are a classic go-to for blonde hair, but they’re also a statement style for darker hair and skin tones. The secret is finding the right balance of hues. For example, if you have vanilla or golden blonde, you can confidently choose the coolest highlights, whereas if your hair is darker, you can blend in more vanilla blonde shades. Ask your stylist for advice to nail that icy look.

8. Red Hair With Blonde Highlights

Spice up your ginger hair with blonde shades.

Red hair is stunning on its own, but if you want to update your color without revolutionizing it, blonde highlights are your friends. They will add a touch of volume and depth to your hair, keeping it fun and stylish. Choose balayage for a lower maintenance option or regular highlights if you can get regular touch-ups at the salon. And if you’re not a natural redhead, protect your colored hair with a moisturizing and strengthening conditioner like The Good Stuff Color Protect Milk.

9. Highlighted Black Hair

Revolutionize dark hair with blonde tones.

If you’re wondering what the best highlights for dark hair are, golden and sandy blonde tones can really enhance your hair without drastically changing it. When trying out highlights on dark hair, blonde is usually a safe shade, and you can start warmer and work your way up to icier tones like platinum.

10. Peekaboo Blonde Highlights

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Go for a classic skunk hair streak look.

Peekaboo highlights are hidden dyed locks under the top layers of your hair, and they’re perfect if you want to add an unexpected and quirky touch to your hairstyle. They also add a touch of dye without fully committing to a totally new color, and they can be styled to make your updos more interesting.

11. Light Brown Balayage with Blonde Highlights

Choose balayage for a natural and gradual look.

This French technique gives natural and gradual highlights to your hair, perfect for getting sun-kissed shades on darker hair. It’s a low-maintenance look suited for any season, but make sure you take care of your colored hair with tailored products, such as TRESemmé Botanique Color Vibrance & Shine Shampoo.

12. Golden Caramel Hues

Golden caramel highlights blend in with any hair color.

Give your hair warm blonde undertones with golden caramel highlights. This color is more natural and blends in with any hair color better than icier shades. Use it to revitalize your waves and curls.

13. Dark Roots with Icy Highlights

Get a little Cruella De Vil with dark roots and blonde highlights.

Go a little Cruella De Vil with dark roots and icy highlights. This trendy hairstyle lets you show off your natural color through the roots and strikes with platinum blonde strands—a gorgeous look for the warmer seasons.

14. Perfect Places

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Blonde highlights are perfectly placed to revive your waves.

If you want to revive your hair color without a drastic change, perfectly placed blonde highlights are the solution. Give your waves and blowouts more volume and depth by styling some fairer touches in all the right places.

15. Bronde Contrast

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A smooth, shiny mane is key to maximizing sleekness. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

What is bronde? Put simply; it’s a fusion between brown and blonde to achieve a natural-looking mix of the two. If you already have brown hair, adding some blonde tones is your starting point for exploring blonde highlights and increasing intensity.

Note that if you currently have dark hair and want your hair to look really blonde, you’ll probably need to opt for a full head of highlights. If you have a base color that’s naturally lighter (like ash brown), then you could probably get away with half a head of highlights. The best thing is to ask your colorist for advice on how many highlights you need to make your hair appear blonde.

16. Subtle Blonde Highlights

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A subtle highlight can go a long way. Photo by Andrey K on Unsplash

Transition into a new look with subtle highlights to test whether you enjoy the hue! As you begin to like the color more, you can always take the intensity of your highlights up a notch!

17. Highlights with Colorful Hair

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Blondes can definitely have more fun with a colorful highlight set like this. Photo by Oktavianus Mulyadi

Go bold or go home! Looking for a way to spice up your blonde highlights? Try adding some of your favorite colors to the mix! We absolutely love this combo of pink and purple streaks combined with a blonde. Protect your mane with Suave Vivid Color Shampoo!

18. Ombre Highlights with Dark Roots

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Dark roots? Make them stand out with an ombre look!

Are you gradually making the transition from dyed blonde hair to dark hair? Embrace your dark roots by creating an ombre effect with your hair and by adding subtle blonde highlights to your dark roots to help the transition look a bit more seamless.

19. Highlights on Afro-Textured Hair

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Blonde Highlights create a gorgeous dimensional look on textured coily and curly hair. Photo by Ibrahima Toure

Blonde highlights on textured hair are a gorgeous way to help emphasize your gorgeous curl pattern. Whether you have curly or coily hair, this is a gorgeous way to add dimension to your look!

20. Highlights with a Blunt Bob

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Rock this hue on a blunt-cut bob. Photo by Remy Loz

A gorgeous blunt bob is a perfect way to give your hair the fresh start it deserves every now and then. Why not elevate the experience of getting a new bob with a gorgeous new hair color that’s just as fierce? Try out these blonde highlights on a blunt-cut bob!

In the mood for more hair inspiration? Check out the hair trends we are loving for fall.

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