The 11 Best Hair Color Ideas for Blondes, According to Celeb Colorists

A little inspiration for your summer look.

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There’s no faster way to cure the winter blahs — especially after the year we’ve already had — than by changing up your hairstyle. And no hair color is more versatile or customizable than the endless kaleidoscope shades of blonde.

Whether you want a drastic color switch, a la Nordic icy blonde, or a subtle refresh in classic honey caramel, there’s a flattering hue for every shade of skin.

To find out what the most requested blonde color trends are right this very moment, we asked celebrity hairstylists Nikki Lee, owner of the salon Nine Zero One, and colorist at Sally Hershberger Will Francis to spill the beans on all the ways people are going blonde in 2021.

Go ahead, unleash your blondest ambition.

The New Natural

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“Most of my blonde clients are looking for something more natural and low maintenance so they can have more longevity with their hair color,” says Lee. “Julianne Hough just grew out her natural dark blonde color and it’s stunning on her!”

Hough proves that trading a high maintenance hue for a more lowkey look doesn’t mean sacrificing one ounce of glamour.

Rooted, Undone Blonde

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“Natural shades that incorporate some of their natural hair color, especially around the root, is great for those who are looking to immediately brighten up their appearance without having to commit to frequent salon visits,” says Francis.

Lowlights — or your own natural, darker shade of blonde or brown — from root to mid-length let you embrace the grow-out in a deliberate, impossibly chic way.

Champagne Blush

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On the flip side, Francis says that clients that are willing to invest a little more maintenance in their hair are ditching the natural and opting for lively and fun colors.

“Many clients have expressed a desire to add doses of unusual colors into their blonde,” he says. "[But] due to color fade, it requires more maintenance to touch up the color.”

Multidimensional Blonde

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Why choose just one blonde hue when you can give several shades a whirl?

“My favorite shade of blonde to do appears multidimensional and emits a soft shimmer when touched by the sun,” says Francis. “I always take features of my client into account when mixing up their perfect blonde to ensure their skin appears radiant and their eye color is enhanced.”

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Caramel Blonde

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Shades of soft, buttery caramel works wonders with warm skin tones to brighten your overall look.

“People with darker skin tones can most certainly go blonde,” says Lee. “Skin color will determine which tone will suit them best, so people with warmer skin tones will lean towards golden blonde and cooler skin tones will lean toward more icy tones. For darker skin tones, I go with more golden and caramel hues.”

Balayage Blonde

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“Balayage is a great start for someone who is looking to add some brighter blonde pops and dimension throughout their hair,” says Lee. “There isn’t a huge commitment level and the grow out is nice.”

To make the look feel super modern, go with subtle highlights that are evenly distributed throughout, rather than high-contrast strikes of light color, like Sarah Jessica Parker’s painted wisps of bright blonde, sun-kissed honey and lowlights, that melt together to seamlessly transition into a gradient.

Icy Platinum Blonde

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Striking, bold and full of personality, Francis predicts icy platinum blonde will be increasingly popular in 2021.

“Icy platinum and ash are great shades that border on experimental with the infusion of grey tones,” he explains. “I love platinum blonde on dark skin tones as I think it creates the most stunning contrast, but for those apprehensive of going that light, mushroom blonde is a great shade that is flattering to dark skin tones while still brightening up the overall appearance.”

Ash Blonde

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Want a cooler blonde but not quite ready to go all the way white-hot Nordic ice queen? Tone down the drama by combining a flash of darker roots that fade into a frosty, ashy color — that is simple yet high glamour with a platinum shine — to test the waters to see if the style’s right for you before committing to all-over platinum.

Honey Blonde

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Another popular blonde shade for 2021, according to Francis, are the earthier golden and honey tones. Despite being somewhat traditional requests, gold and honey shades “include many tones that have been and will continue to be highly requested as they tend to be flattering on most skin tones,” he says.

According to the stylist, honey in particular is a nearly universally flattering shade of blonde for skin tones ranging from very fair to dark, that immediately bring drama and vibrance.

Bronde

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Nope, that's not a typo.

To infuse a range of blonde shades into the hair without a full process, go the bronde route, a la JLo.

“I see this request a lot with brunettes who would like to add blonde into their hair without touching their root color,” says Francis. The result? A natural look that has all the brightness of a lighter blonde and the darker base allows for a graceful grow out.

“Another great option here is to add blonde only around the face, leaving the remaining hair its natural color,” adds Francis. “This look can give the illusion of being blonde without having to dye the whole head.”

Bold and Beautiful Blonde

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If quarantine has taught us anything, it’s that we have to let loose a little (except when it comes to following COVID protocols).

“I anticipate seeing an increase of pops of color — especially shades of blue and purple — woven into a blonde base to add a touch of interest without committing to a whole head of one striking shade,” says Francis.

Tie dye hair? More of this, please.

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