12 Celeb-Inspired Dirty Blonde Hair Looks We Can't Get Enough Of

Laura Dern dirty blonde hair with loose waves
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If you think full-on bleaching your hair comes with way too much commitment, you'd be right. Fortunately, there are other ways to go blonde that are less demanding than platinum and just as stylish. Enter: dirty blonde.

The middle ground between bright blonde and light brunette, dirty blonde is the shade for transitioning to blonde hair if you're not about constant upkeep and frequent touch-up appointments (and honestly, who is?).

Intrigued? Then feast your eyes on 12 of our favorite dirty blonde celebrities to inspire your next color appointment.

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Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid long wavy dirty blonde hair
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With her dirty blonde waves and cool-girl hair flip, Gigi Hadid is the epitome of effortless beauty. To really show off this color, you'll want to play up the gloss factor. After air-drying hair, consider applying a shine-inducing product, like Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Dry Oil Finishing Spray ($34).

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Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez voluminous dirty blonde curls
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Voluminous curls highlight Jenner Lopez's multi-dimensional dirty blonde hair. With hints of honey, this shade works especially well against skin with warm undertones.

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Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung straight, dirty blonde lob
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Dirty blonde highlights can add drama to your look, as shown here on Jamie Chung. They're also a breeze to maintain. Rather than rush to get a touch-up when your natural color grows in, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the lovely sombré effect.

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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston long and lustrous dirty blonde hair
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Because there really isn't a more classic — and long-running — example of a quintessential dirty blonde hair, we give you Jennifer Aniston. To keep this color bright and not brassy, Kiyah Wright, a celebrity hairstylist and founder of Muze Hair, recommends protecting it from the sun — Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil ($45) will do just that.

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Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams dirty strawberry blonde bob with wavy texture
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Hints of strawberry take Rachel McAdams's hair into redhead territory and pair especially well with her fair complexion. When styling, opt for some texturizing spray which will add an instant boost of volume to fine strands and achieve a beachy aesthetic.

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Beyonce long, straight dirty blonde hair
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When deciding which shade of dirty blonde works best for you, consider your skin's undertones. Warm undertones (golden, yellow, or peachy) pair well with warmer hues, as seen here on Queen Bey. On the other hand, cooler shades flatter those with cool undertones (pink, red, or blueish).

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Gisele Bündchen

Gisele Bündchen long, chic, dirty blonde waves
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If you already have dark blonde or light brown hair, dirty blonde will grow out well — just look at Brazilian beauty Gisele Bündchen as proof. This is sunkissed color at its finest.

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Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne cool-toned dirty blonde bob with choppy layers
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Cara Delevingne's neutral shade of dirty blonde will complement all skin tones, making it universally flattering. Meanwhile, dark roots and a shaggy, chin-length bob, give this look the perfect touch of edge.

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Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls long, dirty blonde braids
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We are loving Joan Smalls's rendition of dirty blonde hair à la braids. Not only does this protective style keep natural hair healthy and strong, but it also highlights texture and a mélange of colors.

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Laura Dern

Laura Dern dirty blonde hair with loose waves
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Laura Dern shows off highlighted dirty blonde color with her signature undone waves. By opting for highlights over a single-process dye job, she achieves a more natural-looking and dimensional color.

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Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox long and glamorous caramel-hued dirty blonde hair
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With a blend of caramel and toffee hues, Laverne Cox's dirty blonde tresses are flawless. No doubt she uses a purple shampoo to keep her color on point. "Purple-pigmented shampoo will do the trick in protecting your newly blonde locks — keeping discoloration and brassiness at bay," says Wright. Fanola No Yellow Shampoo ($11) is her fave.

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Rita Ora

Rita Ora wavy, golden dirty blonde hair with a red lip
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Fun and flirty, Rita Ora's deep-side part and loose waves convince us that blondes just want to have fun. To keep color fresh and strands hydrated, try a weekly restorative treatment, like Amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask ($30).

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