20 Cute Blonde Hair Color Ideas in 2021 – Best Shades of Blonde

Having been through every hair color under the sun, I can definitely assure you that blondes DO have more fun! There’s something about being a blonde that gives you that unexpected head turn when you walk down the street, or that extra pep in your step.

Browse these blonde shades and give being a blonde a second thought. Or, if you’re already rocking a luscious blonde, don’t be afraid to change it up a bit and add a hint of caramel or a touch of contrast!

Before your next hair appointment, check out these pictures of popular blonde hair color ideas.

1- Gradient Blonde for Brunettes

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Transitioning from a dark base to lighter ends adds beautiful dimension for brunettes. Lighter ends are a great way for brunettes to get the feel of being blonde without all the commitment. A woman can add more or less blonde or darkness each appointment to personalize the color each and every time.

2- Peach-y Blonde Hue

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A full highlight with a beautiful peachy tint gives a woman a blonde shade that is not too warm nor too cool. When deciding on the correct tone for your blonde hair, a thorough consultation is key. Skin tone is definitely something to consider when looking at different blonde tones.

3- Chestnut Blonde Hair

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Chestnut is the perfect blonde shade for the woman who likes their blonde locks but wants to venture out to a little darker side. Adding in chestnut or a brownish shade of lowights is a great first step when taking a blonde slightly darker. If lowlights don’t create the depth a woman is looking for, a darker toner would be an excellent next step. Adding in darkness slowly is the ideal way to change color without going too drastic right away.

4- Dark Blonde

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Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder but for this golden dark blonde color, you won’t get mistaken for anything less than ravishing. Going for this color is ideal to lighten up your natural brown hair.

5- Gold Blonde

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I love everything about this blonde hairstyle. Ash, silver, and cool blondes are very popular so I love when I get the chance to see a gorgeous buttery bright blonde.

Don’t be scared of warm blondes! They are so beautiful on so many skin tones.

6- Rose Gold Blonde Hair

“I think this rose gold blonde hair is a very wearable look with an edge,” states stylist and Lanza team member Catlin Weston.

“The blonding was done with a mix of balayage and a baby foiling technique,” she explains. “After the lightness was achieved I glazed her in a pinky rose gold blonde color that whispers. This makes it uniquely customized and fun, yet keeping her looking professional.”

The lob (long bob) is great for pretty much every face shape and age range. Weston reminds us that soft hues do tend to fade. “When it does she is left with a beautiful blonde. Her color will also grow out soft and blended because of the technique used while coloring.

7- Strawberry Blonde

“This strawberry blonde hair was meant to draw on the natural undertones and give an ethereal glow,” explains level 2 stylist Krystal Press of Doylestown, PA. “Our goal was a low-maintenance, sun-kissed balayage to complement the natural strawberry blonde tones in her dirty blonde hair.”

Press’ favorite part of this look is the depth in the crown against the brighter V points of the balayage. “I love how the curls accentuate the dimension and allow you to see all the different tones of her hair,” she notes.

Appreciate your natural beauty and seek to enhance the canvas you have, rather than change it. Healthy hair is the best hair!

8- Silver Blonde Hair

This silver blonde look is dream hair! It was created by colorist Danielle Hess of Clearfield, PA. “Unicorn blonde hair, dreamy cascading waves of creamy white blonde. A look that is all her own hair but looks as though she’s wearing a wig. The technical description is softly shadowed white blonde hair with long textured layers and beachy waves,” explains Hess.

Hess says this creamy blonde hair color could be for low-maintenance gals or high-maintenance for two reasons – “the low-maintenance girls would win because to keep this color as healthy as possible. It requires as little heat as possible – the more it’s air dried, the better. The less styling with flatirons/curling irons, the better.”

“On the other hand,” she continues, “this color is pretty high-maintenance to retain the tone- constant purple shampooing, constant toner, and trim appointments to keep the hair healthy because white blonde is fragile!”

Ash blonde hairstyles looks best on people with cool or pink undertones.

9- Creamy Butter Blonde Hair Color

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A butter blonde bombshell without waves looks very similar to a Barbie blonde hue. Although it’s a bright blonde hue, it still looks natural with such a dark base because it has so much dimension in it.

If you’re a natural level 5, ask for full blonde highlights every four to six weeks. In the end, you’ll be able to go longer between appointments and only do partial highlights every six to eight weeks.

If you want to have blonde hair and you’re naturally dark, make sure you have time in your life to commit to coming in for frequent maintenance. It also would not work well with dry curly hair because you want your hair to be healthy to begin this process.

Being a blonde works best for olive undertones, however pale skin and blonde hair is a beautiful combo. Just make sure you don’t have too much pink in your undertone.

10- Long and Straight Blonde Hair

“This long and straight blonde hair is a heavy balayage used to ease her out of doing foils! I love how icy blonde she is and how consistent the color is from roots to ends,” explains hairstylist and salon manager Megan Hemingson.

“I recommend a purple shampoo for women trying to keep their blonde hair ashy and vibrant,” notes Hemingson.

“A balayage looks great on women trying to stay away from a six week maintenance schedule,” she adds. “The skin types I would recommend for this tone of hair would be more on the pale side. Women with a lot of color in their skin might feel that their hair looks very artificial.”

11-Sun-Kissed Blonde Hair

“I would describe this blonde hair color as natural and sun-kissed. My favorite thing about this look is the soft blend along with the vanilla blonde tones,” says senior hairstylist Brittni Rafter of Canada.

To maintain your blonde hair, Rafter says purple shampoo is a must! “Milkshake brand is by far my favorite purple shampoo due to its potency. Lather the shampoo on your ends first, then work it up into your scalp. Leave on for three to five minutes,” she explains.

Rafter recommends balayage to women who like a more natural and low-maintenance look. “When ladies get highlights, the re-growth is a more solid line, whereas a balayage has a softer blend that doesn’t go right to the root, enabling a more natural grow out. A white/olive skin tone can really be complimented nicely with vanilla/icy tones like in the photo.”

12- Caramel Blonde

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Stylist Lizele has a magical touch with this blonde style! The lowlights and dark tips make the look more dimensional, creating a luscious caramel blonde shade.

13- Platinum Blonde

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To keep it interesting, go for a long platinum blonde hair color and do soft curls to reflect shine. If you need extra inspiration, know that Emma Stone transformed her red hair to this perfect shade of platinum white blonde, and it’s super chic!

14- Icy Blonde

“This is one of my favorite blonde hair colors due to its cool, icy tone,” says stylist and salon owner Paul Madahan of Fullerton, CA.

After achieving a level 10 pale yellow, Madahan used Redken Shade’s Eq gloss to neutralize the remaining unwanted pigments. “I always recommend my blonde clients use a purple toning shampoo to maintain the look. My go-to is Pravana’s!”

15- Gorgeous Ash Blonde Curls

This soft caramel to ash blonde highlighted ombré was created by salon owner and stylist Andy Smith of Australia. “It was created using a micro foiling technique through the root to the mid-length area, then freehand lightened from the mid-lengths to ends,” explains Smith.

As this is a natural flowing look, Smith tends to use as few products as possible. “After returning from the basin, I apply Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Session Label Volumizing root spray, followed by Schwarzkopf BlondeMe shine-enhancing spray conditioner for blonde hair which adds a nice and light conditioned feel without weight, while boosting luminosity using silver shimmer pigments,” she adds.

This particular shade of blonde (ash) is well suited to a warm skin tone (yellow/golden/peach undertone), although this look can still work for cooler skin tones with an adjustment of tone on the blonde. When picking tones of blonde, Smith says a good general rule to follow is to “choose the opposite of your skin’s undertone.”

16- Bright Blonde

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This is a rooted, yet soft bright blonde on a short bob haircut. Even on a pixie cut dyed with this color, the result will still look awesome! Fall in love with the pale and buttery tones paired with a supernatural placement.

This look is great for any blonde that wants to be very bright with a more natural and lower maintenance feel. It’s great for all those naturally “dirty blonde” clients who no longer want to be a slave to foils.

17- Blonde Balayage

This natural looking blonde balayage with a little dimension was created by designer stylist Kim Reeder of Auburn, AL. “My favorite thing about this look would be that it’s such a low-maintenance hairstyle, yet it always looks new and fresh,” notes Reeder.

Reeder recommends this look for the woman who likes low-maintenance opposed to coming in every six to eight weeks for a highlight root touch-up. “I also recommend it for women who want that natural but sun-kissed look! Those with more of a tan complexion tend to pull off a warm balayage best, and those with a fair complexion tend to make a cool blonde balayage look great,” she adds.

18- Babylights

This is a rooty blonde with babylights and foilayage through the entire head. It was created by hairstylist and colorist Joanne Hong of Torrance, CA.

“My favorite thing about this look is how low-maintenance it is. When it grows out, the hair will blend in nicely with their natural base and could last up to months if maintained properly,” states Hong.

Hong recommends Moroccan oil on the ends to keep your hair hydrated, and a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to keep the color last.

Any woman can wear this look as long as there is a nice transition from the natural color to blonde.

19- Golden Blonde

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A thick, wavy coat of hair deserves only the most luxurious of blondes.

20- Sandy Blonde


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There are all sorts of blonde nowadays. This sandy blonde on the grainier side, more gray and tan tones but equal the beauty.



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