Honey blonde is a warm, sunny shade that incorporates hues of amber, yellow, gold, and brown – kind of like (you guessed it) honey. Unlike the orange-y, brassy tones that come from a bad dye job or lack of toner (IYKYK), honey blonde hair is filled with ‘intentional warmth’, which gives your look just the right touch of sunshine. Think of the perfect hues of golden hour, and you’ll have an idea of the effect this blonde hair has. Just like honey, there are plenty of hues within the shade, from a more yellow, buttery nectar colour, to darker amber – each as sweet as its namesake. It’s flattering on almost any skin tone, and can be incorporated into balayages, highlights, babylights (and so on). We’re drooling already.
From ash blonde to caramel – here are 8 shades of blonde hair to try (like, now)
Okay, so whilst we don’t necessarily agree that blondes have more fun (read our counter-argument here), we will always have a soft spot for a killer blonde hair look. What’s more – there’s a tonne of options to choose from when it comes to shades of blonde hair – from ash to caramel; from platinum to strawberry blonde – the list is pretty much endless.
But, whether you’re a seasoned blonde hair pro, or a relative newbie (in which case, welcome to the gang), knowing which is which – and what exactly to ask for at the salon – isn’t always easy. Spoiler alert: that’s where we come in.
Going blonde can be a big step, and can also be kind of high maintenance (emphasis on*can* be). So, when considering a blonde hair transformation, there are a few things to think about that can better tell you which shade (and colouring method) to go for.
First off (and this might seem obvious) but have a think about your personal preference. Take a look around at some inspo (see below, or there’s always Insta), and think about the kind of look that you really like.
Secondly, you’ll want to think about your natural colour and texture, and whether it’ll be possible to reach that shade you’re after. It’s not always possible for super dark shades to reach the lighter and brighter hues of blonde hair, and it’s certainly not always possible in one sitting. Also, the further the shade is from your natural colour, the more high maintenance it will be, and the more touch-ups you’ll need (depending on the method – more on that below). Make sure to speak to your stylist about this – they’ll be able to give you the best advice on what is and isn’t possible.
It’s also useful to keep in mind that an all-over blonde hair colour is by no means your only option. In fact, there are a tonne of colouring techniques to choose from depending on the result you’re after, how much time you’re willing to spend in the salon chair, and whether you prefer a low-maintenance look. From balayage and ombre to babylights and highlights – these techniques are great for adding dimension and lightness to your hair. Again, speak to your stylist about your needs and they’ll be able to tell you what best suits them. Inspo pics are always handy here.
Finally, make sure you’re au fait with the intricacies of looking after blonde hair (Olaplex and toners will be your new best friends). And that’s it – you’re officially initiated into the cult of blonde hair lovers. Now all that’s left to do is pick your shade, and head to the salon.
By Beth Ryan