Amazing Shades of Blonde Hair

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Gwyneth's Iconic Blonde Hair

Gwyneth Paltrow
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Look around at women with blonde hair, and you'll notice how many shades of blonde there are. There's strawberry blonde, dirty blonde, bronde (a version of brunette and blonde that's so popular at the moment), platinum blonde, honey blonde and even brown hair with blonde highlights.

In this gallery, review 20 amazing blonde hair colors so you can decide which one is right for you. When you go to get your hair colored, it's very important to bring in pictures of the shades  to which you are most drawn. Your stylist will know if your skin tone will work with a color and help you find the best fit for you.

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A Gorgeous Icy Blonde Paired With Red Lips

Sammy Winward on September 7, 2015
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This blonde is absolutely gorgeous paired with cherry red lips.

Some magazines advise you to darken your hair for fall and winter, but this isn't necessary. Blonde hair can remain very blonde into the colder months as long as your skin tone is flattering against the color. Pair your blonde with bright lips for a more festive look.

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The Light Blonde

Sveta Utkina
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If you examine a child's hair that has never been colored, you'll see many shades of color. For the most natural looking blonde hair, opt for highlights instead of all-over color and ask your colorist to paint in a couple of different shades. You can do lowlights and highlights, too, for added dimension

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Beautiful Light Blonde Hair With Lowlights

Rachael Taylor
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Lowlights are darker colors, whereas highlights are lighter colors. A mix of both can be gorgeous.The balayage technique works well for highlights rather than foils.

When it comes to highlights, leave the job to a professional.

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Long, Silky Blonde Hair

Beth Ostrosky Stern
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You'll know you'll make a good blonde if you had blonde hair as a kid. When getting your hair colored, your stylist will take your natural base into consideration. Naturally blonde hair—even dirty blonde like Beth Ostrosky Stern's hair—is the perfect base for highlights. If you don't have naturally blonde hair (and let's be honest, few women do), you may have to endure a process to go blonde. Some women with dark hair must go to the salon twice for bleaching and then color.

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Highlights and Lowlights

Polina Frantsena attends premiere of Hulu's 'Casual' at the Pacific Design Center on September 21, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.
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Hair that is just one color can be monochrome and dull. Mixing in lowlights and highlights can give your blonde hair definition, leaving it more natural looking.

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Jennifer Aniston Blonde

Jennifer Aniston
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Jennifer Aniston is famous for her hair. Sometimes her hair is darker, but she usually wears a version of blonde hair even though she's a natural brunette. Here, her hair is a gorgeous bronde—somewhere in between blonde and brunette. Bronde hair color is a wonderful option for women who have light brown hair because you don't have to color your entire head of hair. You can have highlights painted on for the lighter effect.

See more bronde hairstyles for inspiration.

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Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson
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Even African-American women can go blonde. NeNe Leakes from the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" is famous for her blonde hair.

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Platinum Blonde Pixie

Young Trendy Woman With Platinum Blond Hair
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Most blonde shades are warm, but when it comes to platinum it's cool all the way. And cool colors look great on women with olive-colored skin. This color is so light it's almost gray. Just absolutely gorgeous.

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Another Gorgeous Platinum Hair Color

Singer Caroline Vreeland wears all Rochas, Fendi sunglasses and a Barbara Bui bag on day 2 during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 30, 2015 in London, England.
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Platinum is a great color for the colder months. What you want is a contrast between your hair and skin, which is why olive skin looks great against the icy blonde. Super pale, ​pink-toned skin won't look as good with this blonde.​

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A Good Basic Buttery Blonde

Deborah Kaplan
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This hair color is a great example of your basic buttery blonde hair color. You can also tell that she has several shades painted into her hair. It's not one giant swath of the same color, there's tons of dimension here.

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Another Gorgeous Buttery Blonde

Canadian model and actress Ashley Diana Morris attends Brightlight Pictures and Lighthouse Pictures 'The Annual Red Carpet Film Party' during Vancouver International Film Festival at Vancouver Art Gallery on September 26, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.
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Note that this hair is likely partially extensions.

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Long Blonde Hair on a Natural Brunette

Ayla Kell
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Check out the roots on Ayla Kell. You can see she's naturally much darker than her hair here. If you have darker hair, you must consider the upkeep blonde hair will involve. You'll have to get your roots touched up every six weeks or so.  ​

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Ombre Hair Color: A Mix of Blonde & Brown

Whitney Port ombre hair
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Ombre hair color has been a popular hair color choice for brunettes for many years and shows no signs of waning. It comes from a French word that means "shaded like a gradient." The secret to this look is to keep the roots dark while the rest of the hair becomes lighter mid-shaft via the balayage technique. 

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Proof You Can Go from Brown to Blonde

Jennifer Lawrence blonde bob
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Jennifer Lawrence looks gorgeous as a blonde. She's often a brunette.

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Gorgeous Blonde Hair Color

Cat Deeley
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While you may see a lot of children with naturally blonde hair, most of the women walking the streets with blonde hair are not natural blondes. As we age, our hair tends to darken to at least a dishwater blonde, if not darker. The main exceptions, of course, are some Scandinavian blondes, who start out super blonde as kids and stay some true version of blonde until old age.

Still, blonde hair remains the most popular hair color in America. If you're considering taking the plunge and going blonde, make sure you'll look good blonde

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Should You Color Your Own Hair Blonde?

Kaley Cuoco
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You might be considering whether to color your own hair.

At-home hair coloring is for people who simply want to go a couple shades lighter or darker or to cover gray. Anything more complicated than that should be handled by a pro. So if you're a dirty blonde, you can do it yourself. If you're a brunette, don't even try.​

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Cameron Richardson

Cameron Richardson
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The best blondes have some contrast between their face and their hair. For example, if you have fair skin, you don't want to go too light so that it's one big wash of the same color. The best hair color allows for contrast and shows off the face.

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Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne
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When going blonder, you have basically have three options. You can do single-process, highlights, or single-process with added highlights.

Single-process color is cheaper than highlights but will appear much more monochromatic. This is the least natural of the three coloring options. 

Kelly Osbourne's hair color is a good example of hair that's been single-processed. There's very little dimension to the color, but it still looks good.

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Lovely Blonde Color

Laura Vandervoort
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If your hair is dark all over, your stylist can first lighten your base to a blonde using single-process color, then add highlights to create depth and texture. Highlights make hair look more natural and sun-kissed. You don't want to go this route if you've had your hair chemically straightened or permed. You should never subject hair to more than two chemical processes.

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Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler
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Keep in mind that blonde can be a very high-maintenance hair color. You have to commit to regular touch-ups and proper products to keep it looking natural and fresh unless you have a great blonde base and can get highlights. Highlights, especially those done via the balayage technique, grow out more naturally than hair that's been single-processed.

Due to root growth, all-over coloring will need to be touched up every four to eight weeks, while highlights can last up to two or three months, depending on what kind you get.

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Tinsley Mortimer

Tinsley Mortimer
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If you are busy at work or at home and know you won't make regular trips to your salon, consider face-framing blonde highlights and lowlights instead of all-over color. When it grows out, it will look more natural.

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Tori Spelling's Yellow Hair Color

Tori Spelling
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If you are getting a new cut and color, I suggest getting your hair cut before you get color because the color should complement your cut. Rita Hazan once said in Marie Claire that a woman's hair color should be inversely proportional to her hair length. In other words, shorter hair can go lighter, while longer hair should be warmer and deeper.

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Gorgeous Silvery Blonde

Becky Tong attends the launch of Jess Glynne's new album 'I Cry When I Laugh' in partnership with Crystal Head Vodka at Tape London on August 26, 2015 in London, United Kingdom.
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Lovely hair color on London DJ Becky Tong.

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Cara Buono

Cara Buono
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Colored blonde hair is more susceptible to chlorine and the sun. Protect your blonde hair color.