Some of the dreamiest blonde hair hues can be described as a ‘warm blonde’. We’re talking golden highlights, honeyed balayage and any lightened manes that have a sun-kissed edge. The likes of Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen have put these shades high on the coveted list, and with summer heating up, the demand for warm, surfer-girl-inspired locks is hitting fever pitch.
That’s where we come in. We’ve pulled together everything you need to know about warm blonde hair, from the lowdown on if it will suit you (spoiler: it will) to the variety of shades available. Whether you’re a colorist searching for inspo, or you’re looking to try the trend yourself, keep scrolling to discover the ultimate guide to warming up your blonde…

Let’s delve deeper into warm blonde hair. Now you know how it differs from icy-cool locks, take a look at our round-up of warm blonde shades, from delicious honey to glistening gold.

BRONDE HAIR

Blonde + brunette = bronde. It’s perhaps the most coveted hair color of all, merging the warming benefits of brunette with the glow-boosting properties of golden balayage. Very Jessica Alba. Make sure those blonde highlights look fresh – never brassy – by topping up color with a hair glossing service, like the Wella Professionals Pure Glossing Treatment. It’ll ensure the hints of blonde through your brown base appear seamlessly blended.

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CREAMY BLONDE HAIR

Dreamy, creamy blonde hair is ultra-light and luminous. It’s also a big color commitment, requiring a full-head of highlights to achieve the glowy, cashmere-like finish. Poppy Delevingne has definitely nailed it, and you can, too, with WellaPlex. Add this bond-strengthening innovation into the lightening formula to enable optimal lift and strengthen those strands.

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STRAWBERRY BLONDE HAIR

Erring on the peachy side, strawberry blonde hair is one-part copper and two parts golden. Think, the fairest shade of red you can imagine, combined with a soft, gilded finish. Naturally blonde clients who are intrigued by this hue will find it’s a great way to play with their shade by simply changing the tone, not altering the lightness. Look to the Color Fresh CREATEportfolio of pink, red, coral and orange shades to custom-blend this color, then dilute them with Tomorrow Clear to reach the perfect strawberry blonde.

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GOLDEN BLONDE HAIR

On the other end of the metallic hair spectrum to icy blonde is golden blonde; a gilded shade that teams warm-hued highlights with chocolate-y lowlights to make hair appear thicker. Bump up the brightness even more with EIMI Oil Spritz, which is a lightweight, gloss-boosting mist that’ll make those golden tones shimmer.

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HONEY BLONDE HAIR

Warm with buttery tones, honey blonde is a softer version of golden blonde. While this shade may be high on maintenance, it’s also a sure-fire way to look more polished and it’s super-flattering on both warm and cool skin tones. Ensure the color stays bright with the perfect post-care routine, teaming INVIGO Color Brilliance Color Protection Shampoo with the Blonde Recharge Warm Blonde Color Refreshing Conditioner.

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BEIGE BLONDE HAIR

Like the Burberry trench of blondes, this premium-looking shade is a true classic; a paler take on warm blonde that sees cooler tones pulled in for a subtle shine boost. Style it with a gloss-enhancing spray, like EIMI Glam Mist, to amplify the expensive finish.

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BEACH BLONDE HAIR

The definition of surfer girl hair, beach blonde is sun-kissed and super-flattering. It features a scattering of pale blonde and caramel tones through the tips, as if hair has been thrown up in a bun and lightened by the sun. To up that beachy effect, style locks with EIMI Ocean Spritz; a texturizing salt spray that coaxes locks into a loose, tousled wave.

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BEACH BLONDE HAIR

The definition of surfer girl hair, beach blonde is sun-kissed and super-flattering. It features a scattering of pale blonde and caramel tones through the tips, as if hair has been thrown up in a bun and lightened by the sun. To up that beachy effect, style locks with EIMI Ocean Spritz; a texturizing salt spray that coaxes locks into a loose, tousled wave.

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WARM BLONDE BALAYAGE

Balayage and warm blonde hair colors are a match made in heaven. Not sure how this technique works? It all comes down to the placement of your blonde highlights. While ombre results in an even dark-to-light graduation and a dip-dye creates blocky effects, balayage sees color painted freehand through mid-lengths and ends in beautifully-blended ribbons.

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DARK BLONDE HAIR

Dark blonde hair can be warm or cool. If you want it warm, go for a shade that’s somewhere between golden blonde and light brown, featuring a higher level of light, bright tones than your average bronde. To get the balance just right, try highlights that boast a creamy caramel finish, and combine with chocolate lowlights that give your dark blonde mane plenty of depth.

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