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Ready to Go Blonde? Get Some Inspiration and Tips You Need to Know

Solange Knowles with platinum hair

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It doesn't take a blonde to know that there are endless shades of blonde out there. We're talking strawberry blonde, dirty blonde, bronde, platinum blonde, honey blonde, and even brown hair with blonde highlights. If you're thinking about going blonde or brightening up your natural color but find yourself feeling stressed about what shade to go for and how high maintenance it can be, we're here to lay it all out on the line. Below, find inspiration for all the various shades of blonde hair along with tips for ensuring a beautiful, healthy outcome.

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Icy Blonde

Sammy Winward on September 7, 2015

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While some lament that winter is reserved for dark hair, Sammy Winward proves that an icy blonde 'do can be a striking surprise. Consult with your stylist on which shade of icy blonde would complement your skin tone. Then, pop on a red lipstick and prepare for the outpour of compliments.

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Light Blonde

Sveta Utkina

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Going for a more natural blonde hair vibe like Sveta Utkina? Opt for highlights instead of an all-over color, and ask your colorist to paint in a couple of different shades for added dimension.

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Blonde 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 too monochromatic for those craving more dimension. Make like Polina Frantsena and mix in lowlights and highlights for natural-looking definition. And, consider the balayage technique, which is painted in, versus foiling (which requires actively sectioning off the hair and strategically placing color).

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Highlighting Natural Blonde

Beth Ostrosky Stern

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When getting your hair colored, consider what base you're starting out with. Naturally blonde hair—even dirty blonde like Beth Ostrosky Stern's—is the perfect base for highlights. If you don't have naturally blonde hair, you may have to become blonde first. Those with dark hair may have to make two trips to the salon, once for bleaching and again for color.

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The Beauty of Bronde

Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston's signature face-framing layers aren't the only thing we lust over—she consistently rocks varied shades of blonde even though she's a natural brunette. A term coined bronde (which means a hair color somewhere in between blonde and brunette) is the ideal option for light brown hair who crave some brightness.

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Black and Blonde

Keri Hilson

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Feeling edgy? Keri Hilson's charcoal black underneath a honey blonde 'do makes for a strikingly gorgeous contrast.

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Platinum Blonde

Kylie Jenner

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Many blonde shades are warm, but when it comes to platinum, it's cool all the way. This color is so light it almost appears gray, and Kylie Jenner proves you can make it look sophisticated when paired with a blunt cut.

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Buttery Blonde

Deborah Kaplan

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Deborah Kaplan's hair shows that buttery blonde hair color is anything but basic. Having several shades painted in the hair offers more definition than one giant swath of the same color.

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Blonde on a Natural Brunette

Ayla Kell

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If you're a brunette but want to go blonde, consider the upkeep involved. The color can look absolutely fabulous, as it does on Ayla Kell, but bear in mind you'll probably need to get your roots touched up every six weeks or so.

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Ombré Blonde and Brown

Whitney Port ombre hair

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An ombré hair color is a go-to for brunettes who want to go lighter without going all-over blonde, like Whitney Port. Coined from the French word meaning "shaded like a gradient," ombre involves keeping the roots dark while the rest of the hair becomes lighter mid-shaft.

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From Brown to Blonde

Jennifer Lawrence

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If you're a brunette contemplating going blonde but need a confidence boost, Jennifer Lawrence is a prime example of how gorgeous it can look. While she's often spotted as a brunette, her bright blonde bob evokes a classy yet playful look. We're into it.

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Face-Framing Blonde

Tinsley Mortimer

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If you know you won't be able to make regular trips to the salon, consider face-framing blonde highlights and lowlights (like Tinsley Mortimer) instead of all-over color. When it grows out it'll look more natural, making it easier to maintain.

Tips for Going Blonde

  • Consider the process. Between single-process, highlights, or single-process with added highlights, you have options. Single-process color tends to be more affordable than highlights but will appear much more monochromatic.
  • Get regular touch-ups. Due to root growth, all-over coloring will need to be touched up every four to eight weeks. Highlights, on the other hand, can last up to two or three months, depending on what kind you get.
  • Protect your blonde. As blonde hair is more susceptible to damage caused by chlorine and the sun, it's imperative that you protect your blonde hair color to keep it from from fading and getting brassy. Use a blonde-specific shampoo, keep it covered when in the sun, and be wary of heat styling.

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