And Now, 13 Shades of Stunning Blonde Hair Inspiration

Updated 10/19/17

It’s hard to play favorites when it comes to hair color. We could just as easily get lost in a sea of brilliant brunettes as we could in shimmering bright blonde overload. (And don't even get us started on vibrant redheads.) Search for "blonde hair inspiration" on Pinterest and you'll be scrolling for days.

But we'll go out on a limb here and say that blonde hair color inspiration is the most mesmerizing of the bunch. Icy, buttery, golden, sun-kissed, soft—the options are endless. And each tiny little tweak can make a world of difference. Which is precisely why we took it upon ourselves to scour the blonde seas and round up the best of the best of every shade of blonde.

We'd also like to add that as proud, dedicated blondes, we wrote this story while Christophe Robin's Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask With Temporary Coloring in Baby Blond ($53) worked its magic on our strands.

Feast your eyes on the beauty of blonde ahead!

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Cool Blonde: Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough is known for her cool-toned bright strands, no matter the cut (she's gone from long to pixie to lob and back again). 

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Baby Blonde: Gwyneth Paltrow

Leave it to Gwyneth Paltrow to keep her signature baby blonde consistent throughout her decades-long career. Here, it's on full display with a side part and slight wave.

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Dirty Blonde: Doutzen Kroes

Model Doutzen Kroes keeps her color in the cool-girl realm, letting her natural color grow out and her dark blonde hair weave throughout the root.

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Platinum Blonde: Rita Ora

Rita Ora is definitely known for switching it up, though we're quite partial to her punky platinum. 

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Wheat Blonde: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's wheat blonde hair has had quite the transformation—running the gamut from tight barrel curls to this shaggy lob. 

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Ice Blonde: Poppy Delevingne

Poppy Delevingne complements her creamy, glowing skin with a short, choppy bob and ice blonde hair. 

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Honey Blonde: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

RHW, a model with envious locks throughout her career, keeps it simple with natural-looking honey blonde color and a few laid-back waves. 

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California Blonde: Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is another actress with enviable blonde, usually opting for a California-girl blowout and sun-bleached color.

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Barely Blonde: Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston has always been known for her hair—remember The Rachel?—though now it's less about layers and more about subtle highlights and barely there color.

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Buttery Blond: Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts has gone from blonde to red to brunette and recently settled on a buttery blonde—and we're obsessed.

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Touch of Blond: Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Tegien is another celebrity who isn't afraid of change, adding and removing extensions practically daily. She'll step out with a long flowing ombré one day, only to follow it up with one of Jen Atkin's signature bobs. Still, her on-trend highlights are always the object of our attention.

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Warm Bronde: Blake Lively

Beyoncé can do no wrong, whether it's rocking her natural curls or the sleek, straight look pictured here. The warm bronde color flawlessly brightens her skin tone and creates a golden glow suitable for Queen Bey.

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Cool Bronde: Gigi Hadid

As Gigi Hadid's star power has grown, so has her hair. The model let her super-blonde color grow out in favor of a more natural, cool bronde option.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Hallie Gould.

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