Hair color is such a personal thing. Here at Byrdie, we find ourselves lusting after the current hair trends set by celebrities as well as hues inspired by the change of seasons. That being said, the popularity of going platinum is not lost on us, and in fact, we fully support the trend. But the maintenance of platinum hair color is a daunting and expensive task. If you want to dabble in the blonde hair lifestyle, why not try a richer tone?
Read on to see the best shades of dark blonde on our favorite stars.
Dark Blonde Hair
Maintenance Level: Decidedly low maintenance and easy to grow out.
Goes Great With: Red lipstick and earth-toned eyeshadow. Read more here.
Price: A full head of highlights starts at around $150.
Beyoncé is no stranger to honey blonde hair and routinely wears it when she is on tour. When transitioning to her signature locks, the star trusts celebrity hairstylist Rita Hazan. We're fans of this 2017 iteration where Queen B wears her long layers in a warm blonde tone with tons of definition.
Dark Blonde Roots
A star who never strays off the blonde path is Margot Robbie. We cannot help but fall head-over-heels in love with how the actress wore her locks at the Once Upon a Time premiere in London. With effortless waves and a single ear tuck, the seamless blend of tones in her hair really shine through.
Iced Latte Blonde
This creamy shade of blonde looks amazing on a close-cropped style. This is proof you can experiment with color no matter how short you go.
Dark Blonde Highlights
SJP is the head of dark blonde highlights that's left us awe-inspired for over two decades (with no end date in sight). Here, she styled her signature color in loose tendrils and a center part that emphasizes her oval-shaped face perfectly.
To mimic SJP's shine, try Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil ($28), which nourishes hair post-styling.
Gigi Hadid is yet another celebrity who has vacillated between a bright, cool-toned blonde and a darker, warmer version. Here, her color leans more caramel and works beautifully with her fluffy brows and just-bitten lip stain.
Deep Ash Blonde
A cool-toned, ash blonde can look amazing on natural brunettes with dark roots to help the grow-out process go seamlessly.
Relaxed Dark Blonde
Like SJP, Drew Barrymore has championed the dark blonde look for quite some time. She manages to make her darker roots look quite chic while attending the 2018 Beauty Con in L.A.
Smokey Blonde Highlights
Blonde highlights, as demonstrated on this smokey look by Nine Zero One colorist Lisa Torn, can be a great way to lighten up the overall appearance of brunette strands without committing to a full single-process. It's less damaging to the hair, and oh so cool.
When Ciara hit the CFDA red carpet in 2016, our jaws dropped. Her dark blonde highlights, mixed with her caramel-colored hair, make for the perfect winter balayage. The color doesn't make her strands look dry or damaged the way a platinum shade could.
Classic Dark Blonde
Jennifer Aniston has been working with the same colorist to create different variations of her iconic hair for decades. We cannot help but wonder if the reigning queen of '90s pop culture has ever considered changing her signature hue. Fingers crossed she never does.
Dimensional Blonde Spirals
Bold, chunky highlights pair well with ringlets. Subtle streaks can easily get lost, but these striking lighter blonde pieces add a whole lot of dimension and even more texture.
Candice Swanepoel is another woman who never strays too far from the dirty blonde hair trend. At the 2019 Daily Front Row Awards, the model rocked a brighter shade of blonde on the ends of her hair but kept her roots quite dark. This is a great option for those of us who want a brighter blonde but cannot handle the constant salon appointments to keep up on the roots.
To help maintain your hue between appointments, we recommend using a purple deep conditioning mask like the Kérastase Blond Absolu Anti-Brass Purple Mask ($62).
Cookies 'n Cream
Here's another gorgeous example of rich curls enhanced with well-placed blonde highlights. This one has a higher contrast, creating a cookies and cream color.
Jemima Kirke—my personal hair inspiration—may not be this luscious shade of dark blonde anymore, but we'll always think of her as this long-haired, dark blonde goddess. She stunned in the hue at the 2014 Golden Globes and we'll keep this as inspiration for years to come.
Pale blonde ringlets and a darker blonde base combine to create a toasted coconut style. Use the Good Dye Young Pre-Wash Weekly Detox & Scalp Treatment ($30) to eliminate product build-up and keep your strands shiny and healthy.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley may be busy with her site Rose Inc., but the star seems to never let her hair go to the wayside. We've loved seeing her rock a flaxen shade of blonde that looks natural and polished. Ask your colorist for a neutral toner and you are sure to get a color close to Huntington-Whiteley's.
We're big fans of this darker, ombré take on the greyish, cool-toned mushroom blonde trend.
Root Beer Blonde
This gorgeous root beer shade is the perfect creamy blonde for Rihanna's deep tan skin tone and hazel eyes.
Dark Dirty Blonde
"Dirty blonde" is sort of a catch-all phrase for a ton of different colors. This smooth, even-toned take is mostly one shade.
Sleek Blonde Bob
Dark blonde locks look amazing on endless waves and curls, but don't discount the impact of the color on a short, sharp cut.