Call it dark blonde, call it "bronde," call it dirty blonde… Whatever search term you're using to find hair color inspiration, we know what you're looking for: a pretty in-between blonde-ish, brown-ish shade that isn't as bright as platinum, as warm as honey blonde, or as dark as full-on brunette, but has nice elements of all those things. Going dirty blonde is a great option for so many reasons.
New to light hair but don't want to go too extreme? Trying to darken your hair a little to save on cash and color damage? This just might be the perfect color family for you. To help you on your quest to finding the right dirty blonde for your skin tone (because we highly recommend not searching for #dirtyblonde on Instagram… seriously), we've put together a roundup of photo inspiration. Keep scrolling to find the best dirty blonde hair color for you.
If you're going for less of a highlighted look and more of a single-process allover dirty blonde, consider showing your stylist this cool-tone shade, which would look lovely against skin with cooler undertones.
Golden babylights on a dark base can create a really cool dirty blonde effect. We love this curly bronde by L.A. colorist Chad Kenyon.
To brighten and warm up the skin, ask your colorist to focus the lightest highlights around your face. This technique will create the impression of overall lighter hair even if you have a dark base.
We're living for this beautifully blended balayage, which incorporates honey highlights to warm up a dark, ashier base.
This super-warm bronde would look exceedingly flattering on medium-to-dark skin tones, especially when paired with a shag haircut like Halle Berry's.
Swipe left for the transformation! Colorist Katie Cartwright color-corrected a super brassy, reddened color by giving her client this blended, warm dirty blonde.
Laverne Cox's golden blonde with a darker root is on the lighter end of the dirty blonde spectrum; it's a stunning option for darker skin tones.
This warm bronde looks absolutely killer on beauty influencer Natalie Rose Vella's natural wavy hair texture and medium skin.
Jessica Alba was one of the celebs to help put the "lived-in color" concept on the map. This iconic blonde sombré from 2015 is perfect for natural brunettes who want to lighten their strands up a bit without too much maintenance.
Swipe to check out the amazing color correction on this client, who went from a brassy, chunky grow-out to a cooler, more natural dirty blonde.
Ciara's cooler-toned sombré blonde is such a head turner—and would definitely require a purple shampoo.
Beverly Hills colorist Matt Rez is an expert in darker blondes. Using his trade-marked #midlight color technique to blend neutral, warm, and cool tones without lifting the base color, he creates balanced dirty blondes like this one.
Cara Delevingne's neutral-toned dirty blonde would work on a variety of skin tones.
"It's all about the melt," says L.A. colorist Erin McKay of this low-maintenance bronde color job.
One of my personal favorite dirty blondes in the world is fashion designer Anine Bing, whose honeyed bronde and shoulder-length cut are absolute goals.
Next up: Read about the pros and cons of lifting your base color while going blonde.