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.
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.
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.
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 incredible blonde sombré 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.