The Ultimate Roundup Of Hair Color Inspiration For Every Shade

If your hair needs an update, and simple trim isn’t going to do the trick, it’s time to switch up your hair color. But if you don’t bring a picture (or two) along with you, you could end up with hair that’s Carrot Top orange instead of the subtle strawberry blonde you were shooting for. That’s why we pulled together this ultimate hair color roundup—we guarantee that no matter what shade you’re going for, there’s guaranteed to be a photo that will inspire you. 

Scroll through to see all the gorgeous hair color inspiration!


Keep scrolling if you’re considering the lighter side of the spectrum…

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Honey Blonde

Karlie Kloss’ newly blonde ‘do is courtesy of celebrity hair guru Garren (fun fact: he’s also the stylist who created the “Karlie” haircut), who worked with the natural tones in her hair to take her from brunette to a natural-looking blonde.

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Platinum Ombre

 Looking for something a little more high impact? Kate Mara’s platinum tips and darker roots are effortlessly cool-girl-chic, thanks to colorist Denis de Souza. Keep your color alive between salon visits with one of these DIY rinses.

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Sun-Kissed Strands

Blake Lively’s signature golden blonde mane is always a foolproof option (bonus points if you pair it with beachy waves).

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Buttery Blonde

A darker base balances Beyonce’s buttery, creamy blonde for a full-on #flawless look.


Who says you have to pick between blonde and brunette? We’ve got the best bronde inspiration ahead!

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Bronde Ambition

A low-maintenance bronde shade, like Jennifer Aniston’s, is an easy way for a brunette to try out life as a blonde without going full-on platinum.

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Subtle Highlights

Jennifer Lopez’s glossy strands can’t decide if they are blonde or brunette -- and we’re completely smitten with the result. (Celeb colorist Tracey Cunningham is responsible for her stunning multi-dimensional hue.)

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In-Between Shades

This not quite blonde, not quite brunette shade seen on Gisele Bündchen says model-off-duty—even if your day job is considerably less glamorous.

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A Touch of Sombré

Chrissy Teigen’s hair color doesn’t just look effortless—it is effortless, thanks to the bronde shade and subtle sombré by colorist Tracey Cunningham.


Chocolate, mocha, caramel…all things we love, and all colors brunette beauties can rock with ease. Keep scrolling for the best brunette hair color inspiration!


A Rich, All-Over Colo

 Zoe Saldana: proof that you can wear an all-over shade without the boring factor. Her rich chocolate brown hair color is classic, glossy, and sophisticated.

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Go a Little Lighter

Warm, golden highlights just a shade or two above your natural brunette hair color add depth and dimension, as Alessandra Ambrosio proves.

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Fade Out

Selena Gomez’s hair is deep brown at the roots, and slowly fades to a chocolate-y shade—a subtle, pretty way to add interest to your color without being overpowering.


Easy Transition

Emma Watson’s chesnut brown hair is a shade that’s perfect for summer, but could easily transition into fall (if you’re thinking ahead that far…we’re still convinced summer has just started).


Keep flipping for the best color inspiration for this fiery hue…

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All Natural

Jessica Chastain swears her signature red hair is all natural (so jealous), but you can fake it by asking your stylist for a golden, strawberry-blonde color.

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Red Hot

Emma Stone’s coppery-red hair has dimension-boosting highlights that brighten her face and balance the bluntness of her haircut.

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Subtle Enhancements

Amy Adams’ muted auburn shade proves that you don’t have to choose a full-on fiery shade to look smoking in red hair. The rust tones add richness to brown hair.

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Girl on Fire

 Christina Hendrick’s fiery, red-orange shade is definitely bold -- and that’s what makes it so much fun. Just remember, red color fades quickly, so be sure to keep it alive with one of these tips.

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