From platinum to silver to "bronde," blonde doesn't really describe a color; it's a category, filled with an infinite number of shades for us to try. While we diplomatically love all shades of blonde hair, we're currently crushing on one specific, sweet shade: honey blonde. A hue that mixes golden yellow with amber-brown tones, honey blonde looks strikingly similar to that gooey stuff we all know and love. Honey blonde is all about "intensional warmth," says Laguna Beach-based colorist Ashley Wahler. "There is a huge difference with unintentional and intentional warmth. Unintentional is unwanted brass and more of an orange tone and intentional warmth has just the right gold."
Choosing a Shade: "Talk it through in detail with a stylist," says Mirza Batanovic, Style Director at Eufora. "'Honey' as a color is subjective. Everyone sees something different with blondes."
Maintenance Level: Medium to high, depending on how light/dark your natural hair is. Batanovic suggests 4-6 weeks between touch ups.
Goes Great With: "Light, pale skin that is lacking in pigment," darker skin tones, cool eye colors. "If your eyes have gold flecks around the iris, you are a candidate," says Batanovic.
Price: "Highlights and a gloss can run starting at around $190+," says Wahler. "Each salon has different levels of prices usually, so you can easily find what fits your budget," according to Batanovic. "The darker the hair naturally, the more involved the process, thus the more costly it becomes."
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Olivia Palermo is another celebrity known for sporting varying shades of honey blonde. We like how her natural cool-toned chestnut is still seen at the roots and around her face, serving as a nice contrast.
Visible roots are a stylish way to make your dye job last longer, according to Wahler. "This type of hair is pretty low maintenance as long as there is a root shadow to help with the line of demarcation once it grows out."
Blake Lively is another classic honey blonde star. The subtle balayage highlights placed throughout her long locks perfectly embody a beachy, California-girl vibe.
Lauren Conrad's hair color is the closest thing we've ever seen to Rapunzel's golden color IRL. Aside from the color, the key to mastering this look is the high-shine finish. We swear by Sachajuan Shine Serum ($33).
Hailey Bieber veers on the brighter side of honey blonde. This color paired with a wavy bob is giving us Bond-girl energy.
Beyoncé has sported honey blonde hair for years. This look has seamless dimension: chestnut brown, golden blonde, even a little auburn if you look closely. For volume, spritz a lightweight spray like Verb Volume Spray ($18) throughout your strands.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley sports the hair equivalent of a golden hour sunset. "In order to keep your color looking bright and shiny," Wahler recommends switching between Tressa Watercolor Shampoo in Gold ($20) and your regular shampoo.
We're used to seeing Ciara with dark brown or raven-black hair, which we love, but we're always excited to see her rocking honey blonde hair.
Keep your natural hair color in mind. "The darker your hair is naturally, the more involved and complicated the 'lifting' process is to a honey blonde," says Batanovic. "You need a stylist that understands how to neutralize unwanted tones while lifting to honey blonde."
Jasmine Sanders wears her honey blonde hair in that distinct model-off-duty way. Consider this the '90s way to do summer blonde—with a modern twist that looks stylish all year long.
Amandla Stenberg's curly bob is a cross between honey and strawberry blonde. "In order to keep your gold tones looking fresh," Wahler recommends Shu Ueumura products. The brand's Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner ($59) and Color Lustre Shades Reviving Balm in Golden Blonde ($58) are great picks for "re-nourishing the hair but [keeping] the tone much more consistent."