Hot Hair Color Trend: Bronde Hair

Updated 11/20/17
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Photos of Bronde Hair Color

Giselle Bundchen. Andrew H. Walker for Getty

"Bronde" hair is that perfect shade between blond and brunette. Bronde hair color was first made popular back in 2007 by supermodel Gisele Bundchen (pictured here). Many natural brunette celebrities have gone the "bronde" route and you'll see the best of the bunch in this photo gallery.

So, how to get it? The key to the perfect shade of bronde is to start with a light brown or dark blond base color and then lighten sections of hair using the balayage method. Balayage is basically hair painting, and allows the colorist to add color exactly where he/she wants it. With bronde, the ideal is to paint color onto the top layers of hair. The effect is meant to be to be like a child's hair at the end of summer — bleached by the sun. 

Here are some tips:

  • There are various bronde techniques, including painting chunks of hair all around the head. Some colorists paint only the sections along the face to help brighten the face and make eyes pop. 
  • The key to bronde is to add dimension and depth to your hair color, and the way to that is to add several shades of color. To get perfect, sun-kissed color, your stylist should use at least two different color lifting creams. 

Bronde hair takes a great stylist to pull off. Just make sure you don't have too much of a contrast between the roots and the highlighted ends or you'll end up looking as if you fried your hair via the bottle and are trying to grow it out.

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Bar Rafaeli

Bar Rafaeli. Getty Images/Epsilon

To care for your hair color, I recommend using a sulfate-free shampoo or, if you can't live without foaming agents, try a shampoo formulated for blond hair color. I recommend Kerastase Reflection Bain Miroir (buy it from Amazon). 

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Blake Lively

Blake Lively. Getty Images, James Devaney

Blake Lively has one of the most popular heads of hair in the country. 

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Hilary Swanks

Hilary Swank. Jason Merritt // Getty Images

So, who came up with the name, "bronde?" We give credit to stylist Kim Vo. He told Pret-a-Porter, "Bronde is when a blonde and brunette have a love child — blondes tiptoeing in the brunette fountain and vice versa."

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Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver. JB Lacroix for Getty

Older women look gorgeous in bronde, as witnessed here on Maria Shriver (she's over 60!).

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Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston. Chris McMillan for Instagram

Jennifer Aniston is a famous "bronde." She's gone brunette a couple times in her career, but for the most part, she seems happily settled as a bronde. 

I absolutely love this look. To get your own version, take a few photos into your stylist and ask for the balayage process, which is more natural looking than typical foil highlights.

See Should You Get Balayage or Foil Highlights? for more information. 

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Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts bronde hair. Frazer Harrison // Getty Images

This is an absolute gorgeous color on Julia, who sometimes wears her hair much darker.

Bronde is one of The 8 Hottest Trends of the Year

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Giuliana Rancic

Giuliana Rancic. Frazer Harrison

An absolutely stunning "bronde" hairstyle. It goes to show this look is spectacular on Latin (Rancic is Italian) women.

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Liz Hurley

Liz Hurley. Gareth Cattermole/Getty

If you're looking for a low-maintenance hair color, bronde is a great bet.

The perfect bronde hair color grows out beautifully without looking like you haven't been the salon in months. 

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Jennifer Lopez's Bronde Hair

Jennifer Lopez. Joe Corrigan/Getty Images
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Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen. Mike Coppola for Getty

While bronde is a shade between brunette and blonde, "Ombre" is a French word that literally means shaded like a gradient. You'll notice here (and on the next image), the roots are darker while the hair is lighter mid-shaft — as though the sun naturally lightened the hair in the summer and then fall came around and the hair grew out and... well you get it.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar's Bronde Hairstyle

Sarah Michelle Gellar. Neilson Barnard for Getty Images

This is a great look on Gellar.

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Jennifer Hawkins Bronde Hair

Jennifer Hawkins. Lisa Maree Williams
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Natalie Portman Bronde Hair

Natalie Portman. Michael Buckner // Getty
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Michelle Pfeiffer Bronde Hair

Michelle Pfeiffer. Sean Gallup // Getty Images
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Sarah Jessica Parker Bronde Hair

Sarah Jessica Parker. Stephen Lovekin // Getty Images
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Kaley Cuoco Bronde Hair

Kaley Cuoco. Jason Merritt/Getty
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Erin McNaught Bronde Hair

Erin McNaught. Lisa Maree Williams
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Gisele: Always Sun-Kissed

Gisele Bundchen. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

Model Gisele Bundchen always has quintessential bronzed locks. She's a natural brunette but makes sure to have a few blonde highlights in her hair at any given time.

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Natalie Portman Bronde Hair

Natalie Portman. Jason Merritt // Getty Images

Love Natalie's hair color here.

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Jennifer Lopez's Bronde Hair Color

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Here, Jennifer Lopez shows off a gorgeous shade of "bronde"

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A Gorgeous "Ombre" Hair Color

Kristen Wiig. Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Note how this hairstyle looks as if the blond has been growing out over time. However, my bet is this look is quite deliberately done. The trend these days is to look as casual and mussy and what better way to seem casual than to be growing out your summer color?

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