This Is the Surprising Reason Kim K. Keeps Dyeing Her Hair Blonde

Updated 04/18/19
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Do you keep up with the Kardashians? Here at Byrdie HQ, we keep up with Kim Kardashian West's hair. And it has been quite the journey. The middle Kardashian sister has changed her hair color, length, and style more times in the last decade than we probably will in our lifetimes. She's pretty fearless too. It seems no hairstyle is off the agenda, except, it would seem, anything too short. With so many hairstyles to choose from, we're taking you through Kim's hair evolution via our favorites. Let's start at the beginning, shall we?

Kim Kardashian hair: curly brunette hair
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June 2007

Before Keeping Up With the Kardashians aired, Kim was rocking some seriously glam hairdos.

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with backcombed long brunette hair
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October 2007

Here, Kim was celebrating her birthday. The backcombed hairstyle was one that viewers became familiar with in the opening credits of Keeping Up.

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with a fringe
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December 2008

Yep, Kim had a fringe way back in 2008. Got a fringe yourself? See the nine styling tips you should know.

Kim Kardashian hair: honey blonde highlights
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August 2009

Kim flaunted some serious Cali-girl vibes here with her honey-blonde highlights.

Kim Kardashian hair: bronde straight hair
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December 2013

Four years later, Kim's honey-blonde hair had morphed into an on-trend ombré look. Remember when ombré was everywhere?

glam hair
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December 2013

We're digging the retro waves on Kim here. 

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with a choppy long bob
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February 2015

By 2015, Kim had chopped off her long hair into a textured lob. Fancy a long bob? Check out 13 haircut ideas.

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with a blonde long bob
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March 2015

Going from dark brunette to super blonde is tough, even when you're famous. Kim makes the brassy tone work by slicking the hair back and just going with it. Keep blonde hair in good condition with Ouai Repair Shampoo ($28). 

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with blonde boxer braids
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February 2016

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with wet-look sideswept hair
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August 2016

This has to be our all-time favorite hair look on Kim. The side-swept wet-look hair is so effortlessly cool.

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with super-long hair
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October 2016

Somehow Kim made these extra-long hair extensions look cool. That's Kim for you.

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with a super-blunt and straight long bob
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May 2017

The blunt ends paired with the sleek texture made this a winning style. Want to get your hair that sleek? Use the GHD Platinum Professional Performance Styler ($249) and finish with Toni & Guy Shine Gloss serum ($9).

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with wet-look hair
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June 2017

Kim's tousled, beachy texture is perfect for summer. Get a slightly edgier texture like Kim's by using IGK Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel ($29).

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with super-blonde hair
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November 2017

We were seriously in love with the über-blonde shade colorist Chris Appleton gave her. Keep bleached hair soft with Color Wow Coconut Cocktail Bionic Tonic ($24).

Kim Kardashian hair: Kim with pastel pink/grey hair
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November 2017

Is it grey? Is it pink? Who knows? But what we do know is that this toner on Kim's hair is divine. 

Kim Kardashian hair: pink hair
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March 2018

Kim prevented her pink hair from looking too sickly sweet by pairing the color with dark grown-out roots. Clever. 


May 2018

Kim Kardashian West took to her Instagram Stories to share her latest shade of strand: platinum blonde. She went on to explain that it was her wedding anniversary with Kanye West and since he loves blonde on her, she decided to work the color to make him happy as part of their celebration.

"Kanye's favorite is blonde, so I did it for our anniversary," she said. Aw. 

Next up: Kim Kardashian West used this one $20 treatment to keep her hair healthy after going platinum (the first time).

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