15 Dirty Blonde Hair Ideas for Different Skin Tones
Call it dark blonde, call it "bronde," call it dirty blonde… Whatever search term you're using to find hair colour 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 colour damage? This just might be the perfect colour 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 colour for you.
If you're going for less of a highlighted look and more of a single-process allover dirty blonde, consider showing your stylist this cool-tone shade, which would look lovely against skin with cooler undertones.
Golden babylights on a dark base can create a really cool dirty blonde effect. We love this curly bronde by L.A. coloruist 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.
Swipe left for the transformation! Colourist Katie Cartwright color-corrected a super brassy, reddened colour by giving her client this blended, warm dirty blonde.
Laverne Cox's golden blonde with a darker root is on the lighter end of the dirty blonde spectrum; it's a stunning option for darker skin tones.
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 colour" concept on the map. This iconic blonde sombré from 2015 is perfect for natural brunettes who want to lighten their strands up a bit without too much maintenance.
Swipe to check out the amazing colour 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 colourist Matt Rez is an expert in darker blondes. Using his trade-marked #midlight colour technique to blend neutral, warm, and cool tones without lifting the base colour, he creates balanced dirty blondes like this one.
"It's all about the melt," says L.A. colourist Erin McKay of this low-maintenance bronde colour job.
One of my personal favourite dirty blondes in the world is fashion designer Anine Bing, whose honeyed bronde and shoulder-length cut are absolute goals.
Next up: Read about the pros and cons of lifting your base colour while going blonde.