17 Styles Of Blonde Highlights That Will Transform Your Hair

Because we know you've been waiting to book that appointment.
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Longing to add some blonde highlights to your hair? Balayage may have had its moment, but the mega impact of lighter strands is a trend that transcends time. There are now so many variations from a full head of platinum foils, to a half head of caramel tones. Whatever your natural color or texture, we’ve rounded up the best sun-kissed hair Instagram inspo to take straight to the salon.

  1. Cream dream

    If your hair is already light but it’s extra depth you’re looking for, ask your colorist to mix multiple tones of blonde for a seamless transition into natural hair.

  2. Berry blonde

    Naturally blessed redheads, rejoice. A scattering of blonde highlights elevates hair to one of the most coveted shades of all time: Strawberry blonde.

  3. Blurred lines

    Worried about roots making blonde maintenance a living nightmare? Asking the colorist to stretch the root color downwards before the highlights start helps extend your time in-between appointments.

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  4. Totally tonal

    Award-winning hairdresser Charlotte Mensah underlines that blonde highlights on Afro hair is a triple threat–volume, depth and curls.

  5. '90s wannabe

    Spice up your life with a look to rival that of Geri Halliwell circa 1997. Throw it back with a mixture of highlights intertwined with lowlights.

  6. Babylights

    Going lighter is a gradual process. Begin gently and, in the meantime, let small sections of hair do the talking with sparse, scattered highlights.

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  7. Goldie locks

    Golden tones are your one-way ticket to beach perfect hair. Most effective on longer hair, go gradually lighter from gold to yellow blonde towards the ends.

  8. Honey highlights

    Highlights take to texture like a dream. Add a tinge of honey blonde for a summer statement, followed up with a strengthening treatment to care for curls.

  9. White walker

    Starting on a platinum canvas, ask for the lightest possible bleached highlights for a complete white out.

  10. The minimalist

    Blonde highlights need not be too obvious. Keep it subtle by highlighting thinner strands, with strategic sectioning helping frame the face.

  11. Milky blonde

    Somewhere between white and yellow blonde, milky blonde is ice cold cool without a dairy product in sight.

  12. Bronde girl

    If blondes have more fun, then brunettes can get in on it now, too. With a few blonde highlights blended in, bronde is the happy medium.

  13. Shade shots

    Scattered highlights make for a plethora of shades running through tresses and will keep people guessing—was it two weeks on the beach or two hours in the salon chair?

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  14. Dirty blonde

    Stay out of Barbie blonde territory beginning with ashier tones contrasted with light blonde highlights added later to the mix.

  15. Caramel Curls

    Caramel tones are continually lusted after, and this season is no exception. Blonde highlights + brown curls = creamy caramel delight.

  16. Sand storm

    Both sophisticated and summer-appropriate, sandy shades are the grown-up way to go blonde.

  17. Platinum perfection

    Lighter means brighter. A full-head of platinum highlights is set to be big news this season.


This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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