30 Dirty Blonde Hair Ideas
Whether you call it dark, ashy, or dirty blonde, it’s the mature, sophisticated sister of white platinum and pure yellow blonde hair. A much more common naturally occurring color, dirty blonde hair includes a wide variety of hues that are both warm and cool, meaning that there’s a shade to compliment any skin tone. As far as style goes, dirty blondes cover the map. From monochromatic dark blondes, ashy gradient color, or golden blunt bobs with dark roots, we’ve got 30 dirty blonde hair ideas that will have you ditching your platinum or mahogany hair for an edgier in between shade.
Long Ashy Blonde
This natural looking ashy blonde shade is almost grey looking, and a far cry from the sunny bottle blonde hues many of us have come to associate with blonde hair. This is a great shade for anyone looking for a moody, grownup look that doesn’t venture into brunette territory. If you’ve got a fairly dark complexion, going too ashy with your hair color can dull the look of your skin, and you may want to go for a warmer dirty blonde with honey or caramel tones.
Warm Buttery Ombre
This long hair full of lazy waves gives multi-tonal color lots of room to play. Natural darker roots take up several inches of this style, but the majority of hair features warm, buttery blonde highlights over a natural dark blonde. Unlike cool, ashy dirty blonde styles, this summery color is begging to be accessorized with a flower crown while running barefoot through soft grass.
Taylor Swift’s Cappuccino Blonde
One of the most natural looking shades that we’ve seen Taylor wear, this muted blonde style is fairly uniform in tone, which plays up the sophisticated side of the singer.
Brushed On Honey Highlights
Ciara’s medium brunette hair has been enhanced with very strategic honey highlights that frame the face and make the ends of her long bob pop all the way around. This mixture of warm blonde and brunette shades is perfect for her equally warm skin tone.
Dishwater Blonde With Highlights
A dark, ashy blonde that’s the same tone all over, natural dishwater blonde is the perfect canvas for adding highlights and dimension. In this style, long hair is treated to gradient highlights that are concentrated towards the front section, and are reasonably natural looking.
Dirty Golden Blonde
Cara Delevingne’s supernatural beauty is made even more unique when framed by hair that manages to be ashy and golden all at once. This color is warmer than a true ash blonde, but is darker and edgier looking than a traditional golden blonde.
Face Framing Sunshine
An enduring hair icon and trendsetter for more than two decades, Jennifer Aniston really shines in this multi-tonal color that could almost pass for natural. Bright blonde highlights are concentrated towards the front of her head and around the face, while the darker blonde shade takes over in the back.
Pale Blonde Balayage
The perfect dirty blonde for fair skinned women, this style features a very pale blonde balayage over natural ashy or dishwater blonde hair.
Edgy Blonde Pixie
We’ve seen Miley Cyrus try out a lot of looks, but she’s been favouring edgy blonde styles in recent years. This pixie with shaved sides interestingly shows off Miley’s natural color in very short hair, while a brighter blonde on top helps to elongate her round face shape.
Dirty Blonde Over Medium Brunette
For a look that features a significant color contrast, try copying Ashley Tisdale’s dirty golden hair with several inches of medium brunette roots.
Warm Dirty Blonde
Ashley Olsen’s warm, pale blonde keeps things bright in front with face-framing highlights, but darker tones remain visible at the roots and peek through the rest of her hair.
So dark that some may consider it brunette, Angelina Jolie’s dark and dirty blonde defies categorization. Achieve this look by working all-over dark blonde highlights on to naturally brunette hair.
If you’re going to wear hair in a color known as ‘dirty’, why not mess your style up a bit, too? Jennifer Lawrence’s pixie is wonderfully disheveled, adding some rebel flair that keeps this from being just another red carpet look. We wouldn’t expect anything less from a woman who’s as famous for her anti-Hollywood attitude as she is her Oscar worthy performances.
This dirty blonde color stays down to earth on a thick head of hair that’s got dreadlocked strands mixed in between flowing tendrils. Layered color like this that’s lighter on top is often naturally created by the sun, but if you haven’t been spending that much time outside, a good stylist can recreate the sun-kissed style without any UV exposure.
Platinum and Gold Ombre
Natural ashy and one dimensional hair is given a major warm up with platinum and golden ombre that enhances the look of curls and gives an added illusion of volume to hair that’s on the thin side.
California Dirty Blonde
With golden highlights to match her megawatt style, Hilary Duff is the ultimate California version of a dirty blonde. Lots of natural dark tones show through at the roots and underneath layers of hair, giving the whole style an effortless and natural appeal.
Medium Ash Blonde
Mischa Barton’s dirty blonde hair on the O.C. was a perfect reflection of the dark side of California living that the beloved but short-lived series sought to show.
Long Sandy Blonde
This ultra straight, sandy blonde hair features a middle part for a modern take on the hippie hairstyles of the late 60s and early 70s.
While usually known for her ultra golden hair, Jennifer Lopez looks just as glamorous in this toned down ashy shade that’s better suited for winter months.
High Contrast Undercut
Working the undercut for all it’s worth, Scarlett Johansson’s blonde highlights on top give great contrast to her much shorter, natural hair seen on the sides. Wearing this haircut with a heart shaped face may be cautioned against, but Scarlett proves that sometimes the rules don’t apply.
Blonde Ombre Bob
As the reigning queen of pretty much everything, Beyonce put her stamp of perfection on dirty blonde hair with this bob that transitions from dark roots to buttery tips, featuring lots of intermixed tones in between. Ashy shades have been avoided, helping this hair to play up the warmth in her complexion.
Ultra Long Natural Ash
Another hippie-inspired style, this waist length hair can be yours with extensions or endless amounts of patience in growing out your locks. This look features mostly ashy tones, but some streaks of warmer golden tones around the face add subtle softness and give a dash of modernity to this Little House On The Prairie hair.
Dirty Blonde In The City
We’ve seen Sarah Jessica Parker wear styles ranging from wild natural curls to a chic chin-length bob, but her color is fairly consistently in the dirty blonde family. In this particular version we see lots of dark ash blonde hair get touches of warmth at the ends.
Dirty Blonde Gradient
Transitioning from a dark ashy blonde to lighter ends, this natural looking color could be thanks to the sun or artful highlighting.
This honey blonde shade is a departure from the brunette and auburn shades we often see Emily Blunt wear. While those deeper hues look wonderful with her piercing blue eyes and usually porcelain skin, this dirty blonde color brings out a warmth in the actresses complexion that may be enhanced thanks to California living.
Ultra Blonde Aniston
The second Jennifer Aniston look on our list, this is one of the lightest and warmest blondes we’ve seen the hair idol wear. All over highlights are perfect for summer months when you don’t want any ashy or subdued tones in your dirty blonde hair.
Dark Blonde Bob
Another style that straddles the line between blonde and brunette, this short bob is a good example of how sophisticated monochromatic hair can look. This color is on the cooler side, but can be flattering on both cool or medium warm skin tones.
Half Shaved Style
Actress Natalie Dormer caused quite a stir when she debuted this side shaved style on her honey blonde hair. The edgy cut makes for an interesting contrast with Natalie’s warm, sweet hair color.
Dirty Blonde With Lavender Ombre
Your hair doesn’t have to be a bright white shade of blonde to take advantage of ombre or dip dyed ends in vibrant rainbow or muted pastel shades. Dirty and darker blonde hair makes a beautiful canvas for applying semi-permanent colors, and the result is a little more sophisticated than on platinum blonde hair.
Dirty Blonde Blunt Bob
As the reinvention of Khloe Kardashian continues, the youngest of the famous Kardashian clan recently debuted this shorter blunt style on the blonde locks she’s been wearing so well lately. Khloe’s colour is perfect for summer, combining dark, dirty roots with buttery smooth blonde ends.
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