Dishwater, dull, dirty blonde. We know, not exactly what you think of when you imagine gorgeous hair color. But there are tons of ways to liven up your color and actually it’s a great starting point for highlights. Here’s how to take your blonde shade from dishwater to gorgeous.
If your hair color is dirty blonde, adding some subtle golden tones to hair will help liven it up and add shine. If you’ve never colored before and you’re nervous about the outcome, start with a demi-permanent shade. It gradually washes out over 28 shampoos. Bonus, you won’t see any visible roots once it fades. Try: Natural Instincts in #4 Sunflower.
Just add highlights
Believe it or not, that dirty blonde shade is actually a wonderful starting point and background color for highlights. If your hair is longer, try a “hair painting” or “balayage” technique. Pro Tip: Before you get the hang of it, try your hand on a paper towel to get the right flow and the right amount of product and pressure. Or, start with conditioner in place of color to practice placement of your highlights on your hair. A couple of times and you’ll be great at it! Try: Hairpainting (for long hair) or Frost & Tip (for short hair or if you need more guidance with a pull-through cap.)
To transform dirty blonde into a delightful just-been-kissed-by-the-sun look, you have a few options. You can go lighter, stay close to your natural level of lightness or add a hint of pale coppery golden tones to your hair. Our favorite pick is the Nice’n Easy SunKissed Collection in these sunny shades: Ultra Light Cool Summer Blonde, Shimmer Sands Light Blonde, Light Cool Breezy Blonde, Natural Light Golden Blonde.