85 Best Blonde Highlight Ideas of 2021

When you look around in a crowded street, you’ll notice that almost everyone has highlights rocking their hairdos. There effortless and flawless look tempts everyone to try highlights too but with so many variations of highlight going on, do you find yourself confused?

It’s completely understandable.

That is why in this highlight 101, you will have all your blonde highlight related questions answered along with 85+ stunning ideas for you to try out for yourself.

Let’s start with the basics, i.e., a brief introduction about blonde highlights.

What Are Blonde Highlights?

At its core, Blonde highlights are a hair coloring treatment that lightens some parts of your hair. You can highlight your hair in any way you like, which is why there are so many variations of it out there.

The best part about the blonde highlight is that the possibility and the combinations of variations are endless. You can have highlights that are bold and striking or warm and subtle. Either way, a highlight will enhance your beauty by bringing out your eye color, accentuating your cheekbones, even making your face slim.

The difference in the outcome largely depends on the different techniques used to give highlights to anyone. You can use foils to highlight specific parts of your hair in strategic patterns and shapes. You can have highlights hand-painted on random pieces of your hair. You can use the star crown cap or you can pick any shade of the blonde color that suits you the best.

The choice of the right color is very important when it comes to getting highlights. Consult your color consultant about your desired highlights s and make sure to pick a color that compliments you the most. The right color in your highlight can emphasize your hair cut, and give you a fuller look by creating depth.

After that piece of advice, let’s move on to the good stuff.

Lushes Blonde Highlight Ideas

Sandy Blonde Highlights with Brown Crop

This style of highlight goes with any kind of cut, but if you have a crop cut, you should defiantly get highlights in the shade of sandy blonde. The light warm hues of sandy blonde highlight look exceptionally well on brunettes with short hair.

Transitional Blonde Highlights

Transitional Blonde Highlights

Transitional blonde highlights are highlights that move the hue gradience from darker to lighter or warm low to mid lights. In these highlights, the blonde color and shade of your choice aren’t glossed all over; instead, it transitions throughout the length of the hair. The tonal contrast of the hair color with the skin color automatically makes it the hottest highlight choice.

Balayage Blonde Highlights on Straight or Curly Dark Hair

Balayage Blonde Highlights

The rising trend of Balayage has us all drooling over the lived-in effect it creates on the hair. Balayage blonde highlights are always a refreshing look for both straight and curly hair.

Champagne Blonde Highlights

Champagne Blonde Highlights

Champagne blonde highlights are the perfect highlights for people with pale skin tones. This highlight style incorporates a light blonde shade that lies in the middle of corn yellow and honey blonde. The shade is very subtle but gives an overall fresh look to the face and makes your appearance glow.

Strawberry Blonde Balayage highlights

Strawberry Blonde Balayage

As if the color strawberry blonde in itself wasn’t pretty enough, but when you add balayage techniques to it and the look becomes divine. The perfect color for these highlights is made with a mixture of golden blonde and vibrant red or copper tones. Even though this is an ideal shade for any skin tone, we recommend trying out this style in the winter months.

Blonde Highlights and Lowlights

Blonde Highlights and Lowlights

This highlighting style is best for people who fear too big of a change. Getting highlights with the combination of lowlights will make the transition so smooth and subtle that you’ll feel like you are just adding to your natural beauty. Although, you will have extra dimensions and depth top your blonde color.

Baby Light Blonde Highlights

Baby Light Blonde Highlights

If you haven’t heard about baby lights before, you are not alone. The chances are that you have seen it without realizing its name. Baby light is subtle and very fine highlights that are so natural that you’ve only ever seen them on little babies. The highlights are brighter at the top, going a shade or two darker at the bottom.

Blonde Streak

Blonde Streak

Streaks! Here we go again. These color contrasts lines are so subtle that they become instantly popular as they hit the market. Streaks are also famous because of their fun variations. You can try streaking a single strand and rock it, you can get partial highlights or you can try streaking a balayage effect on your head. Blonde streak highlights contour the face whichever way you wear it.

Ombre Blonde Highlights

Ombre Blonde Highlights

Much like the transitional highlights, and not to be confused with balayage, Ombre blonde highlights moves from the darker shade of the hair to a lighter one. The common orientation of this is darker roots with lighter ends. Reverse Ombre isn’t rare either although they give the persona a much sharper look. That means with ombre blonde highlight you can choose for yourself if you want to go soft and warm or bold and colorful. On top of that, if you prefer to have a look that’s low maintenance, then this is the one for you.

Blonde and Brown Highlights

Blonde and Brown Highlights

Getting brown highlight may seem like an idea best for people with dark complexion hair, but in fact, it is an idea that can work exceptionally well with blonde hair too. You can do this idea on blondes by using a combination of light blonde and light brown highlights.

Blended Blonde and Ash Brown Highlights

Blonde Highlight

Blended Blonde and Ash Brown Highlights

These highlights are perfect for people with darker hair color. Blended blonde and ash brown highlights will get you a much deep and serene look. The dramatic combination of all the natural colors on your head gives your crown a mixture of red, gold brown shine. You can get the most out of this look by using very fine foil during the highlight infusion and keeping your hair healthy and shiny.

Pearl ash Blonde Highlights

Pearl ash Blonde Highlights

You must’ve heard about the pearl ash blonde hair color, but we are recommending you to try that same color for your highlights.  These highlights give the wearer a soft pearl-ish look because of the blended blonde with just a hint of ash, enhancing the overall look. These highlights are perfect for brunettes, blondes and people with lighter color hair. This is low maintenance and classic lived-in look for a busy professional person.

Full Highlights with Slight Root Shadow

Full Highlights with Slight Root Shadow

Once upon a time, the very much feared root shadows became a trending technique when techniques like balayage pair with it. Now try it with full highlights. You can combine this blonde highlighting idea with any shade and still maintain it at the minimum costs. This idea is suitable for people with the hair color of any hue, tone and shade.

Off-The-Scalp Dimensional Highlights

Off-The-Scalp Dimensional Highlights

An off-the scalp highlight is always 21/2 or 3 inches away from the scalp. We recommend this off-the-scalp highlight idea to be placed on the varied length and not in a starlight line to bring depth into the dimension of your hair color.

Honey Blonde Highlights

Honey Blonde Highlights

For that perfect sun-kissed look, a honey blonde highlight is an ideal style for you. You can get a darker honey color at the top while contrasting it with a lighter and much creamier blonde highlight color. This idea works best when the highlights start from the ears.

Golden Beach Blonde Highlights

Golden Beach Blonde Highlights

Golden beach blonde highlight is one of the most low maintenance hairstyles out there. That could explain why it is a personal favorite of all the southern ladies that loves hanging out at the beach during summer or spring. On the other hand, it could also be because the golden beach blonde highlight gives a unique Greek goddess look to the wearer. The reason for its popularity is either of those two.

Blonde and Rose Gold Highlights

Blonde and Rose Gold Highlights

Rose gold is a hue that’s been trending for a while, and it’s’ not fading away any time soon. This idea is perfect for all those people who would love to get all golden, pink, and red highlights. Rose gold lies just in the middle of it all. Blonde and rose gold highlights are suitable for all skin tones but are exceptionally pretty on pale or wheatish skin tone.

Sun Kissed Natural Blonde Highlights

Everyone wants that natural sun-kissed look without spending days upon day s, baking under the hot sun, soaking in the UV rays. Thanks to the advancement in techniques, you only need to spend a few hours at the salon to nail that perfect look. Having sun-kissed natural blonde highlights can add a world of difference in terms of depth and dimension to your hair, all this at a low maintenance cost.

Icy Platinum Blonde Highlights

Icy Platinum Blonde Highlights

This style is a particular favorite of the people that love to take their hair color to the next level. The end result of platinum blonde as a hair color is a gorgeous look that sets you apart from the crowd. Platinum blonde hue will give you a somewhat icy look. Even though extremely cool, some people prefer to dabble very little in it. For people like those, consider getting icy platinum blonde highlights to freshen your look and perspective of the highly attractive color.

Opal Blonde Highlights

Opal Blonde Highlights

Just to be clear, this isn’t a fancy word for dull old blonde. Opal blonde is a mixture of pink, gold and purple. Opal blonde as a hairstyle has been a trendsetter thought the year 2019 especially on Instagram. That is why for the year 2020, if you are an Instagram influencer, consider getting this style in highlights. You’ll be thanking us when you become the next hottest topic. This highlight style suits people with pale hair color the most.

Gradient Caramel Blonde Highlights

Gradient Caramel Blonde Highlights

Gradient caramel blonde highlight offers the wearer the best of both worlds. You can be both a brunette and a blonde at the same time. The shades you get from the gradience are so vibrant that they suit all skin tones.  You can get perfect gradient caramel blonde highlights from any of the techniques ranging from color melting, ombre, lowlights and more. The result every time is a gorgeous red-carpet worthy look.

Chestnut Brown Hair with Face Framing Blonde Highlights

Chestnut Brown Hair with Face Framing Blonde Highlights

While you can have a face-framing blonde highlight in any hair color, they look exceptionally majestic in mahogany- toned brown or chestnut brown hair. The blonde in the highlight boosts and brings out the eyes and the overall complexion of the wearer. This look is another one of our most cost-friendly ideas. If you are only looking for a pop of the lighter tone or if you are looking for anything that saves you frequent salon visits, then this is the perfect look for you.

Amber Blonde Highlights

Amber Blonde Highlights

Amber blonde is such a warm relaxing color that it got people wanting it more and more. People from all skin tones wanted to try it in their hair, which is why it got evolved from just a hairstyle color to low and high light color as well. Amber blonde highlights give the wearer a surprisingly pronounced yet subtle combination of red, orange and blonde. Although people from all skin tones have tried it, it works best with fair complexion and if you have green eyes, then this highlighting idea is an absolute must for you.

Subtle Blonde Highlights with Diffused Root Shadow

Subtle Blonde Highlights with Diffused Root Shadow

Diffused root shadow is an excellent way to blend your natural brunette roots with your blood highlights. With this highlighting style, you can have a high color contrast while at the same time maintain that effortless natural look. The subtle blond highlights with the diffused root shadow are such a genius, cost-effective and time-saving idea that we can easily see celebrities dropping their full blonde or brunette look to opt for this style. We wouldn’t predict this highlighting idea going out of style in 2020.

All Your FAQ’s about Blonde Highlights Answered

Why Are Blonde Highlights So Popular?

Because of the following reasons:

  • Rejuvenates flat hair that feels stagnant
  • Transforms your whole look in a single salon visit
  • Just a few streaks can add depth and dimension
  • Instant bright hair that looks effortlessly natural
  • A wide range of styles, techniques, and colors to choose from

Can Blonde Highlights Be Done At Home?

Yes, with these simple 5 steps.

  1. Decide on a blonde highlight shade, whether you want a full or partial highlight head, and the thickness and thinness of the chunks you want to be highlighted.
  2. Find a bleach/highlighting kit that matches the color you decided for yourself. Make sure to pick a kit that’s according to your needs and religiously follow the instructions given.
  3. Get your brushes ready. If required, prep your hair for heat and breakage beforehand.
  4. Take out each strand and apply the color from the middle of it to the bottom. Avoid the roots, unless you are doing a root touch up.
  5. Be careful throughout the process and use and trust your common sense whenever necessary.

Should You Go To A Salon For Your Blonde Highlights Or Should You DIY It?

Yes, you should.

When you do your highlights at home by yourself, you run the risk of doing any of the following that makes your blonde highlights look cheap, fake or orange.

  • Picking a wrong color that’s far off from your complexion
  • Painting your highlights too chunky and you have a tiger-striped head
  • Brushing your strands one solid color
  • Risking turning your blonde strands into gray, orange or brassy hue
  • Leaving the color in your hair for a long time, now your hair is breaking off

How to Maintain Your Blonde Highlights?

Blonde Highlight

Following the tips mentioned here will not only help you maintain your highlight for the long, but it’ll also help protect your hair from damage.

  • Make sure all the products used have the right damage resisting ingredients.
  • Consider visiting the salon on a weekly basis.
  • Use natural plant oils, massaged deeply in your hair.
  • Make sure your shampoo has low detergent.
  • Moisture your hairs regularly as you do with your hands and face.
  • Try washing your hair less frequently and avoid washing on a daily base.
  • Avoid going to war with your tangled hair. Be gentler when you comb them with a quality brush.

Which Of The Ideas Mentioned Above Are The Most Low-Maintenance?

Bottom Line

You can follow any of the ideas mentioned above, strategically plan your whole year and make sure you rock each season.

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