22 ways to style blonde hair on dark skin

Who says brown girls can’t go blonde? Perhaps you’ve been toying with the idea of going blonde but unsure if the golden hue will look right against your brown skin. Don’t worry sis, I got you!

Today, I’m sharing how to pick the right blonde for your dark skin, different blonde hairstyles to try for black women, and my tips for being a blonde bombshell.

If you are just starting off with going blonde, I highly recommend trying out temporary hairstyles such as blonde box braids, blonde wigs, and blonde extensions. That way, you can figure out what colors you like best without the pressure of it being permanent.

Additionally, there is a variety of different blonde hair color shades which means there’s at least one that will flatter you. Here are a few popular blonde colors and ways to style blonde hair on brown skin.

Platinum Blonde Hair On Dark Skin

Platinum blonde hair looks gorgeous on cool skin tones because of it’s icy white tint. If you’re warmer undertone, try a platinum blonde with more of a yellowish tint.

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Ash (or Ashy) blonde hair on Dark Skin

Ash-blonde hair has a gray tint to it (get it… because ash is gray?). Additionally, it tends to look great on most skin tones.

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Golden/ Honey blonde hair on dark skin

Golden hair color is the go-to for warmer skin tones (think Beyonce) and looks great on an array of skin tones. Additionally, honey blonde looks great as a highlight or ombred.

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Beach Blonde on dark skin

Beach blonde hair gets its name from just that; hair that looks blonde because you spent too much time in the sun. The great thing about beach blonde is it can be adjusted to going warmer, cooler, lighter, or darker.

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Natural Blonde hair on dark skin

No fancy names here. Natural blonde is straight-up blonde without the extra bells and whistles.

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How to choose a blonde hair color for black women

Not every blonde shade will look right on you. The key is choosing a blonde hair color that looks flattering for your undertone. For example, a honey blonde is a warm color and looks best on warmer skin tones (think: Beyonce). Whereas a platinum blonde is more of a cool tone and will look best on cool skin tones (think Justin Skye).

How can you tell your undertone?

Here are a few questions to help you determine your undertone:
Do you look better in gold jewelry? You’re probably warm tone
Do you look better in silver jewelry? You’re probably a cool tone
If you look killer in both, you may be more neutral.

Tips for going blonde as a black women

Start off going slow

When starting off blonde, it’s best to go slow such as highlights or ombre the hair instead of all over color which can strip and damage your hair.

While it’s not required for you to go dark roots when going blonde, it tends to be easier maintenance since you will not need as many touchups as your hair grows.

Conditoner is your bestie

Make sure you are deep conditioning your hair since bleaching tends to dry out hair. Additionally, you will want to use products specifically created for color-treated hair. Here are a few top-rated products on Amazon:

Mielle babassu line is safe for color-treated hair, organic and sulfrate-free.

Sunny Isle products are great for African American hair that has been color-treated and is also sulfate-free.

Blondes have fun

Whether you’re rocking blonde bone straight hair, blonde box braids, or a classy blonde bob, have fun with it! The great thing about hair is its a reflection of us and can even be a reflection of our current mood (I’m known to switch up wigs depending on my current mood!)

As a blonde, give yourself permission to have fun!

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22 ways to style blonde hair on dark skin
22 ways to style blonde hair on dark skin

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