• Dirty-blond hair will always be a popular color.
  • If you’re thinking of going lighter, opting for dirty-blond hair color instead of platinum is more low maintenance.
  • You’ll find inspiration for your own hair-color transformation with these Instagram pictures.

Platinum, icy, sandy, strawberry – the list of blond hair-color variations goes on and on, but dirty-blond hair is by far one of the most popular. It’s the shade often associated with surfers and beachgoers who have sun-kissed highlights from hours spent in the water – except with dirty-blond hair dye, there’s no ocean required.

The dirty-blond hair mixes light brown and blond hues to create a medium hair color that’s super natural-looking and easier to maintain than a brighter color, such as platinum or icy blond. Both those who are existing blonds and brunettes looking to dye their hair blond are good fits for the effortless-looking color. It can be achieved by lightening the overall hair color with dirty blond highlights (if you’re a brunette) or adding cooler brown tones to your hair if it’s already light. Whether you achieve dirty-blond hair with highlights, dirty-blond balayage, or dirty-blond hair with lowlights, the end result is still the same: beautiful, laid-back color.

No matter what season we’re in, dirty-blond hair is a great option for anyone looking for something with very little maintenance. Like with all blond hair colors, you can use a purple shampoo to help cancel out any brassy-orange tones that develop in the color, but it will need far fewer touch-ups and professional toning treatments than a platinum hue.

Ahead, find more dirty-blond hair inspiration to take to your stylist.