Dirty blonde hair | The ultimate guide for goddesses.

dirty blonde hair

Dirty blonde hair is one of our favourite on-trend on-point hair colours this year. It’s natural-looking, super low maintenance and is one of those looks that will make you feel like a goddess – in the sunlight, dancing on the beach with your hair and make-up flawlessly done.

You don’t have to spend hours styling your locks because dirty blonde hair has an effortless look no matter what you do with it. This guide breaks down everything from how to find your perfect shade (or shades) of dirty blonde, as well as tips for maintaining it over time so you can enjoy this style forever! Let’s go!

What is dirty blonde hair?

Dirty Blonde hair is a term for darker blonde shades and tones that might not be the typical, brighter “blonde” colour we all know and love.

It’s a shade between light ashy brown and almost-golden yellow, but darker than both. This type of shade can look brunette in some lights, but typically has more deep brown tones than other shades of blonde.

You can think of dirty blonde hair as simply, dark blonde. It’s not quite dark enough to be brown. So someone picked the lovely description of dirty blonde! Kind of like blonde hair that leans toward red is called strawberry blonde.

Dirty blonde hair ideas and inspiration.

Check out the latest looks over on our Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration.

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Is dirty blonde a natural colour?

Dirty blonde (or dishwater blonde!) is the darker colour most natural blondes will go as they get older. Those who are already naturally blonde will be able to get this colour effortlessly.

It’s also a type of blonde that looks like it has natural highlights in it, giving the hair more depth and dimension. It can often be mistaken for dirty brown or light brown and even honey blonde which is slighter more golden and creamier.

Will dirty blonde hair suit me?

Experts say this dark blonde or very light brown shade tends to be cool and more ash blonde in tone, which means silvery rather than gold. So it will best complement you if your undertones are cool too.

That’s not to say you can’t warm it up with some highlights in shades of honey blonde or caramel.

Use our checklist below to find out your undertones and check that cool dirty blonde hair colour will really suit you.

If you have cool undertones:

  • Your skin tone is pink or pale.
  • You blush easily!
  • Jewel and pastel colours are so your thing.
  • The colour yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
  • You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
  • Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.

If you have warm undertones:

  • You have red or golden tones in your natural hair.
  • Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
  • You might have freckles.
  • You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
  • You suit bright or rich shades better.
  • Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
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Which hair colours suit me?

You can also find out if dirty blonde hair colour will suit you by taking our quiz! Just answer a few quick questions to find out what other hair colours most suit you! Click on the image below.


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How do I get dirty blonde hair?

This on-trend colour is achieved by blending shades of blonde with hues of brunette and leaving darker, more natural colour at the roots. What you’ll need to do to get the look really depends on the colour your hair – the base colour – is now.

If you are blonde – blending in tones of light and ash brown with your base blonde can achieve the dirty blonde look. Leave it lighter at the ends of your hair to appear even more natural and sun-kissed.

If you’re light brown/brunette – you’ll need to mix in ashy blonde colour to get that muddy, dirty blonde hue. Your base colour may need to be lightened first and dyed ash brown if your undertones are too warm or red in tone.

If you’re darker than brunette – it will be a long process! Your hair will need to be lightened all over with bleach and dyed again with a light brown or ashy brown to achieve the perfect base. THEN you’ll need to add blonde highlights to create the look.

Dirty blonde is a colour that needs the experienced eye of the experts to get right. So it’s best to visit your salon to find out if dirty blonde hair is for you.

They’ll need to look at the condition of your hair as well as its colour to see if it’s up for the processing that will be involved.

This isn’t a colour we’d recommend trying at home!

The pros of having dirty blonde hair.

  • It’s a great colour to grow out with darker, blurred roots – the dirtiness looks fabulous with the grown-out look!
  • It’s versatile – on-trend styles such as balayage, ombre, highlights and babylights look incredible with dirty blonde.
  • Get it right, and it’s a naturally flattering colour that frames faces and brings out blue and green eye colour especially.

The cons of having dirty blonde hair.

  • It can appear dirty! It’s called dirty blonde for a reason!
  • You’ll need cool undertones to really pull it off.
  • Ashy hair tones can appear grey so be certain it’s a shade that will suit you and not age you.
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Tips on how to maintain your dirty blonde locks.

Use colour safe shampoo and conditioners to keep the colour locked in.

Don’t wash your hair more than twice a week because that will make the colour fade faster.

Cover up your hair in the sun and in the pool or sea, use a UV spray protection to stop the colour from fading.

Use a purple shampoo once a week to keep the colour ashy, bright and vibrant and stop brassy orange or yellow tones from showing.


So there you go, goddesses. That’s all you need to know about dirty blonde hair and whether it’s the right shade for you.

Go forth and be confident in your beauty and dirty blonde power!