Luscious Dirty Blonde Hair Shades

Who would’ve thought that the dirty blonde would be making a comeback? A decade or so ago, women all over the world were united in their dislike of dirty blonde hair. But now, we are embracing it! Dirty blonde hair is a dark shade of blonde that can almost be passed off as a very light brown shade. In this article, I have listed 25 luscious dirty blonde hair shades you can try.

But before we proceed to the shades, let us understand a bit about this shade and how to dye your hair in it.

What Is The Dirty Blonde Hair Shade?

  • Dirty blonde is a shade that is somewhere between dark blonde and very light brown. While it is naturally a cool tone, bright blonde hues (like gold) can be added to it to make it warm. You can also add an ashy hue to make it cooler.
  • It is also called ‘dishwater blonde’ as it resembles the color of water after dishes have been cleaned in it. Weird, I know!
  • It works best with light to medium complexions. Ashy or brownish dirty blonde hair looks the best on a cool skin tone. If you have blue or green eyes, these shades will make them pop. A dark dirty blonde shade will look good on warm skin tones.

How To Dye Dark Hair Dirty Blonde

The best part about this color is that you can get it on any natural hair color without going through too much hassle. You don’t need to bleach your hair since it is between dark and light hues and can be modified as desired. Whether you have a light, medium, dark blonde, or even a brunette base, you can get a pretty dirty blonde hair color done on it.

Here’s what you need.

Dyeing Pack

You will have to buy a dyeing pack depending on the dirty blonde shade you want. This pack comes with a developer and a lightener. Some kits might come with a toner, while for others, you will have to buy it separately. The developer bonds with the pigments in the pack and is responsible for imparting color to your hair. It also called an activator. The lightener changes your natural hair pigments and makes your hair lighter. The toner removes any yellow or orange tints from the hair. An ash-based toner will help remove any yellowness from your colored hair. Some packs include a color application bowl, brush, and a color applicator bottle. But if they don’t, you can buy them at general store or a beauty supply store.

Once you have your dyeing kit ready, here’s what you need to do.


  • Before you start, make sure to cover your clothes with a thick sheet or towel. Also, wear old clothes to avoid staining. Apply some petroleum jelly on the skin near your hairline and the skin close to your hair. This will prevent any color from staining your skin. Last, but definitely not the least, wear gloves.
  • Mix the developer and lightener until you reach a color consistency that you like. This blend will lighten your natural hair color and activate the dirty blonde shade on your hair.
  • Apply the mixture to your hair, starting about an inch and a half away from the roots and all the way to the bottom. Apply the mix to your roots at the end. The roots take on color very quickly and can become darker than required if left for too long. So, attend to your roots at the very end.
  • Keep checking your hair every 10 minutes. Once the color has reached a shade you like, wash off the mix from your hair.
  • Pat your hair dry with a towel to get rid of the excess water. You need your hair damp for the next step.
  • Apply the toner and developer. This mix will remove any yellow or brassy tints from your hair. Apply it thoroughly on your hair.
  • Finally, deep condition your hair. This moisturizes your hair and roots. Apply conditioner to your hair and cover it with a shower cap. While you take a bath, the steam from the hot water will open up the cuticles, allowing the conditioner to moisturize your hair thoroughly. Wash it off with cold or lukewarm water to lock the moisture in.

Once you have dyed your hair, here’s what you can do to maintain it.

Hair Maintenance

  • Use a shampoo and conditioner that are specifically made for colored hair. These products are tailor-made to protect your hair from any damage or breakage caused due to the coloring.
  • Use lukewarm or cold water to wash your hair. Avoid hot water as it will dry out colored hair, leading to breakage.
  • Use a hair mask twice a week. Leave it on for about five minutes and then wash it off.
  • Air dry your hair instead of using heating tools.
  • You can also use a leave-in conditioner. It detangles your hair and tames frizz. It also moisturizes your hair, makes it soft, and reduces brittleness and breakage.
  • Apply coconut oil to your hair to nourish it back to health. Do this at least 3-4 times a week. Also, while applying the oil, massage your scalp gently.
  • Use sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo and conditioner.
  • Use a toning shampoo, but be careful not to overdo it as it can stain your hair if left on for too long.

And now, here are 25 luscious dirty blonde hair shades that you need to check out!

1. Natural Dirty Blonde

If you have naturally dirty blonde hair, you are the envy of many women. Curl your hair in slight waves at the ends to add a fuller look and a beachy vibe.

2. Champagne Dirty Blonde With Highlights

Lighten your hair with a champagne blonde color to suit your warm skin tone. Add highlights to frame your face. This dirty brown shade will make your hazel eyes pop.

3. Sandy Dirty Blonde

Use an ash-toned dye to get this beautiful beige-toned dirty blonde ombre. This sandy shade looks incredible and works well with both warm and cool skin tones.

4. Dirty Ash Blonde

This deep dirty ash blonde shade will make blue and green eyes pop. This lovely color looks flattering on cool-toned skin complexions. The wispy ends add an edgy feel to the entire look.

5. Golden Dirty Blonde

Blend pale fine gold highlights with your dishwater hair. This will lighten and add warmth to your dirty blonde hair. The neutral color looks great on any skin complexion and has a ‘grew-up-on-the-beach’ vibe to it.

6. Deep Dirty Honey Blonde

This ombre shade is in great demand, and it’s fairly obvious why. Start off by darkening the roots with a light brown color and then use a honey color to lighten your hair as you go down. Keep the color in the mid-section of your hair for a little longer to give it that deep honey shade.

7. Golden Platinum Dirty Blonde

This fantastic shade suits warm skin tones. It is light, bright, and luminous. Apply lightener to take out as much of the natural hair pigment as possible. Then, add gold to it, but don’t keep it on for too long as you only need a subtle golden glow.

8. Dirty Ginger Blonde Highlights

If you thought you couldn’t have the perfect blend of ginger and blonde, you’re wrong. Add a light ginger tone to your hair and highlight it with a light dirty blonde shade to get this stunning result. The best part about this is that some parts of your hair will be darker than the others, which helps add dimension to your face.

9. Dirty Blonde Ombre

This boho hair shade is fantastic! The tone looks super beachy and summery. Just darken your roots and lighten from halfway down. Absolutely beautiful, isn’t it?

10. Dark To Light Dirty Brown Blonde

Darken the top of your hair with a deep brown shade and use a very subtle light brown shade as you go down to give your hair a gorgeous ombre. The blonde lowlights scattered in between add character to this look, while the wavy hair makes it playful.

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