HAIR CARE HAIR COLOR How to Get Honey Blonde Hair Color

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You don’t need to reserve sun-kissed strands for summer alone. However, if you want lighter tresses without going platinum, why not try honey blonde hair color? It skews on the warmer side, adds more depth to light-toned blondes, and brightens up brunettes — pretty much anyone can pull it off. Also, with Better Natured® at home hair color, you can even save yourself a trip to the salon. Here’s how to get the look at home for a fraction of the cost without compromising the results. 

What Is Honey Blonde Hair Color? 

Honey blonde is a rich, warm golden hue with hints of light brown, blonde, chestnut, and amber. It can have buttery or caramel tones and skew a bit bronde — another blonde and brown hybrid hair color. As the name suggests, it’s a shade that resembles the color of honey and shouldn’t be confused with a brassy blonde.

How to Achieve Honey Blonde Hair Color

Honey Blonde All-Over Hair Color

Since Better Natured® hair color only lifts two shades, your current hue must be in the color chart's blonde spectrum to pull off honey blonde. We suggest using 8G Golden Blonde for an all-over color application. 

If you have any doubt that this color is for you, start by determining your hair color level, a crucial step that can make or break your entire DIY dye job. Your hair’s level is a number that represents how light or dark your shade is. When you choose a hair color, the shade you select will differ based on the current level of your hair and the result you’re trying to achieve.

Learn How to Determine Your Hair Color Level Here

Once you’re ready, follow the step-by-step all-over-color instructions that come with your color kit. They’re also available on our website. Don’t forget hair color accessories such as your applicator bottle or bowl and brush, depending on your chosen method. When you’re ready to refresh your look, you can follow the instructions for a root touch-up. 

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Honey Blonde with a Shadow Root 

If you’re not one to deal with regular touch-ups, try the shadow root method! It’s a professional technique used to extend the life of your color by creating a more natural fade from your roots to the rest of your tresses without leaving behind any harsh lines. 

If your natural hair is a lighter shade of blonde, you can create a shadow root by applying 8G Golden Blonde to your crown to create manageable depth and dimension. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to do a shadow root at home

Face-Framing Honey Blonde Highlights

Another subtle way to test out honey blonde is by adding a few face-framing highlights. However, it all depends on your natural hair color because you can only lift one to two shades with Better Natured® hair color. They’re an easy way to add more dimension while brightening your face. 

Instead of bleach, you’ll apply Better Natured® Golden Blonde on virgin, untreated hair. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to pull off face-framing highlights at home

Face-Framing Honey Blonde Highlights with a Dark Shadow Root

Combine the best of both worlds by adding face-framing highlights and a dark shadow root! Simply follow the exact instructions for both procedures, but choose a hue one to two shades darker than your current hair color for the shadow root. 

Maintaining Honey Blonde Hair Color

Honey blonde is easier to maintain than other colors, but that doesn’t mean maintenance should fall by the wayside. Below we share essential color maintenance tips and products to keep your honey blonde hair as gorgeous as ever. 

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Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo and Color Safe Conditioner

Sulfates can cause your color to fade, so all of our shampoos are free from SLS/SLES (sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate). You’ll still get a nice, rich lather, but not at the cost of your honey blonde hue! When used together, our color care shampoo and conditioner help preserve your color-treated tresses for up to nine weeks* while promoting silky smooth strands that are less prone to breakage.**

*When used as a system with Better Natured® Color Care Shampoo.
**Against combing breakage on damaged hair when using Better Natured® Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner vs. a non-conditioning shampoo.

Swap out your regular conditioner a few times a week with our award-winning deep conditioner for color treated hair. Along with protecting your honey blonde hue from fading too quickly, it provides deep hydration while restoring over-processed tresses. 

Hydrate and Protect Your Tresses

While Better Natured®'s Heat Styling Lotion is an excellent heat protectant, our Hydrating Leave-In Milk is a phenomenal multi-tasker! It safeguards your tresses against hot tools that make your color look more lackluster while hydrating, smoothing, detangling, and amping up the shine. Check out our post on how to moisturize hair like a pro

Color Correct When Needed

When you’re not quite ready for a touch-up but feel your color needs a bit of a refresh, reach for Better Natured®'s Rose Gold Color Correcting Cream. Use it in replacement of your conditioner to intensify the gold tones in your honey blonde hair. Repeat as often as needed to achieve the desired result.

Honey Blonde Hair: Your Golden Ticket to Style

Honey blonde hair color is an excellent choice for blondes looking for a change or brunettes who wish to gradually experiment with going a bit lighter. Can you pull off this hue? Take our Hair Color Quiz to find the most flattering Better Natured® at home hair color shades for you! 

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