What are we talking about when we talk about honey hair? A lot of things, really. First and foremost, there's an amber undertone, but not enough that it tips all the way into strawberry blonde—which is nice for people who want to dabble with a warmer hue without going full-on ginger. But just like honey itself, a honey hair color can lean more golden, more buttery, or more taupe and tawny, depending on the hue. At its core, honey hair color is warm, sweet, and supremely flattering on nearly any skin tone.
There's more than one way to get into the honey hive. You could ask your colorist to incorporate skinny ribbons on a brunette base, or you could add chunky lowlights to a pale blonde wash. There's also the option of a single process. In most colorist circles, single-process treatments are frowned upon as too one-note. But because a honey blonde has so much innate dynamism, it's a great go-to color if you want something sleek and simple. As for maintaining a honey tone, it's nothing out of the ordinary—try to wash your hair infrequently to prevent your hard-won color from fading, and when you do wash, sulfate-free is the way to be. Want in on the buzz? Allow these 35 stunning celebrity examples to do the convincing.
Dimensional honey-blonde highlights for the ultimate pretty woman.
A sheer and taupe-y honey on the original girl next door.
Nothing syrupy about this sleek and streamlined take on the tone.
A rich russet base is lifted with chunky honey-dipped ends.
Streaks of tawny gold gives the elusive chanteuse a dynamic drip.
Multidimensional blonde in the tones: vanilla, honey, an apricot, too.
Giving us honey like she owns the whole damn hive.
A honey-hued toner can give a light brunette a twinkly after finish.
The prettiest all-over honey there ever was.
Pale blonde chunky highlights laid atop a sand-toned base.
Yes, that ponytail is likely an extension, but some colorist somewhere painstaking created this sheer gold honey finish that's beyond.
A cool ash blonde is warmed up thanks to fine honey flecks.
The best honey highlights in the bunch. (Dare you to disagree.)
A nearly-strawberry blonde for ScarJo.
She's not a boss babe, she's a buzz babe. (Get it?)
If Kate told us she was born with this pale blonde perfection, we'd believe her.
An icy honey blonde highlight atop a sunny base.
Single process blondes have more fun.But
Buttery blond for days and days. (Blowing strands out straight allows the excellent color work to shine.)
Honey blonde in a swingy above-the-shoulders bob.
A mellow honey hue in low-key waves.
Quintessential honey blonde—a little white, a little red, and a lot of buttery goodness.
The ultimate beach wave bombshell with born-with-it sunkissed highlights.
Dark honey highlights are a gorgeous complement to caramel skin tones, so bookmark this style for a summer salon treatment.
This coppery honey blend adds in hints of deep brown and red for an even warmer effect.
The darker honey color up top contrasts the creamy blonde highlights that start at her ears.
Heard's honey blonde spirals make her fair skin pop—if you're a natural blonde consider taking your hue up a couple shades near the roots for the same effect.
When the freeze-frame perfectly captures your satiny honey strands in motion. Hair flipping encouraged.
Our perpetual #hairgoals, Blake Lively wears brilliantly styled mermaid waves with balayage honey highlights.