Google "blonde hair," and you'll see millions and millions of hair photos, none of which look at all the same. And that's because "blonde" is a very broad term that's applied to virtually any hue that's lighter than brown, making for a very confusing conversation with your colorist. To de-mystify the lingo, we broke down virtually every gilded hue across the vast blonde spectrum, so you know exactly what to ask for at your next hair appointment.
Zoë Kravitz has been on a hair journey of late—first, she shaved her hair into a buzzcut, then bleached it blonde, before softening the brassy hue to this creamy vanilla shade.
Emma Stone swapped her signature red hair for this pale-blonde hue that's ever so slightly peach-tinged (peep those subtle blush lowlights).
Think of this warm blonde as The Dress of colors—some will swear it's light brown, others will claim it's dark blonde, and yet a third group will tell you to stop critiquing Beyoncé altogether, because it's Beyoncé.
Amber Heard's three-inches of brown roots are made purposeful, not forgetful, thanks to itty-bitty, hand-painted blonde highlights that start at her hairline and snake their way back.
In an ultra-cool, French-girl fashion, Clémence Poésy takes the concept of strawberry blonde and cranks it up to a billion.
To keep light-blonde shades from washing you out, add in some blush undertones, as seen in Julia Roberts' waves, to give a natural warmth to your face.
If you look past the Flock of Seagulls hairdo and focus only on the color, you'll see that Margot Robbie's hair has a perfectly smooth gradient of blonde, from honey at the roots to butter at the ends.
One of the coolest new hues of the season is Cara Delevingne's take on white-blonde: a platinum white and silver shade that immediately illuminates her face.
Gwen Stefani's signature bright shade, with definitively warm, almost bronze-y undertones, is the epitome of Old Hollywood glam.
Ciara's mix of butterscotch- and caramel-colored highlights gives new meaning to the phrase "good enough to eat."
A subdued, creamy blonde that's also infused with platinum and golden accents? That's cause for a champagne celebration.
Alright, technically this iridescent pearl color walks the "white" line, but it still falls into the blonde category thanks to its mix of platinum blonde, light blue, and purple highlights.
This gorgeous hue is the result of blending ash-blonde tones with golden-blonde shades, making it flattering on all skin tones.
See Poppy Delevingne's bright-blonde hair? See how it looks like she's standing in a perpetual spotlight? That's the result of clean, mega-white dye, with pale-blonde toner.
Usually reserved for boy bands of the early aughts, frosted highlights are made cool again when paired with dark roots and choppy layers, à la Scarlett Johansson.
Carey Mulligan's flaxen lowlights with creamy highlights help add even more texture to her cropped hairstyle.
Charlize Theron's muted take on golden blonde gleams against her porcelain skin.
Ellie Goulding gives blonde a heavy-metal twist with this sterling wash.
Blonde shades can go brassy fast, so make like Kate Hudson and ask for a dye with cool undertones, rather than warm, for a non-orange finish.
There's nothing wrong with skipping a color appointment when those dark roots make your blonde look that much better.
Sunny highlights illuminate Reese Witherspoon's sandy base shade.
The platinum micro-highlights framing Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's face give her a fresh, youthful look.
Blake Lively's sun-kissed highlights are just dark enough to trick you into thinking they're real.
This dirty blend of light brown and blonde complements Gigi Hadid's rosy, summer glow.
Neutral colors create a blend between warm and cool shades. This nude blonde color mimics Seyfried's natural tones, as if she hadn't dyed her hair at all.
Ashley Olsen's colorist deserves a medal! Her chunky, painterly highlights are striking, yet natural looking.
January Jones upgrades her dirty blonde mane with slashes of golden highlights.
Color chameleon Katy Perry goes for a subtler shade of rose gold that's a combination of pastel pink and blonde. The more platinum the base is, the more iridescent the resulting hue will be.
Sienna Miller walks a chic line between blonde, pink, and orange without it feeling (can't believe we're saying this) too unnatural.
Blonde has always been Rachel McAdam's go-to color, but our favorite iteration is this version with a warm ginger tint.