October 6, 2022

Strawberry Blonde Highlight Ideas

Confession time: I never associated strawberry blonde hair with, well, grown-ups. As a former strawberry blonde child whose locks gradually turned dark brown as I got older, I always thought of strawberry blonde as a “transition” hue—for toddlers or those whose hair colors haven’t fully developed into their final form.

Well, I can admit when I’m wrong—and I’m pleased to confirm that strawberry blonde hair is officially all grown up. Whether you’re a natural redhead, a blonde from birth, or none of the above, the below strawberry blonde looks are anything but kid-like. (Yep—years later, and I’m suddenly inspired to return to the strawberry blonde strands of my youth.) We asked the experts all about this hue and how to maintain its sweet color.

 

Below, find 29 strawberry blonde hairstyles that will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew about the hue.

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Strawberry Beach Waves

Strawberry blonde hair with gold highlights
@AIMEEWAITEHAIR

We’re always suckers for tousled beach waves—especially where balayage is involved. This sunrise strawberry blonde situation features extra-saturated ends for next-level coolness and a vibrant mix of red and orange hues throughout.

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Light Contrast

Light strawberry blonde hair
@THEHAIRPRINCESS/@INDIGENOUSSALON

This multidimensional mane faintly blends light variations of blonde and strawberry blonde. With lighter, face-framing highlights contrasting against more vibrant apricot throughout, this style is basically what our subtle strawberry blonde dreams are made of.

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’70s Vibes

Who invited Donna from That ’70s Show? With Farrah Fawcett-esque, layered bangs and an of-the-moment strawberry blonde shade, this look is truly giving us life.

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Light & Fresh

Strawberry blonde highlights on long bob hairstyle
@AMBERTRENDZ

A lesson in subtlety: You might just miss the cool, red roots if you’re not looking closely. This strawberry blonde hue and lightweight cut are totally fresh.

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Sexy & Tousled

The sexy bedhead of our dreams—with a side of strawberry blonde. We’re obsessed with these tousled curls and the cool, trendy color to match.

“Always remember to work with a healthy head of hair before lightening,” says Everett. “Once you lighten your hair, you can never make the hair healthier than its starting (health) point.”

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Dreamy Apricot

A shiny, dreamy apricot shade feels fresh year-round. (Want your hair this shiny? Get our best DIY tips.)

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Golden Blend

No upcoming vacation in the books? Get the second-best thing: hair that looks like you just made a trip to the beach. Bright blonde highlights will make it look like you just spent hours in the sun.

Papanikolas says that strawberry blonde highlights can work with any shade, but ideally it “looks good on warmer hair colors to give it harmony.”

“If your hair is naturally ashy, then lifting it one to two shades first will bring out the underlying warm and balance out the strawberry highlights,” he says.

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Peachy Keen

Strawberry blonde hair with subtle highlights
@NOCTURNALHAIR

This sweet-as-a-peach strawberry blonde color has us dreaming of summer beach days with a drink in our hand.

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Face-Framing Highlights

We always go gaga for chic layered bobs, and this style is no different. But TBH, what we love the most about this look is the bright, face-framing highlights accompanied by a warm, strawberry blonde hue all over.

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All the Volume

Curly brunette hair with strawberry blonde highlights
@COLOURMESUE

How gorgeous are these voluminous curls? The good news is you can take your natural, bouncy curls to the next level too—spiral perms are back, too—with multifaceted strawberry blonde highlights throughout.

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Knotless Braids

Looking to jazz up your usual braids? Switch things up with some strawberry blonde strands. According to Papanikolas, if you are brunette or dark blonde, your colorist will lift you to the desired strawberry tone during the lightening process.

“This keeps the maintenance low. If they bleach past this tone, then you will require toners to maintain the strawberry hue—most toners last about 20 shampoos, so glosses will need to be refreshed about every four to six weeks,” he says.

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Long & Silky

Wavy strawberry blonde hair
@FULLSPECTRUMHAIR

Long, color-treated hair that actually looks healthy? Yes, it’s possible—and we can’t stop staring at these silky locks with a stunning strawberry blonde base and highlights. Everett has her own formula for achieving this color:

“For strawberry blonde hair my go-to is a combination Biolage Color Balm in Clear and Biolage Color Balm in Saffron Red. I mix a 2/3 Clear and 1/3 Saffron Red, and it creates a gorgeous strawberry blonde,” Everett says. “I love its conditioning properties and the fact that the color shampoos out over time.”

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Creamsicle Vibes

Who knew creamsicle colors could look this chic? This strawberry blonde blend is everything our bold, beauty risk-taking side could ask for.

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Shady Lowlights

Ashy dirty blonde hair with strawberry blonde highlights
@RAZZOHAIRCARE

Make those bright strawberry blonde highlights pop with darker, shady lowlights throughout. (And those gorgeous, tousled, next-day waves? We’ve got a guide for that.)

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Natural Roots

Woman with strawberry blonde hair
@GIRLGETGLAMOROUS/GIRLGETGLAMOROUS.COM

Any hairstyle that requires fewer salon visits and touch-ups is a “yes” for this busy bee. Here, we learn gray roots against allover strawberry blonde is a surprisingly chic (and, presumably, cost-efficient) combination.

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Blonde Balayage

Strawberry blonde hair with bright highlights
@ARIAABENNETT

To be perfectly blunt: You can’t go wrong with a sweet strawberry-blonde balayage complemented by red roots, choppy layers, and tousled waves.

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Shades of Copper

Woman with strawberry blonde hair with face-framing highlights
@STYLEDBYPRUE

Make the chop with a blunt-end bob—and go for a warm copper tone with strawberry blonde highlights if you’re feeling even more daring.

Adding a wave to the hair helps show off dimension, and a texture spray like Matrix’s Miss Mess Dry Finishing Spray ($20) gives touchable, piece-y texture.

 

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Blunt Bangs

Bangs are having a major moment right now, and we can’t get enough of the trend. This blunt fringe is no exception, especially because strawberry blonde highlights are involved.

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Red Hot

Curled, dark strawberry blonde hair
@THESTRAWBERRYBLONDER

Hair color changes are always intimidating, but one thing’s for sure: A fiery, saturated strawberry blonde hue is ultra-cool and surprisingly versatile.

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Bright & Fresh

Pink-toned strawberry blonde hair with snakeskin bow
@MERISSAV_BEAUTY_PHILOSOPHY

Don’t be afraid to go for the bold. We’re all about bright hair colors always, but there’s something about this almost-neon strawberry blonde blend that’s extra dreamy (and making us want to call our colorists right this second).

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Fresh Chop

Woman with strawberry blonde bob hairstyle
@THEBLONDEMANN

If you’re suddenly feeling the urge to chop your hair off, you’re not alone. This strawberry-blonde bob with tousled layers is goals.

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Ombré Beauty

Ombre brunette to strawberry blonde hair
@BRUSHEDBYARAVEN

If your natural color is feeling stale, freshen things up with a bold new hue. This ombre strawberry blonde creation has lots of copper and auburn for a warm, flawless finished product.

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Bouncy Volume

These beautiful, bouncy curls are made even more gorgeous with subtly tinted strawberry blonde highlights throughout. According to Everett, when coloring your hair, you should expect to touch up the color every other month.

“When your hair has been lightened, it will begin to pick up yellow and orange (warmer tones) as time goes on. When your hair has been darkened, the tone will fade and lighten,” she says. “Conditioning Color Balms are perfect for keeping the tone you desire.”

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Lighten Up

Woman with light strawberry blonde hair with mini braids
@EMMACRAWFORD8

Natural redhead? Take things to the next level by brightening things up with blonde highlights on top for a reverse ombré effect. (Recommended: adding single front mini braids to tap into the ’90s trend, too).

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Cinnamon Spice

Woman with curly strawberry blonde hair with highlights
@CURLSALLOWED

Add a touch of spice with ginger-topped, bouncy curls. (Getting curl envy, too? Find our best tips for getting this kind of next-level volume.)

According to Papanikolas, if your colorist lifts your highlights to the perfect strawberry color, then it’s important to use conditioning products to keep the hair soft and strong after chemical lightening. “If your colorist needs to use a toner, then it’s important to even out the porosity so that your toner will not only last but also adhere evenly to the hair,” he says.

 

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Extra Blonde

Woman with long braided platinum strawberry blonde hair
@THEQUEENOFVACATIONS

If you’re feeling seriously daring, take things platinum. These bright strawberry blonde cornrows might just be the major hair moment you’re looking for.

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Pink Lady

Woman with strawberry blonde long bob
@MARIASHARSTUDIO.SE

Rose gold, rosé, or strawberry blonde? Whatever you want to call it—soft pink highlights are always a blonde’s best friend.

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Bouncy Curls

Woman with curly red hair with strawberry blonde highlights
@BEAUTIFUL_BY_NATALIE

There’s nothing like a good balayage—especially when the hair is this stunning to start with. This dark strawberry blonde hue is simultaneously saturated and subtly natural-looking. (It’s the best of both worlds.)

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Strawberry Champagne

Woman with blonde hair with strawberry highlights
@PEACHSTOCKHOLM

Mimosas, anyone? This chic, choppy mane has hints of peach and champagne, too, for a final product with both warm and cool tones. The bottom line: Strawberry blondes definitely have more fun.