Before we begin discussing the differences between cool and warm blonde, it is important to explain that they’re not two different shades.

different types of blonde hair

It’s actually the same shade, but with distinct undertones. That leads us to the first difference.

  1. According to their undertones warm blondes are copper, gold and mahogany and the cool blonde shades are mauve and ash.
  2. For the care of your cool blonde it is recommended to apply blue or purple shampoo.For the other, the most effective for warm blondes is the golden toning shampoo.
  3. If you’re planning to apply an artistic colouring task, like highlights or balayage, pick fantasy red or orange shades that are suitable for cool blonde hair.For warm blondes, the ideal colour will be within the brown spectrum.
  4. If the base colour is light yellow, you must choose a warm blonde. However, for darker bases then you should choose cool blonde.
  5. If your skin is light, it is recommended to go for warm blondes. And If you have darker skin, cooler blondes can boost it with a hint of brightness.Also, you should take into consideration the shade of your eyebrows. We’ll explain why in the next paragraph.
  6. 6: Cool tones will lighten quicker than warm tones. This gives the impression that the colour is fading faster.
  7. The general rule is that cool blondes tend to be more sought-after in fall season, while warm blondes are popular in summer.

Are you able to make a decision based on these differences?

Do you prefer warm or cool blondes?

Are you still unsure?

Don’t worry. Since you’re not a professional and the dissimilarities are so subtle that they may not be noticeable.

Thus, we always keep a few aspects in mind in order to provide our most professional recommendation whenever an individual comes to the salon asking for our opinions and advice on these colours.

For instance, in the instance of a lovely client who had bleached her hair in a very light-tone and we decided to choose a warmer blonde. We then added a balayage of gold tones. This also accentuated her pale skin tone and her dark brown eyes.

However, in the instance of another beautiful client who had bleached her hair to a darker blonde base and we decided to go with the cool blonde colour with ash highlights. It was a stunning way to frame her features.

Both warm and cool blondes are a winner because they sparkle gentle tones that have the twang of seduction.

But before you choose the colour that transforms your hair to cool or warm blonde, you should keep a few things in mind.

The concept of hair colourimetry shows us that a 20 volume peroxide hair dye will not be used to lighten more than one or two shades on natural hair.

If you’re looking to make your hair lighter more than any of the blondes listed above, you’ll need to be able to bleach your hair. Then, apply the dyes that you have chosen to the resulting hair colour.

With that said we’ll begin to look at the first difference.

The difference is that cool blondes are most often dominated by anti red tones, whereas warm blondes are controlled by brighter tones.

Do you have hair that has yellow or brassy undertones?

We would suggest applying a cool blonde that has shades of mauve or ash. It will create beautiful shades of gray and violet-lilac.

mauve ash blonde

They are referred to as anti-reds since they neutralize or kill any brassy or yellow highlights.

However, warm blondes like copper, gold and mahogany have an imposing persona. They have a greater shine and stand out more.

You must apply different colours of shampoo to maintain cool and warm blondes.

As cool blondes begin to fade, they will turn dull in colour.

If you select a cool blonde that has grayish undertones you’ll find it changes to an artificial tone of mink. In contrast, if you opt for a cool blonde that has mauve highlights, the colour will turn into a very fake gray-blue.

However, don’t abandon the idea of going cool blonde. The only thing to be aware of is that you’ll have to make use of a blue or purple shampoo to upkeep the shade.

Some shampoos are infused with blueberry extracts. These will bring back the cool tones intensity and neutralize any brassy or yellow hints.

If you opt for the warm blonde shade, it’ll fade to an intense yellow or lighter orange. In this instance it is recommended to apply shampoos with copper or gold that will bring out the beige, honey or deep copper tone of warm blondes.

A method that is effective for both warm and cool blondes?

Moisturize your hair regularly! This will prevent your hair from discolouring and fade too rapidly.

If you’re looking to bring some highlights to cool blondes, you can pick the fantasy shades.

pastel hair colour

For warmer blondes the most appropriate shades are mahogany or brown highlights.

Mahogany hair

The mix of these tones and other colours can be excellent allies or formidable adversaries.

It is important to note that cool blondes are well complemented by fantasy blues, greens, grays, and purples. However it is important to avoid orange or red highlights because they create a stark and unbalanced contrast.

As for warm blondes, they are well complemented by copper, brown as well as mahogany shades. They’re a perfect match as they added depth and appear very elegant.

What colours should you avoid when it comes to highlights with warm blondes?

Do not use cold pastel tones such as blues, greens or violets, as they make your face unattractive.

The colour of the base of your hair determines the outcome of your cool or warm blonde.

If you have extremely light blonde hair, whether due to bleaching or using lighteners, always opt for a warm blonde. Or else, you’ll end with a mint, greenish grey or purplish tone.

If your base colour is dark, choose a cool blonde in order to stop the colour from changing into an intense copper-tone.

The colour of your skin is a deciding factor to choose between a warm or cool blonde.

Like any other hair colour, certain shades of skin are more appealing than others. So:

If your skin is dark, opt for cool blondes. They’ll provide your face with a glowing beige look.

If your skin appears pale you should consider a cool blonde. It will bring out your best appearance without diminishing the natural glow of your skin.

When it comes to the colour of your complexion, don’t overlook the eyebrows. This is a part of the face that is often neglected to consider.

If you are wearing blonde hair, be sure to be aware of the colour of the eyebrows.

Based on the base colour of your hair, if you select a cool blonde it could create a brown tone which will harden your appearance.

However warm blondes will enhance the sweetness of your appearance and make your features look more attractive. But, you must be cautious not to be close to the copper tones as it will make you appear fake.

If warm blondes lose their shine and wear off, they appear neater and tends to last longer than cool blondes.

Of course, it’s all dependent on the way you take care of your hair. Keep in mind that both warm and cool blondes require lots of care and upkeep.

However, all things being the same, cool blondes will lighten quicker than warm blondes.

Additionally, as cool blondes get lighter and fade, they turn dull while warm blondes keep the colour last longer.

For the fall season, choose cool blonde. For summer and winter it is best to select warm blondes.

We are not trying to be all romantic but believe poets are everywhere and even when it comes to hair.

So, it is important to be aware of the season of the year prior to deciding on the warm or cool blonde.

In the fall, try experimenting with cool, neutral blondes. They’ll bring down the tempo of summer in your hair and bring it to a more relaxed and peaceful moment.

In winter months, it is possible to opt for blondes that are lighter and warmer blondes using brown highlights for additional warmth.

With the coming of this season that is synonymous with spring of love, you can continue to wear an edgy warm blonde, and then include some copper undertones, as an example.

In the summer months, it’s time to go for extremely light blondes. They are a balance of both shades, for example, the very light, warm blonde with highlights or Balayage in cool blondes.

Finally, if your hair is extremely gray, remember that lighter shades, like cool blondes, will have lesser gray coverage.

Recently we have a client who had coloured her hair herself for light blonde. She was frustrated dby the hair dye she was using because it didn’t cover her gray hair completely. As we talked about the situation she informed us that she applied 8.3 which is when the answer came to us that the colour was too light and needed to be applied following the base hair dye. Because it was so light, it was not able to cover the gray.

Always remember that the lighter shade you select, the lesser its effectiveness in terms of coverage it can achieve. In this case it is advisable to mix one part from the dark base colour with 3 parts of the colour to conceal the gray hair.

If you have selected the cool blonde colour and do not mix this colour with the base colour, the gray hair will develop an undertone of green or purplish. When you opt for warmer blonde hair, it will be taking on an undertone of copper or gold.

After you’ve learned the difference between cool as well as warm blondes, which do you prefer?