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Just look to Rihanna, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian for proof.
The colder months are traditionally when people transition their lightened locks to an ashy, icy blonde hue, or opt for a rich brunette gloss to embrace the darkness of the dreary winter season — but that isn’t entirely the case this year. Stars are instead opting for warmer hair colours as the temperatures dip, showing off freshly dyed blonde hair that leans more honey blonde than ash.
With access to the best hairstylists in the business (and the funds to support endless hair makeovers), celebrities can bounce from blonde to brunette with relative ease, either with pricey salon treatments or a roster of easily interchangeable custom wigs — and they’ve been taking full advantage of these luxuries lately.
From Bey’s winter-white platinum lengths to Kim Kardashian’s honey hue, here are all the celebs with blonde hair whose looks we’re loving lately.
In recent years, Beyoncé has lived in a perpetual state of being some shade of blonde. As the Break My Soul singer took her Renaissance Tour around the globe earlier this year, she stuck to her signature shade of honey bee — or, shall we say, honey Bey — blonde for most shows, playing with various textures, from bone-straight to crimped and curled. And when she teased the arrival of a new hair brand earlier this year, we couldn’t help but wonder if it would cater to this colour in some way.
Though we did catch a few glimpses of brighter blonde hues at her Phoenix and Vancouver shows, her latest dye job presents the most dramatic hair transformation we’ve seen from her all year. At the Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé premiere earlier this week, Beyoncé debuted a head of sleek, ice-blonde hair styled by Neal Farinah, who is the mastermind behind her show-stopping Renaissance hair looks. No surprise, the Heated singer pulls off the ice queen look with ease.
This is not Rihanna’s first rodeo as a blonde, but boy, have we missed seeing the star embrace a honey hue. Be it a fire-red crop courtesy of her Loud era or a punk-ish mohawk circa 2009, this Bajan beauty is endlessly proving that no hairstyle is off-limits for her.
The Fenty Beauty founder sent fans into a frenzy earlier this month when she was papped in Los Angeles with a new hairdo featuring dark roots that flowed into a warm blonde shade for the first time in years. Rihanna has officially revived her blonde era, and we’re here for it.
Whether she’s filming a confessional clip for The Kardashians, shooting a new Skims campaign, or channelling Marilyn Monroe for the Met Gala, Kim Kardashian is always up for a momentary blonde moment. At the end of 2022, Kardashian posted a carousel of photos on Instagram of herself as a warm blonde captioned, “Thoughts on honey? Should I dye my hair platinum again or go dark?”
As we near the end of 2023, Kardashian has indeed come full circle and returned to honey bronde. Last week, she walked the GQ Man of the Year red carpet with new straight, sleek honey-toned hair, styled by her righthand hairstylist, Chris Appleton. She’s an honourary blond girlie, at this point.
Earlier this month, Keke Palmer appeared on the BET Soul Train Awards purple carpet with a caramel-coloured bob full of bounce and volume. This layered look was the first of many styles Palmer sported throughout the night as the host of the show, and every single one was a slay.
Styled by Keshaun Williamson, known on Instagram as the Lace Assasin, Palmer’s blonde hairdo was a prime example of how wigs can be used to transition natural brunettes from dark to light, without needing to dye or damage their hair. All in favour of Palmer sticking with blonde, say I!
While other celebs have gone full-send blonde this winter, Selena Gomez is taking baby steps. In late November, celebrity hairstylist Philipp Verheyen posted a series of stunning snaps of the singer on Instagram, revealing that her naturally brunette hair has now been brightened up with honey highlights.
Though the Rare Beauty founder has had several stints as a blonde — and even one turn as a platinum blonde, at that — this subtle take is a headturner. Could this be the start of a slow descent into going fully light, like the rest of these celebs with blonde hair? Only time will tell.