There is a difference between regular “neutral” blonde and “neutral golden” blonde. Oftentimes, regular golden blonde can have an excessive amount of unnatural yellow tones in it. For the most natural look, choose a golden blonde that is slightly neutral with less gold tones. This will give you a medium-dark blonde that looks natural.
Neutral golden is best suited for warm skin tones. This means that your skin has yellow undertones. Typically, when your skin is exposed to the sun, you will notice that you tan a golden brown instead of pink. If you’re not sure if you have a warm skin tone, look at the veins in your arm. If they appear green, the yellow undertones in your skin are mixing with the blue of your veins. If your veins are distinctly blue, you have a cool skin tone; meaning, your skin has pink or olive undertones.
Make sure you take your natural hair color into consideration when choosing a dark blonde with any golden undertones. If your hair is naturally red or orange-ish, the color will come out looking excessively brassy and artificial-looking. If you are trying to lighten your brunette shade, make sure that your hair is only a few shades darker than the color. If you have dark brown hair, you will not get the desired result.