What is "dishwater blonde" hair?

I've heard that term used many times, but don't know what it means. Is it a dull blonde color, or dark blonde? Would this be considered dishwater blonde, on the girl on the left (Don't worry, it's SFW, nothing adult.)?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryzjzD_Yx9Y
I'm getting highlights done and would like to avoid the dishwater blonde look. Whatever it is, it sounds bad.
Yes that is correct:

Dishwater blonde is a phrase used to describe blonde hair that isn’t entirely blonde. Dishwater blonde hair has varying shades of darker and lighter blonde. Usually a sandy blonde and a light blonde mixed in chunky alternating sections.
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Last edited by Prettycurls; 08-13-2009 at 01:49 PM.
Thanks! That's one of those things I always wondered about but never thought to ask.
Wrong. Dishwater blonde is ashy(devoid of gold) and monochromatic(devoid of any hilight) and is the darkest blonde right before light brown, the girl in the youtube video has dishwater blonde Roots. It is the perfect base for hilighting, I love to get ashy boring light brown dk blonde to put multi dimensional color through.
Cynthia
Two really different answers. Now I'm confuzzled.

My highlights often end up like the picture there when I try to do them myself. I don't think I leave the solution in long enough. So that isn't dishwatery?
I thought dishwater was also the very ... well, I'd call it dull xD shade of blonde, like curlpro describes. I am no expert though.
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I always considered dishwater blonde to be how curlpro described. It's a very blah shade of blonde. Almost brown but not quite and very dull and drab looking. And sadly it is my natural hair color....or at least it used to be. I haven't seen my natural color in many, many years. LOL!!!!! I don't really miss it.
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The color in the post describing what you get are brassy or too gold, you need to use something to drab the warm tones. If that is your result it is probably because you have dark hair? Home color will only lift so much and then it stops, if you are dark then it turns that weird not quite blonde. I think you should say you want cool/beige hilights if you want to stay away from both problems. Good luck,
Cynthia
Dishwater blonde is really not a fair way to describe the color Cendre sounds a lot better...!

It's a dark blonde color (ash blonde) that only grows out to become even more beautiful the longer it gets, with every shade of blonde in there. Personally I love it. What I find to be dull colors is brown and black hair..
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Dishwater blonde is really not a fair way to describe the color Cendre sounds a lot better...!

It's a dark blonde color (ash blonde) that only grows out to become even more beautiful the longer it gets, with every shade of blonde in there. Personally I love it. What I find to be dull colors is brown and black hair..
Originally Posted by Novella
If that was directed to me - I didn't mean to put down your color. I was just trying to figure out what the term meant. Your hair color isn't what I think of as dishwater blonde, at any rate. I've mostly heard it applied to women who are not blonde naturally, who get that dark golden blonde color that lacks shine due to the effects of coloring. Or like on the girl in the video - blondes that are turning brunette as they get older sometimes have a really ashy dark blonde color. Though I'm still not entirely certain of what it is.

I think I'm going to stay brunette actually, so I'm not very interested in blonde terminology anymore... but thanks for the responses!

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