Until you try to recreate that perfect golden haired subject, you may not realize just how difficult it is to achieve something that doesn’t resemble a child’s self-portrait in yellow crayon.
It’s not just about using wheaten colors on your palette. You’ll want to include a green, viridian is a good choice, and you might consider a little blue and crimson. Blond hair is very reflective, picking up the colors of surfaces close to it. Here is an example of a quick alla prima portrait by Louis Smith – showing terrific use of color in portraying the unique qualities of blond hair:
Anna Rose Bain also has a list of go-to colors for her blond palette, as well as some very nice illustrations of both cool and warm blondes. Find them here: http://artworkbyannarose.blogspot.com/2013/05/all-about-blonde.html
Discovering colors hidden in plain sight is one of the many joys (and sometimes frustrations) of oil painting. I hope you find these examples as helpful as I have!