Are you thinking of jumping on the ash blonde hair train? Here’s everything you need to know.
What is ash blonde hair?The term ash blonde gets thrown around quite a bit in the hair world—but what actually makes ash blonde hair, ashy? Ash hair colors are cool-toned hues with undertones of gray and white. While popular blonde hues like honey and caramel blonde are on the warmer side, ash blonde hair is as cool as can be.
How To Get Ash Blonde Hair
Ready to delve deep into ash blonde hair color? It’s important to note: Ash blonde is best achieved by seasoned colorist. That’s why we recommend hitting the salon and leaving your ash blonde dreams to a pro.
To achieve ash blonde hair, your colorist will need to use bleach to completely lighten your hair before applying your ash-blonde hue. Bleach will always cause damage, but the right colorist will ensure that your mane looks and feels it’s best before leaving the salon. Your colorist will likely recommend getting hair glosses and toners between appointments to keep your ashy strands brass-free.
How To Care For Ash Blonde Hair
Your ash blonde hue won’t stay icy and cool-toned without the proper hair care routine. That’s why it’s essential to stock up on hair products formulated for color-treated hair. Begin with a shampoo like the Kérastase Bain Lumière Shampoo for Blonde Hair. It intensely hydrates fiber and removes impurities to illuminate hair.
If your ash blonde strands are feeling the damaging effects of bleach, incorporate a weekly hair treatment like the Kérastase Cicaflash Conditioner for Blonde Hair into your routine. The product instantly restores, softens, and protects hair from breakage.
How would I look with ash blonde hair?
Do these icy, cool shades have you wondering how you’d look with ash blonde hair? If you’re hoping to take ash-blonde for a no-commitment spin, try it out using one of our favorite virtual hair color makeover apps.
The Best Ash Blonde Hair Ideas To Try NowIf you’re in need of some ash blonde inspiration, there’s definitely a shade that will work for you. Read on for a few of our favorites.
Light Ash Blonde HairIf you spent your teenage years spray tanning and have never met a blonde hair treatment you didn’t like, then light ash blonde is for you. The cool-toned shade adds near-white and silver notes to your ‘do, updating the bright blonde hair color you’ve held onto for years.
Gray Ash Blonde HairWhile we’re on the subject of cutting-edge color trends, let’s talk about gray blonde ash. This shade is one of our favorites for 2019 because it takes an updated approach to the old-lady gray hair that’s been so popular.
Holographic Ash Blonde HairHot on the tail of mega-trends like rainbow and pastel hair, holographic strands have hit in a big way. The reflective technique requires hair stylists to hand-paint color onto a glass plate before transferring it to the hair in sections—much like the traditional screen printing process.
The result is a reflective, ashy white-purple mane that’s absolutely jaw-dropping. Summer hair, here we come.
White Ash Blonde HairSpeaking of bright tones, white ash is a shade that’s seen a dramatic uptick in popularity. It’s like the cool girl’s platinum, especially when applied as highlights over dark ash or seen with visible roots.
The contrast between the icy shade and a dark base is striking. All you need is a vampy matte lipstick to complete your Instagram goddess look—you’ll be eager to show this hair color off.
Crystal Ash Blonde HairWhen it comes to balayage, we’re fairly obsessed with the shade crystal ash. The color made the rounds of social media last year and involves a gradual transition from medium ash brown to very bright white ash ends.
Pearl Ash Blonde HairUnlike white ash blonde, this close cousin is about finish rather than shade. Pearl ash is a shimmery, luminescent shade that’s striking against very pale and medium skin tones. This is an ultra-cool silvery hue.
Platinum Ash Blonde HairWhile white ash blonde hair is often seen in highlights, ombre, and balayage, platinum ash is striking as a full head of hair. It’s not often we recommend a single shade for the entire head, but this stunning color is the grand exception to the rule.
It’s key to keep platinum as bright and cool as possible, so make sure you’ve thoroughly noted your stylist’s hair care instructions before getting up from the salon chair.
Dark Ash Blonde HairWe call this shade dark ash blonde, but you also may know it as light ash brown. There’s very little difference between the shades, which combine a beige-y nutmeg base with light ash top notes.
Dirty Ash Blonde HairGross name, we know, but dirty ash blonde is a surprisingly wearable color. Like dark ash blonde, it brings in medium brown influences while still maintaining pristine coolness. It’s a shade made for medium and medium-dark skin tones.
Ash Blonde Hair BalayageOne of the reasons ash blonde hair is so flattering is its ability to play nicely with almost any other hair color. For that reason, ash blonde makes a fantastic balayage color. As a hand-painted highlight all over the head, ash blonde adds serious high points to your mane.
Strawberry Ash Blonde HairThis ultra-cool hue combines a light red with ash blonde, creating a rich blonde that’s made for fair and medium skin. Because it’s such a stunner, we love this look for all hair lengths and textures.
Blue-Tinted Ash Blonde HairIf you’ve experience bleach-related hair damage and are trying to salvage what’s left of your hair with a lob, pastel blue is the way to go.
Pink-Tinted Ash Blonde HairYou thought we were just going to leave it at a single pastel shade? Not a chance. This cool rose shade is all the best parts of the pastel trend, without any of the harsh neon hair color influence.
Chocolate Ash Blonde HairBright blonde hair isn’t for everyone, especially those who like cool-toned hair. In that case, we love the look of chocolate blonde ash.
Brown Ash Blonde HairIf you’re thinking of giving this shade a try, make sure your stylist places a few bright highlights throughout for maximum movement and depth.
Honey Ash Blonde HairLike a speck of white on a painting, a bright honey blonde hair color creates the illusion that there’s more depth to your hair than really exists. The takeaway? Your hair will look thicker without any extra work.
Golden Blonde Ash Blonde HairAs with all very light hair colors, golden ash blonde hair requires regular maintenance to stay bright. If you’re a blonde veteran, that’s no added inconvenience for you.
Ash Blonde Hair OmbreIf you’re looking for a sleek way to try out a new color, ash blonde ombre is the best hair shade we know.
Smoky Ash Blonde HairWhen blended with ashy blonde, the shade becomes a moody smoky hair color that’s unforgettable.
Ash Blonde Hair With Honey HighlightsInstead of just going honey, ask your stylist for an ash blonde shade that just barely includes hints of honey throughout. You’ll get a stunning, reflective shade.
Ash Blonde Hair With Dark RootsAre you in the market for ashy blonde hair, but not sold on any of the standard shades? Let us introduce you to pastel blue, your new best friend.
Ash Blonde Hair With Brown LowlightsIf you’re hoping to go lighter for summer but aren’t sold on a full head of blonde, brown lowlights are the right choice for you. It’s modern and chic without becoming excessive. It also looks picture-perfect framing tan or dark skin.
Rose Gold Ash Blonde HairFact: We are truly and utterly obsessed with rose gold ash blonde hair. Second fact: We very rarely see people actually wearing it. If you’re interested in being a follicular rebel, then rose gold is the right shade for you.
Champagne Ash Blonde HairIf you’re thinking of going champagne, we recommend you try it first in combination with light or dark ash. This color is a statement, so make sure you love it before fully committing.
Ash Blonde Hair On Fair SkinOn fair skin, ash blonde is summer-appropriate and totally beachy.
Ash Blonde Hair On Tan SkinWhether you have medium skin or have just been spending a lot of time in the sun, you’ll love the way ash blonde hair color looks against your skin color.
Ash Blonde Hair On Dark SkinAgainst dark skin, ash blonde is striking and modern.
Ash Blonde Hair On Olive SkinMake the most of olive skin with a customized ash shade.
Long Ash Blonde HairLet those ash inches flow, baby.
Ash Blonde Hair With Brown HighlightsWhen paired with a light ash ombre or balayage treatment, the shade becomes an accessible way to take ash a little darker while remaining a blonde.
Cool Ash Blonde HairWe recommend this shade to the ladies who already have some experience maintaining brass-free locks. To keep cool ash looking fresh, you should be ready to commit to a full hair care routine.
Caramel Ash Blonde HairTrade your dark strands for a flattering caramel shade.
Short Ash Blonde HairAsh isn’t only good for long hair. Short bobs look lovely with it, as well.
Fringe With Ash Blonde HairWhy not try a fringe with your ashy hair color?
White Ash Bob
Why are you carrying all that extra length around, girl? Just snip it off! Combine those fresh, gorgeous ends with bright ashy color for a show stopping look.
Ashy Blonde Lob
Blonde and short hair is a match made in heaven. These brilliant highlights over a dark base will totally brighten any winter day.
Charcoal-Influenced WavesGreat news: Blonde highlights very easily become charcoal-influenced ashy shades. To add drama when you’re done with having light hair, make gray your next big move.
Super Subtle BalayageNot everyone wants their hair color to make them look like a whole new person, and that’s why having a salon consultation is so important. We’re in love with the way this super subtle balayage looks.
Extra Long Ash OmbreWhen it’s too cold to do anything else in the winter, grow out your hair! All those extra inches are dramatic and gorgeous.
Silver AshAdd a flash of silver to your ‘do for a whole new take on highlights.
For customized ash blonde hair color, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.