Keeping up with hair trends is a lot like discovering new beauty products—just when you think you’ve found your favorite ones, new and exciting formulas pop up every time you go to the beauty supply store. This is particularly true when it comes to shades of blonde. Just when we think we’ve picked our all-time favorite hue, we catch a brand new shade on our Instagram feed.
There is, however, one cool-toned shade that has always remained at the top of our must-try list: ash blonde. Ash hair colors are trendier than ever before, and we already know that ash blonde hair is here to stay.
What is ash blonde hair color?
The word ash 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.
What skin tone looks best with ash blonde hair?
The starting point to choosing any hair color is determining if it will flatter your skin tone. Typically, cool-toned shades like ash blonde look best on people with cool undertones and fair skin. While warmer shades tend to clash with cooler skin tones, ash hair colors like ash blonde will complement your complexion. However, any hair color can be made to suit any skin tone with the help of a professional colorful.
Not sure how to determine your undertone? Look at the veins inside your arm. If your veins appear blue or purple, you likely have a cool undertone. If your veins appear green, you likely have a warm undertone.
How can I get my hair ash blonde?
Ready to delve deep into ash blonde hair color? It’s important to note: Ash blonde is best achieved by a 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 lighten your hair completely 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 regular hair gloss and toner services between appointments to keep your ashy strands brass-free.
How To Care For Ash Blonde Hair
So, you finally have the ash blonde hue you’ve been dreaming of, now what? 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.
To fight off any unwanted brassiness, you’ll also want to invest in a purple toning shampoo. We recommend the Kérastase Bain Ultra-Violet Purple Shampoo and Cicaflash Conditioner for lightened, cool blonde, or grey hair.
If your ash blonde strands are feeling the damaging effects of bleach, incorporate a weekly hair mask like L'Oréal Professionnel’s Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Masque to your routine. This editor-approved formula instantly nourishes and restores weakened hair, leaving it softer and shinier.
How would I look with ash blonde hair?
Does all this talk of 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.
What is the best ash blonde hair color?
There’s no one-size-fits-all shade of ash blonde hair. No matter your skin tone or desired level or maintenance, there’s definitely a shade that will work for you. Need some help deciding? Read on for a few of our favorite ash blonde hair ideas.
The Best Ash Blonde Hair Ideas To Try Now
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Champagne Ash Blonde
We usually reserve a glass of bubbly for special occasions, but champagne blonde can be enjoyed at any time of year. This variation of ash blonde is shiny, dimensional, and flattering on so many skin tones.
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Blush Ash Blonde
Pink hair is huge right now, but if you don’t want to try a full head of pink, consider blush blonde. This ash blonde hue offers the slight tint of color you desire without all the maintenance of a traditional fashion hair color. This is one of our favorite picks for fair skin tones.
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Dirty Ash Blonde
If you have naturally dark blonde hair, dirty ash blonde makes a great low-maintenance option for you.
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Ash Brown With Ash Blonde Highlights
Give your ash brown hair brightness and dimension with a few ash blonde highlights. This subtle change makes a big difference, we promise!
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Ash Blonde Pixie
You don’t need super long hair to make ash blonde hair look stunning. In fact, ash blonde hair paired with a pixie cut makes just as much of an impact. This cut and color combo is a great option for women over 50.
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Beachy Ash Blonde
Fact: Ash blonde hair looks amazing with beachy texture. Use a few spritzes of texturizing spray like Pureology Style + Protect Wind Tossed Texture Finish Spray to give your mane that effortless texture—even if there’s no beach in sight.
Light Ash Blonde Hair
If 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 Hair
While 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 Hair
Hot 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 Hair
Speaking 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 Hair
When 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 Hair
Unlike 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 Hair
While 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 Hair
We 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 Hair
Gross 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 Balayage
One 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 Hair
This 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 Hair
Pink-Tinted Ash Blonde Hair
You 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 Hair
Bright 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 Hair
If 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 Hair
Like 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 Hair
As 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 Ombre
If 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 Hair
When blended with ashy blonde, the shade becomes a moody smoky hair color that’s unforgettable.
Ash Blonde Hair With Honey Highlights
Instead 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 Roots
Are 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 Lowlights
If 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 Hair
Fact: 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 Hair
If 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 Skin
On fair skin, ash blonde is summer-appropriate and totally beachy.
Ash Blonde Hair On Tan Skin
Whether 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 Skin
Against dark skin, ash blonde is striking and modern.
Ash Blonde Hair On Olive Skin
Make the most of olive skin with a customized ash shade.
Long Ash Blonde Hair
Let those ash inches flow, baby.
Ash Blonde Hair With Brown Highlights
When 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 Hair
Caramel Ash Blonde Hair
Trade your dark strands for a flattering caramel shade.
Short Ash Blonde Hair
Fringe With Ash Blonde Hair
Why 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.
Great 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 Balayage
Not 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 Ombre
When it’s too cold to do anything else in the winter, grow out your hair! All those extra inches are dramatic and gorgeous.
Add a flash of silver to your ‘do for a whole new take on highlights.