14 Ash Blonde Hair Looks You'll Want to Try

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14 Ash Blonde Hair Looks You'll Want to Try

28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

If ash blonde hair was a woman, she most definitely would be a supermodel. We’re obsessed with the cool, matte shade and its ability to flatter every skin tone. Instead of taking your hair honey or caramel blonde this summer, make a move that’s more unexpected.

Are you thinking of jumping on the ash blonde train? There’s definitely a shade that will work for you. Read on for a few of our favorites.

 

Light Ash Blonde

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 brings near-white and silver notes to your ‘do, updating the bright blonde hair color you’ve held onto for years.

As with all very light colors, light ash blonde hair requires regular maintenance to stay bright. But, if you’re a blonde veteran, that’s no added inconvenience for you.

White Ash

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.

 

Platinum Ash

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

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 beigey nutmeg base with light ash top notes.

If you’re hoping to go lighter for summer but aren’t sold on a full head of blonde, dark ash is the right choice for you. It’s modern and chic without becoming excessive. It also looks picture-perfect framing tan or dark skin

 

Dark Ash Blonde

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 beigey nutmeg base with light ash top notes.

If you’re hoping to go lighter for summer but aren’t sold on a full head of blonde, dark ash is the right choice for you. It’s modern and chic without becoming excessive. It also looks picture-perfect framing tan or dark skin

 

Dirty Ash

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.

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.

 

Ash 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. Like a speck of white on a painting, the bright 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.

 

Crystal Ash

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. 

We recommend this shade to the ladies who already have some experience maintaining brass-free locks. To keep crystal ash looking fresh, you should be ready to commit to a full hair routine.

 

Pearl Ash

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.

If you’re thinking of going pearl, 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.

 

Holographic Ash

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.

 

Gray Ash

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 2017 because it takes an updated approach to the old-lady-gray hair that’s been so popular.

Instead of just going gray, ask your stylist for an ashy-blonde shade that just barely includes hints of gray throughout. You’ll get a stunning, reflective shade that sits directly between blonde and gray.

 

Strawberry Ash

Fact: We are truly and utterly obsessed with strawberry ash blonde hair. Second fact: We very rarely see people actually wearing it. If you’re interested in being a follicular rebel, then strawberry ash is the right shade for you.

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 Blonde Ash

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. When blended with ashy blonde, the shade becomes a silvery gray-blue that’s unforgettable.

If you’ve experience bleach-related damage and are trying to salvage what’s left of your hair with a lob, pastel blue is the way to go.

Pink-Tinted Blonde Ash

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 influence.

If you’re looking for a sleek way to try out a new color, pink blonde ash is the best hair shade we know.

 

Chocolate Blonde Ash

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. 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.

 

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