Asian woman with pink dust hair color

Dust Hair Color Inspiration for Your Next Makeover

It's time to update your look with these trendy shades!

Want a different take on your beloved hair hues? Try dust hair colors. These are colors with cool, ashy undertones. They’re often grayish pastels, but some natural hair colors like brown and blonde have dusty versions, too. Dust hair colors give you an edgy look, and if you’ve had the same hair color for years, these shades can give you a fresh, new look.

To get these colors, your hair must undergo a few rounds of bleaching. Asian hair has naturally warm undertones, dark pigmentation, and a thick cuticle layer, so it may be challenging to achieve these dusty shades, especially if you’ve never dyed your hair before. However, bleaching may also be a no-go if various coloring and chemical treatments have already damaged your hair. Let a professional colorist assess your hair first before having your hair bleached and dyed.

Ready to get dust hair colors? Here are some ideas to inspire you.

Our Favorite Dust Hair Colors

1. Dusty Pink Hair Color

Asian woman with pink dust hair color
Look chic and edgy with dusty pink hair. Credit: Nothing Ahead from Pexels

This shade of pink is less sweet yet bold enough to make a statement. Pair this with a bob or a lob for a fresh look.

Bottle of Dove Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Intense Repair Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Experimenting with different hair colors is fun, but it can cause extreme damage to your hair. Use Dove Intense Repair Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo to treat damaged hair. This shampoo has keratin, fiber actives, and serum ingredients that instantly repair damage, deeply nourish and protect your hair, and leave it extra beautiful. It also has Keratin Repair Actives that nourish and repair damaged hair from its core to its surface. 

Tube of Dove Keratin Repair Conditioner

Complement this shampoo with Dove Keratin Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has keratin-infused serum capsules that go deep into your strands to repair damage from within. It leaves your hair recovered, beautiful and resilient to future damage in just one minute! 

2. Dusty Purple

Asian woman with dusty purple hair
Be adventurous with your hair by trying this dusty purple hue. Credit: Shutterstock

Purple comes in different trendy shades, and this is one of them. Try this color if you’re into a rock star or grunge aesthetic—you’ll turn heads wherever you go.

3. Light Purple Ash

Asian woman with light dusty purple hair color
This light dusty hue helps define the layers of your hair. Credit: Meng Media from Pexels

It’s the lighter and paler version of dusty purple, but it’s just as chic and edgy. Keep your roots dark to give your look depth.

4. Medium Gray

Asian woman with short dust hair color
Make gray hair look fresh by pairing it with a short haircut. Credit: Tran Mau Tri Tam from Unsplash

Neither too dark nor too light, this dust hair color is versatile; you can wear it in different settings. If you want to make it look high-fashion, put this hair color on a chin-length bob with bangs.

5. Light Milk Tea Hair Color

Asian woman with light milk tea hair color
If you’re into light blonde hair color, try this dusty hue. Credit: Hai Nguyen from Pexels

Combine ash and platinum blonde, and you get this trendy hue! To style your light milk tea hair, give your hair a blowout for bounce and volume. This styling technique will also keep your hair from looking flat and lifeless.

TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Keep your bleached hair from turning brassy by switching to TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo. Its purple formula neutralizes brassy tones so you can enjoy your blonde and bleached hair colors for longer. It also has jojoba oil which moisturizes your hair and adds shine.

TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner

To get the best results, pair TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo with TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner

6. Dusty Brown

Asian woman with brown dust hair color
Ashy tones give brown hair color an edgy twist. Credit: Tuấn Kiệt Jr. from Pexels

This milk-chocolatey color blends well with dark roots. It’s a great option if you want to try a dusty hue while sticking to conventional hair colors. You can also get this color as highlights to give dimension to your dark hair.

7. Dark to Dusty

Back of a woman with dark hair with dusty gray tips
Scrunch your hair to show off dusty gray layers. Credit: Melike Benli from Pexels

Sticking to your naturally dark hair doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with dust hair color. Keep the upper half of your hair untouched, then smoothly transition to dusty gray tips as you approach the ends of your hair.

8. Dusty Blonde and Brown Highlights

Asian woman with dark hair and dusty highlights
Add scrunched waves to showcase your dusty highlights. Credit: Bach Tran from Unsplash

Another way to enjoy dust hair colors in small doses is by wearing them as highlights. They add dimension and character to your ‘do. Plus, dusty highlights effortlessly blend with naturally dark hair.

9. Light Ash Gray

Back of a woman with light ash gray hair
Stand out with this pale dust hair color. Credit: Shutterstock

It gives you the best of both ashy and light blonde hair colors. Try this hue if you want to lighten your tresses and create an edgy look.

10. Dusty Lilac and Pink Ombre

Woman with dusty lilac and pink ombre hair
Leave your hair down to showcase your dusty ombre look. Credit: Shutterstock

These hair colors give you a playful look. Meanwhile, the ombre coloring technique adds drama to your ‘do, making you stand out.

There you have it! Schedule an appointment at your favorite salon now, and show these pegs to your stylist. Enjoy your new look!