Our gallery of swoon-worthy ash blonde hairstyles will convince you to take the plunge.
If you want to freshen up your look with a lighter, more sun-kissed style, we’ve got just the thing! As you might know, ash blonde is shaping up to be the shade of choice, but you may be wondering what sets it apart from any other blonde looks?
Icier and more cool-toned than the classic yellow blondes we know and love, it’s a chicer, more modern way to rock lighter locks. And to help you make the right ash blonde hair decision, we’ve gathered the best looks that we could get our hands on…
30 ash blonde hair looks to try
1. Buttery ash blonde
Attention butter blonde-devotees: ash blonde hair highlights are an understated way to enhance your natural hue. And, one glance at this example will make you want to follow suit.
2. Sandy ash blonde
Under the impression you can’t mix warm and cool tones together? This tousled sandy, medium ash blonde is here to show us how perfect this combination really can be.
This duo will help nourish and enhance the vibrancy and shine of your strands, so you really can’t go wrong with trying it out.
3. Sandy, ashy balayage
Dark roots? Don’t be afraid to keep them that way. In fact, getting this sandy, ashy balayage done up high towards your dark roots will give you a more highlighted, sun-kissed look. Credit: @bescene
4. Choppy pixie with ash blonde tones
Whether you’ve got a pixie or you’re thinking of getting one, seeing the potential of this cut has when paired with an icy, light ash blonde hue will put it on your hair radar.
5. Long pixie with warm ash tones
If you prefer warmer ash tones, let the gradual mix of tints in this long pixie hairstyle wow you. This lovely shade makes your hair perfectly suited for any season — so need to worry about it ever looking dull. Credit: @sarah_louwho
6. Ashy platinum blonde
Is there a hidden rock chick inside you that’s just dying to come out? Why not bite the bullet and opt for a super light ash blonde look?
It will totally transform your tresses and add an edginess to any outfit, meaning you’ll be one step closer to living like a rock star.
7. Nordic blonde
Thanks to the current obsession with all things Scandinavian, ice-white blondes are back in business. Best suited for those with fairer complexions, this pale hue will accentuate blue or green eyes for a striking look.
Editor’s tip: Want to increase your cool tones and banish brassiness? You’ll need a purple shampoo like the TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo.
This brightening shampoo will cleanse, condition and refresh your mane, leaving it looking on-point.
8. Golden ash blonde
Keep things interesting by getting this ashy golden hue and a brazen A-line haircut. The best way to style it? To sleek-perfection, of course, especially if you want to give off runway vibes. Credit: @hairshaftbelle
9. Ash bronde bob
There’s no need to say goodbye to your favourite bronde hair colour just yet, because ash bronde hair does exist. And guess what? The colour looks double tap-worthy with a textured bob haircut. Credit: @romeufelipe
10. Ash blonde for warm hair
Blessed with strawberry blonde hair? If you fancy a bit of a change, try adding a few cooler light ash blonde highlights through your mid-lengths and ends.
It will give your ‘do a fashionable twist, while giving it a natural glow.
11. Classic icy highlights
For a subtle seasonal update, highlights make the perfect addition to any ‘do. They’ll brighten your current tone and accentuate any layers that you have, plus make your tresses seem more 3-dimensional and full of life.
Take the above look as a prime example: with its ash blonde colour, hair will look a million times cooler when teamed with a set of tousled beachy waves.
12. Pearl blonde
Ready to make your princess hair dreams become a reality? Upgrade dull or brassy shades by opting for a pearl blonde look with ashy undertones for a ‘do that shimmers and shines, but is still subtle enough for everyday wear.
Next read: Why this pretty pearl hair colour trend is our latest beauty obsession.
13. Bright blonde
We wouldn’t blame you for thinking that ash blonde sounds like it looks dull, but in reality, it’s one of the most radiant colours around (we hope we’re proving that to you!).
14. Palm painted blonde
Contemplating going light ash blonde but worried you’ll struggle with the upkeep? The palm painting technique has already been dubbed the new balayage because the colour is painted in chunky sections and applied free-hand to eradicate any harsh lines, which means your regrowth won’t be obvious.
15. Vanilla ash blonde
Fade darker shades into this dreamy, nude vanilla blonde that is awash with bright ash tones, and you’ll make your mane seriously conversation-worthy. If you do try this, don’t forget to send us a picture. Credit: @paintedwave
16. Ash babylights
Not sure about getting regular ash blonde highlights? Then we’ve got the perfect solution: ash babylights.
These super-soft highlights are a subtle way to add depth and dimension to your mane, all with the added bonus of looking natural. Credit: @its_anjelaa
17. Metallic ash
18. Icy ash blonde melt
Editor’s tip: Give your coloured tresses a major dose of TLC with the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Colour Smoothing Serum, which is designed to provide frizz control and leave your mane feeling soft.
19. Iced latte hair
This iced latte-inspired hair colour is just another reason to love ash blonde hair. The best part? It’ll keep you looking cool in the summer and brighten up your complexion in the winter, too. Credit: @lana.mai.hair
20. Loose braid with ash hair
If your go-to look is braids, you have to see this lush, loose plait complete with a gorgeous ashy blonde hair colour. Talk about #hairgoals! Credit: @emilyrosehannon
21. Ash blonde for brunettes
While we love classic ash blonde hair, this ombre style proves that it suits darker locks, too! Lighten up deeper tones with hints of dark ash blonde for a soft and flattering effect.
22. Face-framing highlights
Sometimes less really is more – and this is particularly true when it comes to face-framing highlights. Only applying medium ash blonde colour to the front sections of your locks will work to open up your face and gently accentuate your features like a dream.
23. Dirty blonde
Sitting somewhere between medium and light ash blonde on the hair colour spectrum, dirty blonde hues are a great option for those who don’t want the faff of maintaining a bleached, platinum look.
24. Tortoiseshell blonde
If you’re torn between multiple hair colours, know that you don’t have to pick just one. Tortoiseshell hair combines a blend of medium ash blonde, caramel and toffee tones to create a multi-dimensional hue that’s totally unique to you.
25. Ash blonde ombre on dark hair
Brunettes, you too can ease yourself into the trend with a dark to light ombre hair look.
By doing so you’ll completely freshen up your style, without causing as much damage as an allover bleach session. Think light ash blonde hair at the tips and you’re ready for your close up.
26. Ashy blonde hair in a ponytail
If you can’t decide on which ash blonde hair colour to pick, looking at this ash blonde, textured ponytail will get you excited about all the future styling opportunities you’ll have with this shade. Credit: @maggiemh
27. Universal dark ash blonde
28. Pink ash
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29. Smoky ash sombre
We’ll admit, we love ombre, and we love it more when it’s done in a subtle way.
Here, this beauty rocks a natural-looking smoky ash sombre hue, that is work-appropriate and so far from boring. Are you ready to do the same? Credit: @hairbyjayleen
30. Ash grey with lilac tones
Fancy doing something a bit different? Grey hair is all the rage across social media right now and opting for an ashy tone will make it easy to pull off in real life too. Excuse us while we make that salon appointment now.