Ash blonde hair is a cool-toned shade of blonde, in contrast to warmer, golden blonde shades. Ashy blonde comprises of different grey, silver and icy white hues and can incorporate root shadows, balayage and highlights to create darker or lighter looks. And, if you’re looking for a new way to rock lighter locks, you’ll be glad to know that this hair colour is shaping up to be 2021’s shade of choice.
To help you make the right ash blonde hair decision, we’ve gathered the best looks that we could get our hands on. From light ash blonde to dark ash blonde hair colours, get inspired by these gorgeous hues, below.
True Ash Blonde
You don’t have to be a street style star to pull off ashy blonde hair. But, if you do want to get snapped by a fashion photographer, we suggest you give this classic, cool shade a whirl, stat.
Creamy Ash Blonde
This shade is a great one if you’re looking to freshen up and brighten your blonde. Ask your colourist to blend the light creamy shade with darker lowlights to help give it more dimension, for a more natural result.
Editor’s tip: As beautiful as it is, ash blonde hair does require quite a lot of maintenance to prevent it from becoming warm and brassy. The TRESemmé Ash Blonde Colour Enhancing Mask is formulated with colour pigments to tone the hair and boost your blonde, so it’s great to use in between salon visits. Best of all, it’s also enriched with a UV filter and argan oil, so you get the blonde-brightening benefits but also the deep conditioning effects of a hair mask.
Rapunzel Ashy Blonde Hair
This true ash blonde lies just between blonde and silver, giving the look an almost metallic effect which is just stunning.
Ash Blonde Hair With Bangs
Bangs are having a major revival. And, whether you’re questioning if you should get them or wondering how they’ll look on ash blonde tresses, let this mega-babe show you how it’s done.
Dark Ash Blonde With Honey Tones
For a sweeter, girl-next-door take on this colour, you can’t go wrong this beauty’s dark ash blonde hair, which has warming honey tones to it.
Dark Ash Ends
If you’ve got dark blonde hair and want to take your hue to the next shade, try going for ash blonde highlights (specifically at the ends) to create dimension.
Ice Blonde Balayage
Who says you have to keep the Ice Queen vibes just for winter? We think this ash-toned blonde colour would look great all year round!
This duo will help nourish and enhance the vibrancy and shine of your strands to keep it looking bright and healthy.
Ponytail With Ash Melt
With ash blonde hair, everyone’s invited to the party (yes, we’re talking to you brunettes out there!). Just look at how this street styler shows off her dark to ash blonde melt: in a low ponytail, complete with pearl accessories.
Ash Blonde With Lilac
Thinking about getting a bit more experimental with your colour? Sticking to an icy ash blonde base and incorporating lilac babylights throughout your mane, like this, is a subtle yet fun way to do it.
Sleek Medium Ash Hair
A fashion-forward twist on typical dirty blonde, this ashy variation will look stunning on every skin tone.
Ash White Hair
Give yourself the ultimate makeover with this statement ashy white blonde hue. The mix of warm bleach blonde and cool ash tones in this shade make it perfect for year-round wear.
Ashy White Bob
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.
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.
Ashy White Tones
One of the good things about ashy toned blondes is that they allow you to go ultra light without it looking as harsh as traditional platinum.
Sandy, Ashy Balayage
Choppy Pixie With Ash Blonde Tones
This combination of choppy, punky layers and a grunge-inspired ash hue give an edgier twist to the ash blonde look.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Editor’s tip: When it comes to creating textured hairstyles, like this one, a bit of dry shampoo, such as the TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo is all you need to give you the roughed-up texture this look requires.
After you have used this wonder product in your mane, use a medium-barrel curling tong to add extra movement, and then you’ll be ready for your close-up.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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: @michellemethod
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
Icy Ash Blonde Melt
Editor’s tip: Give your coloured tresses a major dose of TLC with the TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Serum, which is designed to provide frizz control and leave your mane feeling soft.
Iced Latte Hair
This iced latte-inspired hair colour is just another reason to love ash blonde hair. It’ll keep you looking cool in the summer and brighten up your complexion in the winter, too. Credit: @lanateam.hair
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Icy Root Melt
The darker root trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and it’s no wonder as it’s such a good low-maintenance option for blondes. Your colourist will paint your root area with a slightly darker hue, making it less obvious when your roots start to grow through.
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.
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
Universal Dark Ash Blonde
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
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.
If you’re currently a brunette, this mushroom-inspired hue could be the perfect entryway to ash blonde.
Note how the dark roots give this look a more natural and lived-in feel.
It’s easy to see why this universally-flattering neutral shade is proving so popular.
We love how this bright balayage bob has different light and dark ribbons of colour running through it. The contrast helps to give body and interest to this shorter style and proves you don’t need long hair for balayage to transform your hair.
When you want your colour to pop, take it up a notch with these multidimensional grey highlights which will instantly bring life to your look.