30 dreamy ash blonde hues your mane needs

All Things Hair | 27 June 2018

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


close up shot of a street style model with a natural blonde roots melted into a ashy blonde hair colour, wearing a white suit jacket and sunglasses, posing outside
This how you brighten up your naturally blonde strands. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

close up shot of street style model with sandy ash blonde hair, wearing checked jacket and posing in the street, holding a clutch
This hue looks extra cool when styled to tousled perfection. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

TONI&GUY Illuminate Blonde Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Ready to get an ash blonde hair colour? Before you do, make sure to invest in a colour-specific shampoo and conditioner like the TONI&GUY Illuminate Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner.

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.

close up shot of a woman with a beachy ash blonde shoulder length haircut, wearing grey top and posing in a hair salon
This beachy ash blonde has got your name all over it. Credit: Instagram.com/bescene

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

street style shot of a woman with silver ash blonde choppy pixie haircut, wearing drop earrings and big sunglasses, with white top and jacket while posing on the street
This choppy pixie is all you need to get yourself street style-ready. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

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.

close up shot of woman with an ash blonde wavy long pixie, complete with a side-swept fringe, wearing black and posing in a salon
Whoever said a pixie haircut and ash blonde hair doesn’t work, clearly didn’t see this. Credit: Instagram.com/sarah_louwho

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

ash blonde: front facing image of a woman with short platinum blonde hair, wearing blue and posing outside
Go platinum with this super blonde hue. Credit: Dvora

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.

ash blonde: close up shot of woman with short, choppy Nordic blonde hair, wearing black and posing on a the street
Go for white, bright hair with this ‘do. Credit: Dvora

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.

TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo

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.

close up shot of woman with an ash blonde a line hair cut, wearing a red top and posing in a salon
Tempted to go ash blonde and get a cut? Try this. Credit: Instagram.com/hairshaftbelle

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

close up shot of woman with side swept ash blonde bob hairstyle, wearing black sunglasses and a white shirt, posing in a hair salon
Did someone say double tap-worthy? Credit: Instagram.com/balayageandpainted

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

side view of a woman outside with blonde wavy hair in a half up half down style
Try this cool ash blonde hair colour with a touch of warmth. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

ash blonde: back of a woman's head with blonde wavy highlighted hair, complete with a festival hair accessory
You can’t go wrong with these icy highlights. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

ash blonde: image of a woman with an ash, pearl blonde low ponytail, wearing black and posing on the street
Rock pearl blonde hair for your best colour yet. Credit: Dvora

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.

ash blonde: close up shot of woman with medium bright blonde hair colour, wearing black top and posing on the street
Freshen up your look with this hue. Credit: Dvora

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!).

ash blonde: close up shot of woman with long wavy blonde hair, wearing all black and posing on the street
We heart these bright wavy blonde tresses. Credit: Dvora

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.

close up shot of woman with vanilla-inspired wavy ash blonde hair, wearing white top and posing against a white background
If love you vanilla ice cream, you’ll love this. Credit: Instagram.com/paintedwave

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

close up back shot of a woman with ash blonde babylights in her dark blonde hair, wearing a blue top and posing against a white background
These ash babylights are giving us mane envy. Credit: Instagram.com/its_anjelaa

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

close up shot of a woman with metallic ash blonde hair, wearing a black top and posing outside
If you want your mane to shine, try this glossy hue. Credit: Instagram.com/lana.mai.hair

17. Metallic ash

Adventurous blondes: this metallic, dark ash blonde was made for you. With touches of grey, silver and smoky ash, this style is sure to make you stand out. Credit: @lana.mai.hair

close up shot of woman with medium, icy ash blonde hair, wearing black top
It’s getting chilly in here! Credit: Instagram.com/xoxohirbyclare

18.  Icy ash blonde melt

Let’s face it: colour melts look amazing on sleek strands. This vibrant ashy, grey-blonde is a winner in our book, plus we love the grungy roots coming through. Credit: @xoxohirbyclare

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Colour Smoothing Serum

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.

close up shot of woman with dark roots and long ash blonde hair, wearing black and posing outside a hair salon
Iced latte hair, don’t care! Credit: Instagram.com/lana.mai.hair

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

back shot of woman with ash blonde silver hair fashioned into a loose plait, wearing white crop top and jeans while posing on a beach
The best way to show off ash blonde hair? With a loose braid, ofc! Credit: Instagram.com/emilyrosehannon

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

side view of a woman with shoulder length brown ombre hair and ash blonde colour tones
This ombre is perfect for experimenting with dark ash blonde hues. Credit: Dvora

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.

ash blonde hair colour: front view image of a woman laughing with blonde wavy hair colour, wearing white and posing on the street
This style combines ash blonde colour with warmer hues. Credit: Dvora

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.

ash blonde hair: close up shot of woman with medium and light ashy blonde hair, styled into waves, wearing white top and smiling
We think these medium ash blonde tones are perfect.

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.

ash blonde: back of a woman's head with blonde hair twisted up into a tuck hairstyle, wearing low-cut bardot top and posing outside
This tortoiseshell look is simply stunning. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

Front view of a woman with ombre hair, red lipstick and sunglasses
Not sure ash blonde hair is for you? Try this first. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

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.

back shot of woman with ash blonde ponytail, wearing white top with hair bow in it, posing against a neutral background
Another way to show off ash blonde hair? With a ponytail, ofc! Credit: Instagram.com/maggiemh

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

close up shot of woman with dark roots and ash blonde blend melt, wearing black top and posing outside
Ash blonde is universally flattering, so no need to feel FOMO. Credit: Instagram.com/serayah

27. Universal dark ash blonde

Want to go lighter but worried it’ll clash with your skin tone? Then take inspiration from this Instagrammer’s caramel, dark-blonde afro, complete with ash tones. Credit: @serayah

close up shot of woman with pink ash blonde shaggy hair, wearing grey top and posing against a silver background in a bedroom setting
Love rose gold? You’ll love this shade. Credit: Instagram.com/lucyrobyn_makeupartist

28. Pink ash

Paired with cool-girl shaggy layers, this pretty pink ash is the hue you need to try if you’re a big fan of the rose gold hair trend. Credit: @lucyrobyn_makeupartist

Next read: 11 rose gold hair colour ideas.

ash blonde: back shot of a woman with long smoky ash hair, curled at the ends, posing in a studio
This subtle shade will leave them guessing. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbyjayleen

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

front image of a woman with long grey coloured hair - ash blonde
Try out these grey hues to mix up the look. Credit: Dvora

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.


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