Ash blonde hair is a specific category of cool-toned blonde shades which have an ashy or silver tint. One of the most coveted blonde shades around, whether it’s an ash blonde ombre or a bright-white Khaleesi look, you probably can’t go a day without seeing some form of ombre blonde hair either IRL or on your Instagram feed. So if all of this blonde hair inspo has left you contemplating trying it for yourself, we’ve got just the dose of inspiration you’ll need to go for it.
Whether you’re a natural brunette looking to lighten your look or you’re a dedicated blondie hoping to change up your style game for the new season, consider this your go-to guide to rocking ash ombre blonde in 2021.
Ombre Blonde Babylights
If you’re worried about your colour looking unnatural, babylights are the ideal way to achieve a seamless, I-woke-up-like-this colour without any telltale signs.
Rather than a harsh fade from dark to light, babylights will pull the colour through the mid-lengths and ends in tiny, barely-there streaks, meaning you’ll be left with a completely natural-looking ash blonde ombre result. Credit: @brisaexplainsitall
Bottoms up! If you’re leaning towards a more classic, yellow-toned blonde, this Instagrammer’s champagne ombre blonde is the colour for you.
A more flattering option for those with warm-medium complexions, this shade won’t wash you out or look out of place with a tan. Credit: @kristystairs
Editor’s tip: Considering ombre hair? In order to keep your blonde cool-toned and bright, refresh your colour by using a purple shampoo and conditioner like the TRESemmé Violet Blonde Shine Shampoo and Conditioner in place of your regular hair care once or twice a week. Purple products help to counteract brassiness and dullness, reviving your hue and keeping it looking its best.
The grey hair colour trend is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon – so if a more alternative look is what you’re after, why not give it a try?
This deep, charcoal ash blonde ombre is something a bit different, with the dark base making it a low-maintenance way for those with naturally brunette locks to pull off a blonde hue. Credit: @xcellentbeautysalon
Pearlescent Blonde Ombre
The pearl hair colour trend is one of our favourites and this pearlescent ombre blonde hair look is a great way to tap into the trend.
Blonde with a touch of shimmering silver, this dazzling shade is sure to turn heads and get you tonnes of compliments. You could even take it one step further and throw some on-trend pearl hair accessories into the mix, too!
Golden Blonde Ombre
Channel your inner surfer girl this summer with a golden, sun-kissed style. Ideal if you’re looking for a natural way to wear ombre hair for blondes, you simply need to add in some multi-dimensional golden tones to give your shade a sun-lightened effect. Credit: @hairbybrittah
Editor’s tip: Pair your golden blonde with beachy waves for the ultimate summer style – here’s 4 ways to achieve them
Lilac Ash Blonde
On first glance, this Instagram beauty seems to have a classically creamy blonde, but look closer and you’ll see that she actually has some ever-so-subtle lavender tones running through her ends, which gives the look a pastel, springtime look. Credit: @stephhdez_
Reverse Blonde Ombre
Flip your style this season with a topsy-turvy reverse ombre blonde look. Fading from an ultra-light platinum shade to a warmer brunette blonde at the ends, it’s unique but still very wearable. Credit: @missellemaria
Nordic Blonde Ombre
Ever since Game of Thrones‘ Khaleesi entered our lives, our love for Nordic-inspired white ash blonde ombre has reached new levels of obsession.
While this is one of the more high-maintenance options (as regular root touch-ups will be required to keep this bright white looking its best), the effort is totally worth it. Credit: @clare.es
Smoky Ash Blonde
These days there’s no limit to who can rock ashy hair- even if your hair is on the darker end of the colour spectrum. One way to brighten up dark base colours is with an edgy smoky blonde, keeping the colour darker at the roots for an ombre effect. Credit: @hhenryta
Editor’s tip: Whichever blonde takes your fancy, remember to switch over to a purple shampoo, like the Nexxus Blonde Assure Purple Shampoo, to help you maintain and accentuate your hair.
Mid Ash Brown
Light Ash Ombre
Looking to go ultra light? Give even the lightest blondes an on-trend touch of ashiness with this bright blonde. Credit: @candybomb1
This dreamy ice blonde might have winter ice queen written all over it but it’s so pretty who’s to say you can’t rock it all year round? Credit: @bombshell_balayage
Dark to Light Sombre
If you’re not keen on such a dramatic contrast, you shouldn’t rule out ombre completely. Ask your colourist for somre (soft ombre) and you’ll achieve a softer graduation from one colour to another with a seamless fade. Credit: @allisonwilliamsonhair
While some people might like the look of obviously dyed, ash blonde hair, that’s not to say it can’t look natural too. Opt for beige, nude blonde like this Instagrammer, working in some subtle ashy highlights for a shimmering, healthy-looking blonde. Credit: @studiovivian
If you’re a blonde looking to lighten just the ends of your hair, consider vanilla blonde highlights this summer. This shade not only looks great on faux blondes but will revive natural blondes, too and give it a new lease of life. Credit: @brushedandbalayaged
Transitioning from light to dark hair but don’t want to do it all at once? Have your colourist apply a dark grey shade over your base to darken up your blonde and give it a mysterious edge, without actually committing to brunette. Credit: @angelat_hairart
Editor’s tip: If you’re worried about your new colour causing hair damage, just make sure to use a weekly hair treatment like the Nexxus Keraphix Masque. This intensive treatment has healing properties that help fortify hair and protect it against future damage.
This creamy blend combines highlights and lowlights, making the result a beautiful blonde colour that’s cool but not flat. Credit: @skonhetskompanietasas
Editor’s tip: Why highlights and lowlights are always better together
The rootsy look is trending and it’s good news for blondes everywhere. Root smudging is a technique which involves a darker colour being pulled down from the roots, cleverly blurring the transition for a really low-maintenance colour. Credit: @frances_hairartist
Note how this silver-grey ash blonde ombre and balayage look blends ribbons of lighter colour which start higher up the hair, for a multi-dimensional ashy style. Credit: @judy.mai.hair