20 ash blonde ombre looks to freshen up your summer colour

Beth | 08 April 2019
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Find out if blondes really do have more fun with these gorgeous ombre hair blonde ideas!

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 2019.

1. Ombre blonde babylights

back view of a woman with long tousled light blonde ombre hair
Babylights are the best way to get a natural-looking effect. Credit: Instagram.com/brisaexplainsitall

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

2. Champagne ombre

Ash blonde ombre: Side profile of a woman with champagne ash blonde highlihted hair, styled in loose curls, wearing a berry coloured top
Check out this bubbly-inspired blonde. Credit: Instagram.com/kristystairs

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

TRESemmé Violet Blonde Shine Shampoo

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.

3. Charcoal ombre

back shot of a woman with long straight charcoal ombre hair
Turn to the dark side with a charcoal-based blonde. Credit: Instagram.com/xcellentbeautysalon

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

4. Pearlescent blonde ombre

side back view of woman with long bob length creamy ombre hair
This creamy blonde hue is the stuff of Pinterest dreams. Credit: Instagram.com/sophiehairdresserx

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! Credit: @sophiehairdresserx

5. Golden blonde ombre

side profile of a woman with long golden blonde ombre hair
Shine brighter than the sun with this radiant golden blonde shade. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbybrittah

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

6. Lilac ash blonde

side profile shot of a woman with medium length curly lilac blonde hair
Work the pastel hair trend with this understated lilac. Credit: Instagram.com/stephhdez_

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_

7. Reverse blonde ombre

back view of a woman with waist length reverse blonde ombre hair
Turn your style on its head with this verse ombre look! Credit: Instagram.com/missellemaria

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

8. Nordic blonde ombre

back view of a woman with long white blonde ombre hair
Go Nordic with this whiter-than-white blonde. Credit: Instagram.com/clare.es

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

9. Smoky ash blonde

Ash blonde ombre: Back view of a woman with smoky grey ash blonde wavy hair, wearing a grey t-shirt
This smoky shade is a darker take on ash blonde ombre. Credit: Instagram.com/hhenryta

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

10. Platinum blonde

Ash blonde ombre: Back view of a woman with long wavy platinum ash blonde hair, wearing grey
Platinum blonde always makes a big statement. Credit: Instagram.com/marina_shacklette

Whether it’s Ariana, Cara or Kim who has left you inspired to join the platinum gang, this is one hue that will always be in style. Credit: @marina_shacklette

TONI&GUY Illuminate Blonde Shampoo

Editor’s tip: Whichever blonde takes your fancy, remember to switch over to a specialist wash and care routine to really get the most of your colour.

Between purple shampoo treatments, use a blonde-enhancing range like the Toni&Guy Illuminate Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner, to help to maintain and accentuate any highlights (both natural and dyed) while also leaving your locks super glossy and healthy-looking.

11. Mid ash brown

Ash blonde ombre: Photo of a woman with shoulder length wavy ash brown ombre hair
If you’ve got naturally darker hair, try this. Credit: Instagram.com/jina1302

We’ve fallen in love with this medium ash brown mane and the neutral tones mean it flatters different skintones. Credit: @jina1302

12. Light ash ombre

Ash blonde ombre: Photo of a woman with shoulder length, wavy light ash blonde ombre hair in a salon
Wear your hair wavy to accentuate the different blonde tones. Credit: Instagram.com/candybomb1

Looking to go ultra light? Give even the lightest blondes an on-trend touch of ashiness with this bright blonde. Credit: @candybomb1

13. Icy blonde

Ash blonde ombre: Close-up photo of icy blonde highlighted hair
Ice ice baby! Credit: Instagram.com/bombshell_balayage

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

14. Dark to light sombre

Ash blonde ombre: Side view of a woman with mid-length brown to blonde sombre hair styled in soft waves, wearing a plaid shirt
Sombre is ombre’s subtler sister. Credit: Instagram.com/allisonwilliamsonhair

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

15. Beige blonde

Ash blonde ombre: Back view of a woman with long beige blonde wavy hair styled in a twisted half-up half-down
The beige blonde trend couldn’t be more flattering! Credit: Instagram.com/studiovivian

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

16. Ash vanilla

Ash blonde ombre: Photo of a woman with long vanilla blonde wavy hair, wearing a maroon t-shirt
Achieve a summery feel with a vanilla shade. Credit: Instagram.com/brushedandbalayage 

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

17. Ash grey

Ash blonde ombre: Close-up photo of a woman with shoulder-length wavy ash grey silver hair
Tap into the grey hair trend. Credit: Instagram.com/angelat_hairart

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

18. Creamy ash

Ash blonde ombre: Back view of a woman with long creamy blonde waves, wearing a patterned top
Creamy blonde works well for all ages. Credit: Instagram.com/skonhetskompanietasas

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

19. Root smudge

Ash blonde ombre: Close-up of a woman with wavy ash blonde hair with grey shadow roots
We already know shadow roots are set to be a huge trend. Credit: Instagram.com/frances_hairartist

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

20. Silver grey

Ash blonde ombre: Back view of a woman with long silvery ash grey curly hair, wearing a lilac top
The products you use will be key to maintaining your silver hue. Credit: Instagram.com/judy.mai.hair

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