Ash-blonde ain’t your typical blonde. It’s a sultry, sophisticated hue that’s grabbed the attention of models, actresses, photographers, editors, bloggers—you name it. The shade shares a lot of similarities with gray and often has a pearly sheen, but colorists can apply their own interpretation in myriad ways, such as with beige ash blonde or a muted ash bronde. It’s common to see the color applied with balayage instead of all over, proving that the essence of ash-blonde lies in weaving together multiple hues.
If you’re looking for ash-blonde hair inspiration, look no further than the 15 unique shades below.
1. Ash-Blonde Balayage for Long Layered Ash-Brown Hair
This woman’s long hair is the perfect length to show off her ash-blonde color. Her base is an ashy brown shade, so when a silvery shade of blonde is raked through those strands, it results in quintessential ash-blonde.
This woman’s pearly ash-blonde bob is adorable because of its spunky length. It also compliments her skin tone well. Women with darker skin tones shouldn’t shy away from ash-blonde, though—the shade works beautifully with medium and dark complexions too.
3. Wavy Bronde Medium-Length Hair with Ash-Blonde Balayage
This ash-blonde tone has a dark blonde—borderline light brown—tone for its base, making the ash blonde of the moodier variety. But the lighter blonde strands still have that characteristic ash-blonde sheen. They attract the perfect amount of attention to this woman’s soft waves.
4. Medium Ash-Brown Hair with Ash-Blonde/Platinum-Blonde Balayage
The strands of this fun, flirty, messy bob start out with a medium ash-brown base color, which is very possibly this woman’s natural shade. As they extend, they take on varying shades of blonde—some as light as white-blonde—resulting in a rich tapestry of colors. Whoever did this balayage number is one talented cookie.
5. Long Wavy Ash-Blonde Hair with a Half-Up Topknot
These long, messy strands have a fresh-from-the-beach feeling, and not just because of the natural-looking waves. It’s the pearly blonde and white blonde throughout this woman’s ash-brown base that create an ashy blonde effect. Sun-kissed is so overrated.
6. Pearly Ash-Blonde Medium-Length Waves
These mid-length wavy locks look soft and touchable, even though this woman clearly just got her mane transformed with some ash-blonde coloring. If you want to ensure that your ash-blonde color stays fresh, make sure you visit your salon regularly.
7. Long Ash-Blonde/Beige-Blonde Wavy Hair
This beige ash-blonde takes on a darker tone than the platinum ones we’ve seen above. But the balayage technique applied to this woman’s hair ensures that the outer and lower ends keep a light profile.
8. Perfect Ash-Blonde A-line Bob
Not only do we adore the shape of this woman’s a-line bob (longer in front or sides and shorter in back will never go out of style), but we’re also loving that gorgeous silvery ash-blonde shade of hers.
9. Ash-Blonde Ombre Long Bob for Straight Hair
This look introduces a change from our previous high-shine ash-blonde styles. With a color palette of muted grays and subdued pale blondes, this look is sophisticated without being stuffy. (The peppy lob haircut helps out in that department.)
10. Sweet Low-Key Ash-Blonde Waves for Mid-Length Hair
Again, the strands in this ash-blonde cut have less of an in-your-face shine about them, but the balayage color still works wonders by creating dimension and depth.
11. Long Wavy Layered Hair with Ash-Blonde Coloring
When platinum-blonde meets ash-brown, sparks fly. This woman’s colorist knows it, too. She’s heaped generous amounts of white-blonde onto her ashy strands, and the resulting color is a jaw-dropper.
12. Cute Wavy Lob with Ash-Blonde Balayage
This lob just might be the envy of every Instagrammer and YouTube beauty vlogger alive. Another aspect of this hairstyle worth coveting? The sensational color applied to this woman’s hair. The white blonde and soft caramel against her ash-brown base result in a luminous ash-blonde.
13. Beige, Pearl, Ash-Blonde Waves for Medium-Length Hair
This look takes us back to Old Hollywood, when platinum-blonde first got its reputation as the go-to shade of many a leading lady. Not only do the bouncy waves remind us of that bygone era, but the sheen in this ash-blonde mane give us the warm fuzzies, too. However the expert blend of beige and pearl blonde are what’s so 2016 about this look.
14. Long Wavy/Messy Bronde Hair with Pearl/Ash-Blonde Coloring
Those chunky waves make quite an impression when paired with an ash-blonde dye job. This one has tons of white-blonde, and it even gives off a barely perceptible rose-gold vibe.