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How To Get And Maintain Ash Blonde Hair Color

And how to maintain it and keep brass away.
May 08, 2020

If you’re feeling like your current hair color needs an update, consider giving an on-trend hue a try. Enter one of this season’s hottest hair colors: ash blonde. There’s a reason why more and more people are rocking this cool-toned hue in recent years — it’s a great way to brighten up your look. However, ash blonde hair isn’t necessarily easy to achieve. Here, learn all about how to get an ash blonde hair color, including how to use our best ash blonde hair dyes to get the look, how to care for your newly-colored strands and how to prevent your hair color from fading


What Is Ash Blonde Hair?

There are a lot of hair color trends to keep up with these days, and it can be hard to remember what each one looks like. Ash blonde hair dye offers a blonde hue with hints of gray to create an ashy, cool-toned shade. On the surface, it looks a lot like platinum blonde hair, but oftentimes darker roots are kept to add dimension and a natural feel. It’s also customizable because you can sport it as a solid color or you can add in highlights to take it up a notch. 



How To Get Ash Blonde Hair 

If you’re planning on getting an ash blonde hair color, consider these tips to help you achieve your desired look. 


Tip 1. Find Your Inspiration 

A good starting point for any hair color change is finding an inspiration photo to use as a reference. If you’re planning on heading to the salon to achieve ash blonde hair, having a picture is a great way to show your colorist exactly what look you’re going for. If you’re planning to DIY, it’s still important that you have an end goal in mind while you’re coloring. 


Like with most hair colors, there are various options of ash blonde shades 一 from mushroom blonde to silver blonde, dark ash blonde and more. So do some research to see which color you prefer. If you’re having trouble deciding which hue is right for you, check out the L’Oréal Paris Hair Color Concierge where you can consult with an expert for personalized advice and hair color recommendations. 


Tip 2. Decide On Professional Dyeing Or DIY-ing

Depending on your starting base color, you might want to enlist the help of a professional colorist. That’s because bleaching your hair can do a number on your strands and professionals are trained to work with bleach safely. Also, if you’re starting with darker hair, it could require multiple bleaching sessions to achieve your desired hue. It will just take a bit more time and effort, so it’s usually best to leave bleaching in the hands of a pro.


If you are planning to dye your hair at home, try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference Fade-Defying Shine Permanent Hair Color in a shade like Light Ash Blonde or Dark Ash Blonde for gorgeous, fade-defying color. If you prefer something with extra dimension and shimmer, go for the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Ultra Cool Blonde



3 At-Home Hair Bleaching Tips 

While lots of people accomplish beautiful dye jobs at home, bleaching is often the trickiest part. So, grab the L’Oréal Paris Féria Hyper Platinum Advanced Lightening System Bleach and keep these tips in mind for a seamless hair bleaching session on your journey to ash blonde perfection.



Tip 1. Remember The Two Shade Rule 

Unless you’re going for a super dramatic look, you’ll probably want to keep your ash blonde hue looking as natural as possible. Use your natural eyebrow color as a reference and don’t bleach your hair more than two to three shades lighter in a single session.


Tip 2.  Evaluate Your Starting State 

First, understand if you have virgin hair. If you’ve ever colored your strands before  , then you don’t have virgin hair. It’s not a problem, but it could affect the outcome of your color. In general, the best coloring results are attained on hair that’s never been colored before. Previously colored hair is also more prone to damage from the bleaching process, so it may be wise to book an appointment with a pro colorist, at least for this part of the process.


Tip 3. Take It Slow 

We understand the excitement that a new hair color brings, but regardless of what your base color is, don’t rush through the process. Even medium-toned brunettes could need a few bleaching sessions to achieve a light enough blonde tone — and then you still have to add in the ash blonde hair dye. If you do need a few bleaching sessions, you’ll also need to wait at least two to three weeks between each one. In other words, remember that if you’re going to do this yourself, the process takes some time. Rushing will only cause serious damage to your hair and scalp, so go slow.


How To Care For Ash Blonde Hair 

It’s important to take care of your new color to maximize it’s lifespan. Read on for our top tips on how to take care of your new ash blonde hair color.


Tip 1. Opt For Color-Safe Hair Products

When you have color-treated hair, you should use shampoo and conditioner that will help protect your color and prevent it from fading fast. Reach for a shampoo and conditioner that are formulated to preserve colored hair, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Strengthening Color Care Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Bond Strengthening Color Care Conditioner. Both are safe on color and help to strengthen weak hair bonds which can occur as a result of bleaching. 


Tip 2. Have Purple Shampoo On Hand 

While your cool hair color may not go brassy as fast as other shades of blonde, it still takes work to maintain. Purple shampoo neutralizes unwanted brassy yellow hues and revives your blonde hair color. So once brass starts to rear its ugly head, reach for a purple shampoo and conditioner like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Purple Shampoo for Color Treated Hair and the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Purple Conditioner for Color Treated Hair


Tip 3. Use Heat-Protectant 

High temperatures from heat-styling can damage your hair and cause your color to fade. To prevent this, be sure to always use a heat-protectant like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In, which protects your hair from heat up to 450 degrees. 

Next: The 15 Best Hair Colors To Try This Fall

Edited by: Alyssa Kaplan, Photo Courtesy of L'Oréal Paris

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