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Feeling bored with your current hair color? Consider giving one of the trendiest shades of the moment—ash blonde hair—a try. There’s a reason why everyone from celebrities to your next-door neighbor is rocking this cool-toned hue—it’s flattering on almost everyone. So, why not give it a go? Here, learn all about how to get a pretty smoky ash blonde hair color at home with our best blonde hair dyes. Plus, find out how to care for your mane, with the right hair care and hair styling products, post-dye job.
Depending on your starting color, getting ash blonde hair may be a major change. In that case, visiting a professional colorist could be a good idea. That’s because dyeing your hair blonde requires bleaching, which can do a number on your hair. And, if you’re beginning with a dark brown base, it could take multiple sessions to achieve the level of ash blonde hair you desire. If you’re going the professional route, be sure to bring pics with you of what you’d like your new hair color to look like—that way you and your colorist are on the same page.
Want to try to get an ash blonde hair color at home? Use the L’Oréal Paris Super Preference in Ash Blonde, Medium Ash Blonde, or Dark Ash Blonde, depending on how light or dark you want your blonde to be.
Blondes might have more fun—but they definitely require special hair care. That means you may want to put your regular shampoo and conditioner away in favor of ones formulated for blonde, color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Blonde Shade Reviving Treatment. The EverPure Blonde system can help neutralize unwanted brass tones while hydrating over-processed hair. Gently massage the shampoo into wet hair, then rinse and follow up with the conditioner. Leave the conditioner on for 1-2 minutes before rinsing. Swap out the conditioner for the hair mask once a week, and apply it after using the shampoo. Leave it on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing.
Let’s be real: You’re not always going to have the time to book it to the salon every time your roots start growing in when you have ash blonde hair. It’s all good—you can temporarily hide gray roots with the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up, which is available in light to medium blonde and dark blonde shades. This temporary root spray is lightweight, dries, quickly, and lasts one shampoo. To use, shake the can well, hold it 4-6 inches away from your hair, and spray color onto new growth and partly through the length of your hair to blend in the color.
Ash blonde hair + beachy waves = one of our favorite pairs! That said, don’t reach for your curling iron quite so fast. Try creating effortless-looking waves without a heat tool to save your strands from unnecessary damage. Spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto towel-dried hair and braid your hair, then undo the braid(s) once your hair has dried. Create a single braid for looser waves or multiple braids for tighter waves. It’s up to you!
Ash blonde hair has smoky tones that make it a little bit edgy. So, why not pair your new hue with a new ‘do? If you’re coloring your hair blonde during the summer months, consider making a chop! Pixie cuts are totally in fashion these days, as are lobs and bobs. Regardless of what style you choose, wear your ash blonde hair proudly! And don’t forget about your makeup. Try pairing your ash blonde hair with a classic cat eye and red lipstick—like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Enamel Red—for a seriously sophisticated look.
Think you might prefer a warm-toned blonde? Here’s How to Get Golden Blonde Hair.