Ash hair colours have a smoky and slightly silvery tone that creates a beautiful depth and intriguing finish to both blonde and brunette coloured hair. So, do you go for an ash blonde or an ash brown shade? To help you decide, we examine each ash colour contender.
The colour: Ash blonde refers to a very light and almost white shade of blonde with distinct grey undertones. Think of it as the lovechild of two trendy hair colours: silver and platinum.
The style: Ash blonde hair has striking impact and accordingly it needs to be paired with considered make-up and wardrobe styling choices. To avoid looking washed out, ash blondes should wear bold clothing and bright statement makeup. Think: dark reds, magentas and purples.
What the editors say: If you've been contemplating the #silverhair trend but don't want to fully commit, then an ash blonde hair colour is a perfect way to test the waters. To maintain the delicate colour and prevent yellow undertones or brassiness, try using colour protecting products like L'Oréal Professionnel Shine Blond Shampoo or L'Oreal Professionnel Vitamino A-OX Correcting Conditioner for blondes.
The colour: Ash brown hair covers a wide brunette spectrum because it can be either light or dark. The common thread is this colour contains zero trace of reddish tinge.
The style: Light eyed natural brunettes are best able to pull off ash brown coloured locks. As with all ash tones, the lack of sheen means style-wise you'll want to keep things colourful with your outfits. The odd pop of pink lippie doesn't go astray either!
What the editors say: This versatile shade is a great option for brunettes who want a slight colour change without being too drastic. Speak to your hairstylist about which shade of ash brown would be most flattering against your complexion - you may even want to dabble with a semi-permanent gloss to achieve the hue. Just remember, this colour looks best on styled hair so be prepared to give your blow drying skills a workout.