Silver and ash blonde ombre looks are relatively new additions to the styling scene. They make hair look gilded, sterling, nearly metallic. They have an otherworldly charm, reminiscent of fairy creatures from the legends of the Celts and the Norsemen. And yet stylists from all over the world have been somewhat taken aback by this rise of popularity. How did these muted colors, which make women dye their hair nearly gray, become such strong trends? We’ve got twenty amazing pictures below, which will help you to understand just how gorgeous ash and silver can look on one’s hair.
Ash Blonde and Silver Ombre Hairstyles
It’s always good to have a choice. Someone is obsessed with bright ombre looks, featuring unnatural hair colors, and someone goes for more sophisticated silver and ash blonde fades. Are the latter going to make you look like an older woman? Not really, if you are young and use make up, a rich lip color, for instance.
#1: Dark To Light: Brown To Pale Blonde Ombre
The delicate blonde tones that make this look stand out are very natural—a lot like the pale, sun-kissed colors that can be usually seen in young children’s hair. As the gradient becomes ever lighter toward the tips, the hair curls up in soft waves, which makes this look completely angelic.
#2: The Ice Princess Silver Ombre
“Wow, who would ever want to dye their hair gray?!” Plenty of women, actually. Namely all those who understand just how beautiful silver ombre hair can look. The model in this photo has aptly paired it with ample curls, which add a touch of royalty to the style. Note how subtly the tones melt from dark to light.
#3: Baby Blonde Ombre
Ever since Brigitte Bardot and the tale of Lolita, the baby doll look has become iconic. This chick right here is taking it literally, by sporting a soft blonde ombre, fit for a genuine California girl. It looks perfectly natural, too, just as if the color of her tips had gone lighter from too many hours spent having fun under the sun.
#4: The Updated Rachel: Straight Layered Ombre Hair
Remember Jennifer Aniston’s signature layered mane from Friends? It gets an update into the third millennium at the expense of popular color fade. In terms of haircut, the upper layers perfectly frame the model’s face, while the lighter blonde at the tips serves to highlight her features.
#5: From Black To Silver – And All Wavy
If you ever had any doubts that ombre styles work great with weave or mesh enhancements, this look will definitely put an end to your worries. The African American model has opted for a dramatic transformation, by getting nearly half the length of her curls dip dyed in silver. The color-contrasting result is stunning, to say the least.
#6: Long Ash Blonde Pixie With Dark Roots
Another myth about ombre hair that’s worth debunking is that it only works with long, flowing, wavy manes. Here’s one look that completely contradicts this cliché. This grown-out pixie is very contemporary, with its asymmetric cut and pitch-black roots. Meanwhile, the rest of the hair has been dyed a striking ash blonde, for an ultra-hip overall effect.
#7: Smooth Straight Brown-To-Silver Ombre Hair
If the title of this article made you think that ash ombre hair is only something wild teenagers can pull off, perhaps you should reconsider. In fact, this is but one of the more demure looks on our list. The upper part of the hair is a light hazel, while the color of the tips veers toward an icy Nordic blonde. Styling it straight helps to achieve a cool polished look.
#8: Dramatic Blonde To Brown
Enough with playing it safe, though. Here’s a look that would catch everyone’s eye with those intense colors. Ash blonde would actually be a mathematical average of these two: the bright blonde on top and the toffee brown at the bottom. Note how the entire hair has been bleached to achieve this look, and how the chestnut color was first smudged onto the hair, midway down its length.
#9: Medium Choppy Cut With Ash Ombre
Here’s another straight look, but one with a decidedly edgier vibe. That all comes from the choppy cut with long face-framing layers and bluntly cut ends. This is one very simple and effective way to highlight the lighter streaks of gray towards the ends of the model’s mane. Note how the gradient starts with very dark brown—this look definitely requires bleaching.
#10: Very Dark To Very Light Ombre
Medium length hair is very versatile and the model in this photo proves it to a tee. Her ombre look, which involves a stark contrast between the silver-ashen blonde tone and very dark hair at the roots, is styled twofold. And it works just as well in the straight and wet look, as it does in wavy and carefree one!
#11: Ombre Pixie With Bangs
Here’s another gradient colored look for your inspiration. This one is atypical in its asymmetry. Most ombre looks involve two horizontal sections dyed in different tones or hues. This one entails lighter diagonal streaks. You could call them highlights, or you could tout them as your own special flavor of dip-dyeing!
#12: Layered Grown-Out Ombre Bob
Ash ombre hair will look just as stunning on a (former) bob. That’s because it takes an otherwise common look and adds a spark of edginess to it, thanks to the color gradient. Note that the model’s hair comes in three, not just two colors. It’s very dark, almost black at the roots, hazel down in the midsection, and a faded blonde toward the tips.
#13: Dark Roots And Ashy Blonde Strands
There was a time, not too long ago, when women all over the western world would cringe at the thought of letting their dyed hair grow to the point where their naturally dark roots are showing. Nowadays, they’re flaunting those roots, which, however, do not look like grown out hair because the transition between the two colors is smeared. We love both the dark roots and the lovely blonde with a subtle nuance of silver!
#14: Witchy-Wavy Black And Silver
With such an amazing grey ombre style as this one, you might as well have descended from a tale about witchcraft and adventures. The loose, layered curls bring out the color gradient, which starts with classic black and goes ever lighter, to the point where it’s nearly colorless at the tips.
#15: The ‘Devil May Care’ Ash Brown Ombre
Here’s another look that involves relaxed, bohemian curls. Look closely, and you’ll also notice that the model’s locks are gleaning in a metallic tint. This is a perfect style for hippie chicks, who can rock it both with a tee and jeans, as well as with a long summer dress.
#16: Rapunzel Straight And Metallic
As always, the most stunning ombre looks are those that involve super long hair. This model also stands out because of how flawlessly straight her hair is. And it also shines twice: one, because it’s so healthy, and two, because of the metal-like sterling tint in which it has been dyed half-way down.
#17: Back To Black & Blonde
One of the most popular styles with curls in recent years is just the one pictured here. Adding the ash ombre is the icing on the cake, since color and curls styled this way perfectly complement one another.
#18: Sleek Foxy Brown To Silver Ombre Hair
Sure, waves will work like a charm with an ash blonde ombre, but who says straight hair can’t be just as stunning, with the right choice of colors? We’re used to seeing super straight platinum blonde looks, but add a hefty dose of auburn brown and only dip dye the tips ashen. The effect will be smoking hot!
#19: Blonde To Copper Reverse Ombre
As you’ve already noticed, the classical ombre features the color fade to lighter tones. Well, if your hair has already been bleached and/or dyed a sunny blonde, why not try the reverse effect? This girl opted for a diva-like dab of red at the tips of her hair – she looks fab and ready to party!
#20: Ombre For Short Hair
Yes, that’s right: short curly hair can be dip-dyed, too! Just check out the spunky pixie with messy waves at the top, and the alternative look, featuring spiky bangs. At the core of it there are the darker roots, which make this edgy style appear more sophisticated than you’ve ever seen it before.
By now, we hope we’ve convinced you that ash blonde and silver ombre hair is extremely versatile. It can work with waves, curls, pin-straight hair, and in whatever color combination you prefer. And, no, it won’t make you look old, since you’re not actually dyeing your hair white or gray. It’s the metallic undertones that literally make these styles shine!
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