When To Use Ash Hair Colors

Photo by Flickr user David Goehring No changes madeIt can be tricky knowing when you should use ash hair colors. I have put a few tips and examples below for times when you should be using ash hair color over natural or other toned colors.

Reasons to use Ash Hair Color:

  • The main use of ash colors is when you want to eliminate gold or red tones in your hair color.
  • Another use for ash colors is if you have natural gold or red tones in your hair. Ash based hair color will eliminate that unwanted “golden” tone after coloring.
  • If you have more than 1 color in your hair. Ash will give you a more even all over color.
  • Using ash when covering up highlights will soften the overall look.


If you are brunette and want to become blonde (full or highlights), using ash color can be helpful to get the cleanest blonde tones. NOTE: Using a bleach to lift darker hair colors would be better for doing highlights.

If you are not trying to drastically change the color of your hair, using an ash tint can lift your hair a couple of shades. This can change the whole look of your style, as well as even the whole tone out.

Ash hair colors can be very beneficial when used correctly. If ash is used, but not needed, you may end up with green or blue toned hair. The green base color in ash is what is used when people need to counter the red and uneven tones in hair. The bottom line for success with ash hair color is to understand when to use it and only use it in those cases. Always make sure you know what you want your end result to be, and be sure you have the necessary tools and products to achieve it. Hair color can be fun and less expensive to do at home, if the end result turns out the way you want it to.

So good luck! And happy coloring!

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