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: 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.
#2: 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.
#3: 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!
#4: 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.
#5: 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.
#6: Long Silver Ombre Hair
If you have made an effort to grow your hair long and you’re proud to show it off – go for long silver ombre hair. The effect will be stunning, especially if your hair is longer than mid-back and styled in waves.
#7: Back to Black Ombre Hair
Ladies with raven black hair can also adapt the ash blonde hair idea to their dark locks. Instead of simply choosing dark ash blonde, you can tint the ends in tones close to charcoal for a perfect balance between dramatic and subtle.
#8: Ash Blonde Ombre with Brown Balayage
Let’s say that you have decided to go for ash blonde ombre hair, but you want to add a twist to the look. You can do so by introducing balayage into your ombre look. Chunky chocolate brown highlights with the black base peeking through make for a statement look, but the ombre takes it even further.
#9: Discrete Ash Blonde Ombre
Not all ladies want a dramatic ombre look, especially if they work in a corporate environment or they’re still in school. A fantastic solution is to go with a very discrete ash blonde ombre hair style on the base of a long bob. You won’t get any complaints and you’ll still look fabulous.
#10: Platinum Contrast Ombre Hair
White silver ombre hair is eye candy at its finest. If you want to go from dark brown to blonde with your ombre hair, you can decide on a dramatic transition from mid-shaft to ends. Consider platinum contrast ombre hair if your locks are long and lovely.
#11: Seamless Brown to Grey Ombre
Another way in which you can rock ombre hair without getting strange looks at the office is with a super smooth fade to subtle grey tips. The key to a natural grey ombre is choosing a darker shade of silver that will seem to flow out harmoniously from your dark base.
#12: Violet and Silver Balayage
Tumblr chicks have fallen head over heels in love with the idea of combining purple and grey in one hairstyle. Take the two shades and blend them for a chic impact that will be a sheer joy to see in the mirror every morning.
#13: Black to Grey Ombre Hair
If you have a flair for achrome and don’t want to spread out to browns, you can always try out black and silver ombre hair. Experiment with dark shades and see which tones of grey work the best for your desired look.
#14: Ash Blonde Ombre with Earth Tones
Natural earth tones look marvelous during any season of the year. Discrete ash blonde ombre locks like these can be worn wherever, whenever and in whatever way you like – that’s what makes them even more appealing.
#15: Long Hair with Silver Ombre Tips
Generally speaking, one of the best ways in which you can accentuate super long hair is by giving the tips some contrasting color. If you’re lucky enough to have locks that flow down your whole back, you can easily shine with charming silver ombre tips.
#16: Casual Ash Blonde Ombre
Flaxen blonde ombre is always an option for girls who want to settle for a lighter hair color, but not to turn out too flashy either. Casual ash blonde ombre hair is yet another style that can be flawlessly rocked in any setting, so give it a go.
#17: Black, Ash Brown and Silver Ombre
You can have the best of both worlds by using not only ash blonde or ash brown, but also silver for your ombre. This hair color idea works best for a very dark base. Allow the tips to naturally flow from ash brown into silver.
#18: Ash Blonde Hair with Silver Accents
Instead of creating a powerful contrast between dark and light shades for your ombre, you can choose a natural look with ash blonde towards silver tones. Choose ash blonde as a base color and use silver as a glow coating for selected pieces.
#19: Long Ash Blonde Ombre Hair
An option for ladies who want to put an emphasis on ‘blonde’ in blonde ombre hair is starting a fade to a lighter color closer to the top, a few inches away from the roots. If you choose this ombre style, make sure that the blonde part blends in gradually, naturally flowing from dark brown to ash blonde.
#20: Balayage Ombre Hair
You don’t have to create your ombre half-way down your hair; as a more natural-looking alternative, you can combine the idea of balayage highlights with ombre and get a wonderful result.
#21: Golden Blonde and Ash Blonde Balayage
Ashy, sassy and classy – you can clearly see why rocking ash blonde hair is a must this year. Long dark hair can be highlighted beautifully with golden and silver accents. Style soft waves and let them flow along your back.
#22: Ombre Hair in Grey Shades
The word ‘grey’ is on everyone’s lips, and not just because of the movie. Silver ombre hair is on the way to becoming one of the top hair color ideas for this year, so gather up your courage and go for grey!
#23: Platinum and Silver Highlights
If platinum suits your skin tone, you can definitely take it to the next level by trying a more sophisticated ombre or balayage look. You can go for a dark ash blonde base and dilute it with shiny platinum streaks. Ladies with long hair will love the look for sure.
#24: Subtle Ash Blonde Ombre
You can give your ash blonde hair some more edge by turning up the silver levels. The natural dark brown roots can seamlessly blend with ash blonde ends through a cool-toned medium brown hue. The result is gorgeous.
#25: Silver Ombre Tips
You don’t have to extend your silver ombre to cover most of your hair – you can always highlight only the tips. Girls with dark hair will love how light grey ends complement their dark brown locks; all you need is a medium to long shag haircut for the best impact.
#26: 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.
#27: 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.
#28: 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.
#29: 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.
#30: 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!
#31: 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!
#32: 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.
#33: 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.
#34: 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.
#35: 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.
#36: 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.
#37: 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.
#38: 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!
#39: 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!
#40: 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!