7 Ash Grey Hair Ideas and Formulas
The grey hair trend is definitely here to stay, and the good news is there’s something for everyone. Our diverse portfolio of colours allows you to create more than just fifty shades of grey, from ultra-shiny and metallic colours like silver to dipping your toe into ashy tones like ash brown or blonde tones. But, if you’re looking for a dramatic change, why not embrace the mystery and go fully ash grey?
What is ash grey hair?
You can find ash grey towards the darker end of the grey spectrum. Its smoky hues suit every hair type and texture as well as most complexions, but it should have a more neutral or cool undertone rather than warm – otherwise it will look brassy.
How to get ash grey hair?
If you want to achieve the ashiest shade of grey, you’ll first need to lift the hair to the lightest blonde underlying pigment on the depth of a 10/0 .Make sure to use a bond strengthening treatment like Wellaplex that will protect the hair strand during bleaching. Depending on how dark the hair is when you start with it, you might need more than one application.
Once the hair is lightened to the correct depth, you will need to carry out two toning services: a purple toner to cancel out the yellow undertone in the hair, and another toner to achieve the grey result.
How to care for your ash grey hair
An ash grey mane requires quite a bit of upkeep in order to maintain that dark smoky look. Advise the client to wash their hair with a colour-protecting shampoo and conditioner like our Colormotion+ line that also strengthens the hair after the intensive bleaching process. They also might need regular in-salon root touch ups and toning.
Ash Grey Hair Ideas
1. Smoky grey highlights
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This look created by Iliya Zaytcev is definitely generating some heat. He created grey highlights on a brown base using Koleston Perfect 12/81+0/88+12%, then toned them in a dark, smoke colour using the formula: Color Touch 7/86+2/0+1,9%;
2. Silver ash grey
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Embrace the shine and choose grey hair with a silver finish. This look is very stylish, especially when the locks are kept straight and sleek. Glass hair is here to stay! After lightening the hair with Blondor Granules, Wella Passionista Kai Sohn toned the hair with two different Illumina Color formulas: 5/81+9/60(1:2)4%) on the roots and 10/69+6/19+5/02 (4:1:1) 4% on the lengths.
3. Purple ash grey
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If the classic ash grey look is a bit too dark for your client, why not suggest a tinge of colour? We love the pastel, purple vibe in this look created by Kelly Naso using Wella Blondor, Color Touch and Color Touch Relights. We recommend the following grey shades from the Color Touch range: 7/86, 7/89 and 8/81.
4. Warm ash grey
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Sometimes the client might ask for a specific shade of ash grey that might not be suited for them. This means it’s all about personalising the grey shade to the client’s skin tone whilst staying close to their desired look. Try this warm ash grey variation created by Lucian Busuioc. He enhanced the bob with subtle but cheeky purple ends.
5. Ash grey blonde
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Ash blonde is one of the coolest blondes out there, so why not take it up a notch on the cool-scale by creating an ash blonde with a grey tone. Style with loose waves for a dreamy finish.
6. Metallic ash gray
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Turn up the shimmer by adding some metallic streaks and create a cool-warm contrast with the ash grey roots. Spritz with EIMI Glam Mist after styling for even more sheen. If you want to maintain this metallic glow for longer, we recommended getting a glossing or toning service in between appointments.
7. Ash grey balayage
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Create dimension and movement with this wonderful ash grey balayage and scattered babylights to enhance the deep base colour. For this look Daryl Lienhart used Blondor for lightening, Illumina Color for pre-toning and Color Touch for the big finish. And, here’s a bonus Wella expert tip: depending on the depth you achieve with the lightening, using violet shades will help neutralise the yellow tones in the hair. Illumina Color 9/60 and 8/69 work wonders in this situation.
Now that you’re feeling inspired, why not test some of these formulas ? Share your looks on Instagram using @wellahairuk and #wellapassionista and we will share the love further.