There's a common misconception that Pinays should steer clear of cool-toned hair colors because they don't really "match" with our complexion—we're here to convince you otherwise! It's all just a matter of finding the right shade for your skin tone, which is why it's *important* to work with a professional colorist to make sure you get the result you envisioned.
One specific hue you can try is ash gray—it's basically on the other side of the spectrum with its deep, smoky color. Pair that with an edgy cut like a bob or a pixie, and you've got yourself a ~*cool girl*~ moment!
Before you go ahead and book that appointment, read on for some of the things you need to know beforehand. We also put together 10 pictures of our favorite shades and variations of ash gray for your viewing pleasure. Keep on scrolling to learn more:
How do I get ash gray hair?
Before you entertain the idea of having ash gray hair, we're here to tell you that this color requires bleaching. Since Asian hair is notoriously hard to lift, you might need a few applications of bleach. After your strands are light enough, they're toned to eliminate the brassiness. After that, it's time to apply the dye!
How do I take care of my ash gray hair?
If it's your first time getting colored hair, you'll need to completely change up your hair care products. It's time to invest in sulfate-safe shampoos and conditioners to avoid stripping away the dye. Other necessities include purple shampoo to avoid brassiness, and a nourishing mask to bring the moisture back to your strands.
The Best Ash Gray Hair Color Ideas To Try
1. Ash Gray Babylights
Babylights are the best way to dip your toes into the world of ash gray hair without it looking *too* drastic.
2. Ombré Ash Gray
Bleach on the scalp is a different type of pain, so if you don't want to go through all that trouble, we suggest going for an ombré look. It'll look more natural once your hair starts to grow out, too!
3. Ash Gray Balayage
Balayage is a technique where your colorist "paints" the highlights onto your hair to create a soft and natural-looking gradient. It's perfect if you're going for that ~beach babe~ vibe.
4. Smoky Ash Gray
This variation of ash gray isn't as *vibrant* like the others, which makes it school- and office-friendly.
5. Purple Ash Gray
Wanna mix things up? Ask your colorist to add some smoky purple dye into the mix—it's the perfect partner to ash gray, TBH!
6. Milky Ash Gray
The addition of the brown tones on the girl's hair below makes us think of milk tea.
7. Blue Ash Gray
Add a smoky blue dye to your ash gray hair for that instant cool-girl effect.
8. Hidden Ash Gray
Hidden hair colors create a nice effect when you put your tresses up in a ponytail.
9. Ash Gray Highlights
Highlights are the way to go if you aren't ready to let go of your black hair just yet.
10. Ash Gray Face-Framing Highlights
Face-framing highlights are a great way to draw attention to your face. They're often paired with the balayage technique for a more natural result.
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