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Updated on June 07, 2022
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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. How did these muted colors, which make women dye their hair nearly gray, become such strong trends? We’ve got forty 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. Ashy Blonde with Shadow Root

Long Wavy Ash Blonde Hair

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Flaxen blonde balayage is always an option for girls who want to settle for a lighter shade but not to turn out too flashy either. The best part about this hue is that it perfectly suits any skin tone, so you can feel free to experiment with this gorgeous hair color.

2. Brown to Gray Ombre Hair

Rock your ombre hair without getting strange looks at the office with this subtle fade to silver gray tips. The key to a natural gray ombre is choosing a darker shade of silver that will seem to flow out harmoniously from your dark base.

Gray Ombre on Dark Brown Base

Instagram / @megumicolor

3. Charming Silver Locks

Waves always work like a charm with an ash blonde ombre, especially when paired with such alluring ashy tones like the one in the pic. With this deep silver hue, your mane will definitely draw everyone’s attention, no matter where you go!

Sliver and Ashy Hues on Long Wavy Hair

Instagram / @kimwasabi

4. Casual Ash Blonde Ombre

Casual ash blonde ombre is yet another style that can be flawlessly rocked in any setting, so give it a go. Make these gorgeous soft waves using a curling iron to add texture and dimension to your locks.

5. Black Hair with Silver Underlights

Add a stylish accent to your locks by making these catchy silver underlights. An excellent idea for those looking for a way to stand out without dramatically changing the image.

Gray Underlights on Jet Black Hair

Instagram / @bri_claire_hair

6. Gray Ombre with Face-Framing Highlights

One of the most popular styles with loose waves 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.

Gray Ombre with Money Piece

Instagram / @hairbykaylajones

7. Silver Ash Blonde Hair

As always, the most stunning ombre looks are the ones that involve super long hair. These luscious wavy locks are just terrific! This beautiful hair shines twice: because it’s so healthy and because of the metal-like sterling tint applied half-way down.

Ash Blonde for Darker Complexion

Instagram / @locksbylauryn

8. Platinum Blonde Balayage

Ashy, sassy and classy – you can clearly see why rocking an ash blonde hue is a must this year. Ask your hairstylist to highlight your long dark hair with platinum blonde and silver accents and style soft waves to let them beautifully flow along your back.

Platinum Balayage on Dirty Blonde Base

Instagram / @geenasaur

9. Soft Blonde Waves

The delicate blonde tones that make this look stand out feel perfectly natural. As the gradient becomes ever lighter toward the tips, the hair curls up in soft waves, making this look completely angelic. Use purple shampoo to neutralize brassy blonde hair and give your locks a beautiful ash hue.

Ashy Blonde with Pastel Pink Touch

Instagram / @bell_thestylist

10. Icy Platinum Locks with Dark Roots

Here’s a look that would catch everyone’s eye with those icy platinum hair color. If you want to keep it natural, don’t dye your roots and opt for a beautiful balayage to create a smooth transition from a darker shade and make the style easier to maintain.

11. 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.

Black to Gray Ombre

Instagram / @modernsalon

12. 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.

Ash Brown Ombre for Dark Brown Hair

Instagram / <@modernsalon

13. 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.

Black to Silver Ombre Hair

Instagram / @ginaatkinson

14. 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!

Silver Blonde Ombre Hair

Instagram / @jetblackottawa

15. Long Hair with Silver Ombre Tips

Generally speaking, one of the best ways in which you can accentuate super long hair is to give the tips a 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.

Silver Balayage for Brown Hair

Instagram / @ochairslayer

16. 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 demurer 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.

Silver Ombre for Straight Hair

Instagram / @bethheffellhair

17. 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.

Gray Ombre Highlights for Brown Hair

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18. Black to Gray Ombre Hair

If you have a flair for chrome 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 gray work best for your desired look.

Gray Balayage for Long Black Bob

Instagram / @modernsalon

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.

Ash Blonde Ombre for Long Hair

Instagram / @modernsalon

20. 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.

Brown to Ash Blonde Ombre

Instagram / @kaylamarie_beauty

21. 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.

Brown Hair with Ash Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @kathynunezhair

22. 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 result will be stunning, especially if your hair is longer than mid-back and styled in waves.

Long Brown to Silver Ombre Hair

Instagram / @modernsalon

23. 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.

Dark to Gray Ombre

Instagram / @modernsalon

24. 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 has gone lighter from too many hours spent having fun under the sun.

Brown to Pale Blonde Ombre Hair

Instagram / @modernsalon

25. 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!

Short Ash Blonde Ombre Hair

Instagram / @modernsalon

26. 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.

Black to Ash Blonde Ombre for Long Hair

Instagram / @modernsalon

27. 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.

28. 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 gray ends complement their dark brown locks; all you need is a medium to long shag haircut for the best impact.

Black Shaggy Hairstyle with Silver Ombre

Instagram / @modernsalon

29. 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 a look that completely contradicts this cliché. This grown-out pixie is very contemporary, with its bold asymmetry and pitch-black roots. Meanwhile, the rest of the hair has been dyed a striking ash blonde, for an ultra-hip overall effect.

Long Ash Blonde Pixie

Instagram / @modadynasty

30. 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 toward silver tones. Choose ash blonde as a base color and use silver as a glow coating for selected pieces.

Silver Balayage for Light Brown Hair

Instagram / @circlesofhair

31. 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.

Ash Blonde Balayage Hair

Instagram / @12elevenstudio

32. 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 the dramatic and the subtle.

Sombre for Long Black Hair

Instagram / @adfsalon

33. 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.

Brown Hair with Ash Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @kathynunezhair

34. Ash Blonde Ombre with Brown Balayage

Let’s say 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.

Brown and Blonde Balayage Ombre

Instagram / @modernsalon

35. Violet and Silver Balayage

Insta girls have fallen head over heels in love with the idea of combining purple and gray 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.

Gray and Purple Balayage Hair

Instagram / @modernsalon

36. 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 a straight and wet look as it does in a wavy and carefree one!

Black to Ash Blonde Ombre Hair

Instagram / @modernsalon

37. 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.

Black to Gray Ombre for Black Women

Instagram / @modernsalon

38. 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 darker roots, which make this edgy style appear more sophisticated than you’ve ever seen it before.

Short Ash Blonde Ombre Hair

Instagram / @primadonnahar

39. Witchy-Wavy Black and Silver

With such an amazing gray ombre style as this one, you’ll get a look as if you’ve just descended from a tale about witchcraft and adventures. 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.

Long Gray Ombre Hair

Instagram / @haircollective_

40. 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.

Brown to Blue Gray Ombre

Instagram / @modernsalon

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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