5 differences between ash-blonde and ash brown: I help you choose the best for your hair

woman surprised by her ash blonde hair

Here are the 5 differences between ash-blonde and ash brown (I’ll tell you briefly, and then we’ll look at them in-depth):

  • Brightness
  • Covering gray hair
  • Your skin and eye color
  • After-color care
  • The complexity of achieving the desired tone


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Are you planning to change your hair tone?

Not so sure which of these two colors will be the right one for your features and style?


Stay with me.   I’ll tell you about 5 differences between ash-blonde and ash brown hair color.   At the end of the article, we’ll see which one will look best on you.


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Difference 1: Lightness

ash brown is darker than ash blonde

The tone in ash-blonde and ash brown isn’t drastically different, but the former reflects light much more than the latter.

So, if you’re trying to add light to your look, ash-blonde is the ideal tone for you.


Difference 2: Disguising gray hair

The ash-blonde tone is ideal for women who want to disguise their first gray hair because it gives cool, somewhat grayish reflections that are similar to gray hair.


On the other hand, the ash-brown tone won’t conceal the first gray hairs as much because, being a darker tone, it’ll create contrast and highlight the grays.


Difference 3: Skins and colors

ash blonde ideal for cold skin

Ash brown is a fairly neutral tone that suits almost all skin and eye colors.

On the other hand, ash-blonde is especially flattering on fair or pale skin and light eyes.


Difference 4: After-care

As ash-blonde is cool and light, it requires special care.

On the other hand, the ash-brown tone doesn’t require too much care. So, it’s ideal if you don’t like to spend so much time in the salon.


Difference 5: Achieving the desired tone

Depending on your natural hair base, ash-blonde can be more or less hard to achieve.

On the other hand, being darker, ash brown requires less hair bleaching.


Are you curious to know more about these two hair tones?

Follow me, because it’s time to give you my opinion on these two colors.


If you’re looking for lightness, go for a lighter tone

If you’re looking for a lighter look, I recommend you choose the lighter tone as long as your hair isn’t too dark. Let’s look at it like this:


  • If your hair tone is brunette to dark brown, go for ash brown. That way you’ll be lightening your hair several tones and providing the necessary lightness without turning it too artificial.


  • On the other hand, if your hair is light brown to dark blonde, you could choose the ash-blonde tone as long as you’re looking to add more light to your features.


If you’re looking to hide your gray hair, go for blonde

  • If your first grays have appeared, ash-blonde is ideal for disguising them. Being a cool medium-grayish tone, they are easy to conceal with this tone.


  • But wait a minute! If your hair is too dark, I recommend you go for the ashy brown tone. If your base color is too dark, it’ll look very artificial if you apply a light tone.

Instead, go for highlights or babylights. Keep in mind that highlighted hair hides gray hair and creates a dramatic dimension.


Visagism to evaluate which tone suits you best

ash brown blonde highlights

Have you heard about visagism? What is it?


In short, visagism is a technique we hairdressers use to find out exactly who looks best in one color or another. It’s as simple as that.

Do you want to know if you’ll look better with ash-blonde or ash brown? Let’s see:


  • Ash-blonde hair is for white or pink skin.

It also looks best if you have dark, light brown, green, light blue, or blue eyes. This doesn’t mean that you can’t wear this tone if you have yellowish or brownish skin. Since I can’t see your face and features, I’ll give you some general advice.


  • On the other hand, ash brown is a neutral tone. It’s very elegant and suits almost all skin tones and eye colors. If in doubt, go for this spectacular color.


After-care: blonde hair needs more special attention

moisturizing mask for dry hair after bleaching

  • As I told you before, the ash-blonde tone requires you to take extra care of your hair after coloring. Of course, this depends on your natural hair tone.

If you have brown hair and decide to dye it ash-blonde, you’ll soon have to go back to the salon to touch up the roots.


So, the darker your natural base, the faster the roots will grow into an ash-blonde. In addition, you should occasionally use a toning shampoo to eliminate the yellow highlights that tend to appear over time.


  • If you dye your hair ash brown, you’ll need less care afterwards.

Remember. This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to care for it. Instead, you could space out your salon visits. Also, depending on your natural hair tone, you could skip the toning shampoo.


Achieving the desired tone, are you willing to bleach your hair?

match roots with the rest of the hair

I’m sure you’ve almost decided what your new hair color will be.



  • It’s also important that your hair is in good condition for bleaching. It would be useless to get to an ash-blonde if it looks dry.


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  • If your hair isn’t in good condition, it’s best to wait and do treatments to heal it until it can be bleached.


  • Unlike blonde, almost all base tones can achieve ash brown with a single bleach. Consequently, the exposure to damage would be much less.


  • If you’re still in doubt, you can go for babylights or highlights in either of these two tones. This is a great option to try out which tone you like best before making a total change.


Now that you know the 5 differences between ash brown and ash-blonde, which one will you choose?

In this article, we’ve gone over the 5 key differences between ash-blonde and ash brown in terms of lightness and aftercare.

We’ve also evaluated what’s best for you to cover gray hair. You’ve learned visagism and I’ve given you the best tips in case you still haven’t decided which of the two tones to wear in your next look.

I’m sure you’ll look amazing!

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