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The *Actual* Difference Between Ash and Platinum Blonde


07 . 14 . 19

Priscila Martinez

Priscila Martinez is Los Angeles based brand strategy specialist and writer. She focuses on beauty, fashion and the luxury and lifestyle sectors. Martinez contributes to publications like Forbes, AdWeek and Asia Times and she writes for lifestyle outlets like Mane Addicts and Radio Disney’s Sweety High. In addition to editorial and publicity, Priscila has collaborated with various brands to produce content for their social media, websites and blogs. Nevertheless, Priscila’s most noted accomplishment is being mom to her furry son, Kingston.

Blonde jokes aside, sometimes confusion is warranted. This is especially true when laymen (err women) try to decipher the actual difference between ashy or platinum blondes. To clarify everything for you, we’ve polled two of our favorite hair artists. Read on to find out the real difference between these two blonde hues.


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Kim Navarro is a Nine Zero Nine artist that was worked with a who’s who of Hollywood. The way she explains ashy tones is simple. “Ash is a cool hue with notes of blue, purple and silver,” she begins. She also convinced us that ashy color doesn’t just live in blonde manes. “It can basically be added to any level of color,” Navarro states.  From a level one black, to the brightest blonde, in her experience, ashy tones can be incorporated into various hues. Another distinctive characteristic of ashy tones? “[They] tend to absorb light and not reflect light, oftentimes making the color appear a little darker,” she explains. This is the biggest difference between ashy and platinum tones according to Navarro. “Platinum is the brightest blonde in hair color/levels. It’s more on the neutral side so it’s able to reflect light,” she concludes.


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Our second pro, Anthony Holguin also enjoys a client list of popular starlets. He prefers to describe ashy tones in a different way. “Ashy is a more of a toned blonde,” he begins. What this means is that in his experience, ashy hues have violet and blue undertones. When he talks about platinum, he makes the distinction a bit more straightforward. “Platinum [is] more of a pure tone. Like a baby blonde or that white color blonde,” he muses. Holguin considers this bold hair color “a little more high fashion.”


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