How to Reduce Red Hair Color With Ash

Red hair is striking and bold, but sometimes you want to reduce red tones for a different look. Ash shades, which are cool toned, can neutralize the warmth.

Choose a semi-permanent ash hair color that is a similar shade to your natural or dyed hair. You can also choose a color that's darker or slightly lighter than your hair.

Mix the hair color ingredients together according to the instructions on the package.

Your hair should be unwashed and free of styling product. Apply the color all over your hair, starting at the ends and working towards the roots. Make sure all strands are completely saturated.

Pile your hair on top of your head. If necessary, clip it loosely into place with a large hair clip. Let the dye process for the recommended amount of time.

Rinse the color out of your hair with cool water until the water runs clear. Squeeze the excess water out.

Apply color-safe conditioner from root to tip. Let the conditioner sit for at least 2 minutes.

Rinse the conditioner out of your hair with cool water.

Towel-dry your hair gently; then style as usual.


Semi-permanent color generally washes out within 28 shampoos and is typically free of ammonia, which is damaging to hair. The dye fades naturally without leaving grown-out roots.

Bleach often leaves hair looking brassy or yellowish. Use a light ash blond color after bleaching to neutralize brassy tones.