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Ashley Tisdale's Latest Hair Color Inspiration: A Rose Gold Instagram Filter

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The new trend in hair color? Well, if you’re Ashley Tisdale, it’s all about Instagram filter shading, IRL. The actress just debuted a brand new subtle update to her be beachy blonde locks. The star is gearing up for her Young & Hungry spinoff show, so she had to make sure that her character, Logan, has the coolest do ever.

Ashley Tisdale Rose Gold Hair
Ashley Tisdale/Instagram

Tisdale shared an Instagram photo of her new locks Thursday, writing, “New color alert: rose filter IRL!! Thanks to my amazing colorist @kristin_ess! And my girl @priscillavalles for extensions and cut 💇🏼💁🏼#dreamteam #becomingLogan.”


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Ashley Tisdale Rose Gold Hair
Kristin Ess

So what inspired the look? Her hairstylist, Kristin Ess, tells PeopleStyle that she simply wanted Instagram-filtered hair all the time.

“It legitimately came from the way blonde hair looks when there’s a rose filter on a photo,” Ess says. “Only AT wanted it to look like that all day everyday. We’ve both mentioned how great blonde hair looks with that particular filter and agreed it would look gorgeous in real life! But technically I came up with “Rose Filter IRL”. But only because I have to give every color & every braid a name.”

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But that wasn’t the only guidance she gave the colorist: When it comes to bringing other celebrity photos to her colorist as inspiration, Tisdale is just like us. Ess says that another one of her clients, actress Debby Ryan, had a major influence on the change.

“Ashley loves Debby Ryan’s hair,” she explains. “That was actually what brought Ashley to me in the first place! She loves this one photo of Deb from Teen Vogue when we did her hair platinum but did a super subtle rose wash over it. I also posted a photo of a client in the chair recently and she texted me ‘GIVE ME THIS’ along with the Instagram photo. She’s funny, and she knows what she wants when she sees it!”

And it seems like this look will be sticking around for a while — we’ll be seeing a lot more of it on her upcoming show, Young & Hungry.

“She’s gearing up for two really exciting things and we admittedly planned this color around them,” says Ess. “Her Young & Hungry spin-off show starts filming soon. She wanted her character, Logan, to have exciting hair and this just felt right. She’s also launching a gorgeous makeup line called Illuminate, so obviously we had to do something that would go perfectly with the new phase one colors!”

What do you think of her new look? Tell us below!

— Jillian Ruffo, with reporting by Jackie Fields