Ash Brown Hair Color Ideas for Pinays

Check out 17 chic ways to wear rock this trendy hair color! 

Brown hair is flattering on almost anyone. It is a go-to color especially for Pinays because brown makes your skin warmer and adds that healthy glow. If you have morena skin and you want to dye your hair, here’s a suggestion for you: try ash brown hair color.

Ash brown is a medium shade of brown with a tinge of gray. It’s a subtle shade that looks sophisticated when done correctly. It’s almost impossible to achieve beautiful ash brown hair color without bleach. This is because Asian hair has naturally thick and compact cuticle cells, so it’s challenging to lighten it especially if it’s your first time coloring your hair. Without bleach, your naturally dark hair may not get light enough to achieve that ashy tone.

But don’t let that discourage you from getting ash brown hair color. Just make sure to have your hair dyed by a professional so you’ll get good results. And if you’re ready for your new hair color, here are ways on how to pull it off.

1. Ash Brown With Blonde Streaks

Ash brown hair color: Asian woman with short ash brown hair
Take the leap and dye your entire hair ash brown. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Falling in love with ash brown? Go ahead and dye your locks from root to tips. Then, add some blonde streaks and let these sit on top of your ash brown base for a trendy look.

Editor’s tip: Preserve your ash brown hair color by using TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo in your daily wash. Its purple formula helps neutralizes brassy tones, so you get to enjoy your ash and blonde shades sans the discoloration. Follow it up with TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner to keep your dyed hair well-moisturized. 

2. Long Ash Brown Hair With Waves

Asian woman with long ash brown hair wearing a blue-green shirt
Update your look with ash brown hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Why don’t you try this edgy shade of brown on long hair? Then, you can wear it textured on casual days or styled with waves if you want to glam up.

3. Ash Brown Bob

Asian woman with short ash brown hair wearing a black shirt
Try this ‘do on your next hair makeover. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Update a classic chin-length bob by going for a trendy hue like ash brown. The result is a fresh, edgy, and super chic look.

4. Ombre

Asian woman with ash brown ombre hair wearing a denim jacket
See how ash brown goes with other brown shades when you get ombre hair. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

Ombre has been quite around for some time, and you can apply this gorgeous hair trend when getting ash brown hair color. You can dye your roots and the upper half of your hair ash brown, then gradually transition to another shade like light brown hair color or ash blonde as you approach the tips.

Editor’s tip: Coloring and bleaching your hair can cause extreme damage. Repair your damaged strands by using Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. It has Keratin Actives that go deep into your hair to deeply nourish and repair it from within. 

5. Short Ash Brown Highlights

Ash brown hair color: Asian woman with brown short hair smiling
Make your simple bob more appealing with ash brown highlights.

Wear this trendy hair color with a haircut that’s also in like a chin-length bob. Ash brown can make your short hair look even fresher and more updated, resulting in a more youthful look.

6. Balayage

Woman with long wavy ash brown balayage hair wearing a jacket and skirt ourdoors
Go for ash brown balayage hair for a more natural look. Credit: Melodie Jeng

If you want your ash brown hair to look more natural, go for balayage highlights. This coloring technique is like hand-painting your hair, letting the color peek through with your natural hair color as the base. You can combine ash brown and light brown hair color to give your hair dimension.

7. Ash Brown Balayage on Short Hair

Back shot of an Asian woman with ash brown balayage short hair
Try ash brown balayage on a bob or lob. Credit: Panadda Suwanjundee

You can also sport balayage hair on a bob or lob. When ash brown, along with other brown hues, are seemingly handpainted on your hair, your bob or lob gains extra dimension and depth. Add more drama by creating soft waves or curls.

8. Ash Brown Lob in Pigtails

Asian woman with bangs and hair in low pigtails
This hairstyle works on second-day hair, too. Credit: Shutterstock

If you want to tie your medium or long bob but your hair is not yet long enough for a ponytail, try putting it in pigtails. You may have sported this hairstyle when you were a kid. Now, with ash brown hair color, you can make pigtails look grownup, updated, and sophisticated.

9. Medium Ash Brown Hair Color

Dark brown hair color: Closeup shot of a woman with long ash brown hair wearing a white blouse outdoors
Textured hairstyles and layered haircuts become more defined with ash brown hair color. Credit:

If you’re looking for a brown shade that’s quite unique, go for ash brown hair color. It blends seamlessly with your naturally dark tresses, and if you have long wavy hair, this hair color gives it more definition.

Editor’s tip: Give your hair the benefits of three keratin products in one. Try Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive Ultra Conditioner. It has keratin relaxers to tame frizz, keratin serum to revive your hair from intense damage, and keratin essence to restore shine to extremely dull hair. 

10. Dark Ash Brown Hair Color

Woman with a side bun hairstyle and ash brown hair color
Put your ash brown hair on a loose, side bun when attending special events like weddings. Credit: Shutterstock

If you love putting your locks in an updo, dark ash brown can add some definition to your hair. And when the light shines on your tresses, your hair shows this beautiful brown sheen that keeps your hair from looking flat.

11. Light Ash

Asian woman with light ash hair
Stand out with light ash brown hair. Credit: Natasha Estelle

Dare to make a bold move and dye your hair light ash. This shade has more gray than brown and is an edgy color choice if you want to make a statement with your hair.

12. Sleek and Shiny Ash Brown Hair

Woman with sleek and straight hair wearing a white blouse and light blue trousers walking on the runway
A drop of leave-in conditioner can help give you sleek and shiny tresses. Credit:

Ashy hair colors often look matte by default, but you can add shine to your ash brown hair with a coat of hair serum. Sleek and shiny hair is a perfect day-to-night look that you can easily pull off. With hair like this, you can easily go from office-chic to party-ready in a minute.

13. Ash Brown Straight and Layered HairCloseup of a woman with long straight brown hair with heavy eyeliner and light makeup

Jazz up your straight, ash brown hair by going for a layered haircut. Credit:

If you’re not a fan of ombre hair color, you can add a bit more dimension to your hair by going for a layered haircut. If you have long, thin hair, layers will definitely keep it from looking flat.

14. Ash Brown Lob

Woman with a center-parted ash brown lob wearing a white dress walking on the runway
Whether it’s blunt or layered, a lob makes for a fresh, new look. Credit:

Have you just gotten a fresh, new haircut? Add a new hair color into your makeover list as well. With an ash brown lob, you’ll be sporting two hair trends in one look. Give your hair a clean, center part for that classic, polished ‘do.

15. Very Dark Ash Brown

ash brown hair color: model has dark ash brown hair color and she is looking at the camera while her hair looks beautiful
Dark ash brown hair looks great with voluminous hair. Credit: Shutterstock

You can also go dark with a dark brown base when getting ash brown hair color. This is perfect for girls who rarely have the time to visit the salon regularly. Since the color is not far from a Pinay’s natural hair color, the roots don’t show and growth is not that obvious.

16. Ash Brown Highlights on Long Hair

ash brown hair color: girl with a yellow jacket and long hair is leaning on the wall while looking at the camera
Hair highlights give your hair dimension. Credit: Shutterstock

Highlights combine with your natural hair color, giving your hair dimension. Best of all, it makes you look younger and fresher.

17. Yellow-hinted Ash Brown

side view of model is shown where her hair is up in a ponytail
Love the sleek texture of this ash brown hair. Credit: Shutterstock

We are just falling head over heels for this ash brown hair color. The shade is not common and suits warm skin tones. The hint of yellow also makes your hair seem glowing when light hits it. How gorgeous, right?

With these ideas, are you now ready to rock ash brown hair color? To which we say, go ahead! Don’t forget to take a selfie because we’re sure your look will be Insta-worthy.


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