16 Stunning Ash Brown Hair Ideas to Inspire Your Next Look

16 stunning ash brown shades for you to discover!  

If you’re asking yourself ‘which hair hue to try next?’ or ‘how can I give my current look a fresh update?’, look no further than ash brown hair. Okay, we know that ash brown doesn’t sound like the most exciting of hair colours, but it is, in fact, one of the hottest hues of the moment! Why you ask? Because, once you’ve found the right shade, it can suit just about anyone.

Ash brown hues are a mix of brown and silver and can be worn as an all-over colour, with subtle highlights or a balayage.

All Over Dark Ash Brown

Ash brown hair on mid-length wavy hair - back view
Ash brown hair makes the perfect choice for everyone. Credit: Instagram.com/mistywind

Like any new hair colour, you must first decide whether or not getting ash brown hair will work to complement your skin tone. But that’s where we come in: after all, no one wants a hue that will wash them out!

So, if you have tanned to dark skin, give this dark ash brown shade a try. It will work to provide a brightening effect for your overall appearance, helping enhance your natural glow! Credit: @mistywind

Graduated Medium Ash Brown Balayage

Ash brown balayage hair with grey toned balayage finish
Give your ash brown hair a balayage twist. Credit: Instagram.com/caroliiine_k

The one key thing to know about ash brown hair is that it works great as a starting shade for graduated colour styles, just like this medium ash brown balayage look. This would work just as well using the ombre technique, melting together numerous hues in one style! Credit: @caroliiine_k


Editor’s tip: Keep your colour looking vibrant for longer with the Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Colour Shampoo and Conditioner. With organic Muru Muru Butter, this vegan wash and care duo helps to nourish and enhance colour treated hair.

Ash Brown Blend

Ash brown blend - long loose waves hair - back view
This ash brown blend looks incredible. Credit: Instagram.com/rachellemariano.che

Transition your cool ash brown hair colour to a warmer and glossy hue, like this Instagrammer, to give your look the best of both worlds!

By blending in the warmer hue with the crisp, grey undertones, this style will work for almost all complexions – seriously, it’s a no-brainer! Credit: @rachellemariano.che

Ash Brown Hair With Highlights

Ash brown hair with highlights - bob length - side view
Give your ash brown hair some highlights for a flawless finish. Credit: Instagram.com/jeida11

It’s not all about full-on dye jobs, don’t you know? Sometimes even the smallest addition can make for a big style update. Take this ‘do for example, we love how this medium ash brown shade has been lightened with a full head of highlights, giving more impact and dimension to the finished look. Credit: @jeida11

Dark Ash Brown Hue

Woman with dark ash brown wavy hair
Credit: Instagram.com/themaneartistry

If you have naturally very dark tresses, yet don’t want to go as far as lightening them a bright blonde hue, dark ash brown can still provide you with a much-needed style update. Credit: @themaneartistry

Smokey Balayage

Ash brown hair with smokey balayage finish - long straight hair
Smokey balayage will suit olive or tanned skin. Credit: Instagram.com/ tashabobasha83

Ash brown hair has a rather muted finish, which is why many ladies use the shade to balance out red tones within their hair, or as a starting point for adding further colour.

Want something that’s unique and a little mysterious? Then layer your medium ash brown with a light ash brown shade for a smokey balayage finish. This will look amazing for fair skin ladies, without washing out your complexion. Credit: @tashabobasha83

Icy Ends

Ash brown long bob with platinum blonde balayage - back view
When ash brown meets platinum blonde the result looks amazing. Credit: Instagram.com/rubyna.kim

Torn between trying out different hair colour trends? Why choose when you can get a 3-in-1 look? Pairing a dark ash brown hue with contrasting shades of deep grey and icy, platinum blonde, you’ll create a stunning finish which looks incredible on all complexions, especially those with yellow or olive undertones. Credit: @rubyna.kim


Editor’s tip: Keep strands in tip-top condition by adding a weekly hair mask to your routine. Formulated especially with coloured hair in mind, the sulphate free TRESemmé Colour Shineplex Mask offers intense nourishment to lacklustre strands while the infused Camelia Oil helps boost colour vibrancy and shine.

Cool Ombre

medium ash brown hair in an ombre style
Have the best of both worlds with this silver ombre on
ash brown hair. Credit:Instagram.com/hairby_mayu_

Ash brown hair is known for its cool tones, which makes it unique compared most other brown hair shades that are warmer. So, if you love the cool finish that you get from ash brown, make this striking ombre your next look. Credit: @hairby_mayu_

Tonal Ash Brown

Woman with ash brown wavy hair
Credit: Instagram.com/hairbykaileee

Get the most out your ash brown hair colour by subtly blending it with a colour a shade or 2 lighter. This will give your ‘do an uplifting finish and, best of all, it will suit just about everyone! Credit: @hairbykaileee


Editor’s tip: Keep your ash brown hair looking glossy by adding a few drops of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil, which will also tame flyaways and fight frizz.

Stark Contrast

Ash brown wavy lob - side view
This look will give you plenty of style points. Credit: Instagram.com/rachellemariano.che

If you’ve been praying to the hair gods for a style that’ll stand out, then this dark ash brown shade (with clashing violet tones) is the style for you. And to show off each of those intricate colours, we suggest opting for a set by soft wavesCredit: @rachellemariano.che


Editor’s tip: As with any dyed hair look, you’ll need to switch your wash and care system to one that’s formulated especially for coloured tresses. We love the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner for its unique colour lock formula.

Ash Grey Highlights

Woman with long ash brown highlighted hair
Credit: Instagram.com/zcellentbeautysalon

Dip your toes in the ash brown trend with face-framing highlights. Credit: @zcellentbeautysalon

Medium Length Ash Brown Hair

Woman wiht medium length ash brown hair
Credit: Instagram.com/hairbymina_colorist

This blow-out on medium length ash brown hair is picture perfect from all angles. Credit: @hairbymina_colorist

Ash Brown Hair With Platinum Highlights

Woman with ash brown hair with platinum highlights
Credit: Instagram.com/roxybeautytouch

Ash brown and platinum hues are a match made in heaven! Team them together with an ash brown base and platinum highlights sliced through. Credit: @roxybeautytouch

Ash Brown on Short Hair

Woman with ash brown short bob and fringe
Credit: Instagram.com/do_yeonist

Don’t let short hair stop you from living your best hair colour dreams. We love how the all-over ash brown colour doesn’t distract from the cut of this chic bob. Credit: @do_yeonist

Ash Brown Curly Hair

Woman with long ash brown curly hair
Credit: Instagram.com/constancerobbins

Add caramel and ash brown highlights through curly hair to add dimension, and for the gorgeous finish of course. Credit: @constancerobbins

Cool Ash Brown

Woman with long wavy cool ash brown hair
Credit: Instagram.com/hairby_brendaa

Cool tones like this ash brown balayage are great for those with warm-toned skin. Credit: @hairby_brendaa


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