If you’re looking for a way to add some color and dimension to your brown hair without sacrificing the warmth of your natural shade, then you may want to consider ash brown hair. A smoky, almost grayish-green alternative to a classic brunette color, ash brown hair adds an almost matte, neutralizing element to your current hue. When done right, ash brown hair color adds a subtle dose of color for a tasteful and understated way to change up your style. Are you thinking about giving this color a try?
21 Ways to Wear Ash Brown Hair
Read on for some inspiration that includes light ash brown, medium ash brown and dark ash brown styles that are all equally sexy and sophisticated:
1. Long & Straight
Alternatively, wear your strands long and straight for a statement that’s on the other end of the hair length spectrum. Be sure to protect your hair and prep your strands with Dove Style+Care Smooth and Shine Heat Protection Spray before you straighten them.
2. Natural Waves
Take advantage of your natural texture and wear your ash brown lob in natural waves. This air-dried texture is ideal for the warmer months when humidity is on the rise and hot tools are the last thing you want to see.
3. Flat Iron Waves
Learn how to create flat iron waves and you’ll never have to pack both a flat iron and a curling iron for vacation again. This method tends to give curls a better hold than a classic curling iron routine, so this is ideal for anyone who feels their hair just doesn’t hold a curl!
4. Voluminous Texture
Add some volume to your roots (and the rest of your hair) by combing Suave Simply Styled Flexible Definition Wave Mousse through your strands. Use a hair dryer to dry your routes and add easy volume at the base of your style.
5. Universally Flattering
This ash brown hue is one of those universally flattering shades that compliments every skin tone! Pair your fresh color with a blunt bob and fringe for a style that makes a major statement.
6. All Over Dark Ash Brown
Like any new hair color, 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
7. Graduated Medium Ash Brown Balayage
The one key thing to know about ash brown hair is that it works great as a starting shade for graduated color 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 color looking vibrant for longer with the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo and Conditioner. With organic Muru Muru Butter, this vegan wash and care duo helps to nourish and enhance color treated hair.
8. Ash Brown Blend
Transition your cool ash brown hair color 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, gray undertones, this style will work for almost all complexions – seriously, it’s a no-brainer! Credit: @rachellemariano.che
9. Ash Brown Hair With Highlights
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
10. Dark Ash Brown Hue
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
11. Smoky Balayage
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 color.
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
12. Icy Ends
Torn between trying out different hair color trends? Why choose when you can get a 3-in-1 look? Pairing a dark ash brown hue with contrasting shades of deep gray 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 colored hair in mind, the sulfate-free TRESemmé Botanique Color Vibrance & Shine Intensive Mask offers intense nourishment to lacklustre strands while the infused camelia oil helps boost color vibrancy and shine.
13. Cool Ombre
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_
14. Tonal Ash Brown
Get the most out your ash brown hair color by subtly blending it with a color a shade or two lighter. This will give your ‘do an uplifting finish and, best of all, it will suit just about everyone! Credit: @hairbykaileee
15. Stark Contrast
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 colors, we suggest opting for a set by soft waves. Credit: @rachellemariano.che
16. Ash Gray Highlights
Dip your toes in the ash brown trend with face-framing highlights. Credit: @zcellentbeautysalon
17. Medium Length Ash Brown Hair
This blow out on medium-length ash brown hair is picture-perfect from all angles. Credit: @hairbymina_colorist
18. Ash Brown Hair With Platinum Highlights
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
Editor’s tip: If you have light ash brown hair, try a toning shampoo like the Nexxus Blonde Assure Purple Shampoo. This will help keep your color cooler and prevent color fade.
19. Ash Brown on Short Hair
Don’t let short hair stop you from living your best hair color dreams. We love how the all-over ash brown color doesn’t distract from the cut of this chic bob. Credit: @do_yeonist
20. Ash Brown Curly Hair
Add caramel and ash brown highlights through curly hair to add dimension, and for the gorgeous finish of course. Credit: @constancerobbins
21. Cool Ash Brown
Cool tones like this ash brown balayage are great for those with warm-toned skin. Credit: @hairby_brendaa
Are you thinking about trying out this hair color trend? Be sure to share the results with us over @AllThingsHairUS!