21 Ash Brown Hair Looks Trending Right Now

This hair color trend keeps your beloved brown locks on-point.

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

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Wear your grown-out strands sleek and 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


ash brown hair naturally wavy lob
Wear your lob in 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

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Use your flat iron to create trendy 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

ash brown hair layered medium length volume
Add some major volume at your roots.

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

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This ash brown hue is super complimentary.

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

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 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

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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 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

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This ash brown blend looks incredible. Credit: Instagram.com/rachellemariano.che

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

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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

10. 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

11. Smoky Balayage

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Smoky 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 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

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 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

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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_

14. Tonal Ash Brown

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

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

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 colors, we suggest opting for a set by soft wavesCredit: @rachellemariano.che

16. Ash Gray 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

17. 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

18. 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

Editor’s tip: If you have light ash brown hair, try a toning shampoo like the Nexxus Blonde Assure Purple ShampooThis will help keep your color cooler and prevent color fade.

19. 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 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

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

21. 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

Are you thinking about trying out this hair color trend? Be sure to share the results with us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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