23 of the Best Ash Brown Hair Color Ideas You’ve Gotta See

Trendy ash brown hair colors

Ash brown hair color is a modern variant of brunette hair that is blended with cool grey tones. Sometimes referred to as mushroom brown hair, this multi-dimensional hue is a favorite for being not too harsh, especially on fair to medium complexions or skin tones with cool undertones. Some shades can be produced with at-home  hair dye.

You can create a fresh smoky brunette look with a silky and smooth balayage, a full-on dye job, an ombre, some subtle highlights, or even with just the tips of your hair.

From light, medium, and dark ash brown shades, this chic color will always give your tresses amazing depth and dimension.

Tips on How to Get Ash Brown Hair

  • If you have naturally dark hair, you’ll likely first need to start by lightening it up by using bleach. This could take an extra coloring session or two.
  • If you have naturally lighter hair, one coloring session should be all you need.
  • Browse through the gallery below to determine which color style you’d like – balayage, ombre, highlights, dip-dye, etc.
  • Consider getting a ash brown balayage for a low-maintenance, natural look.
  • Invest in a good color-preserving shampoo to keep the ash brown color. Ask your colorist/stylist for some suggestions on at-home hair care products.
  • Always wash your hair with cold water to help your color last even longer.

Tired of seeing blonde hair ideas everywhere? Before your next hair color appointment, get this cool hue by first checking out these popular photos of ash brown hair color ideas!

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#1: Stunning Light Ash Brown Balayage

A light ashy brown balayage is a beautiful brown-silver color. This stunning hand-painted color complements women with a fair skin complexion. By keeping your base natural, the grow-out will be seamless!

#2: Neutral Ashy Brown Balayage Highlights

Ashy brown highlights will suit you well if you have a cool to neutral skin tone. Ashy brown is a very neutral color and may require more maintenance to keep your color looking its best.

Gorgeous ash brown balayage
Instagram @nichole_tran

#3: Gorgeous Ash Brown Balayage

It’s time to start the ash brown hair trend with an ash brown balayage or this gorgeous smoky ash brown ombre with babylights! Notice how the colors fade seamlessly from dark hair to mocha to a muted brunette. Whether your hair is straight or curly, this is sure to look gorgeous on you.

#4: Wearable Smokey Ashy Brown

This ash brown color is very smokey and very wearable, perfect to match ladies with warm skin tones. You’ll first need to lighten your hair evenly then color melt a darker brown hue.

At home maintenance is important to maintaining hair health such as deep conditioning treatments, proper professional shampoos, limiting hair washes to two times a week, and utilizing heat protectant/leave-in products to maintain maximum healthy-looking hair.

Classic Ash Brown + Ash Blonde Balayage
Instagram @briciu_giulia

#5: Classic Ash Brown + Ash Blonde Balayage

We’re head over heels with this beautifully done hair with babylights and ash bronde. This has a smokey brown ombre and it’s one chic way to upgrade your classic brunette look! At-home hair dye might get you this amazing light brown color but a colorist will create magic. Combining smokey shade with some blonde, of course, it is definitely going to rock.

#6: Nice Silver Ash Brown for Women Over 70

Consider a silver ash brown if you’re over 70 or if you’re wanting to blend your natural grey instead of covering it. This low-maintenance hair hue can be achieved by adding ash brown lowlights throughout. Keep your silver nice and cool by using purple shampoo in-between visits.

Cool Ash brown hair with soft purple tones
Instagram @ln__hair

#7: Cool Ash Brown Hair with Soft Purple Tones

Ash brown hair color with soft purple tones is a great way for brunettes to play with icy, cool shades. Brunettes can have fun with their color by adding a few cool, ashy highlights with soft purple cool undertones. Ask your stylist to use a teasy light technique when adding these ashy highlights to your hair so it grows out seamlessly.

Elegant lilac ash brown hair color
Instagram @liekuang

#8: Elegant Lilac Ash Brown Hair Color

Lilac ash brown hair color is an elegant, soft hair color. Warm lilac hues combined with cool ashy tones give hair a multifaceted dimension. Pastel lilac tones on brunette hair reflect light and give brunettes brightness in your color. Ask your colorist for a balayage color service with hints of lavender, pink and ashy tones to give your brown hair dimension and softness. Make your color pop by trying out a classic graduated bob haircut to define your new hair color.

#9: Low-Maintenance Ash Blonde Hair for Women Over 50

If you’re a woman over 50, an ash-blonde hair color is perfect if you’re already gray. If you have more pepper in your hair, add some blonde highlights to get more blonde in there, and tone with an ash blonde toner.

#10: Ashy Brown-Grey for Women Over 60

An ashy brown-grey color looks great if you’re in your 50s and can be great if you’re already going grey and have a natural base level 6 and above. When your natural color starts to grow out your line of demarcation will be less visible. Ash helps cool down warmth, which may be undesirable if you’re going grey and want it to blend.

Ash Brown Ombre with Choppy Ends
Instagram @madebysirly

#11: Ash Brown Ombre with Choppy Ends

The dark roots blending finely into a very light ash brown shade and choppy ends are giving us the chills! A balayage like this ash brown hair with dark roots works no matter what your hair length is.

#12: Dimensional Ash Brown Hair with Highlights

This wavy style and ash color will let your hair have the best of both worlds with its deep brunette base and those luscious babylights! Style with flawless waves for a more accentuated and dimensional effect to the dark ash brown hair color.

#13: Stylish Silvery Ash Brunette

Here’s another lovely ash brown ombre idea for girls who want a stylish yet low-maintenance hairstyle! I recommend you add some beachy waves to completely take advantage of this shade’s edginess. Silver brown hair adds a unique element to any hairstyle but can look dull if not done correctly.

#14: Incredible Ash Chocolate Brown

Brighten up your classic dark brown hair with a brunette balayage like this. Jazz your brown base and mid-length, wavy mane up by painting it with a vibrant shade of an ash chocolate brown. It’s the color perfect if you have a dark skin tone.

Ash Brown on Short Hair with an Undercut
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#15: Ash Brown on Short Hair with an Undercut

While everyone else is opting for long hair, why don’t you explore this undercut pixie trend, matched with a lovely ash, smokey brown shade to create a perfect foxy look? This soft color on short hair undercut looks pretty, you’ll be down for a trim! Style your ashy brunette hair with texture to bring out the layers and subtle ash brown dimension.

#16: Contrasted Grey-Brown Balayage

These contrasted and dimensional grey-brown balayage babylights are super amazing on beachy waves! Rocking this dimensional smoky ash brown hue is one easy idea of how you can freshen up and give life to your dark naturally-colored mane.

#17: Trendiest Light Ash Brown Hair

Here’s a lovely light ash brown hair that will boost your glamorous style. The glossiness of this shade is sure to add life to your medium-length, straight hair. For a consistent shiny and smoother creamy ash brown finish, apply oil through your strands.

Perfect Ashy Grey-Brown
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#18: Perfect Ashy Grey-Brown

We’re super obsessed with this popular mushroom silver hair! The way those soft waves fall accentuates the dimension perfectly. Try this ashy grey-brown color and when you see the before and after photos, you’ll fall in love with your hair even more!

Modern Medium Ash Brown
Instagram @ajielzar

#19: Modern Medium Ash Brown

Who says only a black hue can give a fuller-looking effect? This medium ash brown hair will boost the bulkiness of your tresses. Your color offers the right amount of vibrancy when under the sun. It also works well with soft but voluminous waves. Ask your stylist for a haircut that goes beyond the shoulders to maximize the movement of your locks.

Subtle Cool-Toned Ash Brown Highlights
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#20: Subtle Cool-Toned Ash Brown Highlights

Ash brown highlights compliment any skin tones. While at the salon, ask your hairdresser to add subtle cool-toned babylights to your hair to achieve a similar look. With any dark ash brown hair color, a good purple or blue conditioner is paramount and should be used no more than once a week.

#21: Face-Framing Ash Blonde Streaks for Older Women

The face-framing ash-blonde streaks create a modern and bolder if you’re an older woman. These also accentuate facial features very well. This particular style is good for you if want to brighten up previous dull highlights. This ashy tone requires maintenance every ten weeks, too.

Cooler Ashy Tones
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#22: Cooler Ashy Tones

This medium ash brown hair or mushroom brown hair with cool tones was created by hair colorist and stylist Nikki Nga La of Garden Grove, CA.

“The greatest thing about doing this color is to give your hair a natural-looking, low-maintenance hair while adding some long layers, and refreshing your split ends to smoothen and shine the color more,” explains Nga La.

“If you want to change up your natural hair color because it is too warm, too cool, or too plain, this medium grey brown color is one of the most natural-looking ways to pull it off,” she adds.

#23: Shiny & Wavy Mushroom Brown

This chic mushroom brown isn’t your typical shade of dark ash brown hair. Hair color trends like this have an ashy-looking edge that gives your mane a shiny, cooler tone. Partner your medium-length chop with beachy waves for extra texture and movement.

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