Ash brown hair 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 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 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.
- 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 appointment, get this cool hue by first checking out these popular photos of ash brown hair color ideas!
Ash Brown + Ash Blonde Balayage
We’re head over heels with this beautifully done lob 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 color but a colorist will create magic. Combining smokey shade with some blonde, of course, it is definitely going to rock.
This ashy 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.
Ash Brown Ombre
The dark roots blending finely into very light ash brown shade and choppy ends is giving us the chills! A balayage like this ash brown hair with dark roots works ideally on any hair type as long as there is some length to it.
Ash Brown Hair with Highlights
These wavy style and ash color let you 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.
Silvery Ash Brunette
Here’s another lovely ash brown ombre idea for girls who want a stylish yet low-maintenance hairstyle! 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.
Ash Brown Balayage
It’s time to start the trend with an ash brown balayage or this gorgeous smoky ash brown ombre with babylights! Notice how the colors fade seamlessly from dark to mocha to a muted brunette. Whether your hair is straight or curly, this is sure to look gorgeous on you.
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 for dark skin tone.
Ash Brown on Short Hair Undercut
While everyone else is opting for long hair, why don’t you explore this undercut pixie trend, matched with a lovely ash, smokey shade to create a perfect foxy look? This soft color on short hair undercut looks pretty, you’ll be down for a trim! Style this ashy brunette hair with texture to bring out the layers and subtle ash brown dimension.
These contrasted and dimensional grey-brown balayage babylights are super amazing on beachy waves! Rocking this dimensional ash brown hue is one easy idea of how you can freshen up and give life to your dark naturally-colored mane.
Light Ash Brown
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 long, wavy hair. For a consistent shiny and smoother creamy ash brown finish, apply oil through your strands.
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!
Medium Ash Brown
Who says only black hue can give a fuller-looking effect? This medium ash brown will boost the bulkiness of your tresses. The 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 shoulders to maximize the movement of your locks.
Ash Brown Highlights
Who wouldn’t want these stunning ash brown highlights on her mid-length chop? This mocha color offers a low-maintenance look and a natural finish. The highlights on ash brown hair shine best when hit by the sunlight. With soft and subtle waves on the ends, you’ll look dashing and ready for a night out!
Cooler Ashy Tones
This medium ash brown or mushroom brown hair with cool tones was created by stylist Nikki Nga La of Garden Grove, CA.
“The greatest thing about doing this color is to give the client who likes natural-looking, low-maintenance hair while adding some long layers, and refreshing those split ends to smoothen and shine the color more,” explains Nga La.
“If the woman wants to change up her 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.
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.