Ash Brown Hair Colors: 15 Stunning Examples You’ll Want to See

Trendy ash brown hair colors

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.

This look certainly takes brown hair to the next level by adding a cool haze and giving it life.

It’s also a must for those who do not want too much commitment, as this faded color requires less upkeep compared to its vivid counterparts.

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.

Get this cool hue by first checking out out these popular photos of ash brown hair colors before your next appointment!

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Ash Brown + Ash Blonde Balayage

Ash Bronde Balayage
Instagram @sukana1

We’re head over heels with this beautifully done lob with babylights and a smokey brown ombre. This is 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 brown hair with some blonde, of course, it is definitely going to rock.

Ashy Brown

Ashy Brown
Instagram @jimberlydang

This ashy brown color is very smokey and very wearable. 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

Ash Brown Ombre
Instagram @madebysirly

The dark roots blending finely into very light ash brown choppy ends is giving us the chills! A balayage like this works ideally on any hair type as long as there is some length to it.

Ash Brown Hair with Highlights

Ash Brown Hair with Highlights
Instagram @hair_by_oliviadulev

This style and color lets 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

Silvery Ash Brunette
Instagram @mystylist_cadence

Here’s another lovely ash brown ombre idea for girls who wants 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

Ash Brown Balayage
Instagram @demirae_theyoungamerican

Start the trend with this gorgeous smoky ombre with babylights! Notice how the colors fade seamlessly from dark to mocha to a muted brunette.

Ash Chocolate Brown

Perfect Color for Dark Skin
Instagram @hairby_christina04

Brighten up your classic dark brown hair with a brunette balayage like this one. Jazz your 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

Short Ash Brown Hair
Instagram @aryavarji

While everyone else is opting for long hair, why don’t you explore this undercut pixie trend? Match it with a lovely smokey shade to create a perfect foxy look. This ash brown 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 dimension.

Grey-Brown Balayage

Grey-Brown Balayage
Instagram @angelat_hairart

These contrasted and dimensional babylights are super amazing on beachy waves! This is one easy idea on how you can freshen up and give life to your dark naturally colored mane.

Light Ash Brown

Light Ash Brown
Instagram @queenb_hairpdx

Such a gorgeous look! 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 finish, apply oil through your strands.

Ashy Grey-Brown

Ashy Grey-Brown
Instagram @findmybeau_t

We’re super obsessed with this popular mushroom silver hair! The way those soft waves fall accentuates the dimension perfectly.

Medium Ash Brown

Medium Ash Brown
Instagram @ajielzar

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 that 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

Ash Brown Highlights
Instagram @kimnguyenstudio

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

Cooler Ashy Tones
Instagram @hair_bynikki85

Q&A with style creator, Nikki Nga La
Stylist @ Bebe Salon in Garden Grove, CA

How would you describe this look?

This is a medium ash brown or mushroom brown hair. The greatest thing about doing this color is to give the client who likes a natural looking, low maintenance hair while adding some long layers, and refreshing those split ends to smoothen and shine the color more. The most enjoyable movement is to finish the haircut and color with some beach waves to give the client incredibly chic looks. Be sure to look at the various shades available for ash brown hair color before finalizing your hairstyle choice.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If the client wants to change up the 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.

Mushroom Brown

Mushroom Brown
Instagram @hairbyhannahwatson

This chic mushroom brown isn’t your typical shade of dark ash brown hair. It has 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.