Brown hair gets a bad rap for being basic because it can lack dimension. Although natural brunets can benefit from some painted-on color variation, warm tones aren't the only color options to explore. While we're huge fans of a bronde ombré and honey highlights, cooler undertones can be even, well, cooler. Enter ashy brown—a hue where brown and silver meet. Wear it in subtle highlights for a hint of cool, or a full-on balayage for the ultimate transformation. Ahead, 30 ash-brown dye jobs that prove this hybrid hair color looks amazing on everyone.
For Low-Maintenance Upkeep
If your hair is currently lighter at the ends like Jessica Alba’s, you can still keep your ombré style, while getting in on the ash hair color trend. Just get your stylist to cool down your ends for an ashy finish. And the best part is your already-low-maintenance dye job will just get even easier to maintain.
For Honey-Highlight Lovers
If you're curious about the ash brown hair trend but refuse to ditch your complexion-warming honey highlights there's a Kim-Kardashian approved way to strike a balance. Keep a few golden streaks to frame the face and incorporate ash tones everywhere else. The contrast surprisingly works so well.
For Light Brown Hair
If your brown hair is on the lighter spectrum like Gigi Hadid's, you can still keep your sun-kissed ends, while trying the ash trend up top. Ask your colorist to incorporate more silvers and work on toning the warmer tones. Just remember, it's your job to keep toning products in your regular hair routine to avoid brassiness.
For Covering Grays
This super ashy look creates the illusion of light brown in certain lighting and silver in others. It's perfect for creating tons of dimension, but it works even better at covering up gray strands. The cool undertones of this light shade camouflages all traces of unruly grays, and makes upkeep a breeze.
For Neutralizing Yellow Tones
A silvery-brown tint applied throughout is just what you need to neutralize any caramel and yellow tones in your mane, giving it a cool, lived-in color. Once you’ve tinted your stands, consider laying off the heat-styling and embracing your natural texture to prevent further damage.
Although Khloé Kardashian’s dip dye comes dangerously close to making her a full blonde, her dark roots qualify her as a brunette. The secret to getting her cool-toned "bronde" is ditching all traces of honey shades, and adding in subtle silvery highlights instead. Again, be sure to keep that purple shampoo on deck to avoid going brassy.
For A Healthy Finish
Although the ash brown trend looks completely natural, don’t forget all color-treated hair requires a certain amount of upkeep to maintain a healthy-looking shine. Opt for products that are safe for color-treated hair like sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners. And, always incorporate a hair oil will give you an instant shine when your hair is lacking a certain luster.