35 Ash Brown Hair Looks
Brown hair is usually split into two main groups; warm browns feature golden or reddish tones, while ash brown hair keeps things cool with smoky undertones in shades of grey, blue, and even green. Ash brown hairstyles are the moodier sisters of warmer brunette looks, perfect for any season as long as you’re looking to bring a bit more edge to your brown hair. Many people use the rule that ashy hair colors look better on women with cooler complexions, and while it’s true that cool complexions (especially with red undertones) tend to look great against ash brown hair, warmer skin with peachy undertones can also look great against a complimentary ash brown mane. If you’re looking for a cool new way to wear your hair brown, these 35 smoky ash brown hair looks are the perfect update for anyone’s basic brown hair.
1Smoky Bronde Balayage
With a gorgeous smokey blonde balayage over an ashy brown base color, this is the coolest take on the bronde hair trend we’ve seen. Perfect for ladies who like the trendy in-between shade but don’t love the way warm hair colors look against their skin.
2Ash Brown Sombre
Give your natural ash brown hair a new season update with a slightly lighter ombre color applied over the ends. Between the natural looking shades and very little difference between the two colors, this is one of the most easygoing ways to wear dimensional hair color.
3Dark Greyish Ash Brown
Cool, ashy brown hair provides the perfect backdrop for dark gray highlights. Give this style a try if you want to wear your hair in a dark color that’s more muted than a jet black or rich espresso shade.
4Medium Chestnut Ash Brown
This medium chestnut brown hair is the perfect neutral shade, and will go with just about any skin tone.
5Natural Medium Ash Brown
This medium ash brown style looks simple and natural without being flat or boring. If you’ve been wearing your brown hair with warm caramel highlights for a few seasons now, this is a great way to cool things down for a change.
6Ash Brown Ombre
Whether you wear hair plain and straight or in a casual fishtail, these dimensional colors play against each other beautifully without looking too in-your-face.
7Light Ash Brown with Face Framing Highlights
This style lets you brighten up your face without completely abandoning the ash brown hair that you were born with (or paid for at the salon). Because these shades of brown and blonde aren’t too far apart on the color spectrum, these face framing highlights come across as sun-kissed and natural looking.
8Dark Ash Brown Balayage
Highlighting dark brown hair offers the opportunity to be very bold or super subtle, and this ashy brown balayage lands nicely in between the two extremes. A dark brown base color looks thick and dimensional thanks to these balayage highlights. Being applied with a fine technique, they blend effortlessly in and out of darker strands.
9Layered Ash Brown Lob
This perfect lob actually features a nice mixture of warm and cool tones, making it a great choice for women with neutral complexions, or anyone who just can’t make up her mind.
10Dark Ash Brown
If this is your natural hair color, lucky you! Everyone else will have to hit up the salon to get this perfectly cool dark brown shade. Despite the general rule that cool colors go with cool skin tones, this look is a great example of how a natural looking ashy shade can play against warmer complexions.
11Chic Smoky Brown
If you grew up in the age when your hair was only cool if it was full of chunky warm blonde highlights, you might have grown up thinking ash brown hair was for plain hair. We’re here from the future to tell you that cool, smoky browns make up some of the most incredibly chic looks this season.
12Ashy Blonde Balayage
An ultra subtle blonde balayage helps to brighten this cool brown style up without bringing in any warmer shades. Fair skinned beauties with cool pink tones in their skin will love how this dimensional shade makes their faces come alive.
13Bold Smoky Highlights
This all-over highlighted style uses the balayage technique, but in a less trend-obsessed way.
14Blue Tinged Ash Hair
The blue tinge in this medium ash brown hair makes it a contender for the coolest hairstyle on our list. This is a beautiful example of how unnatural colors can be used to subtly enhance a hairstyle without overpowering the look.
15Ash Brown Babylights
The brown base color in this mid length cut is a fairly neutral shade of brown, but ashy gray babylights help to give it a smoky appearance in both color and texture. If you’ve always wanted to try out a greyish hairstyle, this is one of the most natural-looking ways to pull it off.
16Dark Natural Ash Brown
Fair skinned women with cool undertones and blue eyes can look incredibly dramatic in this shade of dark natural ash. Between the azure eyes and dusty pink lips, this hair color is the perfect canvas to enhance a chilly, muted look.
17Ash Brown with Blonde Balayage
We tend to think of ash brown as needing to be paired with colors that are muted or very cool, but this balayage style is a nice example of how a neutral blonde can balance well against an ash brown base. This style works well because neither of these two colors are too far on the warm-cool spectrum.
18Ash Brown Color Melt
From dark ash brown roots to cool dirty blonde ends, this color melted hair is smoky perfection. Give this look a go if you’ve been dying to try ash brown hair but want something more dimensional than a single tone style.
19Bright Ash Brown Bob
This ash brown bob looks bright thanks to some cool purple undertones. Although this isn’t exactly an everyday color, it’s a versatile shade that fits well with both warm and cool skin tones.
20Lavender Ombre with Ash Brown
A dusty lavender ombre makes the perfect accent for this medium ash brown hair color, creating a purple-tinged style that will make all of your friends jealous.
21Dishwater Ash Brown
Dishwater hair may not sound appealing, but it comes out as this gorgeous medium-brown hair that’s super toned down. We love this look for women with very fair or porcelain complexions, and it works well with both warm and cool undertones.
22Ash Violet Color Melt
This color melted style incorporates a slight touch of violet that shines nicely in the light and helps enhance its transition from black-brown roots to ashy medium brown ends.
23Light Ash Brown Bob
With some yellowy tones throughout the middle of hair strands and smoky greyish tips, this brown bob presents an impressive range of colors.
24Dark Brown with Gray Babylights
So dark it’s almost black, this ash brown hair is exquisitely accented with gray babylights, making for a cool smoky hairstyle that looks great on women with medium-dark complexions.
25Layered Ash Highlights
Layer lighter colors over darker ones if you’re want your bob haircut to look dimensional and endlessly thick. With light grey highlights dancing over dark ash brown, this cool bob is a moody masterpiece.
26Iridescent Dark Ash
This dark ash brown hairstyle almost sparkles thanks to expertly applied highlights in lighter brown and dove gray colors.
27Face Framing Balayage
Frame your face and make your dark brown hair look brighter without going brassy.
28Ash Bronde Lob
Yet another gorgeous entry from the world of bronde, this particular style does a great job of mixing blonde highlights with a dark brown base.
29Ash Blonde Ombre
Try a cool blonde ombre over your natural ash brown base if you’re looking to switch up your hair color without going for a brand new shade from roots to ends.
30Textured Dark Brown Bob
Still one of the trendiest haircuts around, textured bobs and lobs mix the styling ease of longer looks with the chic precision of a shorter cut. Try a dark ash brown color if you’re looking for a color that’s versatile and chic enough to match this cut.
31Smoky Shag Style
This medium colored smoky brown style uses darker roots to help balance out highlights, and makes for a great everyday ash brown look.
32Subtle Gray Balayage
This bluish gray balayage offers a subtle hint of smoky color to bring an even bigger cool factor to your ash brown hair.
33Dimensional Cool Bronde
With ash brown and blonde expertly weaved together, it’s hard to tell where one shade ends and another begins.
34Ashy Green Brown Color
Some ash brown styles have a subtle green undertone, but this cool color look makes liberal use of a muddy seaweed shade. Forget pastel aqua and lavender hairstyles, this is what real mermaid hair looks like.
35Medium Greyish Brown
This greyish shade of medium brown hair reminds us of old photographs in sepia tone, and will give your hair an antique look that’s not quite as intense as a fully grey color.