Ash Brown Hair | How to get the cool brown look at home.

ash brown hair at home

Good bye mousey, ash brown is in the house-y. Ahem! Dark ash brown hair, light ash brown hair, medium ashy brown, balayage, highlights and even mushroom – ash brown hair colours are rocking our world right now with their versatile, multi-dimensional gorgeousness. But how can you get ash brown hair at home? Which ash brown hair dye do you need? The good news is, it’s easy!

Here’s everything you need to know about how to get the cool, ashy brown on-trend colour that’s lighting up our lives and heads!

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What is ash brown hair?

Ash brown hair is a cool blend of brown and silver that creates a shimmering natural colour and looks stunning on those with cool undertones. But that’s not to say that warmer tones can’t get the look too. It’s a great base colour to blend with other shades and keep you on-trend from season to season.

It’s is a soft, flattering colour that is loved for being multi dimensional and a perfect colour partner for brown hair balayage, ombre and highlights. It gives the best results over pre-lightened, blonde or light brown hair to achieve the ashy brown effect.

It’s the most lusted after shade right now for a gorgeous, all-over natural hue.

Is ash brown the same colour as mushroom?

Mushroom brown is a super on-trend version of light ash brown hair dye that blends ash blonde highlights and low lights to create that earthy mushroom colour. It’s a slightly warmer shade with its deep, rich hues and a good ash brown alternative for those with warmer skin tones.

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Is ash brown the same as chocolate brown?

Chocolate brown is another warmer, darker brunette shade that has reddy-golden undertones that create a rich, luxurious colour.

Chocolate definitely suits warmer skin tones and is the perfect brunette shade for those that will look washed out by ashy hair colours.

Chestnut brown is another light-brown, nutty colour that blends beautifully with ash as lowlights or balayage to create a warmer effect.

Check out the latest looks for ideas and inspiration.

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Will ashy brown hair suit me?

Ash brown is a shade that best suits cool skin tones so it’ll compliment you if you have cool tones too. So it’s best for those with pale and ashy complexions and face frames lighter eye colours beautifully like grey, green and blue.

That’s not to say you can’t warm it up with ombre or balayage looks to suit darker and warmer skin tones and complexions. It also looks amazing as a smooth base for highlights and lowlights.

If it suits you, it’s silvery properties can cast a glossy glow. But be careful it doesn’t wash you out if your undertones aren’t a match for it.

Do I have warm or cool undertones?

Use our checklist below to find out your undertones and check that cool brunette hair will suit you.

If you have cool undertones:

  • Your skin tone is pink or pale.
  • You blush easily!
  • Jewel and pastel colours are so your thing.
  • The colour yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
  • You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
  • Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.

If you have warm undertones:

  • You have red or golden tones in your natural hair.
  • Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
  • You might have freckles.
  • You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
  • You suit bright or rich shades better.
  • Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
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Which hair colours suit me?

You can also find out which hair colour suits you by taking our quiz! Just answer a few quick questions to find out what other hair colours most suit you! Click on the image below.


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You can also try on some virtual hair colours with the Best hair colour changing apps you need to use in 2021!

How can I get ash brown hair at home?

Fortunately, this on-trend colour is a super easy to do yourself at home. There are plenty of at-home ash brown hair dyes on the market that will you help you get the ashy brown look.

If you want to know how to get ashy brown hair at home, you need to first look at your base hair colour – the shade of ashy brown you’ll achieve all depends on the colour your hair is now.

If your hair colour now is darker than light brown – Your hair will need to be lightened first before you can dye it an ashy tone. This also goes for any other on-trend colours your hair happens to be. These will have to be removed before you start or your hair could turn black – you can’t lighten colour with colour!

Check out our advice in How to bleach your hair at home for top tips and products you can use to do this yourself at home. If the thought of lightening your own hair makes you nervous, see a professional. You don’t want to get it wrong!

If your current colour is any shade lighter than ash brown – or even the same hue, you’re ok to dye your hair ashy brown yourself at home. Make sure you read the advice on the box of ash brown hair dye you choose carefully to match it with the colour your hair is now.

Remember that colour can’t lighten colour so you may end up a shade darker than your base, whichever hair dye you try. If you know your hair takes to hair dye easily, you can opt for a shade or two lighter to avoid turning black.

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Which are the best ash brown hair dyes to get the look at home?

When it comes to perfecting ash brown hair at home, you’ll find a variety of different light, medium and dark ash brown hair dyes so choose your colour wisely. These are our fave ashy brown box dyes you can buy today!

Read more about each one in our Best ash brown hair dye reviews.

Best ash brown hair dyes at a glance.

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John Frieda Precision Foam Medium Ash Brown.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01L96IUL4&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest ash brown hair dye john friedaRich ash brown hues
Clairol Nice' n Easy Crème, Medium Ash Brown.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B07896997Z&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest ash brown hair dye clariolWarmer tones.
Clairol Nice' n Easy Crème, Light Ash Brownq? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B07893N2RM&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest ash brown hair dye nice n easyA subtle ash brown colour.
Schwarzkopf Colour Expert Omegaplex Hair Dye, Natural Light Brownq? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B07B5Q2VYM&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest ash brown hair dye schwartzkopfDeeper shades of ash brown.
Garnier Olia Light Brown Hair Dye Permanentq? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B009SK3HFI&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBbest ash brown hair dye garnierLight brown ashy hair.
Revlon Colorsilk Beautiful Color,Light Ash Brownq? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B01LTHLD9Y&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=US&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 20&language=en USrevlon light ash brownCooling down warmer tones.

TOP PICK!

John Frieda Precision Foam Medium Ash Brown Hair Dye.

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They say:

  • A thick and saturating mousse-like, foam hair dye.
  • The non-drip foam sinks into your strands for deeper colour saturation.
  • It’s applied easily from root to tip and even in hard-to-reach areas.
  • The after-colour conditioner is really nourishing and helps to seal in the colour for long-lasting results. 

Reviewers say:

“The hair dye itself is so easy to use and it smells lush. There’s no warmth to the colour, it’s proper ashy brown.”

“The dye is a beautiful cool brunette colour. Not too dark, and has covered up most of the warm tones I was trying to get rid of! So happy!”

“I used this just on my roots as I have light brown extensions in. It covered all my greys completely and has refreshed my style. So pleased.”

We say:

We love John Frieda Precision Foam. It’s a hair dye that’s easy to apply, doesn’t drip and really saturates your hair with colour.

This is a medium ash brown but it came out darker than the box on our medium brown, already colour-treated hair. But brown dyes are notorious for producing results darker than the box so if in doubt, go for the light ash brown hair dye or a shade one level up from your base colour.

What we loved about this hair dye and shade was that it got rid of our red/brassy undertones. It’s a sultry, rich colour with cool hues. Although it was quite dark to begin with, it gradually faded after a few washes to a lighter ashy shade.

Best ash brown hair dye for: Rich ashy brown hues.


How do I care for my ashy brown hair?

Once you nail beautiful ash brown hair at home, you’ll need to maintain it to stop it fading away. But luckily, it is a brunette colour that can keep well with the right care.

Our top tips for making hair colour last longer include protecting your hair against sunshine, heat damage and sea and pool water with the right products.

Also try washing your hair less frequently, ideally once a week if you can. You can lengthen the time in between washes with a good root cover up and dry shampoo.

The good news about ash brown is that it still looks good while it’s growing out. So you can dye your hair less often. Darker root styles and root blurs are all the rage and blend well with ash brown hair dye.

Ashy hair has purple or blue tones within it but you might find it becomes warmer as it fades. Particular if you have warmer tones and your hair naturally draws red. To take care of this, you’ll need a good blue shampoo to stop your colour becoming too warm or brassy. We love the Joico Blue Shampoo & Conditioner.

Joico Color Balance Blue Shampoo & Conditioner.

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Whatever colour you dye your hair, strengthen your hair with the little miracle bottle that is Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector. This will fortify and restore your hair bonds and help lock in the colour. If it’s good enough for Kim K, it’s good enough for us.

And don’t forget you can check out all the best coloured hair care tips How to look after coloured hair and keep it luscious for longer for top tips.