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Bye-Bye Brass: The Best Shades Of Ash Brown Hair For Your Skin Tone

28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

New year, new hair color—that’s what we always say. This year, we’re seeing influencers and bloggers take a dive into brunette territory with ash brown hair. 

Like its blonde equivalent, ash brown is surprisingly versatile. It plays nicely with shades on the cool end of the spectrum, particularly pastels, and even looks lovely alongside notes of gold and caramel.

If you’re looking for a hair refresh, ash brown is an on-trend way to do it. 

Caramel Ash

For ladies with medium or medium-dark skin, caramel ash brown is a true winner. The shade is brown with influences of cool blonde, emphasizing olive notes in the skin without washing out its wearer. 

We love this shade on medium and long hair, especially with caramel sections around the face to mimic the way long days in the sun might lighten the hair.

Toffee Ash

If caramel ash is approachable, then toffee is the shade’s moody cousin. The shade is a true ash brown that flatters light and medium skin tones—not to mention the matte finish we’ve been seeing in fashion editorials.

On fine or long hair, toffee ash can feel a little one-note. In that case, ask your stylist for strategic lowlights throughout the hair. These well-placed streaks will add depth to your new shade.

Chocolate Ash

There are plenty of hair shades that makes us feel emotional, but chocolate ash brown holds a special place at the top of the list. The color has all the depth and intensity of standard chocolate brown, but with a cool finish that makes it look fresh.

If you’ve been looking to experiment with pastel colors, gray, or silver, chocolate ash is an excellent base color. Once you’ve gotten used to it, a plethora of colors will fit beautifully into your hair look.

Dark Chocolate Ash

Although it’s similar in name and appearance to chocolate ash brown, dark chocolate ash adds an additional level of intensity to the color. When it’s applied and maintained correctly, this shade should be reflective and silky—basically, the equivalent of melted dark chocolate.
Although the shade suits a range of skin tones, we love the way it looks on very pale skin. Why not go for the extra drama? 

Honey Ash 

Hunting for a hair color that’s infinitely wearable? One that looks put together, but never ostentatious? Honey ash is the universe’s answer to your query. The color is a medium brown with hints of sweet, silky honey blonde and beige. 

Like honey ash blonde, this shade is the perfect pick for ladies seeking the elusive beach babe look. On loose waves, honey ash brown really makes a carefree statement.

Chestnut Ash

For a mane that’s slightly darker than honey ash, turn to chestnut. You’ll still get a medium brown shade, but this one errs a little closer to a beige-inspired chocolate. This shade looks particularly beautiful when it leans on the warm side, especially when it’s paired with honey ombre.

Mahogany Ash

Sometimes it feels as if every shade on the dark end of the hair spectrum involves a muddy purple-red. For those seeking a very dark brown that doesn’t remind them of grape soda, mahogany ash is the right hair color pick.

Because this shade has a matte chocolate base, its cherry notes are very minimal. At most, you’ll get a flash of red in the sunlight. Still, we find this shade incredibly flattering for medium and dark skin tones.

Lilac Ash

One of the newest hair colors to hit our trend radar is lilac ash, a combination of two styles we’ve been loving. For those who have been debating giving cool-toned brown a try and wonder about possibilities of pastel hair, lilac ash checks both boxes.

Try this look on medium-length or lobbed hair, asking your stylist to transition from medium ash brown to lilac around your ears. The pink-purple shade adds a whimsical, lighthearted touch to your mane.

Violet Ash

If you’ve already tried lilac or lavender and have totally fallen in love, pump up your color with a violet ash shade that will stop bystanders in their tracks. The bright purple is electric and unforgettable, so this is a wonderful shade for ladies who love to stand out. 

To get the most out of your neon locks, we recommend dip dying your strands. The sudden change in color is shocking and exciting—just like you.

Mocha Ash

Mocha ash is a classic hair shade, one that flatters a variety of complexions with its red and gold notes. For fall and winter months, mocha ash hair is a complex, rich take on chestnut strands that will never go out of style.

To bring even more depth to the look, give soft brown highlights a try. The added color will help you transition into spring while boosting the shade’s freshness.

Silver Ash

There are dozens of eye-catching hair colors out there, but silver still feels like a revelation. The brown-gray shade isn’t dull or flat, but rather incredibly flattering. We particularly like this shade when it’s used in an ombre from pure gray to bright silver.

Don’t be afraid to add old lady vibes to your look. Silver ash hair makes a statement, one that’s particularly fashion forward. You won’t regret it.

Pewter Ash

Where silver ash is intense and metallic, pewter ash brown is matte shade that’s all inky gray and brown. The shade almost looks the way your brown hair might after being coated with a layer of dry shampoo, but in a very fashionable way.

We like this color on very long hair because it’s so surprising. Hair lovers may expect silver or brunette locks, but never pewter.

Rosy Ash

If you’re in the market for a hair color that’s perfectly on trend, rosy ash brown is the right pick. The shade melds blush and peach shades over a dark brown base, creating a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind and mirror-like.

To get the most out of your hair color, make sure you’ve gone over a full haircare routine with your professional before leaving the salon. You’ll want to keep this shade as bright as possible.

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