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When it comes to being a brunette, you may feel as though your options for spicing up your hair color are limited. And even if you’re rocking blonde locks, there are times you may want to go to the dark side without making a crazy change. Enter ashy brown hair. This cool-toned brunette hue is all the rage at the moment—and it’s exactly what you’re looking for. Below, learn how to try this hair color trend for yourself!
Ashy brown hair, as we mentioned above, is a cool-toned brunette hair color. You’re likely used to brown hair colors that have warm undertones—think caramel, chestnut, and chocolate—and while these are all gorgeous hair colors to try, there’s just something about a cool-toned brown that’s totally chic (especially for winter!). An ashy brown hair color can range from light to dark, so the level of darkness you choose to commit to is up to you. If you’re a blonde on the fence about switching sides, try a light ashy brown hair color. If you’re already a brunette, switch things up with dark ashy brown hair. You can even get creative by rocking a balayage ashy brown hair color, featuring a darker base and lighter ashy brown highlights throughout.
Want to rock an ashy brown hair color? If you’re switching up your mane drastically from your natural hair color—whether you’re going lighter or darker—you may want to go to a professional colorist to get your hair dyed an ashy brown shade. This is also a good idea if you’re a fan of the balayage technique, as it requires a trained eye to achieve precise, natural-looking highlights. Of course, if you aren’t making a major change, you can totally get this look at home, too! Keep reading to find our best at-home ashy brown hair colors.
Consider yourself a DIY pro? In that case, give yourself ashy brown hair from the comfort of your own home! Take your pick from any of our ashy brown hair color kits.
If you want a light ashy brown hair color…try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Light Ash Brown, L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Cool Light Brown, or the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Light Ash Brown.
If you want a medium ashy brown hair color…try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Cool Medium Brown, L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Ash Brown, L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Mocha Ash Brown, or the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Cool Medium Brown.
If you want a dark ashy brown hair color…try the L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Dark Ash Brown, L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Cool Dark Brown, L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Cool Darkest Brown, or the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Dark Ash Brown.
Once you have your trendy new ‘do, you’ll probably want to know how to take care of it so your color can look its best! Here are a few tips for keeping your cool-toned strands in shape:
Of course, one of the most important things to do when coloring your hair (and this applies to any color) is to swap your usual hair care line for one formulated for color-treated hair. We recommend the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
When it comes to ashy brown hair, you want to keep it brass-free and cool-toned! You can do this by adding a silver or purple shampoo into your routine whenever you start to think your hair is becoming a little too warm. It’s basic color theory: The cool tone of these shampoos will help to balance out that unwanted warmth. You can get more brass-free tips in our article, What to Do if Your Brown Hair is Brassy.
While we love voluminous curls and sleek, straight locks, give your hair a break from heat tools every now and then. Instead, opt for a heat free hair styling product like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Simply spritz the wave spray onto towel-dried hair, braid, and allow your hair to air dry. Undo your braid once your hair has dried to reveal loose, effortless waves!
Want more brunette hair colors to try? Learn How To Find The Best Shade of Brown Hair For You.