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Don’t let anyone tell you brown is a boring hair color! There are plenty of stylish brunette shades you can rock—including ash brown hair. Whether you’re already a brunette or are currently sporting a blonde shade, ash brown hair is a gorgeous light brown hue that’s within reach. Here’s everything you need to know:
When considering ash brown hair, keep your starting shade in mind. If you’re starting with dark brown or black hair, you’re likely going to have to lighten your strands using a hair color bleach to achieve your desired ash brown color. If you’re starting with lighter locks, you’ll be able to go straight to coloring your hair ash brown.
Another thing to be aware of is that this hair color has cool undertones, so it will be most complementary on those with cool undertones. If you think ash brown is the shade for you, you’ll need to decide whether you want a light or dark ash brown hue as your end result. If you’re unsure about your perfect shade, go to a professional colorist and bring a few pictures along as color inspo.
If you want to dye your hair ash brown at home, it’s all about using the right hair dye. If you need to lighten your hair first, try the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach. After bleaching, once you’re ready to color your hair, use an ash brown at-home hair color kit, being sure to follow the instructions included in the box. Here are our best ash brown hair colors kits:
L’Oréal Paris Féria in Cool Medium Brown: This multi-faceted shimmering color won’t wreck or ravage your locks, rather, your mane will be left with brilliant color.
L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference in Medium Ash Brown: This at-home coloring kit will leave you with shiny, luminous locks and long-lasting color. Other ash brown shades to try include Hi-Lift Ash Brown, Light Ash Brown, and Dark Ash Brown.
L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Mocha Ash Brown: This hair color line also offers a variety of ash brown shades to choose from. Other shades to consider include Light Ash Brown and Dark Ash Brown. What’s more, the formula will give you 100% gray coverage.
When it comes to maintaining your new hair color, you want to make sure you’re using hair care products that are safe for color treated hair. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner are prime picks. To show your strands some extra love, swap your conditioner for the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm twice a week to restore brilliance and strength to your mane.
Of course, you’ll want to properly show off your new hair color with a gorgeous hairstyle. Keep the following tips in mind when styling:
For inspiration, look to the most recent hairstyle trends. You can get ideas from your favorite celebrities, influencers, and fashion shows to ensure you have the coolest look in town.
If you plan on using styling tools to recreate the trends you find, don’t forget to spray your locks with a heat protectant first, as it’s especially important to minimize heat damage after dyeing.
Besides using a heat protectant, you can limit heat damage by trying heat-free styles, like air-dried beach waves. To get the look, spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray throughout towel-dried hair to define your hair’s natural texture. For added definition, braid your hair after spritzing. Wait for your hair to dry, then remove the braid and you’ll be left with beautiful waves. Another option would be to use a texturizing pomade, like the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty, for a piece-y, messy look.
Upgrading your hair color is one way to prepare for fall—but what about your makeup routine? Next, take a look at our article, How to Transition Your Makeup Routine from Summer to Fall.