10 So-Pretty Pics That'll Make You Want to Try Ash-Brown Hair ASAP

Before it turns to dust on your Instagram.

Ash Brown Hair
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There's mousy-brown hair, the dishwater hue of your childhood, and then there's ash-brown hair, a deep, smoky shade that's currently taking over your social feeds. Unlike its blah counterpart, ash-brown hair looks rich and purposeful, with a mix of soft mink and hazy slate tones giving it much-needed life.

And, surprisingly, it's flattering on almost every skin tone, thanks to its mix of cool and warm undertones. So to get you inspired before this trend becomes a dusty old fad, we rounded up the prettiest, most-inspiring ash-brown hairstyles to try right now. Check out our favorites, ahead.

These ash and auburn-blended waves

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This textured walnut and ash lob

These smoked-out ombré waves

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These silvery-mink babylights 

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This flippy, ash-brown blowout

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This caramel-tipped ash balayage

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These smoky, gunmetal-gray waves

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These thick, mink-brown bangs

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This faded, blonde-washed gray shade

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These beachy waves with ash-brown highlights 

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Chloe Metzger
Beauty Editor

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.