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
(Image credit: Marie Claire)

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

This textured walnut and ash lob

These smoked-out ombré waves

These silvery-mink babylights 

This flippy, ash-brown blowout

This caramel-tipped ash balayage

These smoky, gunmetal-gray waves

These thick, mink-brown bangs

This faded, blonde-washed gray shade

These beachy waves with ash-brown highlights 

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, obsessively writing about new makeup launches, the best hair products (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare formulas that really work for every skin type (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.