Jumping from one brown hair color to another sounds a little non-adventurous, but it's actually the best choice for a subtle change. A simple change in tone can already make a huge difference, and even more so if your colorist uses a special technique that'll keep the shade from looking too plain.
Ahead, we list five types of brown hues you can choose from for a gorgeous but still low-key change:
1. Bambi Brown
Bambi brown is a K-beauty favorite that'll give you a brighter, fresher vibe without needing a stark change. It has a healthy mix of warm and cool tones, and is definitely a color you can opt for if you want a lighter dye job but want to stay in the neutral spectrum.
2. Toffee Brown
This vibrant warm brown will give you all the subtle dimension you need for fuller-looking locks. Blend it with a dark base (ask your colorist!) to get the kind of light-reflecting color that's perfect for summer but also gorgeous for all year round.
3. Light Ash Blonde
There are many ways for you to try a light ash blonde 'do, but this popular shade looks best when it's blended into your natural hair color as highlights. It's up to your colorist to decide how to make it suit you, but regardless, it's a color that can lift your mane out of a dull phase.
4. Mushroom Brown
This hair color combines gray and brown tones to create a flattering neutral brown. Devoid of strong warm tones, it can remove the brassy look from your previous hair color and subtly conceal any gray hairs. Though it looks amazing as a full head of color, having it done in a sombré (or soft ombré) technique or highlights lets it grow out more gracefully and requires less frequent touch-ups.
5. Olive Brown
If the cool tint in mushroom brown is too dull for you, the subtle greenish finish on olive-brown hair could be right up your alley. Because if there's milk tea hair, there should be matcha hair, right? Kidding aside, this is an interesting take on the ash trend that's still wearable, and for those with a lot of natural redness in their skin, the greenish hue will neutralize that instead of highlighting the flush.
*This story originally appeared on FemaleNetwork.com. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.