So you want lighter hair but not too light? Yeah, we totally get what you mean. We also think we know the exact color inspo you need to finally take the plunge and book that appointment. And if, like us, you love the effect of a dye job in ash or blonde, then you'd definitely love these options as well! Now, go ahead and take your pick!
1. Chestnut Brown
Chestnut brown is severely underrated for a color that's as "effortless" as ash brown. It's basically its dark, equally flattering and warm-toned cousin that'll give your tresses a barely-there lift. (Tip: If you have virgin locks, this can be your stepping stone to achieving a lighter hair color later!)
Not ready to go platinum yet? Bronde (or brown-blonde) is the way to go. It's like making your hair live a double life, reaping the benefits of both colors all in one go. Colorists usually achieve this with either the foilyage or balayage technique, creating a seamless blend between light and dark.
3. Light Ash Brown
This hair color can be quite the chameleon as a full head of color. Indoors, it looks like your average cool-toned light brown. But once the light hits, it transforms into a gorgeous silvery hue that camouflages everything from gray hairs to the brassy color you had in the past.
4. Ash Khaki/Khaki Brown
Dark hair with a touch of green is the low-key pop of color that's long been a go-to in J- and K-beauty. They call this color khaki brown or olive brown, and it's typically used to neutralize the natural redness in Asian hair. It's a colorist-approved hack for making the redness on your skin less obvious, too!
5. Mauve Ash
While we're talking about pops of color, you can't go wrong with pink. Mixing it into your typical light ash brown 'do, for example, can give you this stunning mauve hue that's a definite conversation starter. It might even make you want to consider going full cotton candy next!