Mousy Brown Hair Is Having a Moment—So Brunettes Everywhere Can Finally Take a Break
Mousy brown hair—along with its much-teased counterpart, dishwater blonde—gets a bad rap. Nay, it practically gets bullied. What’s it ever done? Been most people’s natural hair color? The nerve!
The term is usually reserved for light brown hair shades that people think are too plain, dull, or uninspired. In reality, any shade of brunette is fair game to be called “mousy,” depending on the eye of the beholder.
Summer might have been pushing us to “go blonde! do it! now!” but autumn is all about taking it easy. There’s no better time to embrace your natural light brown roots or even ask your hair stylist to create the low-maintenance color. We’ll say it: Mousy brown hair is having a moment, and you better take advantage ASAP.
There are easy ways to update your natural brown locks for fall, and it’s all about subtle color that looks effortlessly styled. Think barely-there balayage highlights around the face and seamless color melts. Mousy brown can be anything but boring, and we’re showing the ultimate inspiration shots in tribute to the long-bullied color.
Here are 10 ways with mousy brown hair that are perfect for fall 2019.
Multi-Dimensional Mousy Brown
Mousy doesn't mean boring—and this bob says it all. Get yourself a fun new haircut and coat your strands in a shine-enhancing clear gloss, and you'll be feeling brand-new, no color required.
Milk Chocolate Brown
We're loving this in-between brown for fall—it's not full-on dark cocoa brown but not caramel, either. Let those leftover summer highlights from the sun fade into the rich chocolate color.
Subtle Brown Ombré
This is the most low-maintenance way to brighten up your strands. Let the color fade into a warm caramel or sandy blonde at the very ends (like seen here by stylist Cherin Choi) , and you'll feel the color payoff without touching your natural brown roots.
If this is what mousy brown can do, we're never going back. Nothing jazzes up light brown roots like a golden wash of balayage color from midway down to the ends. Plus, it grows out gracefully—which means you can postpone your touch-ups.
Come fall, update a plain brown base with caramel babylights. You'll be looking like a warm cup of caramel latte in no time.
Mushroom brown is the cool girl's take on mousy brown, and we're here for it. Think of a cool-toned, earthy brown (seen here by stylist Anthony Holguin) that looks a whole lot like a portobello—that's the goal.
Dark Mousy Brown
Summer might be all about going bright and blonde, but fall wants you to throw out the peroxide. Embrace your naturally dark strands and enhance them with rare sweeps of barely-there glowy color around the face. It's both flattering and low-maintenance. All of your sweaters will approve.
Dirty Blonde Color Melt
Dishwater blonde? We'll take it. This root-smudged color blends together a brunette base with golden blonde balayage. To keep the color subtle and full of sheen, touch it up with a goldeny gloss every couple months.
We're stopping the stigma, here and now. Dishwater brown, don't be ashamed! Here's your fall makeover. Plus, it'll look great with that new leather jacket.
Bronde is big this year—like, huge. Why choose blonde or brown when you can have both? Why, indeed. This beige blonde-brown mix is like a pumped-up version of classic mousy brown.