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Ash Brown Hair for Morenas: Tips, Color Information, and Where I got mine


Wedding is in 4 days. AGGGGHHH! I don't actually know what I'm feeling, but all I know is I can't wait for it to happen. :D

In the next few days to weeks, I'll muse about my wedding journey - from choosing of suppliers, essential tips, realizations, actual wedding, and of course, my beauty rituals; starting with the hair, of course!


Here's my pre- medium ash brown hair, which was previously colored by Vivere as well; this is a honey brown tone and I'm glad that it didn't end up looking brassy on the ends despite coming from a heavily bleached (due to highlights) situation.

Photo Credit: pinterest.com

THE PEG

This is my hair peg. I want my locks to still look brown, but with a halo effect of ash on it, if you know what I mean.

At first, I was a bit hesitant to go for ash brown because I was afraid that the greenish/grayish tone will result to a muddy- looking complexion, but thanks to the expertise of my stylist, Alben of Vivere Salon Glorietta 1, we were able to pull it off.

First, I had a hair cut because my ends were already begging to be cut. I just had the dry ends trimmed; I still want to have long hair to sport soft boho curls on my wedding day.

Now join me in my journey to Medium Ash Brown hair! For starters, Vivere uses Schwarzkopf as their brand of hair dye and I'm sharing with you the colors my stylist used.

First, my hair was pre- lightened with Schwarzkopf #12 from the Highlifts color family. We were off to a good start as I felt that my hair needed to be pre- lightened first for the Ash tone to come out evenly and for my regrowth to unify with my lightened ends; it's exactly what Alben did.

Next, the ash brown color was applied. Alben used Schwarzkopf 7-1 and 8-11 from Naturals color family for the ash brown tone.

After 2 hours of pre- lightening and toning, my hair's ready. See the ash tone? :D

Voila! Ash Brown hair for morenas, achieved!

Some notes on getting ash brown hair, especially if you're morena:

1. It is important to pre- lighten the hair first because Asian hair is rich in pigment, which makes it virtually hard for any new color to come out accurately, not unless you are sporting bleached/blonde hair to begin with.
2. For morenas, a warmer ash brown is best; that's why I chose Medium Ash Brown; anything darker than this will just make my hair look dark brown and anything lighter, methinks will make my skin tone look muddy.
3. Work with your stylist and discuss the outcome that you want properly, but expect that you will achieve around 80% of your desired color only just because the pigments in our hair always get in the way.
4. Double coloring can make your hair dry so don't forget to opt for hair treatment after!

That's all for my new hair! I'm totes ready to get married LOL. Again, here are the colors I used:

PRE- LIGHTENING- Schwarzkopf #12 (Highlifts)TONE- Schwarzkopf #7-1 and #8-11STYLIST: Alben (0928-8941551, 0917 3950916)BRANCH: Vivere, Glorietta 1
Btw, Vivere's sister companies, Ooh La Lash, Hey Sugar Waxing Salon, and Nail-A-Holics have opened new branches at Unimart Greenhills! Visit them at Mezzanine level, Unimart, Greenhills, San Juan.

Color starts at P2,500.00 at Vivere Salon. For more information, please visit VIVERE SALON on Facebook.

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36 Lovely Thoughts

  1. Ive been waiting for this blog kasi u mention it on one of your YT videos. I really super love the color bagay na bagay sa mga morena and i know u will have a hair goal on ur upcoming wedding ms martha πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘πŸ» Oh my im also excited on ur wedding day. U look amazing with the new hair color 😍😍 Love it!!!!

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  2. My friend with a morena skin really had a hard time finding the right color for her hair that will match her skin tone..thanks to you Ms. Martha for sharing this. I will surely recommend this to her 😍

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks in advance for sharing :)

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  3. Wow lapit na ng wedding, Ms Martha! :) Ang ganda ng shade, I know you will be a very lovely bride! Looking forward to your wedding related entries and tips! Yayyy! Congrats in advance! :)

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    1. Thank you! Will post about it this week! :D

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  4. Wow πŸ’œ Mas lalo kang gumanda sa buhok mong ganyan ate martha! Mas naging fresh kang tignan at achieve na achieve talaga yung shade ng hair color, dati nagtry ako ng ganyan epic eh haha. The best po yung mga nagcolor and nagMala fairygod mother nyo! Congrats Ate Martha malapit na wedding mo. Best wishes po πŸ’œπŸ˜˜

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    1. Thanks dear! Lakas maka-fresh and flatter ng morena skin tone. :)

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  5. Oh my bagay na bahay po talaga Ms. Martha :* So excited na for the wedding :)

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  6. Whoa I'm stuck with brassy locks whenever I want it to color it I wish my hair receive ashy tone well. #IhavetoBravetheBleach

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  7. Awwww, getting teary eyed. Yeah you're getting married na pala. Loving this new hair color on you. You look stunning. Yes please feature your suppliers for the wedding para I can have a reference as well. Praying for you and Randy. Looking forward to your new journey as a missus!

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  8. Love your new hair color talaga Ms.M! Bagay na bagay sayo. 😍 Thanks for the tips po. And best wishes on your wedding! We're all super excited! ❤

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  9. If you don't mind, was this sponsored? :)

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  10. Looks great! How much was the overall cost?

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    1. Hi! I stated the starting price of their hair color on top. But for this color of mine, this is probably around 9-10k+ considering all the treatments I did. :)

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  11. Oh my goodness sobrang bagay po! I can't believe there's only 4 days left 'till the special day! I'm so excited and happy for you, Ms. Martha! I love the look! I can't imagine anything else that would be better. I've been wanting to color my hair in an ash shade for months now. I haven't had the courage to do so since my hair has never EVER been touched. I've never experienced any hair salon treatments in all my life. That's why I'm super duper scared of so many factors that might affect my hair in general. Baka mali kulay, baka di bagay, baka ganito, baka ganyan. So thank you for posting this up! I've learned so many things in this post tbh. I'm also now considering going to a salon instead of just doing it by myself. Thank you, Ms. Martha! All the best wishes! Looking forward to more of your posts! :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice! :D Yes, it's important to have your hair colored by the expert especially if it's your first time and you're getting a pretty complicated color like mine. You can DIY when you've finally gotten the hang of it. :)

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  12. Goodluck sa wedding! I have the same color shade. :) but i have to grow it out and cut it when u got pregnant. In planning to recolor again in afew months. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  13. Yay so excited for you Ms. Martha! ❤ Ang ganda po ng new hair color mo, pero bagay din sayo yung color na ginamit nung una. Mas lilitaw pa yung ganda pag natamaan ng ilaw :) Can't wait to see your wedding pics soon :)

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    1. Yes! agree. I had to look for really good lighting to capture the color, but ash brown comes out better under natural light, posting pics soon! :D

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  14. I colored my hair the day before i saw on IG that you colored yours. Naisip ko pa nga na sana ganyan din pinakulay ko kasi morena rin ako, baka bumagay sakin.

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  15. I also love your hair color, it makes you bloom. Actually when it comes to hair, sa salo ko lang pinagkkatiwala. Minsan na kasi nasira hair ko nung graduating ako ng High school. Sa haba ng hair ko I have no choice but to cut it out, lahat ng sunog so pag college ko sobrang iksi ng hair ko tapos ang taba ko pa that time. So it is important to always ask to some expert when it comes to hair talaga.

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    1. Thannk you dear! :D Oh no, sorry to hear about that. That's why I prefer salon, pero nagddiy din ako, but I only use premium products from trusted color brands.

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  16. Goodluck also sa wedding day sana ma vlog po para mapanood namin. Best wishes to both of you Ms. M. Super excited na ko for you. 😊😊 #RANawaywithMARTHA

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  17. Super love your hair Ms. Martha :) Pero kinilig po talaga ako sa intro ng blog nyo about sa pagshashare nyo ng wedding journey nyo :) Thank you Ms. Martha :) Sobrang sobrang makakatulong po :)

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  18. Love your hair makeover, Ms. Martha! Hair peg ko dn yang ash brown pero I have jet black hair and the time I dyed my hair, blonde ang pinili, it still did not show in my virgin hair. Hopefully for my second time, it will show for a bit.

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  19. Been waiting for thissss!!!! Honestly since last month gusto ko na magpakulay ng buhok kasi nagmumukha ng ombre hair ko, semi blonde on the lower part and black on the other πŸ˜‚ Pero di ko alam anong ipapakulay ko kaya naman when I saw your photo OMGGGG I WANT TOO!!!!!! Dati I don't think morenas can't pull off ash brown hair but you proved me wrong ate! Sobrang ganda bagay na bagay sayoooo!!! What more na lang sa wedding mo 😍😍😍 Totally having my hair color to medium ash brown too ❤ Excited for your wedding ate. πŸ‘°πŸ»

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  20. Love your new hair color ate! 😍 My biggest insecurity will always be my hair because super kapal nya and lagi akong bad hair day dahil frizzy and wavy sya so I put some argan oil para kahit papano magong manageable sya and gumagamit din ako ng mga treatments na nabibili sa watsons. I really cant wait to see your look on your special day ate! ILY 😊

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  21. guuurl you are so gorgeous <3 <3


    also omg malapit na! the hype is real! \o/

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  22. this is what i want with my hair color but didn't achieve. thanks for the tips Martha! sobrang ganda sayo, bagay sa skin mo:) i'm so excited to see your hair and make up on your big day and i'm sure you are stunningly gorgeous!:)

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