Everything You Need To Know About The Mushroom Brown Hair Trend

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Mushroom Brown Hair Is The Neutral Shade You Need For Spring

20 March 2018
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Jelani Addams Rosa

Jelani Addams Rosa

Associate Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L'Oréal, Jelani brings her knowledge and passion for hair care to Hair.com. Before joining the Hair.com team, she spent time at Celebuzz, Seventeen, and Cosmo for Latinas.

Over the last year, vivid hair colors like pink lemonade have been stealing the spotlight—but that’s all about to change. The latest hair color making waves in the beauty world is deeper and darker than the technicolor hues you’ve come to know and love, but equally stunning. Mushroom brown hair is the warm, neutral shade you didn’t know you were missing.

If you’re ready to embrace neutral shades and leave bright hair colors behind, mushroom brown may just be the perfect shade for you.

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What is mushroom brown hair?

Mushroom brown hair may be inspired by a fungus, but the color is anything but icky. The shade takes most of its inspiration from the ever popular portobello. Just like the tasty mushroom, this color only appears brown at first glance. The closer you look, light gray and brown hues begin to peek through.

To achieve this ashy hue, your stylist will begin by creating an ash brown base color. Then, he or she will layer on highlights and lowlights to create a multidimensional look.

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What kind of maintenance does mushroom brown hair require?

Like most brunette shades, mushroom brown hair is a fairly low maintenance hair color. Just because it’s low maintenance doesn’t mean you won’t have to make a few tweaks to your hair care routine, however.

To ensure your hue remains as flawless as possible, the most important change you should make to your hair care routine is swapping your regular shampoo and conditioner for a duo formulated to protect your color. From the L’Oréal portfolio of products, we recommend Pureology’s Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner.

If your natural hair color is very close to mushroom brown, you should be able to stretch the time between touch up appointments to several weeks or even months. Mushroom brown is also an great color to help cover salt and pepper strands because the ash undertone can help gray strands blend right in.

Plan to head to the salon for touch ups every six to eight weeks if your natural hair color is nowhere near mushroom brown or if you just want to make sure your color looks its best at all times. If you’re not sure which timeline is appropriate for you and your hair, your stylist will be able to suggest the best schedule for a follow up appointment.

While bleach is not usually necessary when coloring hair brunette, color services can often make your hair look and feel drier than normal. Combat strands that feel dry by incorporating a hydrating deep conditioning mask into your weekly routine. We suggest Pureology’s Hydrate Superfood Treatment.

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What is the best way to wear mushroom brown hair?

Mushroom brown hair will look striking however you style it. However, we think it looks best on longer hair styles because it’s comprised of several different shades and has so much depth. Having longer hair will really allow your mushroom brown hair to shine.

Not sure which length is perfect for you? You can’t ever wrong with an on-trend lob.

Whatever you decide, we want to see your warm color. Use the hashtag #hairdotcom to tag us in your posts.

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