Our favorite hot weather hair colors are usually inspired by some of our favorite summertime drinks and snacks: champagne, peach, cotton candy, and iced caramel latte, to name just a few. While summertime drinks provide great inspo for killer hair colors, these days we’re drawing inspiration from a beverage we know and love all year round: milk tea. The warm, soothing drink is not only the perfect way to start your day but also the perfect inspiration for your summer hair color needs.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your ash blonde strands or completely change your dark brown hair, milk tea hair is the only hair color you need this summer.
What is milk tea hair?
You know that clouded, creamy color your cup of tea turns into when you pour your favorite milk into it? That’s exactly what milk tea hair looks like: a neutral, creamy beige that’s not too warm or too cool and just toes the line between light brown and dark blonde. According to Allure, the increasingly popular trend originates in Asia thanks to colorists from Japan and Singapore tagging their work with the #milkteahair hashtag.
How you achieve this color all depends on the base hair color you start with. If you go into the salon with a dark hair color, expect your colorist to use bleach to lift your color to create a neutral base. It’s important to note that bleach will always cause damage, but a professional colorist will do their best to help your hair look and feel healthy by the end of your appointment. Once you have a neutral beige base, your colorist will add a blend of warm and cool tones to create a dimensional look.
If you already have light hair, your hair coloring process will be much easier. Your colorist will begin by toning your hair to the desired beige shade, and then paint on a blend of warm and cool tones to create a dimensional final look.
How do you care for milk tea hair?
Whenever you change your hair color you should always make a few tweaks to your hair care routine—and milk tea hair is no different! Begin by swapping out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated for color-treated hair like Biolage’s R.A.W. Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner. Formulated with coconut milk and meadowfoam, the system helps to protect color-treated hair, leaving it soft and shiny with lasting color vibrancy.
Once a week, switch your shampoo for a purple formula that helps tone your blonde strands. Biolage Color Last Purple Shampoo is an absolute favorite on our team!
Because your colorist will likely have to use bleach to achieve your desired color, add a repairing hair treatment to your hair care routine once a month. We recommend the Pureology Strength Cure Superfood Treatment, which is formulated with goji berry extract and olive oil to help fortify and strengthen damaged hair.
What’s the best way to wear milk tea hair?
The best thing about a neutral color like milk tea hair is that it looks fantastic any way you style it. Wear your hair long, short, in a trendy lob, or a show stopping asymmetrical cut. The color is flattering on every single head of hair!
Whatever you decide, we want to see your milk tea inspired color. Use the hashtag #hairdotcom to tag us in your posts.
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