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Imagine some of your favorite fall comfort foods. What’s one thing that a lot of them have in common? Many of them likely feature warm, neutral shades that fit in seamlessly with nature’s changing colors. One of our all-time favorites: creamy mushroom risotto. If you can't get enough of this dish, you'll be pleased to hear mushrooms have actually inspired a new hair color trend—we’re talking about mushroom brown hair. Take one look at this multi-dimensional brunette hue and you’ll be eating up this gorgeous new shade (figuratively, that is). Keep reading to learn what mushroom brown hair looks like, how to get a mushroom brown hair color at home, and how to take care of your new mushroom hair color.
It’s time to answer your most-pressing question—what exactly is mushroom brown hair? Think of portobello mushrooms and you’ll have the right idea in mind. Mushroom brown hair is a neutral hair color that involves different subtle shades of brown and gray—just like, you guessed it, a mushroom. To create this semi-ashy hair color, a colorist will apply a series of lowlights and highlights on top of an ash brown base to create a multi-dimensional hair color. The best part? The ashy undertones conceal grays like no other! So, if you’re looking to cover grays, mushroom brown is definitely a good hair color to consider.
Editor’s note: Not sure about going mushroom brown all over? Lucky for you, mushroom brown balayage is trending too!
As with all highlighting techniques, it’s best to consult the help of a professional colorist to create a picture-perfect mushroom brown hair color. That being said, if you’re comfortable with your DIY dyeing abilities, you can bring a mushroom brown hair color to life from the comfort of your own home. Get the look with one of our best mushroom brown hair dyes: the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Light Ash Brown, L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Mocha Ash Brown, or L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Dark Beige Blonde. When applying your color, just make sure to follow all of the instructions included in your coloring kit.
After coloring your hair a mushroom shade, it’s time to make a few key changes to your hair care routine in order to maintain your new hue. Color-treated hair has different needs than hair that hasn’t been dyed, so follow our tips below.
Make room in your shower for a new shampoo and conditioner. Once you’ve spent time and effort (and money) creating your new mushroom brown hair color, you’ll certainly want to use a shampoo and conditioner that can help preserve the life of your new look. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm. This system will strengthen your locks and keep your color looking pure.
Another step you can take to help preserve your mushroom brown color is to add a deep conditioning treatment into your hair care routine. In addition to helping keep your color vibrant, a deep conditioning treatment can also help maintain the hydration level and health of your strands—a must for color-treated hair! Whenever your hair needs extra TLC, swap out your regular conditioner for the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner. It takes just one minute to use. Simply apply to wet strands post-shampooing, leave on for sixty seconds, then rinse out completely.
Once your mushroom brown strands have been cleansed and conditioned, or deep conditioned, with the right color-boosting products, apply a leave-in treatment, such as the L'Oréal Paris EverPure 10-In-1 Elixir. Using it will help nourish, hydrate, and repair strands, which can take a beating during the coloring process. Bonus: This product also promotes a healthy scalp, which is key for healthy hair. To use, simply apply onto damp hair in sections, making sure it’s evenly distributed.
Last but not least, super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, which can leave your mushroom brown hair feeling dry and looking dull. So, whenever you can, simply rinse off in lukewarm temps instead.
Now that you’ve created and cared for your mushroom brown strands, you’ll surely want to rock a chic hairstyle. Keep reading for our best styling tips.
Love heat styling? We totally understand wanting to pair your mushroom brown hair with killer curls or super-sleek strands. Just apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, before picking up your blow-dryer, curling wand, or flat iron.
As wonderful as the results of styling with heat tools can be, we recommend limiting how often you heat style your hair after dyeing. As often as you can, give your locks a break and embrace your natural texture instead of blasting your hair with a blow dryer. Don’t worry, there are quite a few ways to style your mushroom brown hair sans heat. With the right styling product in hand, it should be no problem at all! For loose effortless waves, apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to damp hair, then allow your hair to air dry. That’s it! Another heat-free option involves applying the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty to dry hair to create texture for a messy, carefree hairstyle.
Another amazing (heat-free) way to show off your new hue involves the humble braid. After you’ve applied your leave-in hair treatment to damp strands, braid your hair and wear the braid until it’s completely dry. Then, all you have to do is take the braid out to reveal gorgeous, loose waves. Spritz on a bit of hair spray, such as the L'Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray, to keep your new waves in place.
We can’t cover mushroom brown hair without touching on its sister—mushroom blonde hair. Equally trendy, mushroom blonde hair is basically the blonde version of mushroom brown hair, featuring ashy, gray-blonde shades and dark undertones. It also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous, so if you’re looking to lighten things up a bit more, mushroom blonde may be just the thing! If you decide mushroom blonde is for you, you can follow all of the hair care and styling tips we gave you above—just add a purple shampoo to your routine, too.
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