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How to Rock the Mushroom Brown Hair Color Trend

Hair Color Ideas

How to Rock the Mushroom Brown Hair Color Trend How to Rock the Mushroom Brown Hair Color Trend How to Rock the Mushroom Brown Hair Color Trend

Imagine some of your favorite fall comfort foods. What’s one thing 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 brown hair color.


It’s time to answer your most-pressing question—what is mushroom brown hair? Think of Portobello mushrooms and you’ll have the right idea in mind. 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.


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 the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme in Light Ash BrownL’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 brown shade, it’s time to make a few key changes to your hair care routine. Color-treated hair has different needs than hair that hasn’t been dyed, so follow our tips below.

1. Switch to a system of hair care products formulated for color-treated hair

Make room in your shower for a new shampooconditioner, and hair mask to show your mushroom brown hair some love. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend ShampooL’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.

2. Turn down the dial in the shower

Super-hot water can strip your strands of essential oils, which can leave your mushroom brown hair feeling dry and looking dull, so rinse off in lukewarm temps instead.

3. Protect your tresses before heat styling

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.

4. Embrace your hair’s natural texture

As wonderful as the results of styling with heat tools can be, we recommend limiting how often you heat style your hair after dyeing. At least a few days a week, give your locks a break and embrace your natural texture instead of blasting your hair with a blow drier. 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.

Want to make a more drastic change to your hair color? For trendy hair color ideas that are anything but subtle, check out our list of 9 Super-Stylish Rainbow Hair Color Ideas for Fall 2018.