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Imagine some of your favorite comfort foods in fall. What’s one thing a lot of them have in common? Many of them likely feature warm, neutral shades that fit seamlessly in with nature’s changing colors. One of our all-time favorites: creamy mushroom risotto. It turns out that 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.
Think of portobello mushrooms and you 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 a pro! So, if you’re looking to cover grays, mushroom brown is definitely a a good hair color choice 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 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 the box.
After coloring your hair a mushroom brown shade, it’s time to make a few key changes to your hair care routine. Colored 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 shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask and show your mushroom brown hair some love. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask.
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 BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray or 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 hot tools can be, we can’t help but love how natural textures are being embraced by just about everyone these days. Gone are the days where hair has to look perfectly put together. Nowadays, it’s all about looking effortlessly gorgeous. So, before you go picking up your blow-dryer, think about how you can style your mushroom brown hair sans heat. It’s all about finding the right styling product. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray , L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse, or L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream to damp hair, then allow your hair to air dry. That’s it!
Want to make a more drastic change to your hair color? For more trendy hair colors to choose from, check out our list of 8 Super-Stylish Rainbow Hair Color Ideas for Fall 2017.