'Mushroom brown' hair is the latest low -maintenance colour trend

Mousy brown is finally getting its moment thanks to the elevated ‘mushroom beige’ hair tone trend.

On TikTok, there are more than two million videos when you search the term, filled with dreamy hair inspo, showing how the shade can work on blondes and brunettes.

It’s a look that gives the impression of effort having been put into the colour, when it actually needs very minimal work.

Stephan Schwartz, from hair colour brand Schwarzkopf Live, tells us it’s a ‘taupe-like shade of brown, which leans more cool than warm paired in with worn-in blonde highlights.’

Cool, like a grey-toned mushroom, rather than warm like a honey-toned brown.

Why is mushroom hair trending now?

It’s an extension of the turn towards low-maintenance hair looks since the pandemic started, in which limited access to hairdressers made longevity in a cut a higher priority.

Stephan says: ‘Minimalism and earthy tones have dominated interior décor trends and now these shades have made their way into hair colour.

‘The trend is very nature-orientated.

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‘The colour essentially incorporates many different tones of beige and grey and these tones have evolved from the grey/silver trend that we’ve recently seen to give the hue a more natural look.

‘It’s right in-between light brown and dark blonde, like an ashier version of “bronde”.

‘Think ash brown hair with mauve, taupe and grey undertones making it extremely versatile.’

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Who suits mushroom hair?

Pretty much anyone – the only thing to keep in mind if you have warm-toned hair is it might be a shock to go cool toned all of a sudden – as this will change the appearance of your complexion slightly.

Stephan adds: ‘The hair colour trend incorporates both warm and cool highlights making it suitable for all skin tones.

‘The colour is also the perfect transitional shade as it’s not quite blonde and not quite brunette.

‘The reason this trend has been so popular is because of its versatility – if you’re already blonde it can be a good way to subtly go darker with your colour, and for those with dark hair it’s a good way to see if a lighter shade would suit you without having to go too extreme.’

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What do you need to get mushroom beige tones?

Whether you do this at home or a salon, ideally you want to pick two shades.

Stephan says: ‘You should have one slightly lighter and one slightly darker to create a perfectly blended earthy tone.

‘If you’re starting with lighter based hair, you can opt for a darker beige/blonde as your base shade but if you’re a natural brunette, you might try a mocha ash brown.

‘If you want to add in more highlights, you will need to use a product containing bleach to lighten the hair first.’

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How should you care for it?

It’s quite simple – just use a purple shampoo to eliminate brassiness and keep the tone cool.

Stephan adds: ‘The trend has a “grown out” look meaning it doesn’t need to be touched up as much and only requires a refresh every six months to a year as the root growth is less obvious.

‘The trend is kinder to your hair without the intense bleaching that is usually endured when attempting to go lighter and provides more of a natural looking base.

‘Colour depositing masks and drops are a good way of creating the tone that can easily be washed out after a couple of weeks, or can be low maintenance to maintain with purple/silver shampoos.’

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