‘Mushroom blonde’ is the latest culinary-inspired hair shade
By Isobel Larkin
The last few months have seen the advent of culinary-inspired hair tones with names that will have your mouth watering. Recently, we’ve been introduced to a smorgasbord of delectable-sounding shades like ‘milk tea,’ ‘cold brew,’ and ‘chocolate cake.’
So far, these delicious new hair colour trends have been largely brunette-centric. But, now a new food-inspired shade for blondes has surfaced.
Introducing: ‘mushroom hair.’ A multi-dimensional, ashen shade of blonde that features accentuated cool, almost-silver tones. The look uses varying shades of blonde, beige and silverish-grey throughout the lengths to mimic the neutral, earthy shade of mushrooms.
To learn all about achieving the look, we went straight to renowned Australian hairdresser, Anthony Nader of Sydney’s RAW salon.
“Sit tight in the salon chair because this process can’t be taken quickly as it is all about pre-lightening the hair,” says Anthony.
“First stop: bleaching the hair down past an orange-yellow stage, as light as the hair will allow. Then the magic is in the toner being used – that is going to be your flavour. Keep in mind also that the toner always has to work with the skin complexion.”
If you’re wondering whether the ‘mushroom blonde’ look is for you, Anthony has some advice:
“This works a treat on Asian complexions and porcelain skin tones. It also works well for olive skin. Those of you that have pinkish complexions or warm, this mushroom tone won’t suit – go for something more Nordic in this case!”
“This is not low maintenance colour so be aware before you take the plunge into this tone. You need to maintain it on a weekly basis with either an at-home toner or in-salon once a week to remove any brassiness or any lightness that comes through with washing the hair or due to the sun’s UV.”
“Or, for those who want semi-permanent colour, a semi applied at the salon will give you more longevity compared to a temporary weekly colour.”
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