Salon Clients Wanting Mushroom Brown Hair

So it finally happened your client walks into the salon looks you right in the face and says “I want mushroom brown color”.

I know I was shocked to learn that the trend has grown so rapidly in the last few months.

But more salon clients are looking for an alternative to direct dyes like purple, and pink hair.

A bit of an edge that isn’t as high maintenance and still professional for work.

Pinterest has blown up over the last few months mushroom brown pins all over the place.

Instagram influencers are posting and recommending you try a super ashy color tone for fall and winter.

There is no avoiding it mushroom brown, and blonde hair color is taking over salons and social media right now.

What Is The Mushroom Brown Hair Color Trend?

Okay, so if you have no idea what mushroom brown hair is or looks like, here is the concept behind it.

Start with a brown ash base and highlight the hair with balayage, baby lights, or whatever multi-dimensional method you prefer.

Next, you will want to tone the hair with a gray ash formula that reflects the mushroom colors.

Below we share some recipes to create the technique.

Mushroom Brown Options

If you have a prematurely grey client and want to compliment her streaks, this is the suggestion.

Or, let’s say you have a client who despises any warmth in her hair mushroom color, maybe for her.

Who knows how long the trend will go on, but one thing is for sure it’s an excellent service to offer if you are looking toboost your sales in the hair salon.


How To Get Mushroom Brown Hair?

1. Decide if mushroom brown hair is the right color for you. This cool-toned, ashy color works best on light to medium skin tones with neutral undertones and cool-toned complexions. Warm complexions will look a bit orange with this hair color.

2. Consult with your hairstylist about the desired result. Mushroom brown is a very ashy color, so it’s important to communicate exactly what level of ashenness you want. You can go for a light ash brown, medium ash brown, or dark ash brown, depending on your natural hair color and how light or dark you want the end result to be.

3. Prepare the hair for the hair color by shampooing it with a clarifying shampoo. This will remove any buildup on your hair that might prevent the product from penetrating evenly.

4. Apply the mushroom brown hair color according to the instructions on the package. Be sure to apply it to freshly shampooed and conditioned hair for best results.

5. Leave the color in for the amount of time recommended by the manufacturer. Do not exceed the recommended time, or you may end up with hair that’s too light or too dark.

6. Rinse the hair thoroughly until the water runs clear.

7. Apply a deep conditioner to the hair and leave it in for at least 20 minutes. This will help to restore the moisture that was lost during the coloring process.

8. style the hair as usual. Enjoy your new mushroom brown hair!

Create A Buzz Around The Salon

Start by asking your clients if they have heard of or seen the mushroom hair on Pinterest or Instagram.

Next, please show them some examples and get their feedback.

If they aren’t ready to jump right in, leave them to ponder the idea for the next visit.

You will put the idea in their head and appreciate that you are on top of the latest hair color trends.

Try putting a look book together or create a monthly inspiration board in your salon reception area where clients> can see it.

Write a blog post on your website and send emails announcing the new trends.

Share on social media some variations of the popular hair color.

Create the buzz and get excited, and your clients will call the salon demanding an appointment for the new mushroom hair color.


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Multi Dimensional Hair Color

Mushroom brown hair can tend to look pretty flat if applied as a single process treatment. 

I love to do a multi dimensional balayage to lighten up and add movement to the hair.

Please don’t go crazy with lightening the hair; bring it up to a place where you will see a difference in levels.

Create movement on medium length hair with a dark mushroom blonde interpretation.

The ash brown will eliminate the warm tones from pre-lightening the hair and remove the overall color’s flatness.

Mushroom Brown Balayage Highlights

When seeking a mushroom blonde or medium base brown, try a mushroom brown balayage technique.

When highlighting with a balayage technique, sometimes the hair will stop between gold and brassy. Eliminate this by using an ash brown or blonde color toner.

Your options are to nuetralize the unwanted tones or go all-in on a beautiful Mushroom brown balayage highlight.

Don’t Forget About Mushroom Blonde Hair Color

We can’t forget about our blonde clients, right?

How about the client who refuses to leave her blonde hair behind.

There is nothing more beautiful than an ashy gray blonde.

We have seen many variations this year with clients wanting the silver metallic hair trend.

There is no limit to formulating a beautiful mushroom blonde hair color and we give you the formula to get you started.


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  1. Mushroom Blonde Shades EQ Formula


Prelighten hair with foil highlights or balayage and tone with either formula below for Mushroom Blonde hair color looks. Each will deliver a different result.

Formula 1. Shades EQ 9V + 9T add one drop of 01b equal parts processing solution.

Formula 2. 6VB / 8NA / 8N @redken Shades EQ to tone

Mushroom Brown Shades EQ Formula

Previously colored with 1″ (2 cm) of natural level 4 regrowth and unwanted warm tone.


1 oz. (30 ml) Color Gels Lacquers 4GN (4.07) Forest

1 oz. (30 ml) Color Gels Lacquers 6GN (6.07) Moss

2 oz. (60 ml) 20 Volume Pro-oxide Cream Developer


2 oz. (60 ml) Shades EQ Gloss 07M Driftwood

2 oz. (60 ml) Shades EQ Processing Solution for Precision Application

Does mushroom brown hair color cover grey?

The short answer is that mushroom brown will not cover grey hair, although it is an excellent choice for the person who wants to blend their natural grey hair.

Ash tones typically will not cover grey hair but rather blend. Some hair color companies work better than others.

Is it hard to maintain the mushroom brown trend?

Like all hair color mushroom, brown hair color will fade after a few weeks of shampooing.

Hair color products are improving but using hot water, shampoo, and conditioners not designed for color-treated hair will fade your ash brown hair color.

The best way to keep the color looking its best is by using a blue or silver shampoo weekly.

Mushroom Brown Hair Maintenance

You have worked hard to achieve the perfect mushroom brown hair and you want to know how to keep it from fading.

Just like all color treated hair, it is important to only use the best shampoos and conditioners. 

Choose a shampoo with a low PH balance like Redken Color Protect.

Also keeping your water temperature as cool as you can stand will also prolong the fading of your ash colors.

There is no need to shampoo your hair every single day.

Try every other day or every third day and you should see that your hair color will last you much longer.

How Long Will Mushroom Hair Color Trend Last?

Like most hair trends, there is no telling how long we will see cool earthy ash brown hair stick around.

In all my time as a hairdresser, I haven’t seen a trend last more than a few months, but usually, we will see latecomers to the show. 

So it could be that Mushroom hair color could be here for a while.

Look at the direct dye color trend; it has recorded how long it has lasted.

Purple, pink, and green hair has been around for two decades now.

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Mushroom Brown Hair Color FAQs

What is mushroom brown hair color?

Mushroom Brown hair color is an excellent neutral brown base with dimensional ash tones of blue-grey. You can achieve a fashionable look by highlighting the hair first and toning it with a very ashy grey semi-permanent color.

Does mushroom brown hair color cover grey?

The short answer is that mushroom brown will not cover grey hair, although it is an excellent choice for those who want to blend their natural grey hair. Ash tones typically will not cover grey hair.

Is it hard to maintain mushroom brown hair color?

Like all hair color mushrooms, brown hair color will fade after a few weeks of shampooing. The best way to keep the paint looking its best is by using a blue or silver shampoo weekly.

How to get mushroom brown hair?

Here are the steps to getting mushroom brown hair:

1. Find a salon that specializes in natural hair color.
2. Tell the stylist what you want and show them pictures of mushroom brown hair.
3. Allow the stylist to lighten your hair first, then apply the mushroom brown color.
4. Let the color sit for 30 minutes, then rinse and condition your hair.
5. Style your hair as usual and enjoy your new mushroom brown locks!

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