Unveiling the Mushroom Brown Hair Trend

Key Takeaways:

  • Versatile Color: Mushroom brown is a modern, low-maintenance color perfect for professional environments.
  • Cool Tones: Ideal for those preferring ashy shades, providing an edgy yet subtle hue.
  • Customizable: Suitable for various techniques like balayage to create a multidimensional look.
  • Accessibility: Increasingly popular on platforms like Pinterest and Instagram, influencing more salon requests.

What is mushroom brown hair color?

Mushroom brown hair color is a trendy ashy tone that combines shades of gray and brown to create a calm, natural-looking brunette hue. This color mimics the earthy color seen on mushrooms, hence the name. It’s achieved by starting with a brown ash base, often enhanced through techniques like balayage, then toned with a gray ash formula to reach the desired cool-toned finish. This shade is trendy among those looking to add depth and dimension to their hair while keeping maintenance relatively low. Ideal for those with cool skin tones, mushroom brown offers a stylish alternative to more traditional brunettes.

Mushroom Brown Hair Color
Mushroom Brown Hair Color

Salon Clients Wanting Mushroom Brown Hair

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

I was shocked that the trend has snowballed in the last few months.

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

It’s 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, and mushroom brown pins are everywhere.

Instagram influencers post and recommend 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 for creating the technique.

Mushroom Brown Options

This is the suggestion if you have a prematurely grey client and want to compliment her streaks.

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 sure: it’s an excellent service to offer if you want to boost your sales in the hair salon.

Mushroom Brown Hair Color

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 ashy, so it’s essential to communicate precisely what level of ashenness you want. Depending on your natural hair color and how light or dark you want the end result to be, you can go for a light ash brown, medium ash brown, or dark ash brown.

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. For best results, be sure to apply it to freshly shampooed and conditioned hair.

5. Leave the color in for the time the manufacturer recommends. 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 restore the moisture 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 your head and appreciate that you are on top of the latest hair color trends.

Try putting a lookbook 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.


Subscribe For More Hair Salon Business & Marketing Tips


Multi-Dimensional Hair Color

Mushroom brown hair can look 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 where you will see a level difference.

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

Try a mushroom or medium base brown balayage technique when seeking a mushroom blonde or medium base brown.

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.

You can 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.

Mushroom Brown Hair Color
Mushroom Brown Hair Color
Mushroom Brown Hair Color

Skyrocket Your Professional Hair Salon Business in 2020

Start by joining the professional hair salon community. Like-minded hairstylists, salon owners, and cosmetology students like you share online.


  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 people who want 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.

Mushroom Brown Hair Color

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 Color

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.

Like all color-treated hair, it is important to use only 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 will 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.

Mushroom Brown Hair Color
Mushroom Brown Hair Color

How Long Will Mushroom Hair Color Trend Last?

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

During all my time as a hairdresser, I haven’t seen a trend that lasts more than a few months, but usually, we see latecomers at 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.

Mushroom Brown Hair Color

We Are Passionate And Motivated To Be The Best  Hair Salon Pro Community

If you dream of growing your business and becoming a top hairstylist and salon owner in your community, then you’re in the right place!

Hair Salon Pro focuses on creating, inspiring, and teaching hairdressers everywhere to be profitable and knowledgeable in their business and technical abilities.

We aim for you, the hair salon owner, to have a solid foundation for opening and growing a systematic and profitable business.

For you, the hairstylist, to be educated in the latest trends in the art of haircutting & hair color and marketing yourself to grow your business behind the chair.

Cosmetology students, we are committed to the future of the industry to set you up with systems and structures to help you grow as professionals.

Join The Fastest Growing Hair Salon Pro Community!

You Might Also Like These Articles

How Much Does Balayage Cost? Average Price Breakdown

How Much Does Balayage Cost? Average Price Breakdown

Discover the cost of balayage and factors influencing pricing in this comprehensive guide. From average costs to salon considerations, get all the insights you need. Key Takeaways Balayage costs vary widely based on factors like salon location and stylist expertise....

Get In Touch



Our latest tutorials, tips, and tools !

Every week you will get updates on the latest from Hair Salon Pro and first access to new resources, offers, and events.


PS We'll also send you a free 30 marketing plan for your business as a bonus!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Stay In The Salon Industry Loop

Receive news, trends, & business building tips from



Congrats on joining the fastest online hair salon community

Pin It on Pinterest