Unlike the majority of your hair-color trends named for delicious foods and refreshing beverages, a hue inspired by an edible fungus doesn’t sound all that appealing. And yet, while thumbing through my Instagram feed earlier, I was introduced to a shade that’s being dubbed “mushroom blonde,” and believe it or not, it’s so pretty.
The mastermind behind this hair-color creation — which is meant to mimic the cool, multi-toned color of the commonly-used ingredient — is Yokasta Perez (aka Yokii Techi on Instagram), a hairstylist based in Rockville, Maryland. Perez debuted the look with a side-by-side transformation shot of her client who went from a bright and warm, medium-blonde shade to the cool, blondish-brown color.
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M u s h r o o m | B l o n d e : Color correction on my lovely client we decided to go a lot ashier this time! Gave her a root stretch for her previous balayage with a lovely level 6 Ash brown into a Ash beige blonde using all @schwarzkopfusa vibrance line ♥️ and @brazilianbondbuilder for the best color longevity 💋 smooth and styled with @redken products ☺️💕
“Color correction on my lovely client; we decided to go a lot ashier this time,” Perez writes in her Instagram caption. The hair-color pro continues: “[I] gave her a root stretch for her previous balayage with a lovely level 6 ash brown into an ash beige blonde using [the Schwarzkopf Vibrance Line] and [Brazilian Bond Builder] for the best color longevity.” Perez adds that she styled her client’s hair using entirely Redken products.
At first glance, a casual, non-rainbow color like mushroom blonde may not seem like a groundbreaking revelation — it certainly falls under the ever-trending “bronde” category — but it’s nevertheless an ultra-easy and low-maintenance way for lighter-haired folks to experiment with going darker. On the flip side, it’s also perfect for deep brunettes who wish to soften up their strands this season. A fun, refreshing way to deviate from your usual hair color and play with a new tone? Count me in and sign me up.
Another few Portobello-inspired examples of this chic color, courtesy of two models who happened to have the hair color already at Sartorial Monk’s Fall 2018 show and Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini’s Spring 2019 show, respectively.
Whether you’ve been considering spicing up (or mellowing down) your look for the winter season or you simply want to tell everyone your hair color is that of a portobello mushroom, Perez’s creative hue could be your new favorite shade.