When it comes to hair-color trends inspired by beverages, it seems like coffee and wine have been monopolizing the name game. There's chardonnay blonde if you want to lighten up, and mulled wine if you like a dark-red look; cold brew is a pretty pick for brunettes, and iced mocha is a gorgeous way to get high-contrast highlights. It's about damn time tea lovers get a hair color named after their favorite drink — and it looks like colorists across Asia are making that happen.
There's a growing number of Instagram posts coming out of Japan and Singapore labeled with the hashtag #milkteahair, indicating an undeniably gorgeous hair color named after (as you might have guessed) milk tea. Milk tea can mean different things to different cultures, but for the most part, it's always some combination of (again, as you might have guessed) tea and milk, and that's apparent from the shade seen in the photos. It's a beautiful, creamy beige — not too warm, not too cool, and falling somewhere between light brown and dark blonde. Colorists are putting their spins on it with varying levels of richness, with some creating ombré looks that go from warmer to cooler or even topping off darker brunettes with a milk-tea hue on the ends.
Shawn Lee, founder of Ravissant Hair Studio in Singapore, tells Allure that to achieve the color seen below, he lifted the client's hair to a level 8 with L'Oréal Blond Studio lightener and toned with L'Oréal's Majicontrast in Magenta Red to neutralize the ash tone.
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