The most popular shades in the past few years have been ash colours – ash browns, ash greys, and ash blonde manes being the go-to subtle alternatives in place of brightly coloured tresses. But there’s another range of colours that are proving just as elegantly understated: “milk tea” tones.
Unlike ash colours that feature greyish undertones, “milk tea” ones use a creamy nude-beige base. The result is hair that’s just as hazy, diffused, and delicate, but with a warmer, milkier twist.
And while you can have your pick from a plethora of “milk tea” colours (read: “milk tea grey” hair), one that’s most tantalising now is “rose milk tea”.
What is “rose milk tea” hair?
“Rose milk tea” hair is a supple blend of nude beige and pink tones to produce an elegant milky shade of pink.
It’s a look that’s beautifully understated. Indoors, your hair looks like a more wearable beige-brown, but once you step out under the sunlight, you’ll get to enjoy beautiful, creamy shades of soft pink.
Since “rose milk tea” hair’s soft, teasing tones are a perfect way to switch up your style whilst keeping it sophisticated and not too over-the-top, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite “rose milk tea” hair looks, as well as the best salons that you can visit for a “milk tea” hair refresh!
“Rose milk tea” hair looks
The charm of a “rose milk tea” shade like this one is that you can’t quite tell whether it’s a beige brown or dusty pink colour. Your tresses will appear a soft brown hue at one glance, and with a shift of light, flaunt a bright pinkish-beige tone.
Take a “rose milk tea” hair a couple of shades lighter with this pink and beige-blonde colour.
You’ll definitely need to bleach your hair more than once to achieve this ultra-light shade, but it’s worth it for the rosy angelic tones that you’ll get to wear after that.
This colour is also especially fitting for those with cool-toned skin, and will look even better with bleached eyebrows too.
“Milk tea” hair colours come in a myriad of shades other than “rose milk tea”, such as chocolate milk tea (brown beige), matcha milk tea (green beige), and yes, lavender milk tea.
These soft lavender-beige hues remind us of Blackpink Rosé’s iconic purple blonde mane, only slightly darker, making it a more wearable shade.
We’re head over heels for this creamy beige-brown colour with an ever-so-subtle pink tint, which gives the most natural “rose milk tea” style. When the sunlight peeks through, you’ll enjoy the pinkish hues in greater glory.
This “rose milk tea” tone has a slightly more copper hue, which gives it a sleek sheen compared to the more airy feel of a milky beige base.
Pair this copper “rose milk tea” hair with pink eyeshadow and mascara as well as light brown brows to look at life through rose-tinted glasses.
While ash-toned hair features greyish undertones, “milk tea” hair uses creamy beige browns.
This “rose milk tea” hair features a skilful blend of ashy and milky hues instead of a full-rose colour. If you want to add a little bit of texture to your tresses, then consider going for a style like this one.
Evidently, “rose milk tea” hair looks great on both short and long hairstyles. Style your bob with some gentle waves and you’ll be able to flaunt more colour shifts and shadows, created with some slightly more pinkish and other more copper-brown streaks.
Similar to ash colours, “rose milk tea” tones give a soft, dreamy vibe – and you can afford to wear them in either warmer brownish or cooler beige shades, depending on your skin tone.
Cooler “rose milk tea” colours would better complement cool skin tones, whereas warmer shades would match warm skin tones.
Best salons to visit for “rose milk tea” hair
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The hairstylists at Colour Bar Hair Salon perfect a soft and creamy beige, which is the must-have in any “milk tea” hair colour – whether blonde, lavender, or rose pink.
Just check out the salon’s social media to view the countless “milk tea” beige designs; this, in addition to already popular soft ash-toned colours, which means they’re right on top of the newest “rose milk tea” trend.
Colour Bar Hair Salon’s L’Oréal Hair Colouring/Highlights + Senior Stylist Haircut is priced at $39.10 instead of S$298 on Salon Finder.
Address: 211 Holland Avenue, Holland Road Shopping Centre, #02-21, Singapore 278967
Opening hours: 10.30am – 7.30pm (Mon to Sat) | 10.30am – 6.30pm (Sun)
Contact: 6977 7988, 9336 4620
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Shen.Spa Hair Studio
With lots of soft ash colours on their menu, Shen.Spa Hair Studio enjoys creating a beautiful dusty mane for customers who’re hoping to sport just that.
While beige “milk tea” tones aren’t quite the same as grey ash hues, they both share a similarly subtle, faded style that makes them ever-so-dreamy.
Since the salon has a track record of getting ash colours right, we’re thinking it’ll be a breeze for them to nail an enchanting “rose milk tea” colour as well.
Shen.Spa’s Basic Colour is priced starting at S$78. See the salon’s full menu here.
RuleR Japanese Style Hair Salon Singapore
Japanese hair salon, RuleR, are experts in all things hair, but especially when it comes to creative colouring. The hairstylists, each with at least 10 years of experience in hairstyling, have designed beautiful “milk tea” brown, silver blue, to – yes, pink beige “rose milk tea” manes for their customers.
Top stylist Nari, for one, has worked as a stylist for 16 years and has styled for Japanese celebrities like Fukuoka Hakata idol group HKT48 and Nylon Korea photoshoots. Let the stylists at RuleR work their magic, and you’ll walk out of the salon with the dreamiest “rose milk tea” hair.
Full Colour starts at S$120, and additional hair charges apply for medium-length (S$10), below chest-length (S$30), and waist-long (S$50) hair. View the salon’s menu here.
Soft, muted colours are White Salon’s expertise. The salon’s hairstylists have designed from understated ash grey, creamy browns, to diffused pink manes; one look at their Instagram feed and you’ll be drawn in by the subtle hair hues, whether in special shades of browns, blues, or pinks.
If you’re hoping to jazz up your mane without bleaching your tresses, you can also speak to the stylists at the salon to ask for “milk tea” shades that would work sans the bleaching – you’ll be surprised to find a myriad of colours that you’ll still be able to wear.
Hair Studio Flamingo Deal available!
Japanese salon, Hair Studio Flamingo, specialises in creating Japanese-style hairstyles that are not just beautiful but easy to maintain too.
The stylists at this salon each have at least 10 years of experience at salons in Japan, and they’re experts at creating everything from natural warm browns to dusty “milk tea” shades.
Trust them to create a creamy “rose milk tea” colour that’s worth the (lower) maintenance the next time you visit.
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Tanjong Pagar branch
Address: 7 Neil Road, #01-01, Singapore 088807
Contact: Call, SMS, or WhatsApp 8726 2116
Opening hours: 9.30am – 8.30pm (Mon to Sun)
Tiong Bahru branch
Address: 55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-55, Singapore 160055
Contact: Call, SMS, or WhatsApp 8332 6617
Opening hours: 9.30am – 8.30pm (Tue to Sun) | Closed on Mondays
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Blonde & Pastel Hair Salon
Creative colouring? Blonde and Pastel Hair Salon is the one to visit as they’ll be able to help you achieve almost any colour that you can imagine.
The hairstylists at this salon can whip up anything from beautiful beige blonde shades to metallic silver blue hues. You can even let them take inspiration from the “rose milk tea” colours but put a unique twist on the style with a slight lavender tinge or delicious matcha green hue.
The salon’s Signature Blonde or Pastel Colouring is priced at S$228, inclusive of unlimited bleaching, cut, colour, and treatment.
Run by Japanese director Tomoaki, Kalm Salon is a simple and minimalistic space that’s tucked away in Orchard Road’s International Building. There, you can be sure to receive attentive, exclusive service by Tomoaki himself.
Tomoaki graduated from Vidal Sassoon London Academy in England and does beautiful Japanese-style haircuts and colouring.
The pink beige “rose milk tea” hair that we spotted on Kalm Salon’s Instagram has a more obvious brown tone with a very subtle pink tinge, and is the ideal colour to sport even at the office.
Full hair colouring is priced starting at S$200 at Kalm Salon.