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This classic sipper belongs on your strands.

By Kaitlyn Yarborough
Updated March 03, 2021
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Southerners are no strangers to a soul-warming bourbon cocktail at the end of day. While we like to say that the only way to drink it is straight up, on the rocks, or with a splash of water, we're not too stuffy to say that sometimes there's an itch that only an iced-down bourbon sweet tea can scratch. Before you know it, even Uncle Hank—a self-proclaimed bourbon purist—is pinkies up, two glasses deep, and loving every slurp.

Now when we heard there was a hair color trend inspired by this classic Southern sipper, we couldn't help but wonder: First came blackberry pie hair. Then came peach cobbler hair. Now…bourbon sweet tea hair? We get it, guys. The South's got some pretty cool stuff, but our heads are growing bigger by the second.

This anything-but-boring hair color is all about embracing warm tones, from rich brown to caramel to honey. Imagine a glass of Southern sweet tea, perfectly brewed and iced down hard until it looks like the color of translucent honey. Bring in the molten amber color of Kentucky bourbon, and then blend those shades until you've got a swirl of brilliant brown color. That's bourbon sweet tea hair—you know, done by a hair stylist and not your Aunt Betsy with a cocktail shaker.

The trend was coined by celebrity stylist Guy Tang who explained the color as "a great way to refresh your strands and add a subtle twist." Spring and summer are when most clients come in asking for warmer tones, and this is just the spirited way to do it. Colorist Jade Federico dubbed her version "painted amber."

And just like real bourbon sweet tea, you can customize to fit what you fancy. Just a splash, a full jigger, or perhaps a generous douse? Bartender's choice. Sit back, relax, and let this sunlit amber brown hair color refresh your strands this year.

More of a Mint Julep type of gal? Don't worry. We've got a recipe for that cool-down cocktail, too.