Shhh! Gloss smudging is the hair colouring technique beloved by LA ladies – and now we're letting you in on their natural-looking colour secret!
What is gloss smudging?
LA ladies are renowned for their glam and effervescent style. As for their go-to hair colour technique? For years, gloss smudging has been their secret weapon! Not only does this colour application technique add gorgeous depth and tone to hair, but it's a practical and effortless way to extend the lifespan of your hair colour. Sorry ladies, your secret is out!
Gloss smudging involves applying a gloss to the roots after colouring the hair. This gloss acts as a "smudge" between your newly applied hair colour and natural shade, meaning that the separation between the two colours is virtually undetectable. The trick is to ensure that your new hue is lighter than your natural shade. As a result, coloured locks require less maintenance and upkeep because you can subtly grow out your natural hair colour.
Taking care of coloured hair
A huge advantage of gloss smudging is that it means you can go longer between touch-up appointments. On the flip side, fewer trips to the salon means you need to be more vigilant about taking care of your colour at home. For a silky shine and healthy volume try using L'Oréal Professionnel's Vitamino Color A OX haircare range. Indulge in a weekly mask to hydrate your hair and lock in moisture to repair damaged ends.
Then to make the most of the gloss smudging effect we recommend using a beautifying hair oil, which adds a non-greasy shine to your locks. We love L'Oréal Professionnel's Mythic Oil Huile Radiance, a light and nourishing blend of argan oil and cranberry oil that gives a delicious glow to the hair. Just rub a few drops between your hands and run down the hair, focusing on the lengths and ends.