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Smoky hair technique with L’Oréal Professionnel

Inspired by the timeless smoky eye make-up look, smoky hair is the new service that adds a low maintenance dimension for colour that looks both natural and on-trend. Learn how you can play with a blended mix of Majirel shades and tones for a stylish contrast from root to tip.

Why choose smoky hair?

The smoky hair technique delivers a perfectly seamless blend of colour that works on any client’s hair type. Just like a smoky eye, the intensity can be dialled up or toned down to suit their preference. A modern twist on classic ombre, it gives an effortless and refreshed appearance without a complete colour change.

What are the benefits?


Stylists can choose from an endless colour palette of warm and cool shades for expert personalisation. Your clients will be left with a multi-tonal, natural-looking blend of colour. Whether you’re working on short or long hair, blonde or brunette, a balayage regular or a new client looking to cover greys, smoky hair is versatile, sophisticated and sure to inspire.

How do I create the look?

Create personalised looks in three easy steps:

  1. Start by applying what is essentially a cool-coloured shadow at the roots – just as make-up artists apply the darker shade to the outer corner of the eye when creating a smoky eyeshadow.
  2. Apply a reflective lighter shade on the lengths and ends, just like the lighter shade is placed on the inner corner for a smoky eye.
  3. The final and most important step is to blend the shades in the middle to create a flawless finish.

As a professional stylist, your skills and experience with balayage will allow you to effortlessly introduce this must-have technique to your salon or mobile business.


Discover the latest Majirel shades

Clients desire flattering, individual results and smoky hair always provides just that. L'Oréal Professionnel has an extensive range of cool brown, beige and ash shades to cool down or warm up the look as needed.

Shop for Majirel Fundamentals, Majirel Glow, Majirel Cool Cover and Majirel Cool Inforced with Ellisons today.

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