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The Metals by Majirel

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What’s New?

Colour Trends are forever changing, so we are here to make sure you know whats going on it the world of hair colour!

L’Oreal professional have introduced 5 new shades to the Majirel colour family. They are suitable for natural bases between 6 (dark Blonde) -10 (lightest blonde). Using these colours on a natural base means the Metals colours come out softer. If you are darker then a level 6 or are feeling creative and want a more obvious result; you’ll need your hair Pre-lightened. This will make your hair light enough to be able to take the Metal colours. The lighter your hair colour goes the better the result. This won’t happen overnight for most of you, darker hair colours take longer to lighten, but isn’t completely impossible. When you come to see us we can decide together what your hair needs/what you want and will be able to give you a tailor made hair plan.

How does it work?

L’oreal have increased the ratio of to base, for a visible and translucent effect. Which means the new shades do not make your hair darker or lighter but works with the existing depth and adds the desired reflect. Whether that is be pearly pink or a pastel grey look. L’Oreal are always working on their brand to come up with new on-trend ideas and products. The Metals are the next hair craze of 2018, fitting right in with the latest fashion and make up trends.

The Colour Contenders:

.11 – Silver Star – For a pastel grey look or an on-trend ash colour

.12 – Crystal Ash – For a fashionable result with a sophisticated iridescent blend

.13 – Ash Gold – For a desirable champagne blonde

.21 – Pink Ash – For a beautifully soft pink result, a mix of ash and iridescent

.22 – Hi-Lilac – For a neutralising yellow and leaving a balanced iridescent hue.


These colours are great when you walk out of the salon. But Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. If you are considering one of these colours you have to be prepared to keep it up. Depending on how often you wash your hair, these colours will be at their best for 2 weeks.  As a salon we offer top up services in-between your services to keep that salon finish for longer.


Which one is your favourite Metal colour?



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Colour Placement – The New Trend

Colour doesn’t need to be all over to have an effect, little is more here. Colour placement lets us use your hair type/face shape to get the most out of your colour.


L’oreal has created 5 different colour techniques to help give customers a picture perfect look.

Soft Contouring.

You may have heard of this technique as it has been trending for a while now but this form of contouring softly shapes your face with a subtle combination of lighter and darker tones. This is good if you like highlights or if you have a grown out balayage.

Blonde model portrait shot


It creates the illusion of volume by adding a shimmering lightness to your hair. This is for you if the hair is finer and you want to create the voluminous look.

Brunette model portrait shot


This look is good if you are a brunette and you fancy doing something different without having too much of a change. Add a bronze glow to your hair to brighten up your brunette.

Brunette model portrait smiling


If you are bored of the brown and fancy a change then this is the look for you. Boost your brunette locks with a subtle blend of tones that gently melt into each other to give your hair depth & texture.

Brunette portrait shot

Colour Glow.

Get your hair glowing with a natural ray of soft golden lights delicately framing the face and illuminating your complexion. This technique is good for refreshing a grown out ombre.

Bronde model portrait shot

If you like any of the above looks and want to try one for yourself then come into the salon for a consultation and see what we can do for you. All of these looks can be created while using SMARTBOND, which is a hair protector that keeps your locks soft, strong and shiny even after being coloured. For more info on using this in your colour services and the benefits check out our Smartbond article or ask in salon.

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SmartBond – All You Need To Know

What is smartbond?

Smartbond is Loreal’s bond strengthening system that has been specifically formulated to work with their colour products.This treatment is a two step process which allows us to protect your hair and prevent damage during any colour service at limelight.

How does smartbond work?

We add step 1 to your colour when mixing, then apply and develop as we normally would. Even though we are using a protection we can not extend the development time for our colours. We won’t push the hair more then it can handle, condition will always be number one priority. When we rinse the colour off we apply step 2, pre-shampoo, and leave it on for 10 minutes. Then we rinse and finish the shampoo process as normal.

Why you ask?

You are not obliged to use Smartbond when having a colour service with us but there are risks to not using it, which are:

  • Damaging the hair by having repeat colouring or lightning services without it.
  • Making the hair bonds weak/brittle and causing the hair to feel dry.
  • Causing too much damage that the hair bonds are not able to be repaired (meaning you need to cut them off and start again).

However if used then you don’t need to worry about the problems above as Smartbond will:

  • Strengthen and keep the hair bond in tact while targeting damaged parts of the hair to improve them.
  • As hair will be in better condition it will improve the finish of your hair colour making it a more overall even colour.
  • Help repair the weak bonds to reverse the feel of damaged hair.


Does it effect the colour?

No, as mentioned above Loreal have made sure it works with all their lighteners and colours and doesn’t affect the lift you get or the tones in the colour.

How much does it cost?

When using Smartbond in tint service’s we charge £10 and when using Smartbond in lightener service’s we charge £20.

Virgin hair but still want smart bond? 

Look no further than our luxury Smartbond treatment! You can add this onto either a cut or blow-dry service and it will be applied at the backwash in 2 steps leaving the hair feeling stronger, softer and shinier while helping repair any damaged or weaker hair bonds. We price this treatment at £25 so ask to have one added to your service when booking so you don’t miss out on the day 🙂

This should answer any questions you may have had about Smartbond but if you need to know anything else then ask in salon and we will be happy to answer any questions!

Information form this article was collected from  L’Oréal Professional

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