Today i’m going to tell you allllll about a brand new colouring additive from L’Oreal Professional Hair Care, ‘Smartbond’.
I recently got my hair done in time for my 20th birthday – and I was lucky enough to try this new product as part of the process of getting my hair dyed.
So, L’Oreal Smartbond was created in order for your hair stylist to colour your hair without damaging the fibre and producing shinier, softer hair while doing so.
When I go to my hairdressers (Gemini, visit their Facebook Page here), I usually get an all over colour, with some highlights at the top to brighten up my colour even more. Last time I visited, I had agreed with my lovely hairdresser Steph, that the next time I got my colour done I would not get the extra highlights as bleach is notorious for damaging your hair. However, thanks to Gemini having this product in their salon, I could have what I wanted after all without compromising the health of my hair.
How does it work, you may ask?
Well, this product was created for all clients requiring technical pre-lightener and colour applications. Smartbond protects your hair fully when using colour; during the colouring application, your hair fibre is strengthened inside and out, creating the look and feel of healthier, shinier and softer hair with less fly-aways and visibly more shine.
The Smartbond product, consists of two steps:
- Step One: A bond strengthening system additive. You add this in with the pre-lightener/colour mixture formulated specifically for the client’s hair type and colour needs.
- Step Two: A bond strengthening system pre-shampoo.
- Add a specific amount of Step One mixture (ml) into colour intended to be applied onto client’s hair.
- Apply colour and leave to develop as usual, rinse off (DON’T shampoo) and towel dry hair to remove excess moisture.
- Apply 4-8 pumps of Step 2 into hair from roots to ends, leave on for 10-15 mins and then rinse thoroughly.
- Shampoo and condition as usual.
What’s my verdict? Fab.
I feel this product is incredible in fulfilling its purpose. One of my pet hates, is when products are advertised to fulfill a specific purpose and they do not work. However, I most certainly did not have a problem with this.
Smartbond really has made my hair feel and look revitalized, healthy and soft. Everyone’s hair feels especially amazing after a visit to the salon, but I usually find the next time I wash my hair that the feeling fades. Not with this. A week and a half later, my hair feels exactly as it did leaving Gemini.
I also could tell immediately (when my hair was still wet), just how much Smartbond had enhanced my colour. I love being very blonde, so to be even blonder excited me.
Overall, I think this product is incredible to have your hairdresser use on you or for you to use on your clients. I paid £10 extra to have this product applied, but in all honesty, it was SO worth it.
It was always a juggle; get the hair colour you desperately want or have healthy hair. Thanks to Smartbond, you can have your cake and eat it too.
All information taken from L’Oreal’s official website and the Smartbond leaflet.