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Smoky Hair – The Season’s Hottest Colour Trend

By March 18, 2021September 10th, 2021Inspiration, News, Stylist Tips, Trends, We Like

Inspired by make-up’s smoky eye, Rodney Wayne and L’Oréal Professionnel bring you the world’s hottest new beauty trend Smoky Hair.


This bespoke look is created only by pro-colorists. It involves applying two to three custom shades that take colour from darkest at the crown to lightest at the ends, smudging between shades through the lengths of the hair.

With enticing new season shades of Cool Plum, Blonde Biscuit, Mocha, Ash and Rosy Beige, the Smoky Hair colour blend combinations are set to take the hair world by storm.

Rodney Wayne Creative and Education Director Newton Cook explains this superbly natural look is all about creating a seamless blend of colour tones just like the enduring high fashion favourite of pro make-up artists, the ‘Smoky Eye’.


Apart from the sublime new colour shades the Smoky Hair range includes, the success of the look is due to the method and skill of application. Rodney Wayne coulourists throughout New Zealand have been trained extensively in this salon-only L’Oréal Professionnel technique.

Newton is proud of the new level of service the Rodney Wayne team can now offer clients, to further their reputation as coloration experts. “Having the skill to offer our clients a seamless, effortless blend in colour, showing dimension and softness in all the right areas means that no matter who sits in our chair, we have all the tools and knowledge to ensure our clients are looking and feeling fabulous with their simply stunning new Smoky Hair.”

Newton reveals that the release of these new L’Oréal shades is of particular benefit to our climate here in New Zealand. “Given the high UV here in NZ, our hair tends to naturally show more warmth than in other climates, especially to the ends of the hair. With this technique, we get to play on that gradation with colour.”


“The thing that I love most about the Smoky Hair technique’” says Newton, “is that it can literally be for anyone. Short or long hair, any face shape, any eye colour.” Given the smoky eye has been on-trend for many years, I’m predicting the new Smoky Hair technique will be here long after the current season.”

Visit Rodney Wayne for a complimentary consultation, and set the season on fire with your new Smoky Hair look.


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