Shimmers vs metallics – what’s the difference?
30 October 2018
When it comes to hair colour ideas and innovation, metallics and shimmers are the same thing, right? They’re both about achieving a hair finish that is beautifully lustrous and reflective in the same way that highly polished metals shine. And yes, you’re kind of right. The end result – radiant, yet subtle, metallic tones – is the same for metallics and shimmers, but the difference lies in the natural hair colours the different approaches are best suited for.
L’Oréal Professionnel offers both metallic and shimmer ranges, called L’Oréal Professionnel Majirel Metals and L’Oréal Professionnel Majirel Shimmers, respectively. Metals is ideal for use on light hair as a colour base while Shimmers is best suited to bring a stunning iridescence to naturally dark locks. These products are both for achieving permanent colour looks like shimmer silver, ash, lavender and chocolate mauve.
Explains Taryn Bloem, National Education Manager for L’Oréal Professionnel, “Metals is for light bases while Shimmers is for dark. Both will neutralise warm undertones, and have a metallic, cool effect instead.” She adds, “They also enjoy intense visibility, and this is because of the huge innovations behind their formulations.”
In short, new Metals and Shimmers have 40% more reflective properties than other permanent colours – making the shades shinier and simultaneously more multi-hued than ever before.
There you go. Metallics and shimmers aren’t really different. Being permanent though, as opposed to demi- and semi-permanent colour options, [link to July article 7.18.10) Demi-permanent and semi-permanent colour – what’s the difference?] you really want to get the dye job done right first time. It’s a good idea then to turn to the professionals – to get the most out of this sophisticated, ultra-glossy approach to colour.
While you’re there, remember to pick up professional-quality products, like L’Oréal Professionnel Magnesium Silver Shampoo, designed to specifically protect and prolong the life of your new metallic hue.
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