Hair Smudging Is the Breakthrough Way to Highlight Hair

What is Gloss Smudging?

Brown Layered Hair With Gloss Smudging

Remember when highlighting your hair involved mounds of foil and a heat lamp? Fortunately, the days of this gruesome process no longer exist as the only option. There are many new innovative techniques like hair painting and balayage. While these methods are tried and true, another trend called gloss smudging is paving the way in the realm of hair color ideas.

The name may sound a little messy but this technique is anything but disorganized. In fact, hair smudging highlights hair in a way that blends colors seamlessly throughout your gorgeous mane.

Kari Hill, blonde highlights expert of Meche salon in L.A. has been innovating the technique for some time now, taking the secret of celeb hair stylists into the mainstream. Trust us, you’re about to see gloss smudging everywhere. She tells Refinery 29 that gloss smudging “takes away the line of demarcation we all had when we got highlights when we were younger.” Creating the look involves more freehand than balayage highlights, but it’s absolutely based on the same idea. By adding highlights in a more organic manner as they would appear on natural hair, instead of in strips, the smudging effect is achieved.

Who Can Rock It?

Smudged Hair With Caramel Highlights

The beauty of gloss smudging is it’s ability to look fantastic on any hair color, length or style, as long as you’re planning to go lighter. It’s especially great on short or pixie cuts because the tones create beautiful texture and interest. If you want to ask your stylist to give gloss smudging a try the next time you’re at your salon appointment, keep in mind that your highlights have to stay within the same color range to keep the effect looking seamless and natural.

When you finally decide to rock the gloss smudge look-because let’s face it-this trend is about to explode, add deep tones for impact and lighter highlights for vibrancy. If you’re looking for brown hair with blonde highlights, keep your brown a warm and light color like milk chocolate and add caramel highlights for a richer tone. That way when your natural, darker color comes in, the gloss with blend the caramel seamlessly. If you have darker brown hair, deepen the rich tone with a mahogany color.

If you’re a red head (natural or not) and you’re looking to add some depth to your color, then smudging is ideal for you. Brighten copper hair with light rust or strawberry tones or add golden hues to strawberry blonde locks for added shine. The gloss smudging will help the highlights blend seamlessly into your already existing color as the weeks go by.

Smudging is even possible for more unique colors like lavender and electric blue. Any hair color you choose can benefit from different tones. Last but not least, the blondes know better than ever how awful growing in roots can look. The beautiful smudging process can incorporate a range of highlights to add depth that will grow out elegantly. Try platinum highlights painted all over to keep a yellow blonde cool-for longer!

Who Can Rock It?

Strawberry Blonde Smudging

The beauty of gloss smudging is it’s ability to look fantastic on any hair color, length or style, as long as you’re planning to go lighter. It’s especially great on short or pixie cuts because the tones create beautiful texture and interest. If you want to ask your stylist to give gloss smudging a try the next time you’re at your salon appointment, keep in mind that your highlights have to stay within the same color range to keep the effect looking seamless and natural.

When you finally decide to rock the gloss smudge look-because let’s face it-this trend is about to explode, add deep tones for impact and lighter highlights for vibrancy. If you’re looking for brown hair with blonde highlights, keep your brown a warm and light color like milk chocolate and add caramel highlights for a richer tone. That way when your natural, darker color comes in, the gloss with blend the caramel seamlessly. If you have darker brown hair, deepen the rich tone with a mahogany color.

If you’re a red head (natural or not) and you’re looking to add some depth to your color, then smudging is ideal for you. Brighten copper hair with light rust or strawberry tones or add golden hues to strawberry blonde locks for added shine. The gloss smudging will help the highlights blend seamlessly into your already existing color as the weeks go by.

Smudging is even possible for more unique colors like lavender and electric blue. Any hair color you choose can benefit from different tones. Last but not least, the blondes know better than ever how awful growing in roots can look. The beautiful smudging process can incorporate a range of highlights to add depth that will grow out elegantly. Try platinum highlights painted all over to keep a yellow blonde cool-for longer!

Who Can Rock It?

Blonde Hair With Gloss Smudging

The beauty of gloss smudging is it’s ability to look fantastic on any hair color, length or style, as long as you’re planning to go lighter. It’s especially great on short or pixie cuts because the tones create beautiful texture and interest. If you want to ask your stylist to give gloss smudging a try the next time you’re at your salon appointment, keep in mind that your highlights have to stay within the same color range to keep the effect looking seamless and natural.

When you finally decide to rock the gloss smudge look-because let’s face it-this trend is about to explode, add deep tones for impact and lighter highlights for vibrancy. If you’re looking for brown hair with blonde highlights, keep your brown a warm and light color like milk chocolate and add caramel highlights for a richer tone. That way when your natural, darker color comes in, the gloss with blend the caramel seamlessly. If you have darker brown hair, deepen the rich tone with a mahogany color.

If you’re a red head (natural or not) and you’re looking to add some depth to your color, then smudging is ideal for you. Brighten copper hair with light rust or strawberry tones or add golden hues to strawberry blonde locks for added shine. The gloss smudging will help the highlights blend seamlessly into your already existing color as the weeks go by.

Smudging is even possible for more unique colors like lavender and electric blue. Any hair color you choose can benefit from different tones. Last but not least, the blondes know better than ever how awful growing in roots can look. The beautiful smudging process can incorporate a range of highlights to add depth that will grow out elegantly. Try platinum highlights painted all over to keep a yellow blonde cool-for longer!