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Hair Contouring: Your Complete Guide To This Beautifying Technique

03 October 2019
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Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall

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An American journalist living in Paris, Elizabeth has a passion for all things hair.

Hair contouring is the perfect technique to try if you’re looking to amp up your hair game (let’s be honest- who isn’t?), without doing anything too drastic. This subtle trend has made it big these past couple of years, and quite rightly, based on those gorge results. Think of us as your guru for everything you need to know about achieving the same enviable results with hair contouring techniques. If you thought this trend was just for the face, brace yourselves: hair contouring is the next big thing!

We Know The Makeup Trend… But What Is Hair Contouring?

First things first, what is this technique that’s changing up the beauty game? When people started contouring their faces with makeup, we freaked out. The effects have shaken up the beauty world so much that the principle has been applied to hair. Just as the makeup-inspired technique, it works from the same concept: to strategically place different tones and depths around the face, in order to enhance your best features. Hair contouring is mostly done at the front of the hair in order to make your best features pop - hello cheekbones!

woman with contoured hair colour style

So, How Does Hair Contouring Even Work?

Hair contouring can be used in a number of ways to play with your features and best enhance them. For example, if you want to lengthen a round face shape, a colourist will apply light, reflective tones of the top of the head and at the ends. To shorten or hide certain problem areas, darker tones can be placed onto portions of hair to form flattering shadows. Talk about hair art. Hair contouring is a versatile technique that can be used for many things depending on your profile. Want more volume? Ask your colourist to put dark tones on top of areas that lack it. Square-shaped faces are usually contoured by concentrating on the top of the head, whilst with long faces, hair contouring can be done with a fringe to shorten the face. It’s not magic, it’s just the doing of super talented stylists.

Contouring: How To Use Your Hair Like Makeup

It’s always recommended that you consult a pro in order to make sure you’re getting the best treatment and techniques for your hair. As we mentioned, hair contouring is an art that is best left to the hair-xperts. Going to the salon will always ensure that your hair contouring is done right, with the colours placed strategically to highlight your strong points. More importantly, you will receive a consultation that will help you assess your face shape and calculate exactly where to begin your hair contouring. Enough reasons for us!

woman with dark contoured hair colour

How To Care For Your Contoured Hair

Now, we lend some much-needed advice on keeping your freshly contoured-hair looking vibrant. Be sure to opt for a shampoo and conditioner that will protect your beloved colour and shine. We love Biolage R.A.W Recover Shampoo and Conditioner. Derived from natural origins, this duo is free from sulphates, parabens, and silicones. Au naturel! If you’re looking for a classic fade-fighting combo, try the Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed Shampoo and Conditioner. Our final piece of advice: be sure to revisit the salon every 4 months to touch-up your contouring - as there are no roots, this technique requires very little maintenance. We’re always down for a fuss-free style that looks natural and effective.  

Contour your face with your hair? Yes, please.
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