Thanks to Mrs. Kardashian West, we are all now familiar with the miracle that is facial contouring. If you somehow haven’t caught onto this trend, contouring (in the beauty world) is essentially the use of shading and highlighting on the skin to accentuate/manipulate the structure of something, for example the cheekbones. Women worldwide are now using contouring as a way to transform themselves, it is an art that requires know-how and skill. This trend sparked up nearer the start of the year, however something that has come about more recently puts an entirely new spin on things… Hair contouring!
With the same principals as facial contouring, hair contouring is a specific and accurate use of freehand highlighting/shadowing of the hair in specific areas to compliment your face shape and work with your skin tone. It is entirely bespoke, anyone can do it. Just like facial contouring, it works with each individual face shape in different ways and you can concentrate it on the entire face or just specific areas you wish to target.
For round and square shaped faces, the main principal is to elongate the face, making it appear more of an oval. The recommended way to achieve this is for the contourist to apply lighter shades towards the ends and nearer the roots of your hair, with darker colours alongside the sides of the face. This should make the face appear more lengthened and defined around the cheekbone and jawline.
For diamond, oblong and rectangular face shapes, the idea here is to widen the face. This can be achieved by applying darker tones to the roots and nearer the chin/jawline, with lighter tones concentrated around the ear height. By doing this, the top/bottom of the face will appear more defined, and the sides of the face will appear wider and fuller, creating that perfect oval shape.
For a triangular or heart shaped face, the focal points are the forehead and chin. To make the forehead/hairline area appear narrower, it helps to apply darker colours to the crown of the head with a lighter shade outlining the edge of the face. To soften the chin, make the ends of the hair lighter.
As well as dye, this method can equally be achieved with the use of hair extensions. If you wear extensions, you should know that it’s not recommended that you dye them. Fear not- this isn’t an issue! Pre bonded hair extensions are a great way to achieve a gradual effect, our 0.8g strands are the perfect consistency to create a gradual effect. For most of our solid colours, there are mixed versions which are great for blending and creating a contoured look.
Although there are a few main groups of face shapes, this technique can obviously be adjusted to each unique profile and it’s a good idea to ask a professional experienced in this method for at least your first session. It’s an easy look to maintain, especially after the first session. The changes in tones should be rather subtle, so it shouldn’t be entirely obvious when they start to grow out. Pay attention to where your stylist is applying the dye if you don’t plan on returning to a specialist after your first treatment. If you’ve used extensions, always seek professional application.
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