Hair Contouring: what's the deal with this hair trend? October 1, 2019 10:40

Want to illuminate your face, bring out your eyes, define your cheeks or profile? Well like makeup, hair trends are constantly evolving and we've noticed that make up tricks also work incredibly well on our hair. 

Hair contouring adds highlights where light would naturally hit the face, and adds a glow to those areas. Meaning we can accentuate your best features, and compliment those you dislike with contrasting colours.

Hair contouring is a colouring technique that uses a combination of free hand application and highlighting paired with the careful positioning of different tones and depths around the face to highlight and shadow targeted areas.

The technique consists of coloring that is two shades darker or lighter than natural hair color, creating a wave of light that makes hair strands pop and gives locks a glossy highlighted look that frames your face.

Color trends often can be intimidating, but perhaps strobing’s biggest benefit is that the method is versatile and works for long or short styles.

Every face has its own shape: round, square, oval or oblong – and hair contouring is a coloring technique intended to highlight your best features.

The goal is the same, but the details differ slightly. Hair contouring brightens or darkens certain parts surrounding the face to bring it out and frame it better, plus we can create an more delicate colouring option that consists of working on areas where light is reflected naturally. The objective is to get naturally shiny hair that bring out your best facial features.

The Facts

Contouring is the new game changer in the world of hair colouring. Arguably, it suits everyone as colour is applied differently depending on your individual face contour and natural hair shade.

Following the same rules as you would apply bronzer- it aims to enhance your natural colour with lighter pieces (aka baby-lights). This gives a more youthful effect than hair foils- yes, that's right, this hair trend is anti-ageing.

The combination of chunky and super thin baby-lights gives the 'contoured' effect.

The Technique

First you 'contour' your hair by blending in your natural tone to your existing hair colour.

Then optimising your features we decide  the areas where best to apply colour.

Section hair into a variation of sized weaves and highlight where it feels right- this will make the eyes pop and accentuate your cheekbones.

Using a brush wecreate different angles when applying colour to create shade and light whilst blending into your natural colour.

Colourists responsible for the hair contouring phenomenon include Tracey Cunningham and Jack Howard who have come up with various techniques to apply colour depending on your complexion and facial features.

Neither horizontal nor vertical, the application of the color is done according to the location of lighter zones depending on each client. As a true art of coloring, this extremely meticulous pigment work must be in perfect harmony with the personality of every client. The result is that your color is unique, and your hair will be ultra-glossy with the natural brilliance of hair that exudes health.

Hair contouring is particularly flattering for curly hair, and indeed the different touches of light contrasting perfectly with areas of shadow, will further enhance curls. On naturally straight and sleek hair, this coloring technique adds volume.