Hair color contouring is making a pretty big splash. Especially as it has become far more noticeable on favorite media personalities. The likes of Kim Kardashian West, Sarah Jessica Parker and Chrissy Teigen just to name a few.
Hair color contouring sounds odd doesn’t it. How does it work you think. The only time you have heard the word contouring was when a makeup artist discussed your face make up. Well now the word contouring has now crossed over into the world of hair.
Based on a similar principal to the use of light and shadow as used in photography or make up. Your favorite hairstylist can now by carefully selecting the right colors and the position in which to place them. Change the illusion of your face shape.
A pioneer and the first to name the hair coloring technique hair contouring was Principal stylist Mathew Soobroy from the Charles Worthington salon.
How Hair Color Contouring Works.
By using a mix of high and low lights. Along with correct positioning enables your stylist to create shadows and depth in the perimeter spots of your hair.
Hair contouring which is a mixture of a freehand application technique and highlighting. Works to highlight and shadow the targeted areas.
Working on the principal that
Darker shades will not reflect light therefore creating a shadow effect. Darker shades would be used to help to give an illusion that your face shape will be seen as narrower or shorter.
Lighter shades which do reflect light would be used to high light and help give a look of length to your face shape.
Hair contouring can be used on any hair color and with any shades and tones as you like. As long as the principal of light and dark are adhered to. As shown in this look on one of my Asian clients in Singapore.
Hair Contouring Creating An Illusion On Your Face Shape.
If You Have A Round Face Shape.
If you have a round face shape you will find that the width of your face will be equal to the that of the length. You will tend to have a strong bone structure.
To color contour your hair in a way that would elongate your face. Think of light tones being placed around your hairline from ear to ear. The use of darker tones then applied underneath the ear and towards the ends of your hair.
A good example of how this works this would be the hair of Drew Barrymore. Where the lighter color seems to elongate her face whilst the darker gives the face a more pointed look.
If Your Face Shape Is Square.
If you consider yourself to have a square face shape your jaw would be almost if not as wide as your forehead.
To create an illusion of a narrower looking face shape would entail hair color contouring your hair so that it will produce a softer line.
Multi tone layers of dark and light would be applied around the jawline and temples. Darker shades would then placed close to the cheeks so as to create a border.
The Perfect Oval Shape.
If you are lucky enough to have an oval face shape then hair contouring can be only for a fashion look. You have a face shape that suits most hairstyles and colors.
Hair Color Contouring For A Oblong Face Shape.
A good media personality to note for color contouring on an oblong face shape would be Sarah Jessica Parker.
The root area of her hair has been left a deep tone so that it will create shadow. The lighter color has then been placed from the edge of the ear to the ends of the hair.
By lightening out the edge of the hair on an oblong face shape deceives the eye into seeing a more fuller looking face.
If You Have A Heart Shaped Face.
The heart shaped face would best be described as an inverted triangle. With the face shape tapering towards the chin.
To help achieve a more oval shape to your face. Your stylist would weave light colors in and around the jawline and ear area.
Preferably using a color lighter than your natural skin color. This will help to soften the bottom part of your face.
So tricking the eye into seeing more rounded lines.
Think Reese Witherspoon
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