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2017 Brunette Battle: color blocking vs. contouring

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2017 Brunette Battle: color blocking vs. contouring

Fashion fists at the ready, it's time for today's Match the Look, where we've got a brunette battle between color blocking and contouring...

Color blocking

The technique: A band or section of lighter color/s is applied to the hair, usually the mid section, to bring light to the face. Can be more or less intense, from platinum on black to more discreet versions, like this brunette and honey combination, where the blonde appears from beneath the darker brown hair.

The style: this color technique is calling out for a half-up hairstyle so you can really show off the contrasting colors! A messy braid would also look great with this, as the different shades would emerge and twist around one another.

What the editors say: The more subtle version of color blocking is definitely on trend for this season, where natural shades like nude beige (as seen on Hailey Baldwin) are increasingly popular.

Contouring

The technique: hair contouring is a made-to-measure service hair color service where the color is applied depending on your specific face shape in order to complement your best features, and draw attention away from those you don't love. Each hair contouring process is absolutely unique: you end up with a one-of-a-kind look.

The style: this look is really at its best when worn down, in loose flowing waves so that the different colors really do their job at complementing your face. Use a texturizing spray like Tecni.ART's Messy Cliché styling spray, for a typically Parisian messy-chic textured finish.

What the editors say: Keep the color vibrant, and avoid the development of brassy undertones by using the L'Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Color A OX CC Cream for Brunettes. Like a CC cream for your skin, it acts as a corrector to neutralize artificial red tones.

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