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What is hair contouring?

Chances are you already know about contouring when it comes to makeup, but do you know it exists for your hair too? Changing the appearance of your face shape as well as your features has become a reality with hair contouring, thanks to the right technique and a personalized hair color. Read on.

Hair highlighting in the traditional sense is no longer as popular as it used to be. Today hair professionals are taking things to the next level with brondé, ombré and sombré, and now hair contouring which creates and uses custom formulated hair colors.

Fancy a different face shape?

Hair contouring is similar to makeup contouring in the sense that the overall goal is to make your face shape, as well as certain features, appear differently from the way they naturally are. However, hair contouring is very discreet and strategically places light and dark nuanced highlights in your hair so that when the light hits your face it looks more oval, rounder, or squarer.


One star that is a fan of hair contouring is Sarah Jessica Parker. To make her long face appear rounder she often gets two blond highlights to frame her forehead and her cheeks. When the light hits them it creates the impression that she has a round face. Other celebrities that have naturally round faces often get dark highlights put in towards the front of their faces, so that their faces look longer.


Each combination of hair color, haircut, hair type, and face shape is unique; however the rules of hair contouring remain the same and apply to everyone. Speak with your hairstylist at your next appointment about what possibilities exist for your specific wants and needs. And the cherry on top? Unlike makeup contouring, hair contouring doesn't need to be washed off at the end of the day!

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