bySonu BohraFeb 19, 2017 #Hair101 2 Likes
The contouring trend refuses to ‘dye’ down! Here’s the latest rendition
What is it:
Hair contouring is essentially a technique that involves applying certain coloured highlights to several areas of the hair. Similar to contouring your face, hair contouring also contributes a flattering effect by playing with light shades for creating highlight, while darker hues act as the shadow. This trend is gaining popularity because it enhances certain features, similar to face and body contouring. Simply put, you're using different colour techniques to shape your face – just on your hair.
Why should you try it:
You can create the illusion of a different, more chiseled face depending on what you accentuate. It’s a good hack for those of you who don't have the time to contour your face everyday - this might actually be a pretty time-saving alternative. Try using a light dye to highlight the high points of the face and darker dye to create shadow in the hollows of the face.
Different face shapes require different highlighting and lowlighting techniques to best complement your look (but before to committing to anything, make sure you discuss this with your hairstylist).
Here are some suggestions:
If you find your face has fuller cheeks or chin, and you long to possess a more defined bone structure, here’s a tip: light tones are applied around the hairline, from ear to ear, while darker tones are painted underneath the ears and lower ends of the hair. This shadow-play elongates the face and creates a more chiseled appearance.
If you think your face is longer than it is wide, or the line of your cheeks is more straight than apple-shaped, you have an oblong face. The recommended way to play up your features is to use deeper tones at the root along the part, after which lightly highlighted pieces are added from above the ears down till the ends of the hair, creating an angular and slimming effect on the face.
Got wider, broader facial features? If you want to soften the contours and add more depth, go with multi-tonal layers of light and dark applied to the corners of the face and around the jawline and temples.
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