If you follow the thousands of trends popping up on social media, chances are you've already seen the #haircontour hashtag. With more than half a million mentions on Instagram, hair contouring is growing in popularity, and with good reason.
Rather than just using a few contrasting colors, contouring plays with shadows and lights to emphasize specific facial features. To find out if this look is right for you, here's everything you need to know about what's arguably the biggest trend of 2022.
Hair contouring is a face-shaping technique that took 2022 by storm and will be on everyone's lips for a long time to come. It is inspired by the already known make-up contouring. The aim is to emphasize certain facial features using light and shadow effects in the hair.
It is not a radical color change, but a very precise technique that subtly creates an elegant balayage change. The colorist creates an optical illusion by visually changing the shape and proportions of the face. He applies the colors strand by strand, with the contrast between light and shadow determining the tones.
As with other hairdressing treatments, hair color is a key factor in choosing complement shades. Typically, most outlines are a shade or two lighter than your current hair color, but darker colors are often used. Your stylist will also consider your skin and eye color to find the right tones that will accentuate your features. It also depends on what style you are looking for - corporate, business, high fashion, casual.
Hair contouring usually mimics the effect of balayage with even more softness and movement. The key is to strategically place the color to draw attention to the details, with the main details being the cheekbones, eyes, and lips. One of the most important factors to consider is the shape of the face.
Square Face: With this face type, your colorist will likely want to soften the angles and lengthen the shape a little with the contouring technique. To do this, he must apply dark shades to the hair closest to the face, thus highlighting the outer area.
Round Face: Similar to the square face shape, your colorist will use the contouring technique to elongate and accentuate your facial features. Light tones become much brighter and dark tones become deeper. This creates a more dramatic end effect.
Square Face: Dark tones should be used on both the hairline and the lower part of the head (neck) on these faces. You can lighten thin strands at ear level and blend the color more towards the edges for a balanced, oval effect.
Heart-Shaped Face: Heart-shaped faces are easy to contour. You have to decide whether you want your colorist to use the sombré technique (using very little light in favor of a natural shading) or the ombré technique (using a much more gradient from a dark to a saturated and lighter shade). This will soften the shape of the jawline.
Hair contouring involves placing balayage highlights and color in specific areas. They are introduced to add width to narrow face shapes and to elongate round and square faces. It's all about strategically emphasizing your favorite features and slightly enhancing your complexion. This has nothing to do with putting hard, colored highlights in your hair that don't take the shape of your face into account at all. Contouring is much more adaptable to your natural beauty compared to other coloring techniques.
What hair colors does contouring work best on?
The best thing about hair contouring is that it can be used on any hair type and color. Blond, black, brown-red, thin, or thick - the contouring is individually tailored to you. The greater the contrast between the tones, the more extreme and powerful the contouring.
What technique is used for hair contouring?
According to colorists, hair contouring is not tied to any particular coloring technique. It can be achieved by freehand application, coloring, foiling, or a combination of these techniques.
How to keep the contouring?
The care is similar to any other colored hair. The difference is that compared to other treatments such as B. A full hair lightening that can take hours is a quick service. The other good news is that the maintenance isn't even complicated in this case as the overall effect is rather subtle and the hair contouring grows out nicely.