Everyone is talking about contouring. Face contouring, tan contouring and now we’re talking Hair Contouring. One of the biggest colour trends for 2016, Hair Contouring makes your hair the newest canvas in town and L’Oreal Professionnel, a power house when it comes to professional salon colour and services, brings this new trend to transform your hair from the ordinary to the bespoke.


The new custom colour service is designed to enhance and soften facial features and transform or update your personal style with hair colour. Whether you’re after a drastic colour change or something soft and subtle, L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Contouring offers an endless range of hair colour possibilities thanks to an in-depth consultation and diagnosis by a skilled L’Oréal Professionnel Colourist. L’Oréal Professionnel’s Hair Contouring plays on the same principles as contouring in the make-up and the art worlds. The service relies on the strategic placement of light and dark colour to allow for the best harmony between hair and facial features, whilst looking at the shape of your face and skin complexion.


Heart Shape Face Shape. L-R Before and after hair contouring


L’Oréal Professionnel Ambassador & 2016 AHFA Hairdresser of the Year Caterina DiBiase (Heading Out Hair & Beauty) says that  “just like contouring in makeup, hair contouring works on very similar principles. It’s about recognising the right colour for your skin tone, finding out what face shape you are and playing with dark and light shades in order to get the contour look that best suits you. This means you’re not restricted by the number of looks you can great with contouring. You can change it up depending on the season – lighter or darker it’s all about the placement. As colourists, a lot of the time we use light shades to give a volume lift effect and to help highlight certain features. While dark shades are great to minimise volume and soften or hide certain parts.”


So what’s involved?


Oval and slender face shape – L-R Before and after hair contouring


I was lucky to head to Rakis on Collins to try out this new trend myself. The L’Oreal Professionnel salon on Collins Street is one of many across Australia that provides the Hair Contouring service. The service began with an in-depth diagnosis of my hair, he evaluated the health and quality of my, followed by an assessment of my face shape. The assessment of the face shape is an important part of the contouring service as it informs the strategy in the way that colour is applied to the hair. People can be true to one face shape or possess accents from multiple shapes. I was reliably informed that my face was a heart shape and we discussed the colour enhancements I wanted from my consultation. From there, colour was applied in highlights surrounding my face and colour extended to the bottom sections of my hair in a bellayage fashion to frame my hair to my face. The golden caramel highlights melded into my natural hair colour  drawing colour and brightness to around the face. My hairdresser used L’Oréal Professionnel’s INOA and a professional lightener such as Blond Studio. I loved the idea and premise behind Hair Contouring.

Once you have the service, make sure you use a coloured shampoo to extend the colour. I left with a L’Oreal Professionnel Vitamino A-OX Colour Shampoo and Conditioner which has helped to extend the colour of my hair.


To find out more about Hair Contouring and L’Oreal Professionnel salons visit www.lorealprofessionnel.com.au

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