Hair Color Contouring: Guide For Every Face Shape

Reviewed by Sergio R. Cardona Perez, FWTS
By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

If you are planning to experiment with your hair, one of the most interesting things to try is hair color contouring. This coloring technique underlines your facial features by using light and dark shades to highlight your tresses. It creates a soft, natural gradation of hair, giving you a unique look. Hair color contouring involves a freehand and systematic application of dye. If you are planning to try hair contouring, go through this article to know if it will suit you or not. Keep scrolling!

What Is Hair Contouring?

Hair contouring or hair color contouring is a coloring technique that uses light and dark shades to highlight your facial features. It creates a soft, natural gradation and combines freehand and systematic dye application. In short, contouring your hair is like freehand painting the hair strands to highlight certain facial features and make your face appear oval and slim. It is more like creating a light and shadow effect to get the desired results. Learn more about it in the next section.

How Does Hair Contouring Work?

Hair color contouring involves a mixture of dark and light shades. The darker shades are positioned to make a broad face appear narrow or shorten a long face. Lighter shades highlight your hair and help broaden the narrow parts. This creates an illusion of distinct facial features.

Depending on the features you want to highlight, your stylist will carefully apply the hair color by hand to add depth and density to your hair.

Is Hair Color Contouring Ideal For You?

Yes! Hair color contouring is suitable for all face shapes. It can highlight the unique features to flatter your face. However, you will have to experiment with different shades to see which ones emphasize your natural features. It is better to consult a professional hairstylist for guidance.

The success of the hair contouring technique depends on the color, shades, and hairstyle, and how it frames your face. Keep reading to find out how you can enhance your facial features based on your face type.

How To Contour Hair According To Your Face Shape

1. Round Face

Round faces are symmetrical. They do not have prominent cheekbones. You can elongate the face slightly by applying lighter shades around the hairline, extending from ear to ear. Apply darker shades underneath your ears and along the lower ends of the hair to make your face appear longer.

2. Diamond, Oblong, And Rectangular Face

An oblong or rectangular face is longer than its width and may have a round chin and a broad forehead. Hair color contouring can slim down an oblong face. Angulate the face by adding darker shades along the roots to deepen the tone. Use micro-highlights around the face from above the ears until the hair ends.

3. Square Face

A square face has a broad forehead, cheekbones, and jawline. Use multi-tonal shades (light and dark colors) along the corner of your face, especially the temples and the jawline. This softens the wide facial features and adds depth.

4. Triangular Face

A triangle-shaped face has wide cheekbones and a narrow chin. Use lighter shades along the mid-length to the hair ends to soften the jawline and chin. Apply darker shades along the crown to add depth. Additionally, you can apply lighter shades in the hair sections along the hairline to highlight your face.

5. Heart-Shaped Face

A heart-shaped face is like an inverted triangle. Adding lighter shades along the jawline and ears can soften your chin and make your face appear oval. Leave the top of your hair darker to make your forehead appear narrow.

These are a few contouring tricks you may use to highlight your facial features. However, consider the following factors before hair color contouring.

Things To Consider Before Contouring Your Hair

  • Ensure your highlights are not less than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hair color. This helps to give a natural appearance
  • Get a suitable haircut that frames your facial features and then go for color contouring. Get both services from the same professional to get the best results.
  • Check your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline to determine your face shape. Choose the color shades that complement your skin undertone. Talk to a professional to pick shades.
  • Have your hair stylist perform a complete hair analysis to ensure the safety of the procedure. If you had previous color services, this is a must. But don’t be discouraged; talk to your hair care professional to build a treatment plan for before and after your service.

Hair color contouring highlights and accentuates your facial features. It can be done for all face types, and the placement of the highlights differs for each face shape. You need a professional hairstylist to choose shades that suit your face, and the result also depends on your hair color and hairstyle. You need to get a haircut that frames your facial features before going for contouring for better results. So, use dark or light shades to add depth to your face and transform your appearance!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does hair contouring look natural?

Yes, hair contouring looks natural and gives you a youthful appearance. But be sure your hair stylist is a certified hair colorist, as not every hair stylist is trained in advanced techniques.

Is hair contouring low maintenance?

Yes, hair contouring is low maintenance compared to other techniques. However, you have to use products for color-treated hair to maintain the highlights.

Key Takeaways

  • Hair color contouring helps highlight your facial features and makes broad faces look oval and slim.
  • Consulting a professional hairstylist may be a good idea to pick the shade that suits you.
  • The hues and their placement differ for each face shape.
  • Get your hairstyle and color contouring by the same professional for better results.

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Ramona is an editor at StyleCraze. Prior to that, she authored over 200 articles on skin and hair care. She... more

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