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21st Jan 2022

“Hair contouring” is about to be huge, here’s everything you need to know

Katy Brennan

Forget make-up, there’s now an even better way to contour your face.

Contouring your face has always been a thing, but it wasn’t until Kim Kardashian – aka the queen of contour – discovered how to perfect it that it exploded into the mainstream.

Now, the technique is a part of our everyday make-up routine. (’00s me could never.)

But while we were all working out which shades of foundation, concealers, and bronzers worked best for us, it turns out there may have been an easier way to achieve our desired outcome all along – hair contouring.

With makeup, light and dark shades are used to highlight and deepen facial features to give a more sculpted and defined appearance and the same principles apply to hair contouring.

The hair trend uses a combination of highlighting and lowlighting techniques, placing different variations of colour around the face and throughout the hair.

Think of it like a more evolved version of the moneypiece trend that dominated 2021 – just a little more subtle and softer.

Stars like Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber and Kylie Jenner have all opted for the look in recent times and it’s set to get even more popular very soon.

The exact colours used to suit your skin tone are best left to your hairdresser, but whether you’re a blonde, brunette, or red head, you are guaranteed it’s going to be ultra-flattering.

Dark colours tend shorten and slim the face shape, whilst lighter hues help to widen and elongate.

And one of the best things about this hair trend is that because of how natural-looking and blended the colours used will be, it won’t look terrible when it starts to grow out.

Minimal effort, maximum results? It’s a yes from us.