Forget Make-up Contouring… Hair Contouring is Here!

Everyone is talking about contouring! What used to be the expert secret to the stars is now public knowledge and set to be the biggest colour trend for 2016. Whilst we’re all familiar with contouring in the makeup world, it’s time for the cheekbones to take a seat and make way for the new canvas in town; your hair.

A power house when it comes to professional salon colour and services, L’Oréal Professionnel introduces Hair Contouring. A new bespoke colour service 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.

So what’s involved? The power of the result is in the hair consultation. The L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Contouring service begins with an in depth diagnosis of your hair with your L’Oréal Professionnel Colourist. First, the hairdresser will evaluate the health and quality of your hair, followed by the diagnosis of your face shape. Individuals can be true to one face shape, or possess accents from multiple shapes; For example: the lower half of the face could be heart shaped, but the top half resemble a diamond shape. From there, colour is applied in a strategic way to highlight or add depth to different areas of the hair. The result: an optical illusion that has a softening or enhancing effect on certain facial features.

The colour applied can be a permanent colour like L’Oréal Professionnel’s INOA or Majirel, a professional lightener such as Blond Studio or semi-permanent colour such as DIA Light. The type of colour will be recommended by the colourist, based on the level of coverage required and base colour of the individual.


Individuals can identify with one or more of the seven face shapes. They are separated by varying degrees of vertical and horizontal widths. The seven face shapes are Oval, Round, Square, Rectangular, Oblong, Diamond and Triangular. PRO TIP: To get an idea of what face shape you are, just smile!



To see what hair contouring really looks like, we partnered up with L’Oréal Professionnel Ambassador & 2016 AHFA Hairdresser of the Year Caterina Di Biase (Heading Out Hair & Beauty) to talk all things hair contouring;


“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.”

Check out the amazing effect of hair contouring as done by Caterina Di Biase in the photos below!