I love experimenting with my Hair. In the past I’ve had it green, black, pink, purple, long, pixie-cropped – you name it I’ve tried it (although I’ve never gone as far as shaving it!). These last couple of years have been an experimental dry spell for my hair partly because I was getting married and had to grow it out… yawn… and also because I felt like I was past that ‘rebellious teenager’ stage of my life.
I was so wrong.
I’ve slowly been pushing myself back into that experimental life, first chopping my hair off into a blunt bob, then gradually getting lighter until I was an all over peroxide blonde. I know this sounds so clichéd, but I’ve honestly never felt more ‘me’.
So when L’Oréal Professionnel approached me to see if I would like to try out their new Colour technique called ‘Hair Contouring’, you better believe I said yes.
First off, I know what you’re thinking; Hair Contouring? Really?
But I happen to think it’s a great name because I bet you already have an idea of what this technique involves, right? Hair contouring uses the very same principles as makeup contouring. It’s the placement of light and dark tones to enhance or soften features. It’s not a colour specific technique so it works for blondes, brunettes, pink hair, whatever! And every single treatment is tailor made and bespoke to fit the client so no two treatments will be the same.
Have you ever gone to the salon and struggled to describe what you want? There’s often a language barrier between stylists and customers, so the fact that this technique has a ‘name’ will make the whole salon experience a lot less daunting.
I went for my treatment two weeks ago in Sloane’s of North Sydney, the fabulous Simone looked after my colour while Jordan styled my new ‘do.
Because I’ve only recently gone blonde, I didn’t want to alter the overall look of my colour too much, and I definitely didn’t want to go any darker. After an in-depth consultation Simone determined that I have an oblong face shape (sexy), and that the best course of action would be to add some depthof colour to the crown of my head and nape of my neck to frame my face and slim the jaw, while adding fine highlights around face to bring out my eyes and cheekbones.
We decided to use a pinkish/purple toner to create this depth, that way the colour would eventually fade out to a cool creamy blonde and no drama when I go to get it lightened again. We left the toner on for about 10 minutes longer than usual so that the contrasting tone was visible and saturated, so yes it’s technically over-toned, but that was intentional.
Overall the process took about two hours, including pre-lightening to get rid of my roots. I cannot remember the last time I was out of the salon that quick, I’m usually averaging about 5 hours these days.
Will this be something you’ll try?
Hair Contouring is a L’Oreal Professional salon service only. Click here to find out more about the service and here to find a L’Oreal Salon near you (there are over 2000 in Australia so you should be good!).
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