Aging

Color Contouring Your Hair Can Take Years Off Your Appearance

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Have you ever caught yourself staring into a mirror, wishing you could wipe away maybe one or two creases close to your eyes? Or perhaps you’ve attempted to conjure up a spell that will retain the fine lines you’ve grown to love on your forehead, but erase those ones around your mouth that just keep cropping up? While we’re all about embracing the skin we’re in, sometimes, the signs of aging can occasionally feel a little less lovable.

Enter: anti-aging color contouring. Hair genius and Wella Professional ambassador Richi Grisillo, color director at Acadèmie Salon, is here to educate us on the hair color trick that can take years off your complexion in just one visit.

What is color contouring?

Hair contouring is a coloring technique that is adapted to the face shape of each client. It is strategic color placement to sit against areas of the face you want to enhance or hide, as well as utilizing cool and warm tones to make your features pop.

What kind of hair color do you need for color contouring? And can it work on any hair type? 

The concept of color contouring is extremely versatile and can be used for all and any hair type or texture, as well as adapted to suit any complexion or skin tone. The best thing about the technique is that the placement of color is chosen to enhance your specific features and will be tailor-made to suit you.

Why is color contouring a great technique for anti-aging?

Color contouring is a great concept when you want to brighten your complexion and instantly makes you feel and look younger. Complexion is key when it comes to a hair color that complements your eyes and skin tone to make you look healthy. A lot of people seek ashy or cool tones when their complexion is better suited for warmth; this is a prime example of how you can use the concept color contouring to transform your hair and face.

Is there much upkeep for color contouring or is it pretty low maintenance?

Color contouring is an application and it really comes down to how “needy” your regrowth is in terms of gray hair and covering it. To get the most out of your color, I would recommend salon visits every eight weeks, even if it’s to maintain your hair’s condition through treatments and a toner.

What should someone ask their stylist for when it comes to booking a color-contouring appointment?

Let them know you are ready for a change (no matter how big or small it might be). Keep in mind it may take more time than usual to work with a color-contouring service.

Communication is important when talking to your colorist; I would always recommend a visit for a face-to-face consultation prior to the appointment to ensure the best possible result. Plus, this will also give you both time to discuss your options.

This article was originally written by Ellie McDonald. For more, check out our sister site, Now to Love.

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