Before any colour was applied Simone assessed my face shape and decided I had an oblong face due to my strong jawline. “What we’re going to do is keep a little bit of darkness through the strands in line with your jaw, to slim the area down a touch,” she said. She added that it’s important not to lighten the hair around that area because it could add volume and make the face appear much rounder than it actually is.
Simone explained to me that she would use different shades of blonde around my face to soften the shape. “[It will] give you a little bit of volume in the forehead. We’ll also lighten the ends of your hair to stretch the face and create the ideal oval shape.”
During the process Simone left the naturally brown hair around my jaw as is and used two shades of blonde, a light blonde throughout the majority of the ends of my hair and two foils of a softer caramel colour at the crown of my head. Aside from the two foils, Simone placed strips of a thick, spongy fabric underneath sections of my hair before freehand painting the lighter blonde shade to the lengths. An additional strip of the fabric was then placed on top to sandwich the colour. These spongy strips “conduct heat a little bit more than foils, so the light blonde in the foils will be a softer colour, that lightly frames the face,” she explained.
I was then left to my own devices for around half an hour before the colour was washed out, a treatment applied and my hair was styled into loose, textured waves.
The final verdict
I love my new colour and it seems the rest of the office does too as I was welcomed by a series ofoooh’s and ahhh’s when I made it back to my desk. Whether or not the technique has made my face appear slimmer or more chiselled is up for debate but it’s definitely a technique I’d recommend trying if you’re looking for a personalised and more subtle upgrade to traditional balayage.
Hair contouring is available at selected L'Oréal Professionnel salons nationwide. If you're looking to try the technique out for yourself head to L'Oréal Professionnel's salon locator.
This article originally appeared on Beauty Crew.