People Are Contouring Their Hair Now

Victoria Hoff

You know a trend has reached its peak when it starts infiltrating areas you wouldn't initially expect (example: Pumpkin Spice Pringles). This appears to be the case with contouring, which is quickly evolving from the makeup technique the Kardashians made famous to the hottest new hair-dyeing method.

Allure reports that hair contouring is a way to enhance your face shape with strategically placed colour. "Highlighting and shading certain parts of the hair can create the illusion of a different face shape, depending on what you want to accentuate," Boston-based stylist Nick Penna told the site. "Just like the makeup technique, light shades are for highlighting, and darker shades are for creating a shadow effect."

It's pretty much a version of balayage—the difference being that rather than simply applying colour to mimic where the sun would hit your strands, you add lighter colour to places where you want to add shape to the face, and darker colour where you want to slim other areas down.

As effective as makeup contouring is, it does take some effort to master—which is why we're totally on board with this hands-free method. A way to make your bone structure pop without picking up a makeup brush? Don't mind if we do.

Once you've hit the salon, maintain your sun-kissed colour with Oribe's Masque for Beautiful Colour ($59).

What's the most face-flattering hairstyle (dye or cut!) you've ever gotten? Tell us in the comments below!

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