2 December 2023

Contouring Haircuts – Bring Out the Best in Your Clients’ Features

Every salon client has a different perspective on what suits them. Some may ask your advice while others, alas, do not! While there’s nothing we can do about perennially discontented clients, one thing is certain contouring haircuts can bring out the best in their facial features.

The right style can transform grumpy faces in to happy ones. They should help clients to exit the salon feeling happier than even they had hoped (even if they’re unlikely to admit it to you!). We asked some hair experts to give their advice on contouring haircuts.

Create an Illusion

Contouring Haircuts

By utilising techniques such as layering, bangs, angles, and texture, skilled hairdressers can enhance and contour the face. This brings out their clients’ best features. One of the most versatile techniques to contour the face is through strategically placed layers. By adding layers around the face, you can create the illusion of a more slender or elongated face shape. For round faces, longer layers that start below the chin can help create a slimming effect. On the other hand, for square or angular faces, softer, face-framing layers can soften harsh lines and add a touch of femininity. Tina Farey, Editorial Director at RUSH

Change the Face Shape

Contouring Haircuts

In the hands of a skilled hairdresser, face-contouring haircuts become more than just a service—they become a work of art. Fringes are a powerful tool in the hairdresser’s handbook when it comes to contouring the face. Different fringe styles can transform the appearance of the forehead and balance facial proportions. Side-swept fringes, for example, can help to soften prominent foreheads and create a more oval or heart-shaped look. Wispy or textured fringes can add softness to square or angular faces, while short, blunt fringes can accentuate cheekbones and draw attention to the eyes. Suzie McGill, Artistic Director at Rainbow Room International

Accentuate the Best Bits

Contouring Haircuts

The bob haircut stands as an artful masterpiece of hairdressing precision, meticulously crafted to contour the face with finesse and flair. By using clean lines and cutting the bob hitting the area you want to draw attention to (whether it be cutting it at the jawline or cheekbones) it provides the face with the perfect contour and a slimming effect. Tracey Ann Smith, Owner of French & Ivi

Make a Personalised Statement

Contouring Haircuts

I see the quiff as a great contouring haircut. It’s not just about creating height and drama on top; it’s also about creating precision and creativity. The quiff’s upward sweep contours the forehead and cheekbones, accentuating their best angles and softening any imperfections, whilst allowing the face to appear slimmer and more elongated. It’s a haircut that can be tailored to suit various personalities, from bold and daring to refined and sophisticated. The quiff becomes more than just a hairstyle; it becomes a personalised statement, an expression of their individuality, and a confident contour that leaves them feeling like the best version of themselves. Bruno Marc Giamattei, Creative Director for JOICO UK & EMEA


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