THE CONTOURING CUT
You’ve heard about contouring your face with makeup, but did you know you can contour your hair? On page 175 we write about colour contouring, and Pete Dutton from Wolf & Wolf in Auckland says the contoured cut is going to be huge this season too. “It’s a hair cut that is designed specifically to the face shape, bone structure and head contour of an individual, to either highlight or soften particular features,” he says. If your face shape permits, he suggests adding a full, textured fringe to create the optical illusion of length. “Alternatively, A-line layering can add texture and interest without removing length,” he says.
Make it work
To keep the shag modern, ask for an A-line shape (longer in the front than in the back). “Visual aids are always the best option to ensure that you and your stylist are aiming for the same final result,” says Dutton. When it comes to layers, less is more. “You can always add more texture if you wish, but start with a little,” he says.
Style it at home
Luckily, the upkeep for this cut is minimal – meaning less frequent salon visits. “Wrap drying with a GHD paddle brush, (4), $39, is the fastest and most effective way to style an A-line cut,” says Dutton. “For a night out, use a curling wand – not an iron or tong – to achieve loose, undone movement.” Too curly and you run the risk of looking dated or overdone.
When it comes to layers, less is more. “You can always add more texture if you wish, but start with a little.”
TRY: 1. Matrix Style Link Mineral Airy Builder Dry Texture Foam, $24. 2. L’oréal Professionnel Tecni.art Wild Stylers Crêpage de Chignon, $34. 3. Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Conical Tong, $100. 4. GHD Paddle Brush, $39.