THE CON­TOUR­ING CUT

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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.

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