What is hair contouring?
Get the lowdown on the latest hairstyling technique, contouring, and learn how to use the ghd contour™ to make the most of your face shape .
Contouring is the latest phenomena in beauty and ghd has taken this method into hair styling – a new way of crimping at the roots for low commitment hidden volume and personalised looks to flatter face shapes. Contouring is a technique that can enhance face shapes by adding width or volume making it a perfect partner with our styling tools.
How do I discover my face shape?
There’s a whole host of face shapes out there, but they can be categorised into the four core face shapes: long (oval/rectangular), square, round and heart (diamond).
Long – the length of the face is significantly longer than the width. The forehead is usually deeper or the nose longer.
Round – the length and width of the face is roughly equal. The forehead is usually wider, cheeks fuller and jawline rounded.
Square – the length and width of the face are roughly equal. The forehead is usually broad and jawline structured and strong.
Heart/ triangle – the width across the cheekbones is significantly wider than the jawline. The chin is pointed and jawline narrows towards the chin, in a heart shape or inverted triangle.
Now I know my shape, where do I contour my hair?
Once you have worked out your face shape, these pictures will help you outline where to add volume using ghd contour™ to complement your features.
Long Face Shape
Keep the top of the hair flat and add volume to the sides of the head to help the face shape appear wider and soften the look.
step one– Section the hair just below the crown of the head from side to side.
step two – Take a fine section and place the ghd contour™ at the roots, crimping once at the root, then all the way around the head.
step three – Repeat above step in the below layers until you reach the bottom of the neck.
TIP – To increase width further, use the ghd curve® soft curl tong through the lengths of the hair for added shape.
Rounded Face Shape
To elongate a round face, add volume to the roots and flatten the lengths of the hair to give the appearance of a more narrow face.
step one– Section away the top part of your hair to hide the crimp later.
step two – Starting at the top, crimp the hair from root to temples all the way around the head.
step three – Repeat step two on the layers below until you reach just above the eyes.
step four - Let down the top section to hide the crimped roots.
step five - Dress the hair by narrowing the sides of the lengths bringing the front layers/ fringe forward to help narrow the face
Square Face Shape
To elongate a square face, add volume at the roots/top of the head. Soften the jaw line by adding extra volume to the sides of the face.
step one – To hide the crimped hair, section away the top of your hair.
step two – From the top, crimp the hair at the root with the ghd contour™ and work all the way around the head.
step three – Continue with step two on layers below until you reach just below the ears.
step four – Unclip the top section to hide the crimped roots
step five – Bring the hair forward and dress to soften features
Heart Face Shape
Use the ghd contour™ at the roots from the ear down to widen out the lengths of the hair. This will balance out the face shape and soften the jaw line.
step one – Section the hair mid-way down the head from ear to ear.
step two – Take a fine section and place the ghd contour at the roots, crimping once at the root, then all the way around the head
step three – Repeat the above steps on layers below until you reach the neck.
TIP – Use the ghd curve ® soft curl tong through the lengths to give your hair added shape and help increase the width.