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Killer Hair Contouring

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You might have some skills with cosmetic contouring, but did you know that the same principles can be also applied to your hair?   In fact, using the same rules as traditional contouring (dark colours make an area look smaller, light shades open up and widen space) your hair can serve to flatter you more than ever before says Conna-Rae from Sixth Sense Hair Salon Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

We already talked here about how contouring is going to be big for 2017, but you can never have too much of a good thing – so we’ve  decided to elaborate and let you know what to expect when you jump in the chair. Remember, this doesn’t mean that your current hair colour isn’t already amazing, only that there is a way to keep doing what we are do, with a little cherry on top!

Who is it for? 

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Hair contouring might be trending on Instagram, but that doesn’t mean it’s just for the kids. On the contrary, this trend serves to flatter all hair types by creating a hair strobbing effect that works to flatter your best features – no thanks needed!

First up, know your face shape (don’t worry – we’ll help!) 

Forget about donning a colour simply because you like it, contoured hair is all about what serves to flatter – and that flattering process begins by first taking stock of what you have. The first stage in this totally bespoke service is defining your own face shape and setting goals for your contour. To make sure your contoured hair serves to emphases your visage to perfection, here is a breakdown of what to aspire to per face shape.

Heart face

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If you have a heart-shaped face, you are in the company of Reese Witherspoon (which can never be a bad thing!). 

Mission: To soften the face and make it appear more oval

Process: Lighter sections around ears and jawline, with fine highlights and depth right at the root.

Oval face

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If you are blessed with an oval face, then you are lucky enough to count Jessica Alba in your girl squad. 

If you have an oval face, you are completely blessed because all contouring suits you. Have a chat with us to see exactly what direction you can take.

Round face

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Who wouldn’t want to share their round face shape with the amazing Drew Barrymore? 

Mission: to create more of a point at the bottom of the face

Process: Lighter tones should be scattered around the hairline, with darker tones under the ears and the ends of the hair that fall around the face.

Long face

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You won’t have a long face when you realise your visage has a lot in common with SJP! 

Mission: To shorten the face length, whilst slimming it

Process: Opt for deeper tones towards the root, which draw the eye upwards.

Square face

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Sandra Bullock is the poster girl for square faces, if you share her face shape you are certainly in great company! 

Mission: To soften angular features

Process: Multi-tonal layers of highlights and lowlights can be applied to all corners of the face to break up angles and hard features.  

Hair painting

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If you are au-fait with hair colouring, you might be familiar with hair foils or caps – so, prepare to come out of your comfort zone! Unlike other colouring techniques, contouring relies on freehand painting to create seamless transitions and joins in colours. The result is super subtle, which also makes regrowth close to invisible. You’re welcome! 

Love the 6S Team xoxo


Succulent Hair Trend

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Succulents are the ultimate easy to own plant – requiring little water and not much attention, as they continue to thrive and grow in their little corner of neglect. Often over-looked for more garnish flowers, desert succulents have been sitting there quietly bidding their time until world  domination (or Instagram take-over, same thing)  – and their time is now, penetrating the world of fashion, beauty, and hair. Of course, we’re only interested in the succulent hair trend and, if you follow Instagram, you’ll see that that it’s also most fashionistas’ preoccupation too. #succulenthair is a thing – are you ready?

OK, the first thing to know is – just because the muse is a succulent, don’t assume the upkeep is as easy. We won’t lie, the upkeep of the succulent hair colour is seriously laborious (much more epic than keeping a plant alive for a week) but if the beauty gods want to set us a challenge, then we are game.

What is the succulent hair trend?

To break it down, it’s hair trend totally based on the Sandi-type succulents you can buy in Ikea. The little rubber, waxy type plants that come in green, teals, red, pinks, oranges, purples are the latest muse for hair colourists but, before you judge, take a look at the results as they are simply outstanding.

If you look really hard, you can kind of see how a succulent could provide inspiration – not many plants have green roots and magenta ends, or swirls of deep purples and reds. Given the amount of upticks in pastels at the moment, think of the Rose Gold trend and even the upsurge in Unicorn Hair (true story).  This trend isn’t totally surprising but the ombré colour cuts a bolder statement than most.

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Getting the look

The most common succulent take is to go green on the roots and length, transitioning to pink on the ends. We’d like to say it’s simple to get the look, but very often nature provides us with colour palettes that can’t be recreated – so it’s best to have a good chat with your colourist about the colours that can be captured. The first step is to bleach the hair (unless you are exceptionally light) so that the vibrant colours have something to grip to. Of course, in order to undertake a total bleach stripping process, it’s ideal that your hair is in optimum condition – the plan, after all, is to go succulent and not cactus.

As we said above, the upkeep is pretty epic.  It’s recommended to only wash your hair twice a week with ice-cold water as heat will dilute the colouring, sadly the whole water once a month upkeep that works with real succulents doen’t cut it here.


If you want the look, DO check out Instagram for inspiration, DON’T bring a potted plant along to your salon.