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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


Hair With That X Factor

While most of you are glued to X Factor each week to appraise the singing potential, we, at Sixth Sense, only ever have one thing on our minds – THE HAIR, it’s always about the hair! This year, the contestants are certainly on-point for style (present company excluded, Honey G) and here is our recap of the styles most likely to be replicated in salons all around the country.

Gifty Louise

X Factor Hair

While Gifty’s music career came to an abrupt end this weekend, her hair legacy will live on forever. This girl is proud of her natural fro, keeps it short on top and opts for a bleach blonde (christening herself ‘The Blond Girl’ on Instagram). The short length means that Gifty has a lot of fun donning wigs and sending Twitter into meltdown with speculation that her hair had grown a whopping 8 inches in a week (true story, this actually happened after Gifty donned a blonde wig during the live shows). Such a short do demands high attention to make-up and accessories – which Gifty nails (natch) with her statement oversized hoops.  One thing’s for sure, we’ll miss this girl’s golden halo!

Sam Lavery

X Factor Hair

Sam Lavery is like a totally different person from the girl who first did her audition. During her stay at the judge’s house, she was ordered to undertake a ‘make-under’, where she stripped back her make-up layers and over-styled hair to reveal something more much more fierce. For Sam, her signature is most certainly her locks and she works to add as much volume as possible, unashamedly back-combing and spritzing. The look is the nemesis of the power blow-dry, it’s messy, it’s frizzy, it’s wild. In debunking the idea that pop-stars have to be perfectly groomed, Sam is slaying it.

Matt Terry

X Factor

Still the favourite to win X Factor, the Louis Tomlinson look alike has had to work hard to pull away from any One Direction comparisons – both musically and aesthetically. Matt Terry did his best to not bench march his doppelganger with a hairstyle that was shorter on the sides and high in height, a modern day quiff if you will. This was good, Louis was still stuck with shaggy hair paying a belated tribute to Liam Gallagher – that was until Monday night when Louis stepped out to the Pride of Britain with the exact same hair-style as Matt!! We say, take it as a compliment.

Ryan Lawrie

X Factor Hair

Ryan Lawrie is the boy every one of us just wants to mother, cheeky and loyal to his girlfriend (contestant Emily Middlemas), Ryan is also flying the flag for boys with curls. Once upon a time, guys with kinks used to crop them into oblivion but, thankfully, times are a changing and we’re getting savvier in how we chop boy’s mops. Ryan’s hair  is short on the side and the curls are teased over to the left and held with lots of product. Ryan Lawrie, proving real men wear curls.

Only time will tell who will scoop the coveted X Factor winner 2016 award but, when it comes to best hair, these guys are all worthy.