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Brunette Battle: Color Blocking Vs. Contouring

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Colorblocking vs Contouring

Which one is the best for you?

There's no shortage of color techniques out there for brunettes to try, making it no easy task to narrow down the best one. To help make things a bit easier, we're taking a deep-dive into color blocking vs. contouring on brunette hair. Which one reigns supreme?

Color blocking

Color blocking involves using lighter shades to color hair in large bands or sections, typically the mid-section. Depending on the color combination and pattern, the result of color blocking can either be very bold or more subtle.

Among the many benefits of color blocking is the dimension and edgy, playful vibe it can add to hair. To really show off the contrasting colors, opt for a half-up half-down hairstyle. Another styling option? A messy braid, which can twist the different shades around one another for a truly gorgeous look! Talk to your colorist about the best shades to incorporate in your color blocking technique and how best to style your hair afterwards.


When you use makeup to contour your face, the objective is to achieve a natural, sculpted look that enhances the natural beauty of your face shape and facial features. The goal of hair contouring is very similar-to complement your best features. To complete the technique, colorists carefully place different shades to create depth around the face to highlight and shadow targeted areas. For instance, to elongate a round or square face your colorist might opt for lowlights at the top of your head and around your cheeks. To make a long face appear more round, your colorist might opt for face-framing highlights in those areas. By placing selected colors in a strategic way to catch the light, the result is an optical illusion that can help make your face appear more defined.

Each hair contouring process is unique, resulting in a tailor-made, one-of-a-kind look! Book a consultation with your hairdresser to determine which shades are best to use on your hair and how to optimize their positioning for a natural look. Keep in mind that to allow your contoured highlights to really shine through and complement your face, your hair should be worn down. If you prefer to tie your hair back out of your face, talk to your hairdresser about whether hair contouring is the most ideal coloring technique for you.

Regardless of which technique you prefer, be sure to protect your strands and keep the color vibrant by using hair care products formulated for color-treated brunette hair, like L'Oreal Professionnel Vitamino Color A-OX Color Corrector Brunettes Cream.

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