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2017 Brunette Battle: Color Blocking vs. Contouring

In 2017, there's more than one way to be a brunette! In this hair colour battle we look at two entirely different takes on the brunette shade - colour blocking and contouring...

Colour blocking

The technique: Colour blocking refers to taking a lighter colour and applying it to the mid-lengths of the hair in order to encourage light across the face. The intensity of the colour blocking effect can be adjusted depending on the shades that are paired together. In this instance, the combination of brunette with honey makes for a subtle colour blocking effect, with the warmer shades just peeking through from underneath the darker brown shade.

The style: This colour technique is practically begging to be paired with an on-trend half-up hairstyle. The reason it will work nicely is because you'll really be able to show off the contrasting hues! A messy braid would also look great with colour blocked locks as the different shades would be quite apparent as they twist around one another.

What the editors say: This subtle brunette take on colour blocking falls squarely in line with the push towards more natural hair colours this season.

Contouring

The technique: Hair contouring is a made-to-measure hair colour technique that sees the colourist placing different shades in order to best complement the facial shape. The expert will apply the shades with a freehand in order to draw attention to the face's best features and deflect from others. Each hair contouring process is unique, meaning the end result is a one-of-a-kind look.

The style: Contoured hair is best suited to being worn loosely and out. That way, the colours are able to do their job of complementing the facial structure. A tousled and textured finish is perfect for everyday wear – add the grit by spritzing on .

What the editors say: In order to look it's best, a contoured brunette shade needs to stay vibrant. The best way to do this is by investing in products specifically formulated for coloured hair – try the .

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