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Treat yourself: Salon Vim’s Hair Contouring experience

While most people are familiar with the term contouring, it’s usually in relation to makeup, designed to highlight your best features, whether that means creating lighter or darker angles to give the appearance of a sharper or thinner face.

When it comes to hair…this isn’t as common. We’ve all heard of balayage, highlighting, dyeing etc. but there’s no real point walking into a salon and asking for one or all of the above if it’s not going to suit you.

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The sleek interiors of Salon Vim at 313@Somerset.

Salon Vim is therefore taking the contouring makeup technique and applying to your hair, creating a service called Hair Contouring that is basically code for a bespoke consultation and hair design to suit your unique face shape.

The process behind the service is almost mathematical — geometrical to be precise. At the heart of the treatment is your face shape, and based on that, whether heart shaped or round or what-have-you, their stylists will determine the best cut, colour or perm to suit you best.

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An example of how to contour a diamond-shaped face. (Photo credit: Salon Vim)

There’s no badgering or hard-selling when it comes to this treatment, which starts at S$280 and varies depending on the length of your hair. Ultimately it goes with what’s best for you, and if that doesn’t require an expensive perm, or putting three different colours in your hair, then it won’t be done.

In our case, it began with a lesson in face shapes and how hair and bangs in particular should be designed to cover at least partially the widest part of your face. Explained stylist Fiona, “Chunky bangs on a diamond-shaped face [that’s us] will make your face look very wide if it cuts above the widest part.” Instead, she advised more side swept bangs, that can be parted both ways for flexible. Lighter pieces would also be added below the cheeks with an ombre effect colouring to create movement.

Colouring would be a big part of the experience as it naturally adds depth and volume to a look. However for this, it’s more about skin tone than drama. While paler skin allows you to go bolder with brightly pigmented hues (like say, purple), a more tanned complexion can end up washing out the colour. Basically paler skin, like a white piece of paper, can’t be matched wrongly. However, for those of us who enjoy some time in the sun, a range of ashen, coppery or brown tones are more flattering.

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The newly-opened Wisma Atria location has a distinctly European feel.

In consultation with Fiona, we chose a copper-ish brown and darker yellow for the colouring. Fiona suggested the ombre-style colouring that would see more highlights used for the top part of the hair and more of the lighter colour, for more drama, mid-way to the end. All of the salon’s stylists are trained to identify the right colours for your skin tone so that skin naturally looks healthier, even without makeup.

All-in-all, the Hair Contouring treatment took about three hours including cut, colour, contouring highlights and an added Kérastase treatment to control the frizz that is a natural companion in humid Singapore. A quick blow-dry with a nifty Dyson hairdryer and the results were a cut and colour that framed the face to perfection.

Salon Vim, 313 Orchard Road, 313@Somerset #04-25/26/27/28, 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895, www.salonvim.sg