Hair strobing is a technique that originates from the makeup trend of strobing, similar to contouring except with a focus on light: no dark shades are used. This same principle is now being applied to hair! Just like with contouring, strobing uses lighter colors to emphasize specific areas of the face.
Strobing vs highlighting
While the two techniques are admittedly very similar, the aim of strobing is to appear completely natural, invisible even. Successful strobed hair will not look colored, but healthy and glowing. The results should show on your face, not on your locks.
A unique style
Everyone who goes for hair strobing will end up with a different finish, because the technique differs depending on face shape, hair color, length, texture and even lifestyle. This means you'll never have that awkward moment of bumping into someone with exactly the same hairstyle as you!
Strobing uses several different shades of color to create the most flattering finish. Your hair colorist will use tones slightly lighter than your natural hair color to highlight where the sun would hit your hair, giving your locks a healthy, multi-tonal glow that then radiates onto your face.
What style to strobe
Strobed hair looks its best when styled into waves or curls, which really make the most of the color's dimensionality and depth. That said, strobed hair can also boost the effect of a graphic, chic cut such as blunt bangs or a pixie.