Hair Strobing: The “New Highlights” of 2016

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Like makeup, hair trends are constantly evolving and we’ve noticed that make up tricks also work incredibly well on our hair. Similar to contouring, Hair Strobing is a trending color technique that highlights where light would naturally hit the face. Meaning strobers can accentuate their best features, and compliment those they dislike with contrasting colors.

Following the same rules as you would apply bronzer- it aims to enhance your natural color with lighter pieces (aka baby-lights). This gives a more youthful effect than hair foils- yes, that’s right, this hair trend is anti-ageing. The combination of chunky and super thin baby-lights gives the ‘strobing’ effect.

The Technique

  • First you ‘contour’ the hair by blending in the natural tone to the existing hair color.
  • When strobing use the face contour to decide the areas where best to apply color.
  • Section hair into a variation of sized weaves and highlight where it feels right- this will make the eyes pop and accentuate the cheekbones.
  • Using your brush, create different angles when applying color to create shade and light whilst blending into the natural color.

Here’s a trending twist on that haircolor technique…and it involves a foundation sponge?

Widely praised as one of the best ways to achieve an airbrushed finish when doing your foundation, UK hairstylist Jamie Stevens experimented with using a makeup sponge to apply haircolor.

Basically, you cut one of the sponges in half and use the flat circular side to dab on the color and gently work it into the hair strands. In this Instagram post, he uses a variety of shades from blue and black to yellow to achieve the desired effect. Although it might look like a bit of an odd process, apparently the softness and density of the sponge allows the different colors to seamlessly blur into each other, and the finish is actually gorgeous.

Here’s the end result: