Why People Can't Get Enough Of The Hair Strobing Highlights Trend

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Strobing Is The Gorgeous Highlight Trend Everyone Is Starting To Wear

25 April 2018
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Jessie Amato

Editorial Assistant

For as long as she can remember, Jessie has had a passion for all things beauty. As an employee of L'Oréal, she hopes to share her knowledge and inspire Hair.com readers to express themselves—one new cut and color at a time.

It’s been a long while since the world was introduced to highlighting as a makeup trend. Illuminating your best facial features with a stroke of a brush quickly became a staple in every woman’s beauty routine and, as of recently, the trend has moved far beyond the face and into salon chairs.

Never heard of strobing as a highlighting technique for hair? We tapped Brooke Evans, L’Oréal Professionnel artist and brand ambassador, to share everything there is to know about the trend and why she feels it will be a salon favorite for years to come.

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What is the strobing highlighting technique?

If we had to award the most sought-after hair coloring technique, highlights would surely take the cake. Long seen as the most effective way to add dimension to dull strands, a full set of blonde highlights has remained a favorite service of salon-goers. Unlike traditional highlights that are placed uniformly throughout the hair, Evans says strobing is a more organic way of accentuating your features that can be customized for each client.

Strobing is a highlighting technique to accentuate, contour, and pop our clients’ best features! It is like adding a shimmer to your cheekbones...Strobing will give you light reflection which will draw the eye to the strobed area of the hair.

Brooke Evans

To create the strobe effect, your stylist will use a painting, balayage, or foilayage method to apply the color to your strands depending on your desired look. If you’re looking to dazzle with the lightest and brightest effect possible, your stylist will use foils or hair painting. For a softer appearance, a balayage technique will work best.

Evan loves the trend because it gives the ability to create a unique look for each client.

“I love the strobing trend because of its versatility, artistic freedom, and customizable applications. This is a trend that is going to be hot for a long time,” Evans says.

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Who should try strobing?

Since everyone’s hair is different, trends that work for every type and texture may seem impossible to come by. Unlike vibrant fashion colors that require serious upkeep and consistent trips to the salon, Evans believes strobing is doable for any head of hair.

“[Strobing] can be applied to a single process, as a face frame pop, as a surface paint, or hair painted throughout. Evans says, calling the trend “low maintenance and so very eye-catching.”

As always, we recommend booking a consultation with your stylist if you’re unsure about making a change to your color.

Headed to the salon for your very own strobing sesh? Be sure to use the hashtag #HairDotCom to share your new look with us!

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