Hair Strobing : Have you tried it ?

by Sub Editor Akanksha on June 20, 2016

in Bridal fashion, Fashion


Photo credit – Albert Amin Salon

A lot of you found our post on contouring and highlighting insanely helpful and also loved the tutorial video. But have you ever tried to contour your hair ? Yes you read that right ! The nouveau trend taking the hair-styling world by storm is – Hair Strobing. Read on to know more.

Hair Contouring – A personalised and deliberate colouring of hair to give the face a more defined, contoured look without makeup. Care is taken to individually customize each person’s look based on their hair colour, skin tone, facial feature to be highlighted and overall contouring objective.

Hair Strobing – Very similar to contouring. It essentially involves using shades that are two tones lighter and two tones darker than your natural hair colour. Keeping in mind the areas that light falls on and areas where shadows form, subtle highlights (and lowlights) are positioned so that it flatters your face shape and structure. The shades that suit Indian skin tones are cool browns, mocha and caramel.

Benefits :

  • Puts the spotlight on your favourite feature – Say you want to subtly make your chiseled jawline or plump lips more noticeable, you can highlight the hair near your jaw line to achieve an optical illusion. Or maybe your favourite feature is your expressive eyes. Make them the centre of attention by lightening hair around the eyes (bangs/ fringes). To enhance your cheek bones, place highlights near the centre of your face.
  • Complements skin tone – Apart from being really chic and stylish, hair strobing brings out a person’s natural complexion.
  • Visual effect of altering face shape – If you’re looking at an end result that visually increases length/width of your face, then choose lighter shades that reflect light. Similarly, darker shades reduce them by forming shadows.
  • Enhances hairstyle / hair cut – Since this involves a personalized application of hair colour to targeted areas, it takes any regular hairstyle up a notch.

It is important to include a caveat here that aftercare should always be kept in mind. By aftercare, we mean using hair products that provide nourishment to colour treated hair and also protects them. When compared to globally coloured hair, strobed hair is relatively low maintenance because there isn’t a need for regular touch-ups. 

SalonsL’oreal Professionnel salons across India provide this service (#MochaMania) and so do Matrix Salons with their Rock N Strobe color collection.

Have you tried Hair Strobing ? Share your experience with us !


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris June 20, 2016 at 9:02 pm

I’ve been seeing a lot of blog posts about this technique. I’m glad you have one, too, especially to explain it more in-depth.


Sub Editor Akanksha June 22, 2016 at 9:16 pm

Glad you found it helpful Chris :)


Hanah June 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

@ Akansha : Great post! I’d definitely love to try this new trend. Could you please tell me the salons in Bangalore/Mumbai which provide this service



Sub Editor Akanksha July 3, 2016 at 4:23 pm

L’oreal & Matrix salons !


Shreya June 21, 2016 at 12:29 pm

Have heard about this …. but never tried ! I have tried smoothening by L’Oreal and also cystein ….. this looks interesting and worth trying out :)


Anurima June 21, 2016 at 10:16 pm

Woah something I never heard of but sounds so interesting! Definitely gonna check out next time when I color my tresses :)

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