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The Newest Highlighting Technique You Need to Know: Strobing

Though strobes are typically associated with bottle service and a plush-cushioned club, the new strobing hair color technique captures everything that’s glam and flattering about a night out and a heavy flash—without having to go anywhere. Think of strobe color like supercharged highlights, lighter color is concentrated in a way that draws the eye towards the bright, acting like your very own face-adjacent filter. To get our names on this list and find out how to go full strobe, we had Matrix Artistic Director Dan Csicsai talk us through this must-do technique.

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The trick to creating the strobing technique is knowing where we want the highlight to play with the hair silhouette in mind,” explains Dan. “You also want to take into consideration the facial features you want to highlight.” You’re in control of bringing the focus to your lips or your eyes—just like concentrating a strobe light over a certain area and letting the rest illuminate the surrounding area. 

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This ability to control light, and therefore how people look at you, makes strobe color totally unique. “We focus more on areas versus “stripes” or traditional highlights,” Dan notes of the difference. “Highlights usually live from scalp or just off scalp through the ends. Strobing is more about concentrating on particular areas.”

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While colors used in strobing are primarily light, there’s a full spectrum to choose from. “Unlike highlights, colors used for strobing can be other tones outside of the traditional blonde or honey tones used in the past. Any color, such as pink or a pastel violet could be used to highlight using strobing—it does not have to be blonde,” says Dan.

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Strobing is recommended for everyone, you just need to communicate with your stylist and have a little bit of faith in their expert eye. “It’s about the hairdresser designing the placement and formulation for a client,” explains Dan, noting it’s all about the “hair silhouette.” Though you should follow the same maintenance routines with your color as you typically would after any lightening service, to keep his strobed clients on point, Dan protects delicate colors with a gentle post-color care system, such as Biolage R.A.W. Color Care Shampoo, $25 and Conditioner $25The color care system relies on coconut milk & anti-oxidant rich meadowfoam, to keep color vibrant through your first month, plus.

Ultimately, the perfect strobe color comes down to channeling your vision (with the help of your stylist). “Just go with your creativity!” exclaims Dan. For stylists he advises the same, “Don’t focus on trends, make it more about, ‘What could make this color or style look better on your client then it does now.’”


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