Hair Strobing: How To Enhance Your Face Shape With Coloring

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If you’re on the pulse of the latest celebrity hair trends, you may have heard of the newest style currently in demand. It’s called hair strobing, and it is being hailed as the most flattering way to do hair color by celebs and regular people alike. What we like most about this new coloring technique is that you can use to literally reshape your face features.

Here is everything you need to know about how to enhance your face shape with hair strobing.

How does strobing work?

hair strobing how to enhance your face shapeVia @matrixusa

First, let’s have a look at the process behind the magic. Basically, it consists of soft highlights, concentrated around the face to frame, define and brighten the shape of a person’s face. The resulting glow brings a youthful beauty to anyone who tries it, no matter their hair color or style.

Hair Strobing and Makeup

Much like contouring and highlighting with makeup, the hair strobing process involves shades both darker and lighter than a person’s base hair tone. For example, to bring out the bone structure in a round face, a colorist would first add deeper color, then go back in with the light shade in delicate wisps just around the face to visually alter the perception of roundness, emphasizing the cheek and jaw lines to maximum effect. The placement of light and dark is, just as with makeup, the catalyst to the transformation.

Where to strobe


hair strobing cheekstrobe matrixVia @matrixusa

The effect is created by placing light shades where the bone structure would naturally push the hair farther forward, and offsetting the highlights with a slightly darker shade behind it. You may choose to use strobing to complement, or to slightly change the look of your face shape. Complementing a diamond-shaped face would involve placing the highlights just at the cheekbones and allowing them to fade to darker tones above and below, with brighter tones and wider pieces than the rest of the highlights around the back of the head.

Get the look

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Ask your personal stylist or colorist for strobing à la Gigi Hadid and Miranda Kerr, and be sure to bring pictures that show your face shape for inspiration. Remember, the bright pop of lighter color should be focused around your face for the prettiest overall effect!

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  • Mariangela B

    Hello, I’d like to know what you suggest for oblong faces. In my case I have a long jaw, I’d like to “shorten” it and give more attention to my cheeckbones and eyes. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Mariangela!
      Mi suggestion in your case would be to get a slightly horizontal strobing effect right near your cheekbones, as the asian model with the black and white strobing effect in the post.
      Stay away from vertical highlights around your face, and try to add waves, volumes and movement.
      I don’t know if you have a long or short haircut, anyways you could add a thick bang on your forehead to shorten your face and get a short haircut to make your face look larger. I was thinking about a wavy short bob like this one:

      Also, earrings: avoid long vertical pendants, use colorful voluminous jewelry instead.

      Hope I’ve helped you!