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The “Candy Strobing” Trend For A Treat You Can Wear

December 22nd 2016
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As seen on Instagram, colorists almost never run out of inspiration. After rainbow hair, mermaid hair and pastel colors, the latest trend is Candy Strobing. With rose quartz, coral peach and even berry, this new palette of soft, sweet colors was developed by 10 coloring artists from the Matrix nursery. FAB met with one of these artists, Steve Corthine, so that he could explain this delicious new trend.

Photo credits: Matrix
The “Candy Strobing” Trend For A Treat You Can Wear by Matrix

Candy Strobing Derived From Hair Strobing

Brunettes, blondes and redheads alike have succumbed to “hair strobing”. This technique was developed by the professional colorists in the American brand Matrix, and is the equivalent of hair contouring. They took their inspiration directly from make-up. The idea is simple: depending on the shape of the face (round, square, oval or oblong), color is applied to specific areas to illuminate the face and highlight its best features. Popularized six months ago, this new technique has won over New York-based bloggers Tania Sarin and the Suarez sisters. They shared their hair transformations with their fans on Instagram. “The first strobing technique is what we called ‘Rock n Strobe’, which – as the name would indicate – was a lot more sharp and harsh, with edgier lines and stronger colors,” recalls  Steve Corthine.

The “Candy Strobing” Trend For A Treat You Can Wear by Matrix
Photo credit: Matrix

A different hair strobing technique was used on each of them: a coppery, honey color near the eyes to intensify Tania Sarin’s gaze, a subtle touch of bright colors (blue, green, red and orange) applied near Natalie Suarez’s jawline, and sunset-inspired flaming red sections to bring out Dylan Suarez’s cheekbones. After this initial success, Matrix gathered together a dozen colorists in its “factory”, giving them carte blanche for a new concept: Candy Strobing. “The ‘candy strobing’ technique we are now seeing is the second type of strobing to hit our hair scene. The purpose is to bring light and reflection into the hair. Candy strobing is far softer and has a much prettier color palette, predominately using a brand new collection at Matrix named ‘Watercolors’. These watercolors are: blue sapphire, pink quartz, coral peach, moss green and berry violet,” says Steve Corthine.

The “Candy Strobing” Trend For A Treat You Can Wear by Matrix
Photo credits: Matrix

One Face, One Look, One Type Of Candy Strobing

To really understand how this works, the Matrix artists developed five different looks to be applied depending on the shape of the face and the color and length of the hair. All these parameters are taken into consideration by the colorist, who may then propose what’s called a “full strobe”, color distributed onto different sections from the eyes down the length of the hair. The goal is to illuminate the entire face. There’s also profile strobing, which plays with the highlights and shadows of your profile. Strobing at the cheeks brings out the center of your face, plus there’s strobing at the eyes and, finally, at the jawline. “For blondies, we love to candy strobe with pinks; our brunettes are amazing with tones of blue and purple; and our gorgeous red heads with rose gold,” says  Steve Corthine.

The “Candy Strobing” Trend For A Treat You Can Wear by Matrix
Photo credits: Matrix

In his salon,  Steve Corthine manages to convince all kinds of clients: “We are doing a lot of pinks, purples and peachy tones. They are super on-trend right now and there doesn’t seem to be any restrictions regarding age groups, which is what we love! Everyone wants to be strobed and bring some light into their hair.”

Surely you’ll agree that “Candy is the new black!”, but before you take a bite, check out the looks on Instagram #candystrobe.