05/09/2016 03:14 EDT | Updated 05/10/2017 05:12 EDT

Hair Strobing: Hot Summer Trend Alert

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This hot new hair trend is an easy look and very popular with celebrities. This is a soft and subtle look that enhances your natural beauty and is the perfect look for summer.

To find out more about hair strobing, I spoke with Jessica Van Kuyk at Suki's Salon. Jessica is a master colour designer, principal hair colour instructor, artistic director and L'Oreal Professionnel colour ambassador.

What Is Hair Strobing?

Essentially, hair strobing is very close to the technique used for makeup strobing. Your hair stylist will evaluate your hair and face structure and then place lighter pieces of hair around your face where the light would instinctively hit, and make the very best of your features.

If you would like to make your cheekbones stand out, then you would have lighter hair closer to the temples.

Hair strobing is a subtle effect and your stylist will use colours which are only a few shades lighter than your natural hair colour. It should look like you came back from a sunny destination and spent endless amount of days enjoying the sun.

The Application Process

Hair strobing is comparable to a balayage colour. This is done with a free hand, painting the highlights and low lights directly to the hair. Strobing is all about the placement and your hair stylist should have a good chat with you about where they plan to place the colour. Every person should have a unique application process.

We all have different features that we would like highlighted or featured. Your stylist should take this into account, along with your skin tone, your natural hair colour and your face shape.

The application process is different from your typical highlights, in that, strobing has three steps rather than just two. Strobing is done with wider strips of colour and uses colours closer to your natural hair colour that are only two shades lighter and two shades darker. This results in a softer look which is easier to manage (your re-growth won't be as visible as when you have a more extreme colour change).

Top Tips To Care For Your Colour-Treated Hair

Use sulfate free shampoo for coloured hair. A once a week deep conditioning masque is necessary and a thermal heat protectant cream is a must -- as a leave in prior to any heat styling. Above all -- regular salon trims -- every six-eight weeks.

Wash less frequently. Use tepid water.

Any Other Tips?

Hair oils are not heat protectants. Many consumers are misinformed on this. Using heat in conjunction with oil is actually cooking the hair. You want to look for a heat protectant that is leave in -- for all hair types and level of damage.

This summer, to get your colour to last longer, try a leave in conditioner after washing your hair. If doable, wear a hair sunblock spray or a hat when you are out in the sun. This will help to protect your hair from getting damaged by the sun and depleting your hair colour.

Going swimming? Try to apply a conditioner before you go for a swim. This will help protect your hair from potential damage caused by chlorine in the pool or salt water. Deep condition after your swim.

I am going to use these helpful tips as I continue to expand my hair colour ideas this summer! I love the idea of a fresh new look.

Your suggestions are always welcome, as I continue on my journey to live life to the fullest.

Let's have the very best 2016!

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