24 Peekaboo Highlights: The Perfect Way to Zest up Your Tresses

The rules of traditional hair coloring have been breaking down over the last few years. We’re seeing a lot more creative interpretations, from bright and vivid shades to soft pastel colors all over, and from dip-dyed ends to peekaboo placements.

Even the peekaboo is being re-vamped. We used to see only a pop or two of color peeking out from beneath our strands. Nowadays, anything goes! Give your hair a shot of adrenaline and inspiration with fun ideas for peekaboo highlights!

Peekaboo Grey

Peekaboo Grey hairstyleInstagram @stylesbyericab

Q&A with style creator, Erica Blair
Senior Stylist @ Jemini Hair Artistry in Calgary, AB

How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

These are peekaboo highlights. What I love about these and what clients love about peekaboo highlights is they are low maintenance. You don’t have to touch them up every time you’re in to get your hair done because the roots are hidden. Then you can choose whatever color you want to showcase!

We chose grey for this look. The best thing about grey is you can either choose to maintain it or let it fade out. It fades out to a nice ashy blonde, which is also another gorgeous look.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

There is this amazing color conditioner line called Fabuloso. I actually made one for this particular client. Everyone wants the grey look and wants to maintain it, however grey tends to fade very quickly. Approximately one to four shampoos, depending on your hair washing regime, and it can be gone. A custom made Fabuloso conditioner is one of the best routes to keep the color.

Always make sure you have salon quality shampoo and conditioner that protects color. If you have any shampoo that is a detoxifer, it will strip the color out and all that money spent on your hair goes down the drain. If you’re going to pay to get your hair done, you need to make sure you are buying the products to maintain it.

The third product that is my favorite is for those who have an active lifestyle is called Aveda Color Leave-In. This product is put on after you shampoo and condition and it doesn’t get rinsed out. It protects the hair from fading when you sweat, because sweat can cause your color to fade as well. This tip is for my dry shampoo users out there!

The best way to create this look is to go to your hairstylist. You will need to request a partial highlight and mention that you want the highlights to be grey.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is best for our medium browns to blonde haired clients. Depending on how dark your hair is will depend on how many steps and appointments it will take to get you to platinum blonde. This is the color that is under the grey color. The darker your hair is, the harder it can be to achieve, and the more applications/appointments will be needed to achieve this look.

The texture of your hair also plays a huge factor in whether or not your hair will lighten as well. On coarse, curly and dark hair combined, it will be a lot more difficult, however your fine to medium textured hair will lighten a lot easier and with a lot less damage. The placement of the color is for our low maintenance people, or if you are looking to try out a color but don’t want to do you whole head just yet.

I don’t believe there is any right or wrong lifestyle for this look, it’s just the timing of what’s going on in your life. If you are going from a cold climate to a hot summer vacation, you may want to wait until you get back.

I find the main skin type that having light ashy blonde hair doesn’t benefit from is olive skin. It takes away the color from the face and can make someone look pale or as if they have a touch of the flu. You want to stick with a lighter, more neutral to warm brown or darker so you can add more color to the face.

Tropical Bird Peekaboo

Tropical Bird Peekaboo hairstyleInstagram @tinacasciato

Q&A with style creator, Tina Casciato
Master Colourist @ Renaissance Salon in St. Catharines, ON


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe this particular color as a tropical bird peekaboo. I love the contrast of these vibrant colors against the black base. My favorite thing about this technique is that it is so versatile. Any client can try it with any hairstyle.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

This color was created using Elumen by Goldwell which has incredible longevity. I recommend using Elumen Wash and Care (leave-in spray) to maintain the best possible conditions for this color to last for months.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I think peekaboo techniques can be customized to suit anyone and any style. Even working professionals can have a little taste of vivid hair while maintaining a professional look based on the placement of these colors.

Peekaboo Rose Gold

Peekaboo Rose Gold hairstyleInstagram @elizajoy85

Q&A with style creator, Eliza Tariche
Stylist @ Stylz Salon & Day Spa in Cocoa Beach, FL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a fun look for any blonde that likes to change up her hair color without being too extreme. We can change up her peekaboo colors with every appointment about every eight weeks.

What products do you recommend to create and maintain this look?

I used Unique One by Revlon while the hair was wet. We used a want to create the beachy waves, followed by Paul Mitchell’s Worked Up.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is beautiful for fine or coarse hair. The fact that we use the rose gold as a balayaged peekaboo makes it easy to hide if you have an office job, or you can curl it to show off the fun colors.

Peekaboo Hints of Blue

Peekaboo highlight with blueInstagram @ejacq_hair

Mid-Length haircut with layers of blonde highlights with a few strands of pop-in blue.

HINT OF CHOCOLATE

Change up your blonde with this dash of chocolate brown fringe for a high contrast look.

Peekaboo HighlightsBlonde Hairstyle with Chocolate Brown Fringe Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The golden tones of this blonde and brunette combo suit a golden/olive complexion. Light golden hair (level 7) works best with this look

Tip:

Create a glam style to really show off these colors with a 20’s wet finger wave hairstyle.

RUBY DREAMS

Vibrant ruby red slices contrast this deep cool-toned brunette for a look that means business!

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The deep/warm tones of this red and brunette combo best suit a deep golden/olive complexion. Medium brunette hair (level 5) works best with this color scheme.

Tip:

Gather ends into a low side bun for a perfect formal style.

ROYAL BLUES

Show off your true blues with these fringe-grazing slices set against a rounded bob silhouette.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The cool blue and warm brunette tones of this combo best suit a deep golden/olive complexion. Medium brunette hair (level 5) works best with this color combination.

Tip:

Create a deep side part to dramatize the asymmetry of the fringe and make the peekaboo highlights really pop.

PINK-A-BOO

These perfectly placed hot pink strands create a great focal point against a deep, golden brown base with an adorable braid accent.

Hot Pink Highlights on Golden Brown ColorHot Pink Highlights on Golden Brown Color Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The cool pink and warm brunette tones of this combo suit any complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) wears this color well.

Tip:

A playful half up half down look is the perfect way to show off the interplay of these tones.

ADELE-LICIOUS

Add that Adele-inspired sultry vibe to your look with golden brown streaks adorning your blonde bouffant hair dreams.

Golden Brown Streaks on Blonde Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The interplay of warm and cool/blonde and brunette tones suit any complexion. Naturally light brown, fine hair (level 6) works well with this hue.

Tip:

Create massive volume and channel your inner songstress with a little backcombing.

LUMINOUS LOOK

Achieve color that shines from within with these light, golden blonde streaks that vary in depth to brighten natural brunette tones.

Golden Blonde Streaks on BrunetteGolden Blonde Streaks on Brunette Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

These golden blonde and brunette tones best suit a slightly golden/peach complexion. Medium to light brown and fine hair (level 5 – 7) can benefit from this combination.

Tip:

Create a crown braid to really show off these pretty peekaboo highlights.

BLUE STEEL

This steely blue hue is a superb way to dramatize naturally dark hair without being obvious.

Blue Highlights on Dark HairBlue Highlights on Dark Hair Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The deep, cool tones of this blue and brunette combo best suit a slightly yellow/olive/golden complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this color.

Tip:

Play up that texture with a light hold spray wax.

GRAY-CEFUL

Here’s a brilliant way to accent your silver-foxy side. Try a dark and cool brunette gloss treatment for a high-shine finish.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The deep charcoal tones of this brunette shade play up the shiny silver and really suit any complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 2 – 4) works well with this color.

Tip:

Style these colorful strands into a casual chignon for a fancy night out.

STRAWBERRY SWIRL

Creamy, ice cream-inspired hues softly accent this bright white blonde and feature extra pops of dark and light hot pink tones.

Pink Tones on White Blonde

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

These icy blonde and cool pink tones best suit a slightly yellow/golden complexion. Medium to light brown and fine hair (level 5 – 7) benefits from this combination.

Tip:

Boost your conditioner with some color to refresh your tone easily and maintain vibrancy.

SMOKEY LAVENDER

A little lavender goes a long way. Splash it right on that fringe and pair it a statement cut to stand out amongst the masses.

Lavendar Highlights on Fringe

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The light golden tone of this blonde plays nicely against the smokey lavender and suits a slightly golden/peachy complexion. Medium to light brunette hair (level 5 – 7) works best with this color scheme.

Tip:

Add some sparkle with Kevin Murphy’s SHIMMER BUG!

TEAL-RRIFIC

Aqua blue-green streaks dance in the sea of this sandy blonde A-line bob cut.

Aqua Streaks on Sandy Blonde BobAqua Streaks on Sandy Blonde Bob Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The interplay of sandy blonde and cool blue/green tones best suit a yellow/peachy complexion. Light golden hair (level 7) works best with this look.

Tip:

Loosely wrap those ocean-inspired strands around a large barrel curling iron for a soft, wavy look.

ORCHID BLOOM

Purple orchid tones maintain the highest popularity since they flatter every skin tone and are easy on the eyes.

Purple Tones on Dark HairPurple Tones on Dark Hair Back

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The interplay of cool brunette and warm red/violet tones best suit any complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) wears this color well.

Tip:

For extra volume, backcomb the base and interior of hair, leaving the surface smooth.

COPPER FLAIR

In this gorgeous look, radiant copper tone flecks add fun and flair before cascading into a full ombre with dip-dye appeal.

Copper Ombre Hair ColorCopper Ombre Haircolor Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The deep brunette and rich copper tones of this combo best suit a deep golden complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) wears this color well.

Tip:

Create fun curls using a smoothing iron for a sleek finish.

ELECTRIC SPARK

Pair this future-worthy cut with a neon blue streak that can blend or be bold.

Neon Blue Streaks Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The bright rich tones of this blue and brunette combo best suits a slightly yellow/olive/golden complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this color.

Tip:

Pull hair back into a high fashion ponytail to really show off your wild streak.

OPPOSITES ATTRACT

At first glance, this emerald green is nuanced, but the bold red fringe gives it a platform amongst a bed of ginger curls.

Green and Red Fringe Haircolor

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The complexity of this emerald and ruby combo best suits a golden/peach complexion. Medium to light copper and fine hair (level 5 – 7) benefits from this combination.

Tip:

Style these colors into a full top knot for a completely different look.

GEOMETRIC RED

Great creative with placement and brighten up the face with a bright red hue. Create a colorful triangle by drawing an imaginary line from just above the corner of the left eye, and end it on the opposite side behind the right ear.

Creative Red HighlightsCreative Red Highlights Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The bright rich tones of this red and black combo best suit a fair/pinky/peach complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this color.

Tip:

Gather hair into a messy knot for a fresh look.

SUN-SATION

Create a hidden surprise by highlighting blonde interior layers underneath dimensional, sunset red tones.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The red and blonde combo best suits a golden/peach complexion. Medium to light copper-red hair (level 5 – 7) benefits from this combination.

Tip:

Accent this style with a feather fascinator!

FRINGE-TASTIC

Add a tiny pop of color to an otherwise all-over deep auburn. Slight golden fringe streaks catch the light just right.

Golden Streeks on FringeGolden Streeks on Fringe Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The warmth of this deep, red brunette tone best suits a slightly yellow/olive/golden complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this combination.

Tip:

Create a long, textured herringbone braid down one side for a trendy look.

CARAMEL CURLS

Caramel tones warm up this brunette hue with strategic placement that enhances styling versatility.

Caramel Tones on BrunetteCaramel Tones on Brunette Side

Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

These golden blonde and brunette tones best suit a slightly golden/peach complexion. Medium to light brown and fine hair (level 5 – 7) benefits from this combination.

Tip:

Gather hair into soft, deconstructed low bun to really show off these swirls.

RASPBERRY DELIGHT

Red on red tones offer multi-dimensional effects with an edgy feel.

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Best Skin Tone and Hair Type:

The warm red and cool brunette tones best suit a slightly yellow/olive complexion. Dark to medium brunette hair (level 4 – 7) works well with this mix.

Tip:

A playful half up half down look is a perfect way to show off these colors.

Go ahead and get a little wild and try one of these peekaboo highlighted styles!