33 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 Hints of Blue

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

A Touch of Purple

A Touch of Purple hairstyle
Instagram @mrsmoore4466

Q&A with style creator, Shannon Moore
Stylist / Manager @ In & Out Salon in Cabot, AR

How would you describe this look?

This is what I would call “A Touch of Purple”. It is ideal for clients that want something a little different than your normal go-to highlights. This look is a fun way to add a little flair to your hair.

My favorite thing about this look is how versatile it is. It’s bright and fun for a little while, but the more you shampoo, the more the color fades to lighter more pastel shades, then eventually fades back to the blonde balayage I applied to create this seamless look. Even though the color will fade away, your hair still looks awesome!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I suggest having a balayage application versus a blunt chunk. This will grow out better because it’s a softer look. Next, you have to use a shampoo and conditioner that supports the color you use in your hair. In this case, I always prescribe my clients with the Pravana Vivids Shampoo and Conditioner because they ensure the longevity of the color. A heat protectant is also a must. I use Sexy Hair products.

You can create this look with a bunch of different color options. The color line we use has guidelines that the hair has to be lifted to before you can apply. That being said, keep the integrity of your hair in mind. If your hair is already damaged or super porous, it’s probably better to do some conditioning treatments before getting peekaboos.

The last thing to keep in mind is your workplace/school. I always ask my clients if they have talked to their boss or principal to see if it is allowed to have vivid colors in the hair. It would be unfortunate that you just spent money on your hair and they don’t allow it, so then you would have to spend more to cover it up.

Splash of Fun

Splash of Fun hairstyle
Instagram @sandrad_hair

Q&A with style creator, Sandra Djokic
Hairstylist @ Valvano Salon Spa in St. Catharines, ON


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a contemporary classic. I love the asymmetry of the line shape and how the internal texture adds a modern feel with versatility and movement.

My favorite feature of this look is the added splash of fun popping through one side because it helps bring out her personality. I feel your hair should tell the world who you are!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Make sure you have the skill set in order to style and finish this new style at home. Hair texture plays a big role in in the final outcome of this particular hairstyle. The hair has to have the ability to show off this fun pop of color.

To style and maintain this look, I recommend products that help to increase texture, body, and movement. The right product can help to bring out all of these elements.

The color and its placement is the final step to cohesively making this look suitable for a particular client. Color choice should be reflective of the client’s personal “zest” and should be suited to their lifestyle. Placement of the color should also be complementary to their face shape and help highlight a section of the hair, with the cut emphasizing that.

Open communication between the hairdresser and the client is the key to a successful new look for anyone.

Modern & Unique

Modern & Unique hairstyle
Instagram @hairbykristieg

Q&A with style creator, Kris Geerts
Hairstylist @ Nelson Group Salon in Palatine, IL


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as edgy, modern, and unique, but subtle and professional when needed.

My favorite thing about these bold peekaboo highlights is that with every hairstyle, you can transform the color into something completely different. Curling enhances the color and braiding makes it pop. When you’re looking for a quick cover up, wearing it straight will subdue the color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you want to change your look without much maintenance, this is the style for you. There are virtually no further steps you have to take once leaving the salon to maximize your investment in this hair color. It’s easy and simple to maintain (only every few months) and will always be on-trend.

No matter what your hair type or length is, peekaboo highlights can be the perfect touch to match any personality and lifestyle!

Peekaboo Balayage

Peekaboo Balayage hairstyle
Instagram @hairbyrachelmae

Q&A with style creator, Rachel Menchken
Designer @ Hair To Dye For in Easton, PA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a peekaboo balayage. I love that this can be a subtle look when the hair is worn down, but also gives some pops of color! I also love when the colors mix together after a few washes. It really adds to the “oil-slick” look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look was done on one of my client’s11-year-old daughters as her Christmas gift! Peekaboo highlights are great for anyone that doesn’t want to commit to a whole head of fantasy colors. They are hidden by the top layer of the hair and revealed when the hair is pulled up.

Although the brand of fantasy colors we use lasts a long time, these colors are definitely high maintenance. Using a good sulfate-free shampoo and limiting hair washing to only twice a week can help the colors last longer.

Extra Pop of Color

Extra Pop of Color hairstyle
Instagram @bbhairartist

Q&A with style creator, Brenna Bartholf
Hair & Make-up Artist @ Kate’s Kuts in Bonita Springs, FL


How would you describe this look?

Peekaboo highlights are a subtle yet fun way to have that extra pop of color, but still be able to keep the color you’ve always had.

My favorite thing is how you can add dimension to a brunette as shown here, or you can add pastel pink peekaboos in a bright blonde color for a fun, fresh look. It’s a very versatile color technique and the possibilities for color choices are endless.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This color is a very manageable, low maintenance style because the peekaboo pieces are hidden throughout the hair. Peekaboo highlights can really be done on any hair color, length, or face shape.

They are perfect for someone who wants a pop of color in a subtle way. Some of my favorite combinations are brunette/red, black/blue, and blonde/pink.

Moonstone Peek-a-boo

Moonstone Peek-a-boo hairstyle
Instagram @missmanehairjd

Q&A with style creator, Jen Dubois
Freelance Stylist in Auburn, ME


How would you describe this look?

This moonstone peek-a-boo look was created by placing sliced foils below the crown using Joico Color Intensity in the color Moonstone. The placement of the foils makes it appear as though the color is “peeking” out.

My favorite part of this style is how it is a unique way to show off a pop of color without the commitment of an all over color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This color technique is great because it can be customized to any person’s look. Moonstone peek-a-boos look great with light or dark hair. I enjoy curling these pops of color with a curling wand to show them off.

My best advice is to use a professional color-protecting shampoo and conditioner to prevent fading and try all new ways of styling. Have fun with it!

Purple Peekaboos

Purple Peekaboos hairstyle
Instagram @colourbyswan

Q&A with style creator, Catherine Swanson
Colourist @ Valentino’s Grande Salon in Whitby, ON


How would you describe this look?

This is one of my favorite looks to create! It’s so universal. Peekaboo highlights are a great way for clients to test out fashion shades or to have the fun color they’ve always wanted without feeling over the top. It’s a great way to enhance our best features and diminish some of those things we’d like to hide.

I might be biased as a color technician, but I think everyone needs a little rainbow in their life!

Any advice for someone considering it?

One of the first questions I ask is always, “How committed to this color are you?” Fashion colors tend to lose vibrancy within a few washes, so these looks can be very high maintenance. Shampooing less often (using a professional color-safe shampoo) and using cooler water are great ways to extend the longevity of the color and gain more time between salon visits. I always recommend dry shampoo to my clients to help them fight the oily roots.

Placement of these highlights can vary with each client, but generally, a few slices in the interior of the hair will create the perfect look!

Pink-a-boo

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Mulldorfer
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Vanity by Stacy Godwin in Burbank, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this color as pink-a-boo. My favorite think about this color is its versatility. Depending on the way you style it, more or less of the fun color shows.

My client wanted a fun color, but also needed to be able to hide it when she’s at work. Fashion colors are becoming more and more popular and peek-a-boo panels are a great way for clients to test the waters.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When a client asks me for this look there are three questions I always ask:

1. Does your job allow you to have fashion colors in your hair?

2. How often do you wash your hair?

3. Will you be able to keep up the maintenance of your hair?

I always ask if fashion colors are allowed at a client’s job because there is no point in putting time and money into a hair service that has to be reversed.

Keep in mind that fashion colors do not last very long and they need to be done every four to eight weeks to keep them looking vibrant. Another way of maintaining fashion colors is through the use of color-depositing shampoos and conditioners. Joico Color Butter is one of my favorite at-home color treatments to keep fashion tones looking fresh. Another reason that I recommend Joico Color Butter is because you can easily put it on just the hair that is the fashion tone and not all over the rest of your hair.

I highly recommend pink-a-boo for clients that want to be edgy, but not over the top. I believe that this look can work for any age as long as the placement works well with the haircut and the client has the confidence to rock it!

Peek-a-boo Boost

Peek-a-boo Boost hairstyle
Instagram @emmaschair

Q&A with style creator, Emma Markwardt
Stylist @ Emma’s Chair LLC in Pewaukee, WI


How would you describe this look?

This is an easy way to boost an everyday look. My favorite part about peek-a-boos is that you can easily add a pop of color throughout the bottom to create dimension and add a little fun to an average color!

Any advice for someone considering it?

For this particular look, we decided to do this color because she was bored with her average blonde highlights. I would advise using a semi-permanent color so that it does fade out faster than a permanent color (about one to two months longevity). She doesn’t have to fully commit to the color long term.

I definitely suggest using a salon quality shampoo and conditioner to make the color last and stay fresh. I recommend this look to any client who is looking for a little fun in their hair, but without the commitment of permanent hair color. This color is easy to hide in times you’re feeling more tame, and easy to show off when you want to rock the fun color!

Peekaboo Grey

Peekaboo Grey hairstyle
Instagram @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 hairstyle
Instagram @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 hairstyle
Instagram @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.

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.

Blue Highlights on Fringed BobBlue Highlights on Fringed Bob Side

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.

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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.

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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.

Edgy Red on Red TonesEdgy Red on Red Tones Back

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!