39 Peekaboo Highlights For Fun, Edgy Women (Photo Ideas)

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Peekaboo highlights are colored locks hidden under the top layer of hair. While wearing the hair down, these hair highlights typically cannot be seen, especially when the hair has no movement. With peekaboo hair, this highlighting technique is ideal for women who are professional, yet want to be bold.

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 the latest color trend.

Before your next hair appointment, check out these photo ideas of peekaboo highlights this year!

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Vibrant Purple Peekaboo Highlights
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#1: Vibrant Purple Peekaboo Highlights

Try shoulder-length purple peekaboo hair, ideal for you if you have darker shades of hair and want something a little different than your normal go-to highlights. This look is 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. Use Pravana Vivids Shampoo and Conditioner to ensure the longevity of your color, along with a heat protectant. If your hair is already damaged or super porous, it’s probably better to do some conditioning treatments before getting peekaboos.

Pink Peekaboo Highlights on Blonde Hair
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#2: Pink Peekaboo Highlights on Blonde Hair

Try pink peekaboo highlights on your blonde hair to add a fun twist to your locks. If your hair is already light, adding pink, or another fun color will be a breeze. In my professional experience, the lighter the hair, the truer the color deposit will look. If your hair is yellow and you put blue on top, it could turn green. To combat this, do a pre-tone that cancels out the yellow in your hair. You’ll have a nice even canvas.

Bold Pink Hair with Blue Peekaboo Highlights Underneath
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#3: Bold Pink Hair with Blue Peekaboo Highlights Underneath

Vivid colors are right on trend. I suggest leaving the job to a professional. The best way to achieve a vivid look is by having an even light base to apply the color on. Pink and blues work well together as they create a noticeable contrast. Always use a color-safe shampoo from your stylist to maintain the depth and tone for longer.

Gorgeous Long Blonde Hair with Hidden Peekaboo Purple Highlights
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#4: Gorgeous Long Blonde Hair with Hidden Purple Highlights

This gorgeous long blonde hair with hidden purple highlights is a perfect way to add pops of color. The key to peek-a-boo highlights is that less is more. Remember if you want to show off the color more to add waves and voila!

Peekaboo Hidden Highlights
Instagram @aaashleee

#5: Hidden Highlights

Try adding hidden highlights in your hair the next time you go to the hair salon if you are new to hair color and want to start exploring and being more adventurous with your hair. This is the perfect way to add in vivid hair colors if you have a job that doesn’t allow you to color your hair with unnatural colors. This is one of those hair dye ideas that give your hair just the right pop of fun color.

#6: Blue Shag with Orange and Green Underneath

Go with a blue shag with orange and green underneath for a fun and spunky style! By having blue as the primary color, pops of orange and green will add lightness and contrast to your hair. This is ideal if you have a bold personality. Ask your hair colorist if your hair will work with this particular fashion color.

Layered Hair with Blonde Highlights and Blue Peekaboo Highlights
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#7: Layered Hair with Blonde Highlights and Blue Peekaboo Highlights

Try a mid-length haircut with layers of blonde highlights and a few strands of pop-in blue peekaboo highlights for a dramatic look! The hints of blue work better if you have natural light hair.

Gorgeous Burgundy peekaboo highlights
Instagram @manemadebyzen

#8: Gorgeous Burgundy Peekaboo Highlights

Try burgundy peekaboo highlights if you’re looking to change up your current brunette hair. The burgundy color will add instant shine and dimension to your tresses! Add some shine spray to leave a luxe effect.

Bold orange peekaboo highlights
Instagram @khay_farmer

#9: Bold Orange Peekaboo Highlights

Orange under highlights with platinum hair makes a strong impact. This color is perfect for the summer and you’ll leave people obsessed with your orange-toned tresses! The orange highlights will pop against the blonde. Finish your hair by adding some waves to showcase this hue.

Peacock peekaboo hair
Instagram @steph.p.hair

#10: Peacock Peekaboo Hair

Go with peacock peekaboo hair for a versatile style! This color is melted to perfection with magenta, violet, and blue tones. You can style your hair straight or add some waves for the bright tones to peek through.

Edgy yellow peekaboo highlights
Instagram @hairby_laine

#11: Edgy Yellow Peekaboo Highlights

Yellow peekaboo highlights are easy to show off in the front or tuck away. Perfect if you like a little flare but can’t fully commit to it. You can show it off with curls or a braid. For this highlight, you’ll need to bleach out your hair if it is naturally dark or be a level 8+ to make the yellow pop even more.

#12: Beautiful Golden Peekaboo Highlights

Try golden peekaboo highlights if you want pops of color without too much maintenance. To get this color, ask your colorist for some chunky, golden streaks underneath your natural hair hue.

Mermaid-inspired peekaboo hair
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#13: Mermaid-Inspired Peekaboo Hair

Go for mermaid-inspired peekaboo hair for a hint of rainbow hair. To get this color, ask your colorist for some underlights that have rainbow jewel tones in them.

#14: Trendy Pink and Blue Peekaboo Highlights

Pink and blue peekaboo highlights will give you a bright summer vibe! To help the color last longer, try rinsing with cool water.

Classic Rainbow peekaboo highlights
Instagram @steph.p.hair

#15: Classic Rainbow Peekaboo Highlights

Try rainbow peekaboo highlights to play with vivid hues and flaunt your unique side. They’ll hide when your hair is down, and they’ll show off if curled or worn up on a bun or ponytail. Use the AirTouch highlights technique to create an all-over bright blonde that blends into your natural roots.

#16: Subtle Blonde Peekaboo Highlights on Brown Hair

Opt for blonde peekaboo highlights on brown hair.  This brown-blonde combination mimics the dimensional color of the ever-so-popular balayage without the high price point. Blonde peekaboo hair is for you if you’re looking to add some subtle dimension and playfulness to your look. Due to the hidden root (hence the name peek-a-boo), it’s an extremely low-maintenance service if you don’t visit the salon regularly.

#17: Chunky Copper Peekaboo Highlights

Try a violet red with a mixture of copper peekaboos, in a chunky highlight. The oldness that the copper peekaboos have against the deep caramel red hair coloris stunning. You should be ready to maintain such red peekaboo hair as reds and coppers fade fast. You will need to use professional color-safe shampoo and conditioner that will help prolong the tone’s vibrancy, such as a copper shampoo.

Natural Black Hair Color with Grey Peekaboo Highlights
Instagram @get_nesty

#18: Natural Black Hair Color with Grey Peekaboo Highlights

Try black hair with grey peekaboo highlights for a chic, dimensional look. This look is really attractive on many different women and different hair types. It’s relatively easy to style. This look is a way of enhancing your natural beauty and being fun and hip without looking like you’re trying too hard.

#19: Modern Orchid Peekaboo Highlights

Try dark rich chocolate brown with a bold pop of color orchid violet peekaboo highlights underneath. These colors are perfect for fading, as well as starting darker and allowing time to fade to pastel and give you a whole new look.  The underlying layer of vivids allows your color to only be visible when your want it to be visible.

#20: Pastel Lavender Peekaboo Highlights on Loose Curly Style

Adding pastel lavender peekaboo highlights on blonde hair is a great way to try funky colors without too much commitment!  This is perfect for women who have never colored their hair before and are a little bit nervous. When it comes to peekaboo highlights curly hair styles, we recommend voluminous curls and waves to show off your hidden highlights. This is great if you want to try it knowing that the funky color will fade out in just a couple of weeks.

Yummy Plum Peekaboo Hair
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#21: Yummy Plum Peekaboo Hair

Try peekaboo hair color for a different take on the usual balayage. The best aspect of this color is the pop of mahogany and plum accents. This is a great fall look if you want to change up your blonde hair without having to eliminate the blonde entirely. We recommend using a great color-conserving shampoo and conditioner for maintenance. This is a beautiful color for women with an olive or warmer skin tone.

Hidden Teal Peekaboo Highlights on Short Hair
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#22: Hidden Teal Peekaboo Highlights on Short Hair

Go with teal peekaboo highlights on blonde, short hair, for a contemporary classic. The color and its placement are the final step to cohesively making this peekaboo highlights + short hair suitable. Color choice should be suited to your lifestyle. Placement of the color should also be complementary to your face shape and help highlight a section of the hair.”

Unique Purple & Pink Peekaboo Highlights
Instagram @hairbykristieg

#23: Unique Purple & Pink Peekaboo Highlights

This peekaboo style is edgy, modern, and unique, but subtle and professional when needed.  Our favorite thing about these bold pink and purple peekaboo highlights is that with every hairstyle, you can transform the color into something completely different.  If you want to change your look without much maintenance, this is the style for you. It’s easy and simple to maintain (only every few months) and will always be on-trend.

#24: Fantasy Teal and Magenta Peekaboo Highlights

Try a teal or magenta peekaboo balayage for a subtle look when the hair is worn down, but also gives some pops of teal and magenta hair colors!  Peekaboo highlights on brown hair are great if you don’t want to commit to a whole head of fantasy colors. Although the brand of fantasy colors used lasts a long time, these colors are high-maintenance. Using a good sulfate-free shampoo and limiting hair washing to only twice a week can help the colors last longer.

Dark Red Peekaboo Highlights on Dark Hair
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#25: Dark Red Peekaboo Highlights on Dark Hair

Peekaboo highlights on dark hair are a subtle yet fun way to have that extra pop of color on your natural color. Try this dark red hair color to add dimension if you’re a brunette, or you can add pastel pink highlights in a bright blonde color for a fun, fresh look. This color is a very manageable, low-maintenance style because the peekaboo pieces are hidden throughout the hair. Peekaboo highlights can be done on any hair color, length, or face shape.

Silver Peekaboo Highlights on Beautiful Blonde Locks
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#26: Silver Peekaboo Highlights on Beautiful Blonde Locks

A moonstone silver peek-a-boo hairstyle works best with the placement of the foils makes it appear as though the color is “peeking” out. This stunning look of peekaboo highlig s + blonde hairstyle is a hairstyle to show off a pop of color without the commitment of an all-over color. This color technique is great because it can be customized to each woman. Moonstone peek-a-boo highlights look great with light or dark hair.

dark purple peekaboo highlights on medium brown hair
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#27: Dark Purple Peekaboo Highlights on Medium Brown Hair

Peekaboo highlights on medium brown hair with hints of blue are universal, and a great way to test out fashion shades. You can also have the fun color you’ve always wanted without feeling over the top.  The placement of these highlights can vary with each woman, but generally, a few slices in the front interior of the hair will create the perfect look!

#28: Bright Pink Hair Highlights Underneath Light Brown Hair

Go for bright pink highlights under brown hair if you want a fun color, but also need to be able to hide it when you’re at work, this hair color is a great choice. Fashion colors are becoming more and more popular and peek-a-boo panels are a great way for ladies to test the waters. Keep in mind that fashion colors don’t last very long and they need to be done every four to eight weeks to keep them looking vibrant.

Light Red Peekaboo Highlights on Light Blonde Hair
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#29: Light Red Peekaboo Highlights on Light Blonde Hair

Go for light red peekaboo highlights on long hair for an easy way to boost an everyday look. You can easily add a pop of color throughout the bottom to create dimension and add a little fun to an average color! Use a semi-permanent color so that it does fade out faster than a permanent color (about one to two months longevity) if you don’t want a long-term commitment. You should use a salon-quality shampoo and conditioner to make the color last and stay fresh. This color is easy to hide in times you’re feeling tamer, and easy to show off when you want to rock the fun color!”

Sleek Black Hair with Grey Peekaboo Highlights
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#30: Sleek Black Hair with Grey Peekaboo Highlights

Try grey peekaboo highlights on naturally dark hair for a low-maintenance look. You won’t have to touch them up every time you get your hair done because the roots are hidden. However, grey tends to fade very quickly. A custom-made Fabuloso conditioner is one of the best routes to keep the color. This look is best for our medium browns to blonde-haired ladies, depending on how dark your hair is will depend on how many steps and appointments it will take to get you to platinum blonde.

Tropical Bird Peekaboo Highlights
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#31: Tropical Bird Peekaboo Highlights

A tropical bird peekaboo,offers a combination of blue, teal, green, and purple tones on a black base.  This look is so versatile and has incredible longevity. We recommend using Elumen Wash and Care (leave-in spray) to maintain the best possible conditions for this color to last for months.

Subtle Rose Gold Peekaboo Highlights
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#32: Subtle Rose Gold Peekaboo Highlights

Try rose gold peekaboo highlights for a fun look on any blonde that wants to change up her natural hair color without being too extreme. This look is beautiful for fine or coarse hair. Using the rose gold hair color 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.

Stylish Brown Peekaboo Highlights on Blonde Hair

#33 Stylish Brown Peekaboo Highlights on Blonde Hair

Opt for the golden brown streaks to adorn your blonde bouffant hair dreams! The interplay of warm and cool/blonde and brunette tones suits any complexion. Naturally light brown, fine hair (level 6) works well with this hue.

Natural Blonde Peekaboo Highlights on Dark Brown Hair
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#34: Natural Blonde Peekaboo Highlights on Dark Brown Hair

Make the most of your natural dark tresses as you hide some pops of blonde peekaboo accents in them. These blonde peekaboo highlights on dark brown hair suit your collarbone-length cut. A wispy fringe will be such a great addition to flatter your round face shape.

Pixie with Lavender Peekaboo Highlights

#35 Pixie with Lavender Peekaboo Highlights

Lavender highlights go a long way, splash it right on that fringe and pair it with a statement cut to stand out amongst the masses! The light golden tone of this blonde plays nicely against the smokey lavender peekaboo fringe and suits a slightly golden/peachy complexion. Medium to light brunette hair (level 5 – 7) works best with this color scheme.

Aqua Blue and Green Peekaboo Highlights on an A-Line Bob

#36 Aqua Blue and Green Peekaboo Highlights on an A-Line Bob

Try peekaboo aqua blue-green streaks dance in the sea of this sandy blonde on your A-line bob cut! 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.

Black Weave with Hidden Orchid Purple Highlights

#37 Black Weave with Hidden Orchid Purple Highlights

Try purple highlights that will flatter every skin tone and are easy on the eyes. 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.

Sultry Black Hair with Copper Peekaboo Highlights

#38 Sultry Black Hair with Copper Peekaboo Highlights

Try radiant copper tone highlights to add fun and flair before cascading into a full ombre with the dip-dye appeal. 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.

#39: Jet Black Hair with Rainbow Peekaboo Strands

Try rainbow peekaboo strands on your jet black hair for a perfect way to add some colorful dimension underneath. Medium to thick hair would really show off the dimension and give separation to the hair. Style your hair straight to conceal the color or wavy to make it stand out! Use a sulfate-free shampoo to keep the color bright.

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