Tired of what you feel has become a Plain Jane hairstyle?
Do you lust for something positively electric you could do to your locks that wows on sight? Or at least breathes new life into your ‘do?
Then I’ve got two words for you: peekaboo highlights. These can add some serious sass that positively shimmers with your every move.
So if you’re new to this idea of peekaboo hair or just want to know more, let’s see if we can’t bring you up to speed on what is now, more or less, a mainstream approach to hair coloring.
What Are Peek A Boo Highlights
Peekaboo highlights are aptly named because they are strategically placed to dramatically “peek out” with a fun, subtle suggestion of color.
Otherwise they remain hidden unless the hair is styled a certain way or your manes moves or is buffeted by say an unexpected breeze.
View From Behind the Chair
Peekaboo highlights are applied freehand in a random yet on purpose soft of way to create added dimension or add eye catching contrast into your color.
Bleach is brushed on to small sections to lighten the hair. You can expect the bleached strands to then be wrapped in foil to limit the impact only to the strands meant to be dyed.
These highlights can be bold and chunky. Or more muted and subdued by being thinner and more subtle.
What color? Peekaboos can be a lighter natural color in dark hair, an imaginative neon pastel in blonde hair, or an entire rainbow of colors (think purple, blue, red or teal) hidden just below the surface waiting to surprise with unexpected iridescence.
Placement matters. What this means is where the colored hair is going to be in relation to the rest of your mane.
Basically you’ll want to know how close they will be to your hairline nearest the face.
Or where the color will be in relation to where you part your locks.
Just so you know, most often stylists will recommend this splash of color stop about an inch or so below where your part usually is for maximum, or is it minimum, effect.
The possibilities are truly endless. The tint can be painted into bangs, on one side around the ear, or as an undertone in the back to give you a deep, dark, mysterious mane.
Stylist Speak – What to Tell Your Stylist
While this may sound easy enough, I wouldn’t recommend trying to get this look at home. One hint this is not a DIY project is the lack of YouTube videos showing you how.
For sure it’s not a solo act. If you insist on trying this at home at least have a partner in crime. That way you have someone to blame should you accidently bleach some of your hair off.
If nothing else before booking your appointment decide what color(s) and how much – as this will affect visibility. You’ll also want to discuss your aspirations with your stylist before the dying commences to make sure you’ve both on the same page.
Benefits of Peekaboo Highlights You Might Not Know About…But Should
There’s lots to like here.
First the thing about peek a boo highlights is there’s no piggy-bank busting color treatment involved.
You don’t have to track down some magic box of Nice ‘ Easy or whatever.
Plus you can “just say no” to any long standing obsession over your roots.
Pretty much all it takes is to have your stylist add a hint of highlighting under the top layer of your current cut.
From that point you can start to enjoy the perks of classic highlights with an element of color spontaneity thrown in. One that pops through whenever the breeze blows.
Even better highlights like these open the door to experimentation with a whole range of hair colors.
You can fearlessly sample an eccentric streak of color you’d never use to color all your hair. Doing so without committing to something so outrageous you get yourself sent to the personnel office first thing Monday morning.
High Maintenance They’re Not
Don’t you just hate it when you have a color, cut or style you love but in order to keep loving it you need a standing appointment every Tuesday after work to keep it prettified?
Not to mention needing a line of credit at the bank to pay for all the products and services required?
Why couldn’t you love something that’s both incredible and incredibly effortless?
Not to worry with peekaboo highlights!
They’re both insanely cool and insanely low maintenance.
In fact they’re one of the easiest, most convenient ways to make any hairstyle stand out.
Just remember to use a color safe shampoo in the shower to keep the color vibrant and a rich, hydrating conditioner.
Plus a restorative hair mask applied to undo any damage the bleaching may have done wouldn’t hurt either.
That way whether the highlights are on dark or light hair, that’s long, short or in-between, you should be good.
So are you ready to be bold over?
Is it time to turn the page on how you’ve been coloring your mane?
Having a simple contrasting shade or going all the way to high voltage neon hues can make as big or as little color statement as you wish.
You can choose from playful pieces peeking out on occasion to say hello or go for a virtual color kaleidoscope that’s totally bold and stunning.
Either way, with peekaboo highlights, you won’t lack for ideas for daringly dyed hair.
So do you peek-a-boo?
Oh and if you are looking for more fun and helpful hacks that can make your color sizzle please follow our hair color Pinterest board where you’ll find all sorts of inspiration!
Tori, thanks for this article. It kept me from make a big DIY mistake. The Coronavirus has me working from home and I am going stir crazy. And, I thought, wow lets do something different with my hair. After reading this, I will definitely be waiting for a stylist to handle my Peek-a-Boo color.