Highlights are a classic foundation for many of our hair color goals. Be it a naturally blended blonde or an allover color change, highlights are the route that take us where we want to go. Peekaboo highlights are the latest color trend taking over our feeds, and they've been used in a variety of ways. Whether you want to add a pop of bright, bolder color into your natural hue or give some added interest to your updos, the playful placement of this color trend is what makes it so fun and unique. Often worn beneath the surface, around the face, or gradually tinted from front to back, peekaboo highlights are an impactful, pleasantly unexpected surprise to any hair color or style. We tapped influencer and founder of #myDenity hair color products Guy Tang, along with Matrix colorist and brand ambassador Rachel Bodt to get their scoop on the look. Below, 11 inspo images of varying peekaboo highlights that will make you DM your colorist for an appointment.
Choosing a Shade: Tang suggests picking a fun, vibrant color or a contrasting color. "This will make the peekaboo highlights pop!"
Maintenance Level: Low. Tang and Bodt both agree that with hidden color placement, touch-ups can be done at your leisure.
Price: This all depends on how much contrast you're looking for. It may be the same as the cost of full or partial highlights at your salon, so consult with your colorist first.
Playing with pops of color doesn't have to be a fully highlighted effort. "Peekaboo highlights are the perfect way to try out a fun color!" says Tang. This burst of purple is a total surprise, hanging off to one side of the hair.
The beauty of adding some peekaboo color into natural texture, especially when brushed out as seen here, is that those little color moments will really spread out as each curl separates, giving the illusion that larger chunks of hair have been painted. "If you are going super light," says Bodt, "lay off the super-tight hair ties and say hello to scrunchies and jaw clips to avoid tight tension that can cause breakage."
Opt for scrunchies or jaw clips after lightening the hair to avoid the breakage that tighter hair bands can cause.
Cotton Candy Blend
You'd think at first sight that this adorable bob was an impressive bleach-and-tone, but one toss of the head or flip of the hair and you'll catch sight of a vibrant cotton candy blend peeking out from below. Bodt recommends using color conditioners to keep your contrasting tone vibrant and long-lasting.
A microweave can offer babylights for any shade of blonde or hint of playful color. But it's weaving just beneath the surface of the hair that allows for those peekaboo moments where your color can peek through and offer some interesting dimension.
These blocks of blue add a fun peekaboo moment to dreaded hair, no matter how they're styled. Worn up or down, a hint of blue gradients can be seen casually yet thoughtfully placed throughout.
Peekaboo highlights don't have to be woven by definition. These blondie splices are fully highlighted chunks that lie just beneath the darker strands at the surface for a most interesting contrast.
This highlighter yellow hue is hard to miss, even with its peekaboo placement. Any colors surrounding the top layers of your face frame are sure to stand out.
Effortlessly Grazed Ends
If you want to give the illusion of peekaboo highlights without the high maintenance color job, rely on your preexisting grown-out highlights to do the trick. By switching up your parting and pulling the hair up into a faux bob, it'll look as though you've got an intentional round of peekaboo highlights effortlessly grazing your ends.
Blown Away Blue
As if a bright blue wouldn't blow anyone away with its outspoken hue, the peekaboo placement against naturally lighter hair tones is sure to give major impact to your 'do.
The pink-tinted tendrils may be front and center, but amid a full head of healthy, naturally dark curls, they're a peekaboo highlight that's sure not to be missed.
With a pinch of highlighted peach hidden throughout your strands, you'll have plenty of fun peekaboo moments to sport with varying style choices.