16 Looks With Hair Streaks: From the Subtle to the Dramatic

Ready to add some color to your hair? 

If you’re looking to switch up your color but aren’t digging a dramatic change, hair streaks might be the style you didn’t know you needed. Hair streaks can be dramatic if you choose a bright color and bold style, or they can be a little more laid-back. That’s the beauty of this look: The sky’s the limit on however way you want to personalize your highlights!

We’re all about hair streaks right now, and as such, have created a collection of inspirational looks that range from the quietly subtle to edgy and bold. Read on to find the style that best suits you:

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Try a few shades of blue.

1. Blue Hair Streaks

Blue hair is one of our favorite color trends of all time. But, if you’re not into dyeing all of your hair blue, hair color streaks can be a fun alternative. Just make sure that you try to work an extra day or two in between hair washes. The extra time will make sure your color stays vibrant and highly pigmented. Use a dry shampoo, like Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Color Care Dry Shampoo, to refresh your hair on those in-between days. This dry shampoo will absorb grease without messing with your fresh color.

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The loveliest strawberry blonde streaks. Photo credit: @jaclynlacyhair

2. Thick Strawberry Blonde Highlights

If you want to spice up light brown hair, try thick strawberry blonde streaks. We’re loving this shade because it’s not quite auburn, or rose gold, or even ginger. Instead, this fun orange hue adds warmth and tons of dimension to your look. Be sure to seek out a seasoned colorist when you’re opting for this vibrant hue in order to nail the exact color you’re aiming for.

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Try some subtle hair streaks for a multidimensional look. Photo credit: Dvora

3. Blended Highlights and Lowlights

For a more natural look, try a blended combination of both highlights and lowlights. This gives you a multi-dimensional effect no matter what color you choose.

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A sweet combination of light and dark browns.

4. Caramel Chunky Highlights

This is a dream combination right here: this streaks hair with bright caramel highlights. The thicker the better for this chunky highlight look. Just make sure the top of your highlights are nicely blended if they don’t go all the way to the root.

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Oil slick hair streaks aren’t for the faint of heart, but they do look totally cool.

5. Funky Multi-Colored Streaks

How cool is this multi-colored look? With a focus on darker shades, like dark brown, green and lilac, this trending gas puddle-inspired look is perfect for those willing to go the extra mile for something unique. For color, this skews on the high-maintenance side, so make sure you’re using a hydrating and color-protecting leave-in conditioner, like Suave Professionals Honey Infusion 10-in-1 Leave-In Conditioner.

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Subtlety is key. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

6. Peekaboo Blonde Highlights

If you want to go for just a few select highlights, we suggest trying out peekaboo highlights! These hair streaks are clustered around your face, but they only pop out when you wear your hair in certain ways. Like other subtle highlight styles, we think it’s extra important to feather the top of the highlights to frame your face.

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Box braid extensions can come in any color. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

7. Colorful Box Braid Streaks

For box braid wearers, you have all the color options in the world! We’re obsessed with this look that combines both black braid extensions and just a few bright, cobalt blue strands.

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Chunky blonde bangs? Yes, please. Photo credit: Dvora

8. Thick Blonde Bangs

This style is a bit less streaky and more like a color-block hairstyle. Making sure to add blonde streaks throughout will help to create an overall more blended look.

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Try a different color with clip-in extensions for a fun, temporary look.

9. Clip-In Fun Pink Streaks

For those wanting some temporary color, you can still get the look of hair streaks without having to bleach or dye your hair. You can get the same hair streak effect with clip-in extensions. Opt for skinnier individual extensions, or get a whole chunk of hair dyed in the color that you like.

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Chocolate mauve perfection. Photo credit: Hannah Edelman

10. Subtle Chocolate Mauve Hair

How pretty (yet subtle) are these chocolate mauve streaks? We had a real heart eye-emoji moment with chocolate mauve hair streaks last year, and we’re feeling it again right now! Be sure to visit your colorist to get the right shade.

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A hint of streaks hair color looks gorgeous on pixie-length hair.

11. Tiny Multi-Colored Streaks

How sweet are these mini streaks in hair this length? Just because you don’t have long hair doesn’t mean you can’t get a big look with hair dye. These mini streaks are the perfect shade of coral-pink that can really bring out the depth of your pixie cut and all of its cool layers.

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Mermaid hair color streaks at their finest. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

12. Sea Green Streaky Ombre

This look is giving us some serious mermaid hair goals that combine beachy curls and sea green streaks. If you’ve got a gorgeous color like this, you’ll really want to protect it when you do head to the beach! Spritz down your hair with Bed Head by TIGI Beach Bound Protection Spray before you head out into the sun.

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Rainbow magic on your hair! Photo credit: @notanothersalon

13. Hidden Rainbow Hair

If you have a job that frowns upon fun colored hair, try out this sneaky color trend. Hidden rainbow hair is exactly what it sounds like. It’s basically a combination of various colorful highlights that are hidden in the back of your hair. Turn heads at your own discretion with this hidden color style.

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Pretty red hair with a little more depth.

14. Auburn Lowlights

We’re big fans of red hair! Although we’re believers that natural redheads shouldn’t mess with their color too much (it’s rather hard to dye it back to that virgin shade!), there’s nothing wrong with adding some dimension to your hair via lowlights. A darker red-toned brown is the just the thing to add a little flavor to red hair, particularly in the colder months.

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Add more life to silver hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

15. Silver Brown Lowlights

As cool as silver hair is, it can be a little one-dimensional. This is where silver-brown lowlights come in! Instead of getting one full color of silver, consider weaving in a silver-brown color. Keeping up with this trend can be tricky—and sometimes damaging. Use the TIGI Copyright Custom Create Colour Lustre Oil to soothe your hair, making it shiny and frizz-free.

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Who said you can’t have ombre highlights?

16. Ombré Highlights

You don’t need to bleach all of your ends to get in on the ombre hair trend. We love this look of carefully-placed highlights that will beautifully accentuate your hair and face.