16 Looks With Hair Streaks from the Subtle to the Dramatic

Allison Schmidt | 17 December 2018

Ready to add some color to your hair? Check out this inspiring collection of hair streaks–featuring looks that are subtle to dramatic.

Looking to switch up your color but not digging a dramatic change? Or maybe you want something bold that’ll really have your hair ‘pop’ this year. We feel you that’s why we are all about hair streaks that can allow to try anything from a subtle look to something bold. To help you figure out what streaks to get, we’ve rounded up a collection that covers both of those color interests. Read more:

Trendy Hair Streaks to Try

Woman with blue hair streaks in blonde hair.
Try a few shades of blue streaks in hair.

1. Blue Hair Streaks

Blue hair is one of our favorite color trends. But, if you’re not into dyeing all of your hair blue, hair color streaks can be a fun alternative. Just make sure that, like you do with any fun temporary color, you try to work an extra day or two in between washing your hair. 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.

Woman with strawberry hair streaks in blonde hair.
The loveliest strawberry blonde streaks. Photo credit: @jaclynlacyhair

2. Thick Strawberry Blonde Highlights

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

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

3. Blended Highlights and Lowlights

For a more natural look, try a combination of both highlights and lowlights. This gives you a multi-dimensional effect no matter what color you choose. We suggest using this gorgeous effect if you have a hair color totally different than your natural tone. It helps replicate the dimension your color may be missing.

caramel hair streaks in brown hair
A sweet combination of light and dark browns.

4. Caramel Chunky Highlights

Dream combination right here: streaks hair with warm brown hair and 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 straight to the root.

Woman with oil slick hair streaks in brown hair.
Oil slick hair streaks isn’t for the faint of heart, but it does 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, lilac, this look is perfect for those that are willing to go for someone who wants a bold, eye-popping combo of hair color streaks. For color, this is high maintenance; make sure you’re using a hydrating and color-protecting leave-in conditioner, like Suave Professionals Honey Infusion 10-in-1 Leave-In Conditioner.

blonde hair streaks in brown hair
When 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 bleach to frame your face.

blue hair streaks in box braid hair
Box braid extensions can come in any color, use a few bold hair color streaks. 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 braid extensions. Opt to cover several braids, or just add in a few.

blonde hair streaks in brown hair bangs
Chunky blonde bangs? Yes. 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.

Woman with pink hair streaks in blonde hair.
Try a different texture with your extensions for a fun look.

9. Clip-In Fun Pink Streaks

For those wanting something way more temporary, you can still get the look of hair streaks without having to bleach or dye your hair! You can get the same effect with clip-in extensions where you can opt for skinnier individual extensions, or get a whole chunk of hair dyed in the color that you like!

Woman with mauve hair streaks in brown hair.
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.

Woman with coral hair streaks in blonde hair.
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? 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.

sea green hair streaks in brown hair
Mermaid hair color streaks at its 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 for some fun in the sun.

hidden rainbow hair streaks in red hair
Rainbow magic on your hair! Photo credit: @notanothersalon

13. Hidden Rainbow Hair

If you have a job that frowns upon fun colored hair (boo!) try out this sneaky 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. Your half-up style will surely turn heads after you rock this look!

Woman with auburn hair streaks in red hair.
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 SO hard to get back) 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.

Woman with silver brown hair streaks in silver hair.
Adding more life to silver hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

15. Silver Brown Lowlights

As cool as we think 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, a silver brown color weaved in helps to get a varied look. Keeping up with this trend can be tricky—and damaging. Use the TIGI Copyright Custom Create Colour Lustre Oil to soothe your hair, making it shiny and frizz-free.

Woman with ombre hair streaks in brown hair.
Who said you can’t have ombre highlights?

16. Ombre 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.

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