Peekaboo Highlights: The Latest Subtle Hair Coloring Trend

Allison Schmidt | 16 August 2018

Now you see them, now you don’t. 

Peekaboo highlights are all the rage in the hair world. These hidden highlights are the subtle sister to the hidden rainbow hair we love so much. But we know you may still be asking, what’s the deal with peekaboo highlights and could they work for me? We’ve got all the information you want to know about the awesome hair dye technique. Read on to learn more about peekaboo highlights to see if they could be a good hair color choice for you.

Peekaboo Highlights: Everything You Need to Know

peekaboo highlights are they for me?
Peekaboo are these highlights for you?

What are peekaboo highlights?

Peekaboo highlights are highlights that are generally applied to your hair, so that when you wear your hair down with your normal parting, you don’t see them. They are usually applied towards the front of the head, no closer than an inch or so down from your natural part.

How are peekaboo highlights done?

Your stylist will first ask you where you normally part your hair so they can get the correct placement for your peekaboos. After brushing through your hair and sectioning off into manageable areas, your stylist can start on the highlights. Working from the bottom up, bleach will then be applied to small sections to lighten the hair. Usually, foil will be used so that the bleach doesn’t transfer to hair that isn’t meant to be dyed. To make sure they are peekaboo style highlights, they usually stop about an inch away from your part so they will be covered by a layer of hair.

What do you ask your stylist?

Before heading to the salon, decide how many peekaboo highlights you want and in what color. Do you want to go super subtle or totally change up your look? At the salon, ask your stylist for peekaboo highlights, describing your preferences. Make sure you both agree on the look before starting the dying process.

Peekaboo Highlights: Everything You Need to Know
Peekaboo highlights are a fun way to add color to your hair.

How do you care for peekaboo highlights?

To make sure you keep your hot new color totally perfect, have a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to use when you get home from the salon. We like Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Color Murumuru Butter & Rose Shampoo and Conditioner to help keep our colored hair vibrant and healthy. You’ll also need to incorporate a weekly hair mask into your hair care regimen since bleaching treatments can do damage to your hair. Try out a mask, like Love Beauty and Planet Blooming Color Murumuru Butter & Rose 2-Minute Magic Masque, which works to provide your hair with deep moisture, leaving your hair looking healthy.


How do you show off peekaboo highlights?

When you wear your hair down, the highlights are covered up. To show off your fresh hair color you can do quite a few different fun styles. A half up hairstyle will show your peekaboo highlights nicely, one of our favorite half up styles is this triple dutch braid. You can also do a vintage ponytail, just make sure to comb your hair so that the highlights are shown.

Peekaboo Highlights Inspiration

peekaboo highlights: ash brown
Simple and classy.

1. Ash Brown Highlights

You don’t have to settle for a drastic change. Muted tones can work wonders.

peekaboo highlights: auburn
Auburn pops nicely against dark chocolate hues.

2. Auburn Highlights

Go with tones that complement your natural hair color.

peekaboo highlights: blonde on short hair
Make your short crop stand out.

3. Blonde on Short Hair

Give your short hairstyle a new look with peekaboo highlights.

peekaboo highlights: blonde wavy
Update your look with waves.

4. Wavy Blonde Highlights

A wavy style can change your entire look.

peekaboo highlights: brown blowout
The bigger the better.

5. Peekaboo Highlights on Blowout Hair

Give your color an instant lift. Style hair into a voluminous blowout style.

peekaboo highlights: brown
Straight is always nice.

6. Peekaboo Highlights on Straight Hair

You can’t ever go wrong with highlights on straight hair.

peekaboo highlights: copper
The perfect color combo for any season.

7. Copper Highlights

Looking to wear your highlights long-term? Opt for copper highlights. This hue works no matter the season.

peekaboo highlights: frosted
Icy hues are back.

8. Frosted Highlights

Icy hues are having a moment. Mix it into your look for a nice frosty glow.

peekaboo highlights: reddish brown
Red alert!

9. Reddish-Brown Highlights

Into red hues? Go for this auburn tone.

peekaboo highlights: wavy bob
Second-day hair with highlights will always be our favorite. Photo credit:

10. Highlights on Wavy Bob

Give your bob a more lived-in feel with a textured wavy bob style.

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