How to Do Peekaboo Highlights for 2021: 10 Trending Looks

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 this 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.

1. Ash Brown Highlights

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Simple and classy.

You don’t have to settle for a drastic change. Muted tones can work wonders. We love the mix of colors here and the way the blonde highlights peek out from underneath the brown base.

2. Auburn Highlights

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Auburn pops nicely against dark chocolate hues.

Go with tones that complement your natural hair color. These subtle auburn tones are the perfect pairing for this sleek brown bob.

3. Blonde on Short Hair

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Make your short cut stand out.

Give your short hairstyle a new look with peekaboo highlights. Flip the color story and opt for a rooted peekaboo look. This mix of brunette and blonde is the perfect combination for some subtle yet impactful dimension.

4. Wavy Blonde Highlights

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Update your look with waves.

A wavy style can change your entire look in an instant. This style is ideal for peekaboo highlights as the wave allows the highlights to peek out even more and make more of an impact.

5. Peekaboo Highlights on Natural Hair

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Naturally curly hair looks great wit peekaboo highlights.

Give your color an instant lift. Style hair into a voluminous curly style to draw even more attention to your freshly colored look.

6. Peekaboo Highlights on Straight Hair

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Straight is always nice.

You can’t ever go wrong with highlights on straight hair. This silky smooth look draws extra attention to your peekaboo highlights and gives them a real chance to shine.

7. Copper Highlights

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The perfect color combo for any season.

Looking to wear your highlights long-term? Opt for copper highlights. This hue works no matter the season and mixes perfectly with a deep brown base.

8. Frosted Highlights

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Icy hues are back.

Icy hues are having a moment. Mix it into your look for a nice frosty glow to get in on the OG version of the peekaboo trend.

9. Reddish-Brown Highlights

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Red alert!

Into red hues? Go for this auburn tone for a sun kissed look that’s super natural and easy to wear.

10. Highlights on Wavy Bob

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Second-day hair with highlights will always be our favorite. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Give your bob a more lived-in feel with a textured wavy bob style. As we mentioned above, a wavy hairstyle is a great way to show off your peekaboo highlights and give them a chance to shine.

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Peekaboo, are these highlights for you?

What are peekaboo highlights?

Peekaboo highlights are highlights that are generally applied to your hair underneath the top layer, 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 dyeing process.

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.

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