Peekaboo Hair Is Trending Now—Here's How to Get the Look

Here's your definitive guide to the colorful hairstyle.

Want to color your hair but aren't sure what to do? Instead of opting for super-subtle highlights or drenching your hair in an entirely new color, peekaboo hair might be the perfect fit for you. This trendy term has taken TikTok by storm, garnering nearly 400 million views under its hashtag—and its momentum shows no signs of waning.

Despite its contemporary buzz, it's worth noting that peekaboo hair isn't a brand-new hair color trend. It's held its allure for decades. The two-tone hairstyle, made iconic by pioneers like Debbie Harry as far back as the '80s, has endured the test of time.

Joy Johnson, a director, educator, and master colorist at Haus Salon Northeast in Minneapolis, affirms that "peekaboo hair has always had a moment in the salon. But recently, this look has been all over social media with celebrities such as Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus and Jennie Kim from Blackpink rocking the look."

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What Is Peekaboo Hair?

"Peekaboo hair it's when you have one hair color on top of your head and a separate pop of color (or colors) underneath," Johnson continues. This style is perfect for those who want to experiment with a playful color without fully committing to an all-over change, as Janaya Hatten, a hairdresser, colorist, and founder of Honey Hair Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico, points out.

"Many of my clients who choose this color option work in more conservative work environments and love that when they are in a professional setting, their hair can be all one color, but when they are out and about, they can showcase the bolder look," Johnson adds.

Another advantage of peekaboo hair is that it’s lower-maintenance compared to conventional coloring methods."When your hair starts to grow back in underneath, the line of regrowth is usually hidden," Johnson explains.

How to Get Peekaboo Hair

Nevertheless, achieving the look—and seamless regrowth—requires professional expertise. "I would not recommend trying this color at home without having someone who has a keen sense of detail and symmetry helping you," she warns. "A clean and even parting is essential for this look and would be very difficult to do on your own."

Challenges such as achieving uniform partings during touch-ups, preventing color overlap at the intersection of hues, maintaining consistent tones, and averting color bleeding during rinsing may arise. While the allure of a DIY hair-color adventure is enticing, Hatten concurs that the wisest approach is to enlist the guidance of professionals. All of this is "is surprisingly more difficult than you would imagine," she warns.

If the peekaboo hair color technique doesn't resonate with your maximalist preferences, halo color is a great alternative. Per Johnson, this style is an evolution of the traditional peekaboo hair concept and offers a less understated approach. "The halo color technique involves coloring both the lower sections and the hairline in a shade distinct from the top of your hair, effectively crafting a halo-like effect," she explains. "This option works wonderfully for crafting a focal point beneath your fringe or achieving an e-girl aesthetic with your face-framing segments."

Whether you opt for a two-tone style or take a multicolored approach to peekaboo hair, one thing's for sure: you're in good company—and sure to garner heaps of social media acclaim.

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