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17 Peekaboo Highlights For When You Want A Pop Of Color

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The best things in life are the ones that bring you joy. Whether that’s a great meal with friends or a day trip to a beach you’ve never seen before, taking the time to add a little spark back into your life has far-reaching consequences.

That philosophy doesn’t only apply to travel and food—it’s basically made to be your beauty mantra. In clothing, makeup, and hair (dark brown or even red), invest in little changes that make you smile every time you see them. That’s where peekaboo highlights—a trend involving color that just barely peeks out from your base shade—come in.

Why get peekaboo highlights?

Ombre, balayage, and dip dye have all been done. Plain pastel hair is so yesteryear. We’ve been hunting for a trend that makes us feel inspired and peekaboo highlights are it. Who doesn’t want a pop of pink or blue hiding somewhere within their mane?

It’s a little moment of surprising happiness, like finding five dollars in your pocket or remembering that you packed a cookie with your lunch. Particularly when it comes to beauty, the little things make all the difference.

The Best Peekaboo Highlights Ideas To Try Now

Forest Green

Stay cool with this woodsy, unique take on fantasy hair colors. Green hair? Why not.

Yellow and Green

Neon hair is all over Instagram, but up the ante by wearing yellow and green at the same time. You'll never get bored!


We always find ourselves gushing over caramel hair, but it really is the most universally flattering shade. Caramel peekaboos are beloved by celebrities for the way they bring warmth to the complexion and dimension to dark hair.

Golden Blonde

Like caramel, golden blonde hair just makes everyone look a little bit better—sort of like they just got off the plane from a weeklong tropical vacation. On medium and dark skin tones, it’s a true stunner. Don’t be afraid to keep adding gold highlights if you’re liking the way they look around your face.

Rose Gold

The rose gold trend might pique your interest, but that doesn’t always mean it’s worthwhile to dye your whole head. Instead of letting the pinky blonde shade rule your mane, create peekaboo highlights that just hint at the shade. It’ll be an accent color instead of the main event.

Neon Yellow

Why blend in when you could wear neon yellow peekaboo highlights?


Like the flower it's named for, lilac hair color is delicate and understated.


Although violet is an extra vivid shade, it’s surprisingly subtle against black strands. It adds a flash of light to the base color, not unlike the way white blonde brightens up a honey shade. Against dark skin tones, violet is always a good idea.


For a sweeter, softer take on purple peekaboo highlights, give lavender hair a try. Hidden under ashy blonde or silver, the shade will create the illusion of thicker hair while simultaneously adding edge to your mane look. Be sure to let your colorist know you’d like these highlights as blended out as possible.

Cotton Candy

Less isn’t always more, particularly when it comes to hair color. For a peekaboo look that’s whimsical and vibrant, cotton candy highlights are your move. Combining strokes of pastel pinks, blues, and lilacs, your colorist will create a fantasy-colored mane that hides just below your top layer of hair.


Like rose gold, blue is an appealing shade that’s heavily featured on social media. It’s only natural to hesitate before staining your hard-earned blonde, so give the shade a trial run before committing with peekaboo highlights. Ask your colorist for the most washed out, pastel version of the shade. It’ll blend into your blonde, creating a statement gradient that’s gorgeous.

Strawberry Blonde

Stay sweet with touches of strawberry blonde, an in-between shade that's ideal for fair skin tones.


Hot pink has largely disappeared from the hair color community, replaced by faded watermelon shades. Still, we advocate the shade as an excellent choice for dark blonde or light brown hair colors. When placed at the base of the neck, it’s a real stunner.


The hair community will probably never get over the serious crush it has on the color turquoise. The vibrant, not-quite aqua shade is so fantastical it can’t possibly go out of style. (That’s the unforeseen advantage of riding below the radar.)

Mushroom Brown

Can't get enough of ash? Invest in mushroom brown peekaboo highlights, an excellent first step into a new hair color.


Stay sunny! Marigold hair color looks dynamite on dark and medium skin tones.


Try dusky mauve hair for peekaboo highlights that feel playful but definitely all grown up.

Interested in getting peekaboo highlights of your own? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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