"Peekaboo" Hair Color Puts a Bold Twist on Your Basic Ponytail
Beauty should be bold and playful — that's our philosophy — but that can mean different things depending on who you ask. For some, it might be dyeing your whole head an Barbie blond hair color or opting for an edgy "bobcat cut." For others, it means showing off your creative side in a subtler way, like with the latest take on the "peekaboo" hair-color trend, which looks straightforward on the surface . . . until you pull your hair up into a ponytail.
"The underlayer trend is taking the classic, peekaboo color look to a new, more dramatic level with statement shades hidden throughout the nape and ear area of the head," celebrity hairstylist and Brite Hair ambassador Jason Backe tells POPSUGAR. In this style, the hair color is applied on the bottom half of your head that's tucked away underneath your primary hair color. Unlike the colorblock trend, which also combines two hues, this look is most impactful when hair is styled in updos like ponytails, buns, and braids. (Hence the "peekaboo" name.)
"The underlayer trend is taking the classic, peekaboo color look to a new, more dramatic level with statement shades hidden throughout the nape and ear area of the head."
Peekaboo hair works on all hair textures and types, but keep in mind: "It can look very different based on curl pattern and color placement," Backe says. "For example, if someone's hair is very curly and layered, it will likely be easier to spot the underlayer color." That said, once you land on placement with your colorist, your options in terms of color combinations are aplenty. "Underlayer colors can range from a simple blond or caramel to an exciting pink or purple," Backe says. "There is no shade off the table."
For the best results, you'll always want to visit a professional colorist at the salon, but if you wanted to try a low-pressure take on the trend, there are options to DIY the peekaboo look at home. For example, you can try out a color combination using the Brite Hair's Instant Color ($10), which Backe says will wash out in five to 30 shampoos. The shades work well on naturally light or prelightened hair, but if you want the color to pop on darker hair hues, you may want to visit a pro to lighten it beforehand.
Then, when you're ready to commit, Backe says to "explain to your hairstylist what color you'd ideally like to achieve, as well as how much of the color you're comfortable with showing day to day. For example, would you prefer pops of honey that are only visible when you put your hair up, or do you want to make a statement with a bold fashion color on half of your hair?"
Still on the fence about the underlayer hair-color trend? Check out the fun inspiration ahead.