Peek-a-Boo Highlights

Hair with peek-a-boo highlights
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Q: Hello, my name is Ashley, and I have been wondering for the past months what peek-a-boo highlights are. I know what they are, but my hair resser has not a clue.
I have tried every website there is to find a picture or a good description of what peek-a-boo highlights are but I seem to fail every time! Could you please help me? Thank you.

A: Actually, “Peek-A-Boo” highlights are pretty simple – at least in theory. The idea is that the highlights are placed in the hair so that the hair is styled over the highlights.
In other words, the highlights will be placed away from partings and the hairlines at the front of the head, near the face. These highlights then only become visible when the hair moves and separates, revealing them.
“Peek-A-Boo” highlights can be as subtle or as bold as you want, and I have seen one young woman with raven black hair who had highlights that were neon pink, but only appeared when she shook her hair – as when dancing. It makes for a nice technique to use when you want a little wild in your style but are constrained by perhaps a conservative living situation or job.
The key to successful “Peek-A-Boo” highlights is planning. You need to carefully consider choices of color and placement, and then how “visible” you want the highlights to become. Once those decisions are made, your stylist should be able to give you the look you want.
See also:
How to color hair
Hair color blocking
Targeted hair coloring and peek-a-boo panels