In today’s fashion world, there is always room for new trends and styles. And when it comes to hair, the possibilities are endless. One of the latest trends to hit the scene is peekaboo braids.
What are Peekaboo braids?
Peekaboo braiding style is a hairstyle wherein you include colored streaks or sections of braids beneath a layer of uncolored braids. The effect is similar to that of peek-a-boo, hence the name.
Similar to the peekaboo hairstyle, peekaboo braids are a fun and unique way to update your look without making a permanent change. You can use colored pre-stretched braiding hair to add a pop of color or experiment with different styles to suit your mood.
Another great thing about this look is you can use any color, from natural hues to bright neons. Either way, the result is a colorful and eye-catching effect that can be easily changed with different colors and patterns.
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Peekaboo Braids Styling Guide
There are a lot of ways to create peekaboo braids. Below, I’ll show you the best patterns and colors you can use.
Peekaboo Braids Patterns
Box Braids Peekaboo Braids
Box braids are the easiest and most basic braid part pattern. The style is achieved by dividing the hair into small sections, or “boxes,” and then braiding each section. Almost all of traditional braids styles uses the box braid as base pattern.
Diamond Part Peekaboo Braids
Similar to traditional box braids, diamond box braids have a more irregular, diamond-like shape. This gives them a unique look and zig-zaggy pattern.
Triangle Part Peekaboo Braids
Unlike box braids, triangle braids are a little more intricate, especially when woven small. And there are a lot of other patterns that can be created by using it as a base. That’s why triangle box braids are best for people who love creativity in their braids style.
Peekaboo Braids with Intricate Patterns
But if you want to take one step further with your peekaboo braiding pattern, these intricate scalp braids, like crisscross and tribal braids, are for you. There are a lot of creative locticians today who can help you achieve each of these specific looks.
Crisscross Peekaboo Braids
Tribal Peekaboo Braids
Tribal scalp patterns are some of my favorites as well. There are cornrows, fulani, lemonade braids, hearts and stars patterns. And the most experienced locticians can create snakes, crowns, maze and out of this world patterns!
Peekaboo Knotless Braids
If you want to try braids but scared that it can be a painful experience, ask your loctician to install a knotless braids instead. Peekaboo knotless braids is achieved by weaving the hair without creating any knots.
They are often less tighter than regular braids, as they put less stress on the strands. In addition, knotless braids can be easier to take out than traditional braided styles, making them a popular choice for people who want to change their look frequently.
Small vs Medium Peekaboo Braids
Peekaboo braids look better on small to medium braids. If you’re trying to decide between small and medium braids, it largely comes down to a question of hair type.
Small braids are better for people with thin hair, as they provide more volume especially if you use braiding hair. This can help to create a fuller look and prevent your hair from looking flat. On the other hand, medium braids are better for people with thicker hair, since they provide more strands for braiding.
Color Inspirations for Peekaboo Braids
When choosing the best colors for peekaboo hair or braids, the sky is the limit! Below are some of the best colors you can try out.
Black hair is beautiful and unique, but sometimes it can feel a little bit boring. Adding highlight colors is a great way to spice up your look without making a drastic change. White, gold, and cream are all great options that can add a touch of brightness and contrast.
Additionally a classic black and white (contrasting colors) combo is always a timeless choice. The colors complement each other well, and the contrast can be eye-catching.
Peekaboo Braids with Lowlights
Another way to add dimension to black hair is to add dark red, bronze, or purple lowlights. Black hair looks striking with dark auburn peekaboo braids. They can also be enhanced with a touch of navy blue or with gorgeous deep purple hues.
Bright & Pastel Colors
You can also go bold with a bright, electrifying color like blue or pink or add a touch of fun with a more subtle shade like green or purple. Pastel colors can also be very effective, as they provide a contrast against the darkness of your hair. Similarly, bright colors like pink and green create a striking highlight.
Multicolor Peekaboo Braids
There’s no denying that colorful hair is having a moment. More and more people are embracing their inner unicorns and rocking all kinds of vibrant hues.
Multicolored hair is best achieved by finding two or more colors that blend well together. And this can be done with either natural or synthetic hair color.
The key to getting the perfect blend is to find colors that complement each other. For example, this bluish braid style, accentuated with gold peekaboo braids, makes a striking combo, while pink and orange are perfect for a summery look.
Rainbow Peekaboo Knotless Braids
Rainbow braids is the boldest and most daring of all the color trends and hairstyles. As the name suggests, it involves incorporating every color of the rainbow into your hair. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even mix in some metallic shades for an extra-dazzling look.
Gradient Peekaboo Box Braids
Gradient hair is all about creating an ombré effect with your color. To do this, you’ll need to lighten the ends of your hair and then apply a darker shade to the roots. The result is a gradual transition from light to dark (or vice versa).
With a rainbow gradient peekaboo braids your hair color changes as you move down the length of it. This is a very distinct braids style and perfect for those who want to make a statement with their hair!
By now, I hope you’ve seen the best colors and starting pattern you can use for peekaboo braids. Whatever your style, there’s sure to be a color that’s perfect for you. So go ahead and experiment – the world of hair color is your oyster!
Styling Peekaboo Braids
One of the most fun things about peekaboo hair is that it allows you to be creative with your hairstyles. If you have peekaboo hair, you can choose to wear it in various styles that show off your unique look.
Peekaboo Braids In a Bun
One of the easiest ways to reveal your peekaboo braids is in a high bun. Incorporate brightly-colored streaks into your hair. You can create a dramatic reveal by wearing your hair up in a bun.
This multicolor peekaboo braid in a bun looks stunning. For a final touch, pull two face-framing braids out of the bun and add some colored bands. Voila! You’re ready to take on the world with your fabulous new hairstyle.
Orange Underside Peekaboo Braids
Orange is such a fun and festive color, and it looks striking in underside braids! You can easily hide the braids by simply tucking them under your hair.
But, if you want to show them off, you can just part your hair on the braided part or wear your hair in a half-up style. Either way, you’ll look fabulous!
High Pony with Peekaboo Ends
White and blue highlight colors are the perfect way to add a pop of color to your look. And the colorful peekaboo ends of your braids can add a touch of playfulness to this classic hairstyle.
Low Pony Peekaboo Braids
There’s something about a low ponytail that feels timelessly chic—it’s the kind of hairstyle you can wear to work, to a party, or even on a date.
But if you’re looking to add a bit of extra flair to your go-to style, try incorporating some peekaboo braids. And use these colored braids to tie your hair!
Peekaboo Braids with Beaded Ends
One way to elevate your peekaboo braids is to add beads to them. Beads can be both beautiful and symbolic, adding meaning to your hairstyle.
And there’s something about beads on braids that just looks beautiful. Maybe it’s the way that the beads catch the light, or maybe it’s the way that they add a touch of glamour to an otherwise simple hairstyle.
Peekaboo Braids with Heart
Loved by kids and the romantics, a heart braid is another way to further accentuate your peekaboo braids. It can be added at the top of the head or on the side, depending on your preference.
Boho Braids with Peekaboo Colors
There are a lot of types of braids, and boho braids are one of them. The main difference between boho braids from traditional ones is that their ends are left unplaited and curly. These loose curly hair add more body and volume to hair and gives it a romantic or boho vibe.
Peekaboo braids will certainly look great with boho braids. And this is another unique braid style that is sure to turn heads.
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Fulani Peekaboo Braids in a Scarf
Scarves and braids are the perfect combinations for a tough gangsta look. The scarf adds an air of mystery and sophistication, while the braids keep it real with their streetwise edge.
Red Highlights Peekaboo Twists with Undercut
Tired of braids? Twists also look good with peekaboo colors. Pair them with an undercut, and you create a powerful look that is sure to stand out.
Flaunt Those Peekaboo Braids
Now go ahead and experiment with different peekaboo braids styles until you find the one that best suits you. Peekaboo hair is all about having fun and expressing your individual style.
Gen is a Master Stylist in Tampa, Florida who specializes in extremely thin hair and hair loss care. Working with hundreds of clients with hair loss/thinning concerns allowed her to recognize products and routines that can cause damage. She has discovered what hair products work and what doesn’t and shares all of this info to the readers of Union of Barber. When she’s not writing, you can find Gen hiking or at home with her army of cats!