We’ve noticed this peek-a-boo style pop-up everywhere. Youtuber Emma Chamberlain has been spotted rocking a more subtle blonde brunette blend and we want in.
Before we get to how you can achieve this look, let’s run through some safety checks. As any professional hair colourist would tell you, if you have dark hair, a box dye job to bleach it is best not tried at home. If you are just maintaining colour, or if you’re naturally blonde, then you can have more freedom to play with colour box hair dyes. Whatever you decide, here’s the best way to achieve peek-a-boo hair at home…
If you came here for a step-by-step guide on how to wreck your healthy dark hair by doing a botched bleach box dye job in the hopes to grow your thriving TikTok career, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Instead, we spoke to the magic hands that have been trusted to cut, colour and style Charli D’Amelio’s hair for years, on how you can achieve the peak-a-boo hair at home, the safer way.
Greta Vee has been the family’s go-to and although she says she doesn’t usually get to do crazy, fun, fashion tones on her clients, she’s always excited that Charli and Dixie D’Amelio are super experimental with their hair.
First things first, here are the tools you will need:
- Hair cap
- Old towels
- 2x Mirrors
- Tail Comb
- Tinting brush
- An old shirt
- Hair Dye/chalk/paint
Make sure your setup is as professional as your local salon. Grab some gloves unless you don’t mind blue fingers. Put on an old shirt you don’t mind getting colour damaged and wrap your shoulders with an old towel to avoid spillage on your surroundings. Place your mirrors in a way that you can see the back of your head. (one in front and one reflecting at the back).
Now you can get started. Grab a tail comb and make diagonal lines above your earlobe and along your occipital bone. “I don’t go above the occipital bone, so you can only see it as you lift the top half of your hair.” says Greta. Next step is to coat the back of your neck hairline and ears with vaseline, to avoid the colour bleeding onto the skin.
Then you can proceed to colour the entire back half of your hair. ”Don’t go all the way up the root, (even when highlighting) for a more natural finish,” Greta says. Now you are ready to apply the dye. Greta is a fan of hair chalk if you’re at home – she tells us that you can achieve any colour you want, without putting your hair through too much trauma and causing severe damage from a bad bleach job.