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Hair streaks are the ever-lasting hot hair trend that has been popping up again in many fashion magazines and on social media.

They’re a way to get creative with your style and add some fun to your life and hair. If you’re thinking of getting streaky, we’re here with all the tips, tricks, and inspiration you need!

Adding a streak of color in your hair can be tricky. It’s not just about the style, it’s also about the maintenance!

You want to have fun with this trend, but you don’t know where to start or how long it will last. We got you covered on all fronts. From inspiration and ideas for styles, to easy application techniques so that you look great every day.

Our guide is here to help answer all of your questions and get you started with this hot new trend without any stress or hassle. We’ve even included some helpful tips from our own experiences of getting this style done by yourself at home.

From choosing which colors match your hair best, figuring out how many shades are right for you, we’ve taken care of it. Let’s go!

What are the best colors for hair streaks?

The best hair colors are ones that match your natural coloring.

If you have dark red, brown or black hair then baby blue, deep purple and rich reds like copper would look awesome.

If you have lighter blonde or light brown hair then pastel pink, ginger orange or apple green would look amazing!

What are hair streaks?

This is a style that’s a fun new way to add some flair to your hair without getting too crazy. They’re also a great way of adding depth and dimension and making hair look fuller.

Think of it as the grown-up version of those temporary stripes that kids get when they use hair chalks!

They’re a fun and affordable way to make your hair stand out. It’s all about taking small sections of hair and painting them to add a pop of different color, like blue or pink.

This is one of the easiest ways to make an old hairstyle feel new again!

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Are there different types of streaks?

You have a few different options when it comes to nailing the look.

You can opt for bold, vivid or subtle streaks that fade into the rest of your hair. You can even have both chunky and subtle pops of color to create a contrasting effect!

Hair streaks are all about the placement. They’re usually applied in the places where you would normally have highlights. For example, if you dye your hair all one color, you can put them in the parts of your hair that get the most exposure to light – like around your face.

You can choose to have one, stand-out block of color or several for a more stripey effect!

Money pieces and hair extensions are also a great way to add color without having to dye your hair.

The latest craze on TikTok right now is Skunk Stripe hair!

What is better-streaks or highlights?

Hair streaks and highlights are both ways to add something special to your hair.

But there is a subtle difference between them.

Hair streaks are typically short, choppy pieces of color that can be added to any style. They’re more of a one-dimensional look that you can choose for specific spots on your hair.

They’re higher maintenance than highlights as they’re less natural-looking so you’ll need to keep touching them up.

While highlights add dimension with lighter strands all over your head. You can also enhance natural highlights with lowlights to get more depth and dimension.

Brown highlights, blonde highlights, copper highlights and caramel highlights are all the rage this year.

If you want to make a bold statement, half and half hair is another way to go. If you don’t have time for your hair color to grow out or if it is too expensive and inconvenient, then highlights might be better for you.

What is better depends on what suits your lifestyle best!

Streaks vs highlights

Are streaks the same as foils?

No. Streaks are a single color applied to sections of your hair, whereas highlights and foils use multiple colors in the same foil to create an all-over pattern.

They can be used as an alternative if you don’t want such obvious ombre or california-dippity hair. They’re also a good way to experiment with pastel hair color.

Is hair streaking harmful?

Hair streaking is always a huge trend, but what are the risks?

The look can be created by using bleach or other coloring products – from temporary pastel hair chalks, to bright hair dyes and highlight powders for an eye-catching effect.

If you use chemicals like hair dye or bleach, it could damage your hair’s health and lead to breakage if not handled properly.

However, this type of hair dyeing does come with some advantages: it lasts longer and keeps bold colors brighter for longer.

What color streaks should I put in my hair?

What colors you want to put in your hair will depend on what effects you’re after, how brave you’re feeling! And what color your hair is now.

You’ll want to choose a shade that compliments or contrasts your base color and doesn’t go too light or too dark as that ends up looking really artificial. (But hey if you like artificial, no judgement, more power to you!).

Each person’s hair has different tones and textures and your complexion will also determine the best hue for you.

For example, black hair can be paired with any color (black and white hair is particularly striking) but someone with blonde hair would need to be careful not to go too dark because it may look unnatural.

If you’re going for subtlety, we recommend going for a lighter or darker shade than your natural base color. Silver, auburn and copper make great accent tones – especially in dark and black hair.

A red streak is always a classic option, as well as red and black or blonde shades which work well in either light or dark hair.

But if you really want something that makes a statement, then go with pastel pinks, blues or even greens! Different colors can be used to represent different moods – blue for confidence, pink for happiness, green for envy.

Whether you’re looking for vibrancy or subtle pastel hues, the time has come to get creative with how you wear your locks.

If you’re not sure you can chat to your hair stylist or colorist about which colors would look best on you.

Check out the latest looks on our Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration.

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Which hair colors suit me?

If you want to find out what hair colors will suit you, head over to our hair color quiz! Find out which shades are right for your skin tone, hair type and even the clothes you like to wear!

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How to do streaks in your hair at home.

The good news is that adding colored strips to your hair can be achieved easily at home in just minutes. All you need is your favourite hair colors, dye kits or temporary hair chalks to create some of the best looks around!

Get creative with your look by adding different textures like stand-out, bright bold colored strands among natural ones. You can also add peekaboo strips on the underside of your hair.

Luckily these days there are plenty of ways to do this without expensive salon visits. This video is a great guide on how to get it right.

Do I need a cap to put streaks in my hair?

You can use a cap to get the look, but you don’t have to. This technique works well if you’re going for an all-over streaky look and are not feeling confident enough to go freestyle.

The cap is like a shower cap with little holes where you can pull your hair strands through to stop the lightener or color from bleeding into the rest of your hair.

Or you can have a go at free painting hair dye exactly where you want it.

Wella has a great streaking kit if you want blonde streaks. Be REALLY REALLY careful not to end up orange. Alternatively, you can use the kit, cap, and instructions but play around with your own hues.

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  • This is a great way to add some personality and color to your hair.
  • They can be done with temporary or permanent dye.
  • Temporary dyes last until you wash them out, while permanent dyes will fade and grow out.
  • You can match the shades with your eyes or get creative by choosing contrasting colors.

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Do you want to change up your hair color this season? Have you been looking for a way to make a statement with your strands?

There are so many ways to get creative with your hair. Take the plunge and go all out with some bold hair streaks. It’s time to break out of that shell and have some fun!

What’s stopping you?

This article was written by:

  • Nicola Freeman, Creative Director & Content Lead
    Creative Director & Content Lead

    With over two decades of passionate hair dyeing experience, I've experimented with nearly every shade imaginable. My journey began long before blogging; as an award-winning copywriter in London and New York, I shaped narratives for iconic brands. However, when friends sought advice during lockdown for at-home hair dyeing, I realized my true calling. Beyond being your hair color expert, I'm a mom of two girls, wife to artist Tony, and an avid soccer player!