Peekaboo braids are having a moment on social media. While the style has always been a thing it feels like it has never been as popular as it is right now. So what are peekaboo braids exactly? Peekaboo braids are typically box braids (knotless or traditional) where the majority of the rows are braided with hair in a dark brown/black color. The last row or two are braided with hair in bold colors (think pink, green, purple).
At first glance, people may not notice the color beneath the majority of the braids. But with a slight hair flip, the color “peeks” through which is what makes it such a fun style.
"Peekaboo braids are regular braids; the process of installing them is the same," says Shakhari Artis, a braider based at the Lumi Salon. The only thing that differs is the color of the hair used and the placement of those colored braids (while the style traditionally has the colored braids on the bottom rows, some people place them on other areas of the head).
Are you thinking of getting peekaboo braids done? Here are some styles we think you’ll love.
A Shock of Pink
These traditional box braids were given an extra oomph with the hot pink peekaboo braids underneath. We love how some color takes something old and gives it some fresh life.
A Little Blonde
This is another great example of traditional peekaboo braids. The blonde braids come through against the black in such an unexpected way.
How gorgeous is this look? These medium, butt-length knotless braids are sleek. We love the copper coming through, too.
These middle-part, waist-length, knotless braids with the red peekaboo are giving rockstar energy and we love it.
A Squeeze of Lime
We love the little peekaboo action going on with these braids. The pops of green are eye-catching without overwhelming the gorgeous style.
Black and Gold
We love the combo of black knotless braids with gold peekaboo braids underneath.
Copper and Pink Duo
Get into these copper braids with a pink peekaboo—we're obsessed. We love the departure from the more common black/dark brown braids. It’s a fun way to switch up the style.
Goddess Peekaboo Braids
Ugh, we can’t get over these goddess braids. Everything about this style is just so good, including the electric blue peekaboo braids that really stay hidden beneath the rest of the braids.
Pink Peekaboo Goddess
These butt-length goddess braids with pink peekaboo braids have a lot going on in the best way.
The color of these peekaboo braids on knotless goddess braids looks so ethereal and fairy-like.
These braids are a great example of how the style can be reimagined in different ways. We love how the placement of the colored hair is not uniform. It gives a new meaning to “peekaboo” when it comes to braids.
The green and pink pop up in the front and the back instead of being saturated in one area.
We always love a striking burgundy hue. And who would've guessed the color looks ever-so-striking in peekaboo braid form?
Blonde and Pink
Blonde and pink together just makes sense. The color of these blonde knee-length knotless braids really makes the hot pink peekaboo braids pop.
We love the contrast between the blonde peekaboo braids and the black braids. We also love the clear beads she accessorized with.
How cute are these shoulder-length peekaboo braids with beads? We love how they were styled half-up half-down so the aqua-colored braids are on full display.
We’re huge fans of this take on the peekaboo braid trend. The braids installed have the color installed in an ombré effect in some places and in the bottom rows in other places to create a fun contrast.
This braider gave their client gorgeous thigh-length braids with a couple of orange braids popped in. The look, while not traditional peekaboo, still very much aligns with the trend because the braids are easily hidden by the rest of the braids.
Pink Half-Up Half-Down Peekaboo
We love this half-up half-down style. The cute look with the pink peekaboo braids visible is fun.
Jumbo Peekaboo Twists
The stylist created these insanely beautiful sleek jumbo twists for their client, using burgundy hair for a peekaboo moment at the bottom.