Let’s split the difference – peek-a-boo hair vs thick face frames

Daring to go bright and bold with your colour? We shine the light on two of the biggest trends being sported by stars such as Charli D’Amelio and Jamie Genevieve


Hands up who has the got the itch to try something new with their hair? You’re not alone. Whether it’s adding some bangs or braving a new hue, with a new season (and never-ending Zoom catch ups) comes the temptation to switch up your look – and even the celebs are getting in on the act.

During the summer months we saw a rise in root stretches, chunky highlights and face-framing brights across Instagram feeds – serving looks that are equally retro and modern, but reinvented by Gen-Z for a 2020 twist. Now, as we enter A/W 2020 it seems the trend is evolving once more…

Thick face frames

The ‘face frame’ has been sweeping across the hair trend world with rapid speed and just like that, it’s evolving. Face frames just got thick,” says Sophia Hilton, founder of Not Another Salon. What once started as a subtle ‘money piece’ to enhance a blonde or brunette balayage has become much bigger and bolder, using vibrant tones to make a statement. “Face frames are getting larger, and larger. I would even go as far as to say they aren’t face frames anymore, they’ve evolved to being five inches thick in some cases,” Sophia adds. “I predict that in six months’ time we’ll see less colour bleeds and much more of these oversized face frames in the salon.”


Looking to experiment with some creative colour options the next time you’re in the salon chair? Remember it’s important to keep your tresses in top condition following your visit. Sophia recommends using the Crazy Color Anti Bleed Spray to protect your new ‘do, as well as the Innoluxe Elixir V2 “to keep the hair super healthy and shiny, which is super important for this type of colour trend.”

While the popularity of face-framing brights shows no sign of stopping, the high-maintenance hue may not be practical or possible for everyone long-term. “The bold ’90s style has become massively popular and a very ‘instagrammable’ trend, but not all girls are able or want to have such bold hair colours on show all the time,” says Larry King colourist, Bryony Cairns. So, what’s the alternative?

Peek-a-boo hair

Rather than adding a pop of colour during the front sections of your strands, ‘peek-a-boo hair’ involves colouring the underlayers of the hair using a brighter shade to contrast the top, natural hair colour. As with face-framing, there’s endless ways to achieve the look – from using just one bold colour to adding a whole kaleidoscope of shades for personalised results. As one of TikTok’s biggest stars, Charli D’Amelio has caused quite the stir with her various takes on the trend, which have included violets, deep blues and a crimson pink. “The peek-a-boo trend is something raw, strong and bold, but can still be hidden. It gives the option of having ‘cute girl next door’ look with natural hair, when worn down, or a more ‘fearless edgy’ look when styled with the flashes of colour on show,” explains Bryony.


 “It’s a crazy creative trend that is versatile, so if we enter lockdown 2.0 girls can play around with colour conditioners which won’t damage the hair, but will still give them a vibrant change to the dark winter months,” she adds. “This trend can work for anyone as it’s all about placement. It’s not a colour that follows a pattern; every head of hair is different so every colour and service is unique and adaptable to everyone!”

Looking to keep your colour surprise looking vibrant? Bryony suggests incorporating the Redken Color Extend Magnetics range, which will help to extend the life of your colour, while keeping the hair soft and smooth. The Pureology Colour Fanatic Treatment Spray is also a great addition to your routine, providing 21 benefits to keep coloured hair happy and healthy.