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These Fabulous Streaks in the Hair Will Add Charm to Your Tresses

Streaks in Hair
Streaking your hair is a great way to make your hair look stylish and unique. One can visit a stylist to get colored streaks, or can even get them done with a friend's help at home. This HairGlamourista article tells you how to streak your hair.
Pragya T
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
Streaks add great style to your hair. Many people opt for hot and bright shades that make their hairstyle stand out and look punk. On the other hand, most people opt for highlights or colored streaks that are of more neutral shades so that they blend naturally with the hair base. This style of streaking gives a more stylish and textured look. Bright-colored streaks are mostly chunky and thicker in size, while subtle and naturally blending streaks are skinny and well placed. No matter which kind of shapes or colors you opt for, or where you decide to get it done from, it is important to understand which color will suit you.
Choosing a Color That Suits You
The color for your highlights depends on two factors - people with cool skin tone and their eye color, and people with warm skin tone and their eye color. Here is a chart that will help you find the right color for your streaks.
Chart for Warm Skin Tones and Eye Colors
Skin Tone Eye Color
  • Brown skin tone, with pink or golden undertones
  • Pale complexion with peach or golden undertones
  • Freckled complexion
  • Ruddy complexion
  • Green eyes
  • Greenish blue
  • Hazel eyes
  • Golden brown
Best Suited Hair Colors Avoid Colors
  • Warm and dark brown shades
  • Highlights of copper streaks, golden-brown/golden
  • Golden brown and chestnut shades
  • Base color of shiny blond or reddish-orange
  • Blue and purple
  • Beige or ash

Chart for Cool Skin Tones and Eye Colors
Skin Tone Eye Color
  • Medium complexion and golden undertones
  • Olive complexion (Asians and Latinos)
  • Dark Brown
  • Medium complexion with light pink color in the cheeks/no color
  • Pale complexion with pink undertones or no color
  • Bronze or brown complexion after tanning
  • Grayish blue
  • Blackish brown
  • Dark brown
  • Dark blue
  • Hazel with light flecks
Best Suited Hair Colors Avoid Colors
  • Shiny raven black
  • Hair color in burgundy or purple shades
  • Cool blond shades like mink or icy white
  • Highlights can be honey, wheat or ash colored
  • Blond
  • Yellow
  • Red
  • Bronze

Where to Put Streaks in Hair?
To create a well-balanced natural look, you need to put streaks of equal numbers on both the sides of your hair. First, comb your hair the way you want to keep them or the way your haircut stays. Do you want middle or side partition? Do you have bangs? If you part your hair in the middle, then place at least three streaks each on both the sides. You can place one or two streaks behind. If you have bangs then make three section of the bangs hair, keep a thick layer of hair, and separate it using clips. Then take a thin layer of hair, and keep a small thin layer of the hair on top. The middle layer of the hair should be colored. If you part your hair on the sides, then take more number of streaks on the bigger parted section, and lesser on the smaller section.
How to Streak Hair at Home?
You can visit a stylist to get streaks in your hair. However, if you wish to do it yourself at home, then you can go for the hair foils method, or the cap method for highlighting hair. In the foil method, you will need to separate some layers. Place these hair on foil, then apply hair color with brush and cover this hair section with foil. After 40 minutes, you can remove the foils and wash your hair. Another method is to use a cap by making holes in it. Take out the hair strands from the holes and apply hair color on them.
So, select the right shade and visit a stylist for advise. Use foil/cap to create stylish-looking streaks in whichever hairstyle you may have. Enjoy!