Why choose just one bold hair color when you could have two? That’s exactly what skunk stripe hair is all about. This daring hair color trend has its roots in the ‘00s, but it feels equal parts throwback, modern, fresh, and punky. Skunk dyed hair is definitely a cool girl look that’s here to stay through 2022 with way more than a few prominent celebrities rocking the ‘do. Here’s everything you need to know about the trend, including how to pull it off yourself!
What Is Skunk Stripe Hair?
One look at a skunk—yes, as in the cute black and white animal—and you’ll see how skunk stripe hair got its name. The trend colorblocks two contrasting colors together, sometimes as stripes on either side of the face, sometimes as a clearly divided half and half, and sometimes as a top and underneath layer.
If you’re a purist, skunk stripe hair is a mixture of jet black and platinum blonde (just like a skunk!), but there are so many avenues you can take this hair color trend. Think lime green and black, purple and blue, gray and black, or orange and brown.
Want to try out skunk hair yourself? Start by scheduling an appointment with a colorist. Make sure to bring in a few inspiration photographs and explain your vision. For even better results, allow your stylist to offer some input, as well. They’ll have some insight into what colors to choose, where to place the stripes of color, and even how to cut your new hair to elevate the look.
How Do You Maintain Skunk Stripe Hair?
As is the case anytime you color your strands, skunk dyed hair requires some upkeep. It’s best to schedule a touch-up appointment about once every six to 10 weeks to refresh your color at the roots, tone, and brighten.
You’ll also want to add some nourishing products to your regimen in order to keep your hair looking healthy between appointments. Start with a shampoo and conditioner duo formulated specifically for color-treated hair, such as L'Oréal Professionnel Vitamino Resveratrol Color Radiance Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner. Used together, this duo helps newly-dyed hair look and feel softer, shinier, and more vibrant.
For an extra treat, you can also use Matrix Total Results Keep Me Vivid Color Velvetizer Protectant Balm after shampooing and conditioning. This non-sticky balm protects your hair against damage caused by UV rays and heat to keep your color looking vibrant.
How Do You Get Skunk Stripes Out Of Your Hair?
Schedule an appointment at the salon once you’re ready to transition from skunk dye hair to a new look. This is the best way to go from A to B without worrying about potentially damaging your strands or looking too funky.
Your colorist will create a customized game plan, which may involve dyeing your light hair dark again (or vice versa), stripping the color, or going in with more color to create a more subtle contrast. Ultimately, how you transition depends on the new look you want to achieve.
10 Skunk Stripe Hair Colors To Try Now
Here’s some skunk hair inspiration for your next appointment!
Brunette & Blonde
Here’s proof you don’t need jet black hair to pull off the skunk dye hair trend. A medium to dark brunette paired with platinum blonde creates that striking contrast, too.
Black & Lavender
This color combination puts an ever-so-slight twist on the classic skunk hair. Instead of a pale blonde or platinum, it places silvery lavender stripes on either side of the face.
Pink & Cool Blonde
For a subtle take on the skunk stripe hair color trend, consider this look, which combines an ashy cool blonde on top with a bubblegum pink layer underneath.
Silver & Green
This half and half skunk hair look keeps one side a silvery gray while the other is a rich and inky green. You’ll definitely turn heads wherever you go with this style.
Half Black & Half White
Try a split personality skunk hair look by dyeing half your hair platinum blonde or silver while making the other side dark.
Black and White Over & Under
This twist on the half and half look puts dark hair on top while painting the under layers a platinum blonde. It makes for a fun surprise when you wear your hair up.
Dark Pink and Gray
A dark purple-pink hue complements a muted gray perfectly. Plus, the warmth of the pink on either side in front is super flattering on all skin tones.
Yellow & Black
Embrace warmth with full-blown yellow paired with jet black. You could do the classic money pieces or try a more half and half look like this.
Inverse Dark & Light
If you prefer an overall lighter look, consider making your stripes a dark color—like black or brunette—while the rest of your hair is a light shade like platinum.
Blue & Black
Keep things feeling electric with blue stripes on either side. If you wanted, you could start with platinum and then—when you’re ready for a change—dye them blue.
Interested in trying skunk stripe hair for yourself? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.