Skunk stripe hair is one of the biggest trends right now. I first saw this look on Ginger Spice. She had two blonde front pieces, and the rest of her hair was red. I thought she was the coolest Spice Girl, so I grew up loving skunk stripe hair — even before it was a trend.
If you’re looking for a new hair look, I suggest getting skunk stripe hair. But don’t worry, your hair doesn’t have to be black and white like a skunk. You can achieve the skunk stripe look with any hair color or style. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are the best skunk stripe hair ideas I can find on Instagram.
Bottom line up front: I can’t get over the peach-pink skunk stripes. The color is very edgy but is also feminine, making it a great in-between shade. Everyone has different preferences, so I suggest you look through all of these ideas to find the best look for you.
How I Chose These Looks
Everyone has different hair types and preferences. That’s why I approached this list with specific criteria that fit all hair types.
As I stated previously, your skunk hair look doesn’t have to be black and white. You can combine other natural colors or go all-out with vivid and bold colors. I also recommend getting skunk stripe hair if you want to try a new hair color but don’t want to commit to dyeing your full head. Plus, skunk stripe hair comes with less maintenance and damage. Skunk stripe hair is playful, and your color options are endless.
Anyone can achieve skunk stripe hair. I see this look on those with straight and curly hair. No matter your hair type, skunk stripe hair will make your hair more noticeable. The key to achieving beautiful skunk stripe hair based on hair type is finding a look that highlights your features. You can also make your skunk stripe as simple or as intense as you want.
The skunk stripe is a very edgy look, so it can add oomph to your hair look. While I’ve seen the skunk stripe on long and feminine hair, I’ve also seen the skunk stripe look amazing on short and spikey hair. I’ve even seen mohawks with the skunk stripe! This is why I included different hairstyles, so you can find the skunk stripe look that’s best for you.
With that being said, the skunk stripe can look great on all hair lengths. Whether you have long or short hair, the skunk stripe will look bold. Plus, the skunk stripe is versatile. You can opt for long stripes or short and chunky pieces. The key is to find a skunk stripe look that creates contrast, looking experimental and edgy.
The Best Skunk Stripe Hair Ideas on Instagram
Are you ready to rock skunk stripe hair? Here are the best looks that I found on Instagram.
I’ve been seeing the e-girl look all over the place, and this is a great way to follow this trend with skunk stripe hair. First, this shade of pink is so unique. It’s a peach-pink that reminds me of sorbet. The color is vibrant but still soft, which is a great pick if you want to experiment with bold colors but don’t want something too saturated. This is a fun color and is perfect for summer. The only downside of this color is these pastel colors require more maintenance since they fade easily.
The model’s hair is long and curly, but this color and the placement of the stripes will look amazing on all hair types and lengths. Credit: @afro.blv.
Dreads are a great look if you truly want to stand out. But if you want to take your dreads to the next level, get skunk stripe dreads. The model here has long black dreads, and a few pieces are blonde. This hair look is bold, and there’s enough contrast to draw more attention to your hair. While getting and maintaining dreads can be challenging, the end result is definitely worth it. Credit: @astrahairstudios.
Do you want to brighten up your curly hair but want something more than traditional highlights? Try a skunk stripe look like this one. The honey-blonde skunk stripe contrasts with her dark hair, yet this look is easy to maintain. There are also different shades of blonde you can try. I suggest finding one that complements your skin tone and undertone. Credit: @honeycaycay.
Do you have dark hair and want a lighter-hued skunk stripe, all while keeping your hair healthy and low-maintenance? I suggest dyeing your hair copper. Copper is a trending hair color now. It’s best described as red with gold undertones, but there are various copper shades you can choose from.
The model here has a bright copper look. The copper skunk stripe creates enough of a contrast that makes her hair look fun. At the same time, copper is a natural hair color and is still subtle enough if you don’t want a look that’s too edgy. Credit: @a1yah.
As I said, skunk stripe hair is versatile, and you can achieve this look with any hair color. A red skunk stripe is one of my favorite looks. The stripes are only placed in front of the model’s hair, and the stripe is thick enough to stand out. I suggest doing this look if you want to experiment with red hair but don’t want to dye your whole head. The model has a bright shade of red, which complements her natural black hair perfectly. Her hair is long and curly, but anyone can pull off this look. Credit: @diamstylexx.
This look conveys serious Ginger Spice vibes! Her base color is auburn, and she has blonde pieces in front. Her hair makes a statement but is still subtle. At the same time, the blonde is contrasted with the red, so her hair still looks bold. The eyes also focus on the front of her hair. Plus, the blonde pieces up front brighten up her complexion. Credit: @cat.osvald.
Do you want skunk stripes to highlight your features but don’t want something too intense? I suggest a natural skunk stripe look like this one. The contrast of the blonde stripes on her brown hair is bold but still toned down, making this a good skunk stripe look for the workplace. Her stripes are also pretty thin — you can opt for thicker stripes to draw more attention. Credit: @helenadoeshairr.
If you want an experimental skunk stripe look, I suggest choosing a classic white and black look. The model here has black hair and one chunky skunk stripe in front of her hair, so her hair is simple but edgy. Her hair is long and wavy, but nearly anyone can pull off this expressive look. If you want a simpler look, opt for a thinner skunk stripe. That way, your hair still has contrast but isn’t so bold. Credit: @vermindoll.
Do you want a skunk stripe but aren’t sure how to pull it off on short hair? Look at this model for inspiration! She has a short pixie cut with bangs. Her hair is brown with one chunky blonde piece at the side. The best part about this look is it isn’t too extreme, and the little bit of lighter color won’t damage your hair. At the same time, the short haircut and the skunk stripe will still draw attention.
If you do want more contrast, I suggest doing a different shade of blonde. Platinum and white blonde will brighten your face and look great against brown/black hair. Credit: @cherryredgirlxx.
Who said you only need one skunk stripe? I love how this model has multiple white-blonde stripes on her black hair. The stripes brighten up her complexion, especially the stripes on her hairline. As I keep saying, skunk stripes are versatile. You can experiment with thicker skunk stripes. And who said your skunk stripes have to be blonde? Brown and red also contrast beautifully against black hair. Credit: @littlelionsalon.
This look honestly reminds me of a creamsicle! If you really want to transform your hair, I suggest this look. The model’s hair is a lovely shade of orange, and she has two thin white skunk stripes in front of her hair. This look is very expressive, but I understand if this is too risky for you. Instead of an orange base, I suggest copper. There are multiple shades of copper, so you can still get creative. Credit: @amandahairs_com.
You can get skunk stripe hair in all colors, which is beneficial if you have cool undertones. If you want something on the natural side that will look good on cool-toned skin, I suggest a look like this.
The model’s base hair color is a cool-toned shade of brown with subtle blonde skunk stripes in front of her hair. This look is very low-maintenance, you can get this look done at a salon quickly, and you won’t damage your hair as long as your skunk stripes aren’t too light. If you want more contrast, I suggest opting for vibrant colors instead of blonde. You can also choose a darker shade of brown for the base. Credit: @wiggins__hair.
You can choose a natural skunk stripe look that still has personality. Take this look as an example. The model has curly hair on a brown base. She has thin golden skunk stripes in front of her hair. The look is very playful but still draws attention. I also love how the blonde blends well into the brown base, but there’s still a contrast there. You can also experiment with different shades of blonde and even make the stripes thicker. I also love the way golden blonde looks on darker hair colors. Credit: @shingicaptured.
I’ve been seeing this color combination a lot lately. The model has ruby red hair as her base with two thick rose pink skunk stripes in the front. This look is very creative without being too saturated. The two colors also blend well together, yet the pink still contrasts with the red. I can see this look especially flattering on natural redheads, though it would look stylish on anyone. Credit: @destinyshairlounge.
Do you want to go totally non-traditional with your skunk stripe hair? If so, I suggest choosing green! I especially love how the model here did her hair. Her hair is black, but she has pieces of bright green in her hair. Plus, a green skunk stripe is a great way to try this hair color without dyeing your whole head green.
I also find it interesting that her skunk stripe is in the back of her hair as opposed to the front. I also love the combination of green and black. Both colors contrast each other but look great together. Credit: @hairby_vicky_.
Who said your skunk stripes have to be on top of your head? I love how the model here places her skunk stripes down the length of her hair. Her skunk stripes are still white blonde and are placed on black hair, so her look is still very classic. Even though the stripes are down the length of her hair, they still brighten up her complexion. If you want something softer, I suggest caramel or honey instead of classic white blonde. Credit: @looksbyleece.
Fuchsia is one of the most versatile colors out there, and I love how it looks with black hair. Plus, there’s still plenty of contrast between the two colors, making fuchsia the perfect color for skunk stripes.
The model’s stripes are really thin, but chunky fuchsia stripes will also look great. Fuchsia is a cool-toned shade of pink, but you can also choose a warm-toned pink such as watermelon. If you want a similar look as a reverse skunk stripe, you can dye your whole head fuchsia and feature black skunk stripe pieces in front of your hair. Credit: @lytheprettygirl.
There are so many great shades of green to use for skunk stripes, but this lime green has to be one of my favorite colors. It’s so bold yet unique. Plus, lime green looks amazing on anyone. Her skunk stripes are in front of her hair and run down the entire length of her long, curly hair. Her base color is black; since lime green is a yellow-based color, I suggest keeping your base color dark for contrast.
If you want something different, you can always have a thicker stripe. I can also see this look working on short hair. Credit: @chelsea_christophe.
This look is great because it’s the perfect mix of a skunk stripe with peekaboo highlights. I suggest doing this look if you want a skunk stripe but want something different other than face-framing skunk stripes. The model’s hair is brown, and her skunk stripe is a thick blonde chunk. The blonde isn’t too light, so it blends well with her brown base. If you want something edgier, I suggest choosing white blonde on a darker base color. Credit: @baddibeeyhair.
This look gives me serious Joker vibes! The model’s base color is dark purple, so dark it looks black. She has one large light green piece at the side of her head. This is a great look if you want a skunk stripe but want something different from the black-and-white color combination. The model’s hair is short, which makes this look even edgier. I can also see this looking great on long hair. Credit: @amebra_w.
Not sure which color skunk stripe to choose? Get the colors of the rainbow! I love the way all of these colors look on the model’s dark hair base. They stand out yet the look is super cute. Her rainbow colors are only at the front of her hair, which still creates contrast but is more wearable than if she were to dye her whole head rainbow colors. Her hair is long, yet I also see this look working on all hair lengths and textures. Credit: @paradisehairbymslindor.
If you have a mohawk and want skunk stripes, I suggest this classic look. Her hair alternatives between black and white stripes, which looks very experimental. The white blonde contrasts flawlessly with the black. Even when the model’s hair is down, the stripes really stand out. Credit: @fleursdumalhair_.
Finally, I’m finishing this list with attention-grabbing baby pink skunk stripes. Baby pink is a bold hair color but is also feminine. It looks very bold against the dark base color. The model has a light pink color on both sides of her hair, but the stripe is chunkier on one side. If this look is too intense for you, I suggest adding pink to a blonde base instead of black. Credit: @reshinehaircom.
Answer: A skunk stripe is a hair dyeing technique where one or more stripes are in a color that intensely contrasts the base color. The skunk stripes are usually placed at the front of the hair, specifically at the hairline. However, you can get skunk stripes anywhere. Traditional skunk-striped hair is black with platinum blonde streaks, like the fur of the animal. But you can get any base and streak color.
Answer: It depends on what colors and haircut you have. But for the most part, skunk-striped hair is pretty easy to maintain. If you get natural colors, you may have to get a touch-up, but that’s it.
Answer: We can trace the skunk hair trend from a couple of different places, but most people credit model Cindy Crawford for her skunk stripe hair. Even though she had this hair look in the early 90s, it’s making a resurgence on TikTok.
Out of all of the skunk-striped hair looks, I can’t get enough of the peach-pink skunk stripes.
This color is edgy but feminine, making it a great in-between color to use for your skunk stripes. The color is still light enough to brighten your complexion and contrast with a dark base color. It’s also a great pick if you want to follow the e-girl trend. Peach-pink is a warm-toned color, so I suggest getting rose gold if you want something on the cooler spectrum. While the color isn’t traditional, it’s so unique. The model’s hair is also long and curly, but this color and style will look great on all hair types.
I definitely suggest this look if you want something different from the black-and-white skunk-striped look. But I understand that this look won’t suit everyone, so I suggest looking through the rest of my ideas.
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