Applying hair streaks fixes problems and adds flair.

How to Streak a Boy's Hair

by David Lipscomb

Many people like to apply hair dye, either for fashion or cosmetic reasons. This applies to boys as well, who might use dyes for the very same reasons as adult men and women. Getting streaks in hair -- as opposed to an overall dye job -- is pretty straightforward to do and gives a style boost to a boy or helps to correct a problem spot.

Cover the boy's head with the rubber skullcap that comes with the kit. This will protect other hair sections from unintentionally being colored. Cover the boy's shoulders with a towel to protect his clothing.

Choose which parts of the hair are going to be colored and insert the hair-pulling tool through the holes in the cap in that area, sliding the targeted hairs out through the holes.

Put on the rubber gloves that come with the kit.

Mix the activator, if the kit has one, with the dye. Follow the manufacturer's directions for proper mixing ratios and duration.

Apply the hair coloring with the kit's brush to the strands protruding through the skullcap.

Allow the treatment to set for the desired amount of time. Normally, the longer the dye sits, the deeper the color will be.

Remove the skullcap and wash the hair once more to finalize the process.

Wash and shampoo the hair until all the residual dye is removed and the water runs clear. Condition the hair after the shampoo using either your conditioner or the conditioner supplied by the kit, if any.

Items you will need

  • Hair coloring kit
  • Towel
  • Vaseline
  • Shampoo


  • Conditioning hair one or two days prior to applying the dye helps to strengthen strands. This is useful when applying dye to dry or brittle hair, as it prevents breakage and aids in thorough color penetration.


  • If you are using a dye that is new to the boy, try a little bit of dye on a small patch of hair to be sure that the boy has no allergic reactions to the dye. Should the boy have a reaction to the chemical, wash the dye off immediately and consult a doctor if necessary.
  • Always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer, first and foremost.

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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