If you feel like you have already seen raccoon tail hair, this is because you actually have. The trend for striped hair was at the peak of its popularity during the emo era. And like most hair trends, it has come back. Of course, its modern version is a bit different from the original. Yet, it is still edgy, impactful, and makes you stand out in the crowd. Sounds intriguing to you? Feel free to explore our guide to find out how to get racoon tail hair and what styles are trending at the moment.


What Is A Raccoon Tail Hair?

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But what exactly racoon tail hair is? This is a bold and daring color style that features highlighted strands placed horizontally to create contrast against your base hair color. It is one of those emo hair trends that have made a huge comeback recently. The stripes can be bleached, dyed or simply clipped in. They are usually accompanied by a side-swept fringe and combed back top, which are typical for scene hair. The look owes its name to the resemblance of the pattern a raccoon has on its fur.


How To Do Coontails

The coontail, which is another name for the raccoon tail hair style, can be achieved in a number of different ways and here is the most popular one. But first, you need to stock up on the following:

  • Hair dye or powdered bleach;

  • Painter's tape or transparent tape;

  • Hair clips;

  • Brush and plastic bowl to create the mix.

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Now follow these steps:

  1. Divide your hair into sections. First, decide where your coon tail is going to be. The most popular places are the back of your head, similar to a mullet, and the locks in the front if you opt for the step cutting technique. Once sectioning out the strands for the racoon tail style, gather the rest of your hair into a pony or bun to keep it away from accidentally bleaching. If you have ever had peekaboo hair, then you already know the preparation procedure.

  2. Use the tape to create a stencil for bleaching. Stick pieces of the tape across the strand at an equal distance. The gaps between the tape will be filled with bleach to create stripes.

  3. Prepare the bleaching or dyeing mix. To get the racoon tail scene hair cut should be bleached if your hair is initially dark or dyed if it is light. When bleaching, the solution should be able to make your hair color 6-7 levels lighter. So, you will need to mix a 30-40 vol. developer with bleach. For platinum, blonde and honey hair colors, you will just need to use black hair dye.

  4. Apply the mix.

    It is time for the fun part. Use the bleaching or dyeing mix on the strand that you want to turn into racoon tail hair. Let the magic happen for the required amount of time (between 10 and 30 mins) and wash off the mix afterward.
  5. Get your hair dry and take off the tape. Now that you have rinsed your hair, you need to towel dry it. But make sure not to rub your locks. As soon as the hair is dry, you can take the tape off. These steps should be taken in this order only to prevent so-called bleeding. This is when the darker color is running off and staining the lighter color. The same issue can be faced when creating hidden rainbow or underdye hair color.

Raccoon Tail Hair Inspiration

In case you need a dose of inspiration for raccoon tail hair, you are sure to find it here. Below, we have put together the most breathtaking ideas for this cool hair trend. As you can tell, it works for any hair length. So, if you have a short mane, you will nevertheless be able to get it. Yet, for those who prefer a long racoon tail hair extensions are a way out. What is more, you can transform it into one of alt hairstyles by dyeing the hair a bright color.

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Raccoon tail hair does not necessarily mean that you need to dye all of your hair a flamboyant color. You sure can if you want to. But these days, you can get away by simply accentuating one or several strands. And with the help of our guide, you should be able to pull it off with ease.



Can Raccon Hair be Done with Temporary Hair Dye?

If you are planning to wear a raccoon hair color for a limited period of time, then you may use semi-permanent hair dyes or temporary hair color spray. However, this works mostly on lighter hair shades. Darker locks require bleaching.

Is it Possible to Do Raccoon Tail on Short Hair?

Racoon tail hair knows no limits in terms of hair length. So, if you have short hair and do not want to use extensions, then you will still be able to nail the look. Moreover, with the racoon tail short hair cuts look edgier and more striking.

  • Racoon tail scene hair. Source