Unconventional and offbeat hair colors have been quite the rage over these past few years. They began as the staple of music festivals, starting what we now call the ‘festival look.’ After that, they spread all the way to Hollywood and from there they conquered the entire world.
Purple is one of the stars of this trend and one of the reasons why so many people go for a purple hair color more than anything else is that this color has so many shades to choose from!
Starting from pale lilac or seafoam and ending with burgundy, raisin, and wine, there’s a shade out there to fit every mood and personality. So here are some of the prettiest purple hair color ideas to help your purple dream!
1. Purple Hair in a Messy Bun
One way in which you can wear your newly acquired purple hair shade is to tie it up in a messy bun on top of the head. It’s a relaxed and yet stylish hairdo that will get you through the day.
2. Long Purple Lavender Hair
If you happen to have hair this long, then dyeing it in a purple shade will truly be a statement. The color and very lose hairstyle with one simple long braid in the back reminds us of pixies of the olden days.
3. Purple Hair Color in Violet Shades
Here is a wonderful hairdo in the shape of a reversed Dutch braid. Apart from the fact that it embellishes the back of your head and not your crown, it will also showcase the many shades of purple in your hair thanks to the braid.
4. Princess Bubble Gum Hair Color Ideas
One way of channeling your inner child is by dyeing your hair bubble gum purple. The beauty of this endeavor is that it doesn’t have to be a uniform color. You can add some pink and blue highlights here and there to spice things up.
5. Violet Shade of Purple Hair
Go for violet with a few well-placed loose curls and a messy knot in the back. To get the curls, you can use your curling iron and a bit of mousse. You can also tie it in two or three-strand pigtails overnight and let it loose in the morning.
6. Purple Hair with Top Braid and Top Knot
Not only is the purple hair color starting on a darker base color fantastic, given that it also has several shades, but the do itself is beautiful too. Choose a large strand on top of your head and braid it halfway. You can tie up the rest in a bun or a top knot.
7. Shades of Magenta Hairstyle
Yet another shade for you to choose from when it comes to purple hair is magenta. The darker hair color goes perfectly well on the crown of the head while the lighter ones are reserved for the tips. Beach waves and a half-up braid will layer it and showcase all the hues.
8. Purple Hair for Special Occasions
Even though purple is considered an unconventional hair color, there are some shades that you can sport even at the most traditional and classiest of events: a wedding. Here is an eggplant shade loosely held together by a gem-studded hair accessory.
9. Purple Pigtails
As mentioned before, nothing goes better with a neon-colored hair that braiding it. The waves highlight all the shades in your beautiful hair better than wearing it loose will ever be able to.
10. Royal Amethyst Hair Color
Amethyst is a type of quartz and an all-time favorite among jewel makers. Therefore, you can now match your jewelry to your hair, with this beautiful shade of purple. Wear it in loose waves for a truly special look!
11. Spirit of the Forest with Crown Braid
There’s just something truly magical about purple hair. These deep purple locks incorporate only a handful of light strands to really bring out this darker hair color. The beautiful half-up, half down crown braid only makes this look all the more fairy-like.
12. Freezing Purple Pastels
You can also be the queen of the ice if you so desire by sporting this fantastic light pastel color in your hair. The purple shade makes it look like ink combined with ice water and then shaded onto your hair.
13. Short Purple Hair
Purple hair doesn’t have to be long to be gorgeous. Here is an example of a stunning purple bob with loose beach waves. You can get the look by going for permanent purple hair dye for the base and blue semi-permanent hair color highlights for the upper part of the head.
14. Long and Layered Purple Hair
If you do decide to go for the long version, though, you can always straighten it and get a layered haircut. With the hair worn like in this picture, you will look like the fabulous version of a rocker chick ready to rumble.
15. Purple Hair with Steampunk Hair Accessories
The idea of combining a deep shade of purple with a steampunk hairpiece is truly genius. The vintage silver in this butterfly hairpin flaunts the violet hair in a fantastic way. Keep your hair as straight as possible for this look.
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16. Grunge Purple Lob Hairstyle
Here is a layered long bob hairstyle that is total hair inspiration! Go for light or pastel highlights around the face to soften and really bring out the facial features.
17. Fairy-Like Long and Wavy Hair
Once you’ve went for a purple hair dye job, you might as well go all the way. Embellishments are always in order, such as these tiny white spring flowers spread all over your purplish tresses. It has a very Midsummer Night’s Eve feel to it, that every girl should experience.
18. Lilac Purple Hair
Nothing says sensibility and fragility quite like lilac hair. This model has also added a few indigo peekaboos to her lilac hair, so as to give it some more depth. To copy this look, get a long, layered haircut and beach waves.
19. Candy-Colored Purple Hair Ombre
Here are a shade and a haircut that will work great on any occasion. You can wear it at the office as well as on a girls’ night out. It’s a medium-length choppy bob in ombre shades of purple, lilac, and eggplant.
20. The Vintage Purple Hairdo
Women did not dye their hair purple in the 40s and 50s. However, you can still make the pin-up trend your own by sporting a chic and fashionable hairband even if you have a purple hair color.
21. Fishtails and Mermaids
We’re quite sure that if Ariel had a choice, she would have dyed her hair purple as well. Just look how beautiful this light indigo shade is all wrapped up in a perfect double fishtail braid.
22. Various Shades of Purple Hair
When you dye your hair in this color, it doesn’t have to be one shade. Keep it sassy with two or more hues, just like this lovely lady did. You can also see some pink hair dye accents in ther as well!
23. Deep Burgundy Purple Hair
To replicate this look, you must add some beach waves to your long locks. Apart from that, you can always embellish the dark burgundy color with some hairpieces like this very pretty golden metallic leaf crown.
24. Pastel Grunge Choppy Bob
Another take on the purple hair grunge look: a shoulder-length bob, a layered and tousled one. Add a choker and a theatrical makeup to complete this ensemble.
25. Inky Shades of Purple and Blue
This lovely lady has chosen ink as her favorite shade of purple hair. She is also donning a long bob with very soft beach waves, indigo tips, and aubergine dark roots. Keep your makeup to a minimum for this one.
26. Half-Up Top Bun in Pastel Purple
Here is another choppy bob, with longer strands hugging the face, all in pastel purple, of course. The model has heavy side bangs and a high top bun, which we are going crazy for right now.
27. All The Colors of the Rainbow Hair
The purple rainbow, that is, because this is what you can see in this example. It’s on a short bob base in which you can spot almost all the shades of purple hair you could possibly want. Apart from that, she also has very light blonde hair underneath.
28. Framboise Shades in Messy Bun
Framboise is French for raspberry. Even so, it doesn’t have to be just the flavor of your favorite macaroons. You can also use this shade as an inspiration for your quirky hair color in case none of the other purple hair shades do you justice.
29. Blue and Purple Hair
There is no other way to describe this hair color and style than by calling it pure art. It’s a classy and glossy combination of very dark blue roots, metallic turquoise in the middle, and delicious purple for the tips.
30. Ombre Purple Hair
Embrace autumn with this perfect purple ombre hair. The roots, as well as the beginning of the strands, are a deep eggplant color which then continues to get lighter and lighter toward the tips of the hair. Choose your own shades and go ombre before the holidays.
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31. Braided Pastel Purple Hair
What do you get when you combine frozen blonde with bubble gum pink and different shades of purple? Sheer perfection! Braid it up in a simple three-strand piece so that it looks even more fresh and relaxed.
32. Grape Crush over Blonde Hair
Here is a very interesting choice of colors and hues. You have blonde and rose gold on the top and near the roots and a lovely shade which is called grape crush nearing the bottom. The color palette will be especially visible if you straighten your hair.
33. The Orchid Shades of Purple
The perfect definition of bed head, this gorgeous lady is also sporting an orchid shade of purple hair. Keep your makeup to a minimum for a natural look, and you cannot go wrong with this one.
34. The Messy Braid Pastel Purple Hair
In case you have or decide to go for pastel or, even better, ombre purple hair, you can always wear it in a messy braid. Take some of the darker strands and use them to crown your head. In this way, they will contrast with the lighter shades on top of the head.
35. Goth-Inspired Dark Purple
Achieve this dark and bold attitude with a goth twist if you add a shade of eggplant purple to your already dark hair. A black choker, lip ring, and very dramatic makeup will complete this look.
36. Wine Purple Hair Color
Its name truly does it justice because this color is so beautiful and rich you can just scoop it up and drop it in a glass. It is very bold but without being too violent on the eye, so it might just be the perfect choice for any occasion.
37. The Katy Perry Purple Hair Color
Perhaps the biggest promoter of the purple hair trend is none other than singer Katy Perry. Over the past few years, she has sported several shades of this lovely color, becoming an inspiration to all of us.
38. Bows and Ribbons Hairstyle
Bows and ribbons in a messy purple hair add up to a feminine and fairy-like look. Moreover, if you add a touch of butter-colored lace to your outfits, you will also get a vintage vibe from this look.
39. Viking Braids on Purple Hair
It is true that most Viking women were blonde. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still sport their killer braids. Straighten your hair and then proceed to braid some of the longer strands.
40. Sea Foam Blue and Purple Hair
The name of the shade might be a bit romantic here, but that doesn’t retract from its beauty. This seafoam blue and purple hair color have got us all enthralled with just how icy and clear it is. The side braided pigtails also help make it stand out.
41. Two-Toned Pink and Purple Hair Color
If Disney villain Cruella de Vil decided to go for purple hair, these would have been her colors of choice. Still, this magnificently quirky hairstyle has nothing to do with being a villainess. In fact, it looks as cute as they come.
42. Purple Festival Hair
As mentioned in the introduction, nothing says festival look quite like purple hair. Moreover, if you add an oversized flower braid, your next appearance at Coachella or Burning Man is bound to get you noticed!
43. The Iris Colored Hipster
Here is a very hipster look with iris colored purple hair, face piercings, and statement glasses. The eyebrows are a deep chocolaty brown so as to frame the face perfectly. The lovely lady is also sporting vintage cat eye makeup.
44. Layered Ombre Purple Hair
The long hair is layered and choppy, giving it a sense of volume while the hair color is a beautiful indigo. Apart from that, it ombres down to the model’s waist in shades of pink and lilac. The tips are almost white blonde.
45. Purple Goddess Hair Weave
Here is a goddess weave shaped into perfect curls with three different colors: blue, purple, and mauve. In fact, the hair in itself is so amazingly well-styled that the colors simply seem to spring one out of the other and interlock perfectly.
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46. Top Knots and Bandanas
You may also consider a hairstyle with a bit more street credibility. Go for a bandana tied in a West Coast Tupac way on your head. Tie your head in a messy bun using a hair doughnut and you’re good to go.
47. Eggplant Hair Color
Apart from eating, eggplants can also serve as inspiration for your next hair color. This dark and soft purple hair tone is perfect for the wintertime. Pair it with minimal makeup and jewelry.
48. Loose Sangria-Colored Pigtails
Take a cue from the Spanish beverage Sangria and wear the color on your head. It’s a very cool look for springtime when you can braid your hair and wear an oversized sweater to keep up with the trends.
49. Queen of the Fairies
One way of showcasing your purple hair is by using other colors with it at the same time. Therefore, apart from purple shades, this lovely lady also has pink, orange, and yellow hair. The colors of the rainbow can be your friend if you know how to style them right.
50. Long Top Knot and Braids
If you have a fancy event to attend, then this might be the hairstyle for you and your purple hair. The updo consists of a long messy bun complete with one simple braid on each side.
Ready To Change Your Look?
You have now hopefully seen all the different shades of purple that you can wear in your hair and also the different ways to style it so that the colors will stand out brilliantly!
Which one of these purple hair ideas was your favorite? Let us know which you’d rather wear in a comment!
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Richard is fascinated by everything that has to do with styling techniques and how technology can play an important part in the industry’s development. He started out his career as a barber, and later found his passion for both men and women’s hairstyles. Richard now works as a writer for fashion magazines, blogs, and is actively taking steps toward launching his own online platform!