Purple Hair Ideas That Will Make You Hair Royalty

Let's put the spotlight on purple hair. Pick from these gorgeous shades and show that you are indeed  pretty in purple. 

It’s fun to explore hair ideas, especially hair color. You’ve probably gotten some highlights before, and then you’ve moved on to coloring your hair entirely. Maybe you’ve been dying to try unconventional colors as well, such as strawberry blonde or pink. Let us give you another bold color option: purple. Don’t worry, you won’t look like an ube with this color. Here are some shades you can try if you want to give purple hair a go.

1. Lilac

Purple hair ideas: Woman with long, straight lilac hair
It’s time to say hello to this exciting hair color. Credit: Shutterstock

Women with pale skin can go for light hair colors, as these can make their skin look even more alabaster. If you want to try a light purple tint, lilac is the way to go. This color is trendy and a bit unconventional for some, especially since you don’t see a lot of women with lilac hair around. Lilac hair would look great with waves, curls, and braids to keep it from looking flat and washed out.

2. Lavender

Purple hair idea: Woman with long, lavender hair
Love pastel shades? Try lavender for your hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Lavender may look the same with lilac, but take a closer look and you’ll see the difference. Lilac has pinkish tones, while lavender is a light purple color with hints of blue. Artists and women in the creative profession may find this hair color attractive. It is playful, quirky, and adds a huge dose of personality to any look. Let this color stand out by balancing it with a neutral outfit.

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3. Eggplant

Purple hair idea: Woman with curly hair and eggplant highlights
Eggplant highlights can add depth to your dark hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Women with fair to medium skin tones can go for darker shades of purple as these can add more warmth to their complexion. Eggplant hair can blend seamlessly with your naturally dark hair, so if you want to try purple hair but you want to be more subtle about it, this shade is for you. You can try this color as highlights if you want to start small.

4. Indigo

Purple hair idea: Indigo hair on a women with short hair
Can’t decide if you want blue or purple hair? Choose indigo! Credit: Shutterstock

If blue and violet had a baby, that would be indigo. This deep hue alone looks mystical and even ethereal–imagine how it would make you look when you put it on your hair. Like eggplant, it blends well with dark hair and suits medium or morena skin tones, too. You just have to overcome any apprehensions you have, take the leap, and try this color.

5. Dusty Purple

Purple hair idea: Woman with straight, dusty purple hair
If you want purple hair but don’t want the color screaming on your head, go for this subdued option. Credit: Shutterstock

Think of this color like lavender or lilac that is a bit faded. If you want to try light hair but you’re worried that you might look like an anime character, go for dusty purple hair. This color is chic and sophisticated–you might just start a new color trend among your peers. You can even try dusty purple hair with hair coloring techniques like ombre or balayage.

6. Light Lilac

Woman with light purple hair wearing sunglasses
If you’re looking for a hair color that suits fair skin, try light lilac. Credit: Shutterstock

Lilac is already a light shade of purple, but you can go lighter to tone down the sweetness. Add bangs so your hair won’t look flat with this light color.

7. Grape Hair Color

Woman with short purple hair wearing a white shirt
Want a rich purple hue? Try grape hair color. Credit: Shutterstock

This shade resembles wine. If you have naturally dark hair and you don’t want a drastic change, go for this purple hair color.

8. Purple Hair with Shadow Roots

Woman with long purple-pink hair smiling wearing a shirt outdoors
Get shadow roots to make your purple hair easier to maintain. Credit: Shutterstock

Having shadow roots means leaving your roots dark while coloring the rest of your hair a lighter shade. This way, you don’t have to worry about touching up your roots the moment you see regrowth. Shadow roots also help ground your purple hair color and make it edgy.

9. Purple Balayage

Asian woman with long purple hair
Make your balayage more fab by adding curls or waves to your hair. Credit: Yindee Phuttasirayakorn

With balayage, you’ll get a more natural look. The color is handpainted on your strands instead of using foil. Your stylist may also add highlights to some areas of your hair to get a beautiful blend of colors.

10. Medium Ash Purple Hair

Asian woman with short purple curly hair with bangs
Ashy purple hair is a must-try color! Credit: Shutterstock

Ash hair colors continue to be on-trend, and there’s no reason why can’t combine this with purple hair color. Ashy tones also make your purple hair less loud and more sophisticated so it’s more wearable.

Now is the time to wear the color of royalty. Try purple hair and be amazed at your new look.


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