Purple Hair Color Ideas to Try in 2022

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 wanting to try unconventional colors as well, such as strawberry blonde or pink. Let us give you another bold option: purple hair.

We know purple as a color that you form when you combine red and blue, but it’s more than that. There are various shades that you can try, like ash purple, indigo, and lilac, to name a few. You can even sport gorgeous, violet hair! We’ve rounded up some hair inspiration for you to help you pick the purple hair look that suits you best.

1. 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 you 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.

Editor’s tip: Keep your bleached hair from turning brassy over time by using TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo. It has purple formula that neutralizes brassy tones, so your hair color stays beautiful for longer. It also has jojoba oil to help keep your hair moisturized and shiny. Pair this shampoo with TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner for best results. 

2. Ash Purple Hair to Blue

Asian woman with ash purple hair and blue hair color in one
Let your ash purple hair smoothly transition to another color. Credit: Shutterstock

Rock ash purple hair together with dusty blue hair to create an edgy, two-toned look.

Editor’s tip: Coloring, bleaching, and frequent styling can take a toll on your hair and cause extreme damage. Switch to Dove Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner, which has keratin-infused serum capsules that penetrate hair to repair it from within. It nourishes hair to make it beautiful and healthy. 

3. Violet Hair

Back shot of a woman with violet hair
You can go for purple tips to add depth to your violet hair. Credit: Shutterstock

Like purple, violet is a combination of blue and red, but it has more blue in it. If you want a bold color with a cool undertone, try violet.

4. 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.

5. Indigo

Purple hair color: Woman with indigo hair wearing a black top
Be a head-turner with this vibrant shade. Credit: Mikotoraw from Pexels

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.

Editor’s tip: Looking for a shampoo for damaged hair? Try Dove Intense Repair Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo. It has a combination of keratin, fiber actives, and serum ingredients that instantly repair damage, deeply nourish and protect, and leave your hair extra beautiful. It also has Keratin Repair Actives that repair and nourish damaged hair from the core to the surface. 

6. Lilac

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

This light hair color is trendy and sweet. It adds a playful vibe to your look. Lilac hair looks great with waves, curls, layers, and braids to keep it from looking flat and washed out.

7. 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.

8. 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 as ash purple but with more grays. Dusty purple is chic and edgy, and you can even wear it as part of different hair coloring techniques like ombre or balayage.

9. Dark Purple Hair Highlights

Back shot of an Asian with dark purple hair highlights
These barely-there purple highlights add oomph to naturally dark hair. Credit: Shutterstock

If you want a more subtle way of wearing purple, get them as highlights. Dark purple shades like plum and eggplant add a bit of depth to jet black hair. These highlights on dark hair also help define layers.

10. Purple Hair With Clips

Woman with purple hair wearing white hair clips
Wear white clips on dark purple hair to create a gorgeous contrast. Credit: All Things Hair

White pearl clips jazz up your purple hair without stealing the limelight or making your look over-the-top.

11. Purple Side Bangs

Asian woman with pink and purple hair wearing a jacket
We’re loving this purple-and-pink combo. Credit: Migs Reyes from Pexels

Get face-framing purple hair along with pink locks and bring out your artsy side. To style your hair, just scrunch it to add texture for that chic and casual vibe.

12. Grape Hair ColorWoman with short purple hair wearing a white shirt

Want a rich purple hue? Try grape hair color. Credit: ShutterstockThis shade resembles wine. If you have naturally dark hair and you don’t want a drastic change, try grape color.

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


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