11 Best Purple Ombre Hair Colour Ideas to Try This Year

It's the colour of the year, so now's the perfect time to trail purple ombre look!  

Okay, we know that purple ombre hair isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But the truth is, this cool colour trend is actually more versatile than you think!

You can get rainbow combinations, statement-reverse ombres, striking dip-dyes and also subtle purple tones if you have dark hair, or barely-there lilac hues if you want to add an exciting touch to your grey locks.

Still not convinced? Just check out our inspiring gallery, which includes ’90s influences, pretty pastels, and even a little something for weddings!

Intricate braids

close up of a purple ombre fishtail braid
Purple fishtail braid. Credit: Instagram.com/beautybyashley

We love the subtle tones of purple in this fishtail braid (ombre hair doesn’t have to be flashy!). The proof that deep purples can complement dark hair and provide a soft, barely-there look. Credit: @beautybyashley

Extra topknot points

woman with a purple ombre topknot
Purple ombre topknot. Credit: Instagram.com/jessica_dueck

Want everyone to really take notice of your purple ombre hair? Then team it up with really light hue, like a platinum blonde! Credit: @jessica_dueck

Even for a wedding

woman with purple ombre hair in a woven updo with flowers added in
Purple tousled hair. Credit: Instagram.com/hairbyjenaj

Purple hair isn’t everyone’s go-to colour for weddings but this Instagram post has definitely convinced us otherwise. Credit: @hairbyjenaj

Just the tips

woman with lilac ombre ends on platinum blonde hair
Lilac ends. Credit: Instagram.com/hairriet

Applying a soft lilac colour to your hair ends is a great way to subtly tap into the trend. This lovely Instagrammer proves this with her platinum-blonde locks and barely-there, dip-dye look. Credit: @hairriet

A sleek bob is always chic

back view of a woman with a blonde and purple ombre bob
Blonde and violet ombre bob. Credit: Instagram.com/nailsbyabbys

Why not use deep purples to enhance the shape of your new cut? We love how the violet is concentrated underneath and veiled by soft, blonde layers. Credit: @nailsbyabbysj

Try reverse ombre

woman with a reverse purple ombre hairstyle wearing sunglasses and a striped top
Reverse purple ombre. Credit: Instagram.com/nataliadidmyhair

Roots don’t have to be dreaded. Turn the purple trend on its head and experiment with a reverse ombre by gradually working purple hues into platinum-blonde shades (bright purple is a great way to celebrate your roots!). Credit: @nataliadidmyhair

Sweet candy hues

woman with candy purple ombre hair
Candy purple ombre. Credit: Instagram.com/jiny_yegeurina

Candy pinks perfectly complement purple. So it seems natural to consider the blend before your next trip to the salon. Add it to the ends of blonde hair for a striking, sunset-inspired look. Credit: @jiny_yegeurina

Tumbling curls

back view of a woman with a dark purple ombre hairstyle in long curls
Dark purple hair. Credit: Instagram.com/tiffanymhair

If you already have dark hair colour, consider enhancing it with a purple ombre. Bright colours don’t just look great on light hair! Credit: @tiffanymhair

Be secretly edgy

woman with a purple ombre style with a patterned undercut
Purple ombre undercut. Credit: Instagram.com/musicaljay88

We love the deep, indigo purple roots created by this Instagrammer – especially with the ‘secret’ chevron-patterned undercut. Credit: @musicaljay88

Get crimping

woman with a purple ombre crimped hairstyle
Crimped purple ombre. Credit: Instagram.com/Okidokiokami

Crimping and purple ombre hair? Before you shake your head, just have a look at Instagrammer ‘90s-inspired look. It’ll convince you that the two are a match made in heaven. Credit: @okidokiokami