Purple hair color was once the domain of punk subcultures and emo, angst-ridden teens all over the world. Now, it has become one of this year’s most coveted hair shades. Purple has been the look of choice for nearly all levels of celebrity there is: Everyone from your token Instagram influencer to festival vloggers to actual reality TV sensations has had a go at purple hair, giving it the mainstream seal of approval.
But what is it about this look that has people booking their color appointments in droves? Check out this purple hair inspo to find out why exactly (as if we didn’t know, by looking at these spectacular photos below) it’s, like, the best, biggest OG hue in the unicorn-color explosion. Read on:
Purple Hair Ideas: 32 Looks to Inspire You
From light lilac shades to bright purple hues, find inspo for every shade of purple hair!
1. Long Ombré
An ombré color job using dark purple hair that lightens into an ashy rainbow is a fabulous way to rock two trends in one.
2. Silver with Lilac Highlights
Pastel purple hair, like this beautiful silvery lilac version, is another popular way to wear the look if you’re one for lighter shades. Obsessed with the gas-puddle effect!
3. Peacocky Multi-Colored Purple Hair Highlights
A medley of jewel tones—some blue and purple hair mixed with some dark emerald green thrown in—creates a glorious, peacock-inspired shade that’s darkly sexy.
4. Tropical Punch
This magenta hair color creation is terrific for those with warm undertones. The punchy grape tones intermix with plum hair color and a bit of passion fruit orange for a rich, juicy hue.
5. Lilac Highlights in Blonde Hair
Another silver purple hair iteration courtesy of lilac highlights creates a more nymph-like vibe, courtesy of platinum tones and a delicate floral crown.
6. Cosmic Purple Hair
Darker cosmic purple hair seamlessly drips from a bright hue into a rich violet and ends with blue and purple hair highlights at the ends. Too smooth.
7. Bright Violet
Cool undertones glow against this light blue-violet hue. Dusty pink and mauve highlights give dimension to this pastel purple hair winner.
8. Violet Ombré
Can it get any prettier (or delightfully girlier) than this? Cool violet melds into a soft shell pink and ends with bright orchid peek-a-boo highlights. Because fairy-anime pink and purple hair is ultimate #goals.
This grungier look flips the script on violet hair color—a lot more gray is in play with this black purple hair shade (mostly prevalent at the root), which also takes on a silvery tinge at the ends. Give it an extra healthy and shiny finish with some Love Beauty and Planet Rose & Almond Natural Oils Infusion.
10. Blonde Hair With Purple
Add another winner to the blonde and purple hair category! This sharply stacked bob, done with peek-a-boo purple highlights, is a clever upgrade to your regular short ’do.
11. Periwinkle Purple Hair
This lovely interpretation of silver purple hair features silver on the top as highlights, and violet as a base color. And don’t even get us started on this beautiful, softly curled lob!
To keep your colored strands healthy and hydrated, use Nexxus Color Assure Long-Lasting Vibrancy Deep Moisture Hair Masque. We love this mask because it uses a ProteinFusion made with Elastin Protein and quinoa to deeply nourish strands and help keep your color vibrant.
This predominantly two-toned style features a shock of violet hair color atop a lighter base of silvery-lilac—an electric, confident combo.
13. Smoky Eggplant
Want a shade that’s still comfortably on the darker side of the family? Then this dark eggplant hair color mixed with some smoky, ashy grays and violets is the perfect hue.
14. Pink Plum Hair
A classic pastel purple hair variation, this pink-dominated hairstyle gets even flirtier and richer with a bright mauve root area. We love how seamlessly the variety of purple tones blend together.
15. Purple Black Hair
If you want to taste the rainbow but can do without the citrus, this black purple hair color gradient totally checks those boxes. We love the shock of blue-violet in the middle!
16. Berry Ombré
Multiple shades of grape and magenta hair color get equal airtime in this expertly blended creation. Tip: Style in loose waves to emphasize each glorious highlight tone.
17. Smooth Magenta
Whoever said aubergine hair color wasn’t a thing clearly didn’t know who to go to. This rich, solid magenta hue finds even more dimension with some subtle pink balayage.
18. Purple and Violet
Dark purple hair transitions into a cool, quiet violet on the tips. This makes for a trendy look that also fades prettily with time (think icy pinks and grays!).
19. Box Braids with Dark Plum
Update your box braids with a deep purple shade. Going for a darker hue like this one is a good way to experiment with colorful hair without totally changing your look. Keep up with the regal vibe by opting for golden hair accessories—you’ll be the box braid queen.
20. Half-Top Knot with Candy-Floss Lilac
If you’re going for a spun-sugar pastel shade, try lilac! This shade can easily lean towards either pink or blue depending on your preference and the undertones you were born with. Because a lot of bleaching is used to get hair light enough for a pastel shade, you’ll need to be wary of damage. At least once a week, protect your color and ease damage by using a hair mask.
21. Raspberry with Choppy Waves
Go nearly red with a stunning raspberry shade. This color has just enough purple in it to keep it from looking like a bright burgundy red. To show off how multi-tonal your color is, try styling with loose waves. Opt for a large-barrel curling iron, or twist the hair around a flat iron to get big waves.
22. Periwinkle Ombré
If unicorn hair is what you want, a periwinkle color is a way to achieve it. It’s the perfect mixture of blue and purple that looks seriously stunning on cooler undertones. With a pastel sombré like this, you will want to make sure that you don’t wash your hair every day so you prolong your shade as much as possible. When you do need to wash your hair, choose a color-safe system like TIGI Copyright Custom Colour Shampoo and Conditioner.
23. Chocolate Mauve
We love this chocolate mauve shade so much! The darker, more purple sister of rose gold hair is gorgeous, especially in the cooler months of the year. This color can flit between lavender and rose so it always looks fresh.
24. Side Swept Bob
A pop of color from your purple highlights will make your side-swept bob totally Insta-worthy. Plus, this is such an easy way to try out vibrant hues without committing to fully colored hair. Rack up those Likes with this style!
25. Dyed Ends
Not into the classic striped look of highlights? Then give your hair a splash of color by dying your ends to create a gradient look.
26. Pastel Purple
A lightly hued pastel purple is everything you need for the ultimate style for your hair. It’s a cool accent to a light blonde or ash color.
27. Dyed Purple Roots
Just add a tiny touch of color that will make a major statement to your hairstyles by creating purple highlights at the roots of your hair.
This wild color will definitely catch some eyes. Its deep, vibrant glow is perfect for every girl who wants to be the life of the party. Keep your color looking bright by using Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Conditioner.
Who said highlights were just for long hair? Go for a short bob cut that’s as bold and edgy as your purple highlights for a “cool girl” street-style look.
30. Deep Plum
These deep, plum-colored highlights are giving us some major hair cravings. Transform your locks into eye candy with these cool warmer-toned highlights!
31. Royal Purple Goddess Locs
Want to play around with a. vibrant hue, but also wear a protective style? This goddess locs style is perfect for achieving both!
32. Purple Space Buns
You have a fun hair color, so why not pair it with a playful style? We love how the space buns compliment the purple hue.
Have we inspired you to try out one of these purple hair ideas? Take a picture and tag us @AllThingsHairUS!