28 Iconic Purple Hair Color Ideas to Inspire You

Purple is the undisputed queen of hair shades this Fall.

Purple hair color was once the domain of punk subcultures and emo, angst-ridden teens worldwide. 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 about this look? Have people booked their color appointments in droves? Check out this purple highlights inspo to find out why (as if we didn’t know by looking at these spectacular photos below) it’s the best, biggest OG hue in the unicorn-color explosion. Read on:

Purple Hair Ideas: 28 Looks to Inspire You

From light lilac shades to bright purple hues, find some hair dye ideas for every shade of purple hairstyle!

1. Silver Purple Hair Highlights

light purple hair with silver tones
Light purple hair combos, such as silver purple hair with lilac highlights, are another hot look. Photo courtesy of @msnataliejean.

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! Highlights on gray hair are the key to perfecting this look!

2. Peacocky Multi-Colored Short Purple Hair Highlights

peacock tones on purple hair
Those flashes of magenta tie the look together. Photo courtesy of @msnataliejean.

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. We love the contrast between the green, blue, and purple hues!

3. Tropical Punch Purple Hairstyles

tropical purple hair
Warm berries and grape tones pop against warmer complexions. Photo courtesy of @msnataliejean.

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. This is perfect if you want a purple hairstyle with some variation throughout.

4. Lilac Highlights in Blonde Hair

icy purple hair with crown
Can you say #festbest? Photo courtesy of @msnataliejean.

Another silver purple hair iteration courtesy of lilac hair color creates a more nymph-like vibe courtesy of platinum tones and a delicate floral crown. This pastel purple hair hue is simply magical.

5. Cosmic Blue Purple Hair

dark purple hair with blue waves
The most true-blue version of the trend you can get. Photo courtesy of @msnataliejean.

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. This combination of blue and purple hair is beautiful!

6. Bright Violet to Pastel Purple Hair

Cloud-like swirls are serving up some rockabilly vibes but with a modern twist. Photo courtesy of @dajanakdoeshair.

Cool undertones glow against this light blue-violet hue. Dusty pink and mauve highlights give dimension to this pastel purple hair winner. We love this look paired with curled and wavy hair.

7. Violet Purple Hair Ombré

pink and purple hair ideas
The pops of pink are an ’80s girl’s dream. Photo courtesy of @dajanakdoeshair.

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 the ultimate #goal.

8. Griolet Grey Purple Hair

Pair with some rumbly texture for a gritty/pretty feel. Photo courtesy of @dajanakdoeshair.

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 your grey-purple hair an extra healthy and shiny finish with some Love Beauty and Planet Rose & Almond Natural Oils Infusion.

9. Blonde Hair With Purple

concave bob
A concave bob gets edged up with some strategic highlighting. Photo by yns plt.

Add another winner to the blonde and purple hair category! This sharply stacked bob with purple peek-a-boo highlights is a clever upgrade to your regular short ’do. We love this look paired with bangs as well!

10. Periwinkle Hair

curly hair
Quiet yet stunningly pretty, subtle silver blends perfectly into the rest of the hair. Photo by Kareya Saleh.

This lovely interpretation of purple hair lights 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 MasqueWe love this mask because it uses a ProteinFusion made with Elastin Protein and quinoa to nourish strands and help keep your color vibrant deeply.

11. Ultraviolet

lilac and purple hair waves
Can’t wait to see this in a ponytail! Photo courtesy of @hairbyfranco.

This predominantly two-toned style features a shock of violet hair color atop a lighter base of silvery-lilac—an electric, confident combo. Try pairing this style with gray highlights for an extra-dimensional look!

12. Black Purple Hair

grayish purple hair gradient
Now you see it: We’re blown away by the subtle color gradient of gray to violet. Photo courtesy of @hairbyfranco.

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 for anyone who wants to rock a darker root.

13. Purple Pink Hair

plum purple hair
A truly feminine swatch of color featuring all sorts of pink and lilac. Photo courtesy of @hairbyfranco.

This pink-dominated hairstyle is a classic pastel purple hair variation that gets even flirtier and richer with a bright mauve root area. We love how seamlessly the variety of purple tones blend together.

14. Dark Purple Hair Color

black purple hair rainbow
The blackcurrant tones are a unique touch. Photo courtesy of @hairbyfranco.

If you want to taste the rainbow but can do without the citrus, this black and purple hair color gradient totally checks those boxes. We love the shock of blue violet in the middle! This looks amazing when paired with various hairstyles, such as braids and plaits.

15. Berry Ombré

berry purple hair waves
Mixed berry? Yes, please! This multi-faceted version is a screenshot shoo-in. Photo courtesy of @hairbyfranco.

This expertly blended creation gives multiple shades of grape and magenta hair color equal airtime. Tip: Style in loose waves to emphasize each glorious highlight tone. Create gorgeous waves that stay all day with this hairstyle. We recommend using an extra hold spray such as TRESemmé Extra Hold Hair Spray

16. Smooth Magenta

magenta purple hair
This silken shade gets even more personality with those subtle streaks of pink. Photo courtesy of @hairbyfranco.

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. Prevent frizz while styling this look with Bed Head by TIGI Get Twisted Anti-Frizz Finishing Spray

17. Purple and Violet

basket braided purple hair
We’re not even focusing on the basket braid yet, as this perfect blend of warm royal purple and icy violet is already stunning in itself. Photo courtesy of @hairbyfranco.

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!). We love this ombre look that goes from dark to light purple.

18. Box Braids with Dark Plum

Purple hair box braids
The perfect balance between stylish and subtle.

Update your box braids with a deep purple shade. Going for a darker hue like this is a good way to experiment with colorful hair without changing your look. Keep up with the regal vibe by opting for golden hair accessories—you’ll be the box, braid queen.

19. Half-Top Knot with Candy-Floss Lilac Hair Color

purple hair in a top knot
The roots keep it grungy.

Try this lilac hair color if you’re going for a spun-sugar pastel shade! This shade can easily lean towards either pink or blue, depending on your preference and the undertones you were born with. Because much 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, use a hair mask to protect your color and ease damage.

20. Raspberry with Choppy Waves

Rasberry purple hair
A deep, purple-tinged Bordeaux is flattering on most undertones. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com.

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. Try styling with loose waves to show off how multi-tonal your color is. Opt for a large-barrel curling iron, or twist the hair around a flat iron to get big waves.

21. Periwinkle Ombré with Purple Highlights

bluish lilac purple hair
Bluish lilac or periwinkle flatters cooler undertones.

If unicorn hair is what you want, a periwinkle color is a way to achieve it. This particular shade can also be classified as platinum hair with purple highlights.  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.

22. Rose Purple Hair

highlights for brown hair chocomauve
Subtle pink tones help enliven a medium brown shade. Photo courtesy of Hannah Edelman.

We love this chocolate mauve shade so much! The darker, more purple sister of rose gold hair is gorgeous, especially in the year’s cooler months. This color can flit between lavender and rose, making it look fresh.

23. Side Swept Bob

purple side swept hair
Give your side-swept bob an edge with some purple Photo by Magicle on Unsplash.

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 a vibrant hair color style for women without committing to fully colored hair. Rack up those Likes with this style!

24. Dyed Ends

dyed ends
If you want more than just a touch of purple color in your hair, then some dyed ends will do the trick! Photo by Jessie Dee Dabrowski

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. We love this colorful look at the ends paired with purple hair at the top.

25. Pastel Purple

purple highlights pastel
This muted pastel color will make a subtle yet striking impact.

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. This look is subtle while making a big impact on your look.

26. Dyed Roots

purple highlights dyed roots
Add a splash of color with dyed purple roots.

Just add a tiny touch of color that will make a major statement to your hairstyles by creating highlights at the roots of your hair. Who said your roots always have to be neutral-colored?

27. Ultraviolet

purple highlights ultraviolet
This intoxicating color is guaranteed to get heads turning.

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.

28. Plum Dark Purple Hair Goddess Locs

girl wearing long purple goddess locs
Add a vibrant hue to your protective style.

Want to play around with a vibrant hue but also wear a protective style? This plum dark purple hair goddess locs style is perfect for achieving both! This look can also be paired with a variety of other colors.

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