Purple ombre hair is a fun, futuristic-leaning color trend that can range in hue from pale, silvery lilac to violet purple to almost neon purple. However, rest assured that no matter what shade your base is, there is a purple ombre look for you.
You can opt for the traditional “dip dye” ombre where color is placed at the ends. Other options include reverse ombre, where the dye is placed at the root and then the color is smudged out or fades towards the ends of your hair. Additionally, you can also have the ombre start at mid-shaft or close to the crown. Lastly, you can dye your hair platinum, blonde, pastel or a metallic shade, and then finish off your style with ombre purple hair. Don’t you love all of these options?
However you can imagine purple ombre hair, it can be created! Spend time with your colorist going over all of the options open to your hair type and texture. More than likely, though, dark hair must have hair lightened, as creative color “locks” on and shows up better on lighter shades of hair.
Before diving into the looks we love, you should know that creative color, while gorgeous, can lose its intensity quickly if not cared for properly. To prevent color from fading or changing, use a purple-toned shampoo like Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Shampoo every time you cleanse your hair.
If you need even more help with picking out cool purple ombre ideas, check out our fave looks below to inspire:
1. Pale Orchid Ombre
Have ash blonde, dirty blonde, pale brown or cool blonde hair? Match your locks with a pale purple hue like soft, pastel orchid.
2. Purple Bouquet Ombre
The colors of this purple ombre hairstyle does look a bit like a bouquet; there are strands of silvery lilac, pastel and darker purple hues.
3. Lilac Ombre and Braids
This is a pretty cool combo; lilac-gray ombre and an upside-down braid. Follow our tutorial on how to re-create the upside down Dutch braid at home.
4. Purple Ombre on Medium Brown Hair
Brunette or darker hair? Create purple ombre hair with a mix of pastel and metallic purple shades.
5. Black to Purple Ombre
Create a fresh new style with almost midnight black hair at the roots, then fade into silvery gray and finish it all off with ombre purple hair.
6. Reverse Silver Purple Ombre
Yaass! Silvery and purple tones blend beautifully in lob with a reverse ombre. Whenever you put your hair through an intensive color change, we’ve learned that after coloring, it’s in your best intention to baby your hair. Color-treated hair can quickly go from shiny to dry and damaged-looking. Use shampoos and conditioners for color-treated hair and before styling, use a few drops of TRESemmé Botanique Damage Recovery Oil Elixir in your hair and work it through to the ends. It makes hair feel soft, gives it shine, and helps prevent frizzy hair.
7. Metallic Ombre Melt
Play with pastels in this ombre/melt mix. The purple ombre hair starts by the ear and then fades down to pink.
8. Balayage and Ombre
Dark hair rocks an ombre that’s paired with balayage. Here, the strands are painted with metallic-hued colors and finished off with purple ombre.
9. Ombre Bob
The base of this style is a bob dyed a sexy, silvery brown. Then, the ombre is applied. The effect is like a peacock tail; applied only at bangs and front layers, the teal and purple ombre create a gorgeous face-framing style.
10. Dip Dye Ombre
Okay, so ombre was originally called “dip dye” as color was placed towards the ends of hair. This pink-purple ombre has the painterly effect that does make it look as if sections were dipped in paint.
11. Pastel Purple Ombre on Platinum
Platinum on its own is stellar; adding pastel purple ombre hues is like creating your own galaxy.
12. Teal and Purple Ombre
There’s something inherently cool when you match non-complementary colors together, like ombre purple hair on the ends, and dark teal on top.
13. Pale Blue and Pale Purple Ombre
Icy blue and lavender shades were applied to dark hair; the resulting purple ombre is street style wattage. Speaking of wattage, before styling hair with a flat iron or blow dry, spray on Dove Style+Care Smooth & Shine Heat-Protection Spray to your hair, let dry and then style away. The spray acts like a shield, protecting hair from heat damage, while adding shine.
14. Dark Purple and Candy Pink Ombre
Pink and purple, when you choose deeper tones, are more punk rock than sweet. Dark brown to black hair looks total rockstar when using dark, deep shades.
15. Red and Purple Reverse Ombre
Here’s another reverse ombre that uses non-complementary shades: red and purple. The color is applied from the roots to just by the eyebrows, then blending it in with the rest of the hair.
16. Violet, Iris and Lavender Ombre
Purple ombre hair goes wild with shades that range from violet to lavender.
17. Metallic Purple Ombre
Go high voltage with ombré purple hair that uses royal purple, blue-purple, amethyst and red-violet shades. Keep colored hair feeling soft, healthy and happy with a weekly protein mask. Bed Head by TIGI Dumb Blonde Reconstructor does all that using milk extract and keratin. The result: Hair feels like silk.
18. Directed Multi-Hued Ombre
Create a rear view worth watching with an ombre that’s placed only at the back of your hair. Go with only purple tones or mix it up with cotton candy pink and teal blue shades.
19. Partial Ombre
Select a few strands for a pop of color. We love the peek-a-boo effect of this style!
20. Heather Ombre
Heather is a soft, grayish lilac that works with any shade of hair. Show off your ombre purple hair with space buns.
21. Unicorn Ombre
Who doesn’t want to be a magical unicorn? The shag gets a fairytale twist with a pale, almost minty green applied all over with a light orchid ombre at the front.
22. Berry Purple Ombre
Dark purple hues are blended with violet, deep orchid, raspberry and deep red plum tones to create this ombre purple hair look.