35 Kinds That Make Purple Highlights Look Completely Wearable


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We’ll be sincere: Some rainbow colours are more durable than others to customise to your distinctive undertones. However fortunately for us, purple works for everybody. Whether or not you are a pure blonde or brunette, with coarse curls or ultra-fine strands, there is a violet hue for you.

After all, should you’re nervous a few full-on, allover dye job or need one thing a bit extra refined, taking the plunge with purple highlights is a good place to begin—and our two knowledgeable colorists, Nicole Tabloff and Karissa Schaudt, agree.



CHOOSING A SHADE: In case you’re not keen to get common colour touch-ups, select a lighter lavender shade, which can fade extra naturally than a deep violet.

MAINTENANCE LEVEL: Excessive. Be ready to the touch up your highlights each six to eight weeks, relying in your shade.

GOES GREAT WITH: Monochromatic purple eyeshadow, impartial make-up

SIMILAR SHADES: Darkish purple hair, blue highlights

PRICE: $50 to $150, relying in your pure hair colour and the variety of highlights you are seeking to obtain.

Beneath, see 35 vibrant violet purple highlights kinds which are completely wearable.

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Cool-Blonde and Lavender

Blonde hair with purple highlights

Pairing vibrant purple with blonde hair can create fairly the distinction. For a “lavender-vanilla latte” seem like this one, your colorist will add in “slices” of a lavender dye. Whereas this colour seems to be mushy and comparatively refined, skilled colorists ensure that to make use of ultra-saturated and pigmented formulation (which do not fade as simply), like this one from Aloxxi Hair.

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Midnight Purple

Missy Elliott wears an asymmetrical haircut with purple highlights

Purple highlights on jet black hair may be eye-catching, as evidenced by this midnight purple ‘do. Paired with a metallic purple lip, you have formally owned the room. “This colour is so darkish that when mild hits it, it displays items of deep blues and purple,” says Schaudt. “This colour requires deposit solely—I counsel pairing it with pure ranges of darkish brown.”

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Purple Haze

Dark hair with purple highlights in loose curls

Once you choose the right purple, you will realize it. These lengthy, brown seashore waves had been upgraded with saturated-yet-subtle mulberry highlights—and you’ll hold your hair touchable and mushy (post-dye job) with a good post-color routine that features issues like weekly hydrating masks and the best shampoo.

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Ultraviolet Waves

Wavy shag haircut with silver and purple highlights

Considering of how to get inventive? Strive an sudden ombré, like this violet-to-gray, layered shag. Colorist Aja masterfully used jam-hued dye on the roots, then utilized a smoky grey on the mid-shaft and ends. “That is performed like a root soften and grows out properly with the deepest shade in the direction of the foundation,” Schaudt notes. “I’d counsel this on quick to medium hair to take care of a wholesome look.”

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Peek-a-Boo Lavender

Long blonde hair with purple balayage highlights

In case you’re searching for mild purple, peekaboo highlights, it is a good suggestion to ensure your colorist picks a tone that is complementary. Cooler blonde tones (like this one) pair higher with lavender than hotter, yellower ones—so be sure you have the best hue in place should you’re already blonde.

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Petrol Purple

Lovely issues occur when inexperienced and purple meet. “These colours look greatest on a light-weight to darkish brown base that is cool,” notes Tabloff. Your stylist will possible pre-lighten strands utilizing a basic full head of highlights, then use the identical highlighting approach on blow-dried hair, alternating the 2 colours.

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Dipped Eggplant

Brandi Rhodes with purple dip-dyed hair

Seeking to take the dip-dyed hair development one step additional? Play with purple. Schaudt says this can be a look that is greatest on medium to lengthy hair, with base colours which are naturally darkish brown to black. To point out off the glossiness of your eggplant ends, throw in some glamorous curls.

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Vibrant Violet

Jordin Sparks with long, dark hair and purple highlights

“This purple works greatest on darker bases with a impartial or cool undertone,” says Tabloff. “To attain this rooted look, you will first must pre-lighten items with a foilyage approach and, if needed, colour the hair left in between a cool darkest brown. Subsequent, after shampooing and towel drying, apply a deposit-only colour in a deep heat violet over the hair and course of.”

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Modern Ombré

Mirror image of a sleek lob with purple highlights

Take your on a regular basis straightened ‘do up a notch with a vibrant purple ombré. And should you do not have already got a brief type, now’s the right time to make the chop—when all the eye’s in your newly dyed ends, you in all probability wish to ensure that they appear mushy, wholesome, and beautiful.

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Deep-Wine Waves

dark hair with subtle purple highlights

This stunning purple balayage solely seems to be easy. In actuality, a colorist needed to elevate the pure hair colour, then tone it down with Calura Gloss in numerous violet hues earlier than styling it in glossy, touchable seashore waves. (So, sure, numerous effort did go into this, and it seems to be wonderful.)

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Deep Violet

Regina King wears braids with purple highlights in a bun

Peekaboo violet highlights give off a cool vibe, particularly when styled in an updo. “This might be performed on straight to curly hair however seems to be greatest paired with darkish brown to black hair colours,” Schaudt explains. Make like Regina King and depart the ends out for some further drama.

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Multidimensional and Berry-Hued

Purple and brown hair are a match made in hair heaven, and you do not have to decide on only one shade to include into your new ‘do. This pure brunette opted for allover highlights and lowlights in numerous shades of pink, mahogany, Pulp Riot “Velvet,” and “Fireball.” The result’s a wonderfully blended, multidimensional swash of berry hues.

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Purple Braids

Combine up your common field braids with sudden hues. We love the dark-to-light gradient taking place right here with totally different shades of lavender, white, and pastel purple. “Leaving out the roots or suggestions can add a extra dramatic impact to this look—essentially the most distinction will seem on these with darker [hair] undertones,” Schaudt notes.

When you’ve got brightly coloured strands, shampoo your hair not more than twice every week to make sure the colour stays vibrant. Use a product particularly made for color-treated hair, just like the Nexxus Colour Guarantee Shampoo ($23).


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Deep Magenta

Kerry Washington with plum purple highlights at the Met Gala

Is it pink? Is it purple? It is good, in line with Tabloff, who says that this hue works greatest on a darkish base of both heat or cool. Throw on an emerald smoky eye like Kerry Washington, and also you’re pink carpet prepared.

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Spray-In Streaks

Dascha Polanco with silver hair and temporary purple highlights

Imagine it or not, these streaks are solely momentary—in order that they’re excellent for anybody nervous to make the leap and make an precise colorist appointment. For a low-lift switch-up, this make-up artist went for Lime Crime Make-up’s hair colour spray in Lollipop. In line with Schaudt, this’ll look essentially the most dramatic on straight to barely wavy hair.

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Saturated Ends

Give your ends the VIP therapy. With muted, almost invisible highlights all through, you possibly can go for the daring with saturated, vibrant suggestions—like these beautiful mauve ones. Good for anybody with lengthy strands or only a one who might or might not wish to experiment with dyeing hair extensions.

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Velvet Purple

Justine Skye wears a high ponytail with purple highlights

“This colour is stuffed with pigment, that means your hair must be in wholesome situation to take care of it, and powerful sufficient to lighten after which deposit the tone into,” notes Schaudt. “The quantity of shine you’ll get when pairing this hue with black shall be beautiful.” Pop your hair right into a excessive ponytail for a genie-like vibe à la Justine Skye.

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Grape-Soda Stylish

Dark, sleek hair with purple highlights

Ask for a melting approach should you’re seeking to mix your base colour with one thing shiny, like this beautiful grape soda hue. (Colour-melting is nice should you’re low-maintenance, because it nonetheless seems to be mushy and pure even when it grows out. Much less touch-ups imply much less issues.)

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Comfortable, Silky, and Delicate

Bright blonde hair with subtle purple highlights

Pastel purple lowlights look wonderful with cool blonde hair (and so they’ll solely present if paired with a light-weight blonde). It’s tremendous mild, so very momentary. Type a balayage-esque dye job with mushy, silky waves—our favourite smoothing serums and curling irons ought to assist.

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Delicate and Muted

Woman with muted purple highlights

Add some aptitude to your common seashore waves with refined streaks. Choose a shade that may subtly mix along with your pure hue—on this case, a mushy wine shade that enhances darkish brunette locks completely. With this ‘do, Schaudt says you will first balayage the hair after which deposit a reddish-purple tone on high. “This may be performed on any texture of hair with little harm—it is positively a go-to if you have already got balayage hair,” she says.

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Beachy Streaks

Enliven your common highlighted seashore waves with some mushy, mild purple strands. (This shopper selected refined streaks earlier than taking the plunge into full-on purple.) We’re obsessive about the best way the hue pairs completely with each the highlights and lowlights in her ‘do.

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Tousled and Delicate

Woman with tousled shoulder-length hair and subtle purple highlights

Put a spin in your naturally low-maintenance, wavy hair with refined streaks. The violet shade blends completely along with her pure hair colour (simply add an excellent texturizing spray for styling). “By foiling chunky highlights and depositing a deep-sea purple, it’s impactful in all the best angles,” Schaudt says, recommending this search for these with textured or curly hair.

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Pops of Purple

Angled, curled bob with purple highlights

With naturally darkish hair, you possibly can rapidly obtain purple highlights that mix properly into brown or black strands. The bob right here has super-subtle streaks of plum—they complement the curled, angled minimize completely. “This can be a three-dimensional colour, which suggests there’s pure hair and two extra highlighted colours,” Schaudt says. “This may be performed on any pure hair colour, but it surely’s paired greatest with curly hair.”

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Piecey and Plum-Hued

A wealthy, deep plum colour is the right complement to a wealthy, deep pure shade of brown. Be aware how the piecey layers of the minimize—and tousled, wavy type—add dimension to the look.

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Simply the Ideas

You don’t essentially must go all out and make a significant assertion. Dip-dye your suggestions or get refined lowlights to get an understated type—particularly if in case you have brown hair that doesn’t present an excessive amount of distinction.

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Tonal Tresses

Blonde shoulder-length hair with bright purple highlights

Relying in your pure shade, your colorist may need to do some general firming and lightening earlier than they’ll even start on purple highlights (which may take a number of periods). However when the result’s as beautiful, cohesive, and tonal as this, it’s definitely worth the wait.

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Neon Vivid

Really feel like taking a magnificence danger? Neglect lavender, plum, and different easy-to-pull-off purple hues—shiny, saturated purple highlights as a substitute might be excellent for satiating your daring facet. Simply be sure you have the best color-protecting shampoo and conditioner, so it doesn’t lose its pigment.

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Lilac Babylights

Not able to go full-throttle with purple highlights? Strive these refined, pastel lilac babylights—Tabloff says it’s going to work nice on virtually anybody from the lightest cool blonde to strawberry to a light-weight cool brown. “That is nice for somebody who’s seeking to change up their basic balayage however would not need an enormous dedication because of the mild tone fading that usually happens properly earlier than their subsequent go to,” she says. “The important thing to attaining this look is the lightened items have to be the lightest blonde.”

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Multidimensional Braid

Loosely braided brown hair with blonde and purple highlights

You are able to do something with a stable base colour. Living proof: This pure brunette opted for each blonde and purple highlights. It provides her straight hair (and glossy braid) a wealthy, dimensional look. “This shade may be achieved and appears greatest on somebody with texture to their hair,” Schaudt says.

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Magenta Magic

Don’t be shy. Go for the daring with borderline-neon colour—on this case, magenta highlights and a uneven, layered ‘do. Allover neon is usually a little intimidating, so you possibly can ease into it with adventurous streaks as a substitute.

Tabloff says to keep away from utilizing your costly, light-colored towels and sheets as a result of these purple hues can (and can) bleed on them.


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Lavender Layers

blonde hair with purple highlights

Improve an in any other case impartial soiled blonde with a combo of lavender and platinum highlights. Lengthy layers and beach-wave styling convey out the multidimensional combine of colours. “That is excellent for somebody searching for a refined pop of purple,” Schaudt says. “As a result of it’s refined, it’s most noticeable on blondes with wavy to straight hair—simply ask so as to add this stunning mix into your common spotlight appointment.”

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Touchable Lengthy Bob

Soft blonde lob with purple highlights

We’ll all the time give two thumbs as much as completely tousled lengthy bobs. And we love the look of wealthy, saturated purple combined with a heat soiled blonde—the subtle-wave styling is simply the boysenberry on high of the sundae.

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Straight Streaks

In case you’re already rocking (or rising out!) bangs, think about experimenting with a purple balayage like this one. With a straight type, pure roots, and contrasting bangs, you possibly can convey the drama whereas understanding you possibly can finally develop it out should you get sick of it.

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Shades of Purple

Raven-Symone with silver and purple hair and an undercut

“This can be a mixture of clear, grey, and violet purple,” Schaudt says. “It have to be deposited on white hair, so it seems barely translucent.” Whereas anybody can rock this, it might be much less upkeep (and harm) on somebody with naturally mild hair. It is so rocker stylish.

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Smoky Lavender

If a purple smoky eye had been a hair colour, this is able to be it. Love the look? Let your stylist know you need a variation of purple-leaning grays and blondes. Tabloff says the method of attaining this colour would require a heavy balayage approach to attain a wide range of blonde all through the hair.


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