If you’re looking for a rocking new hair shade, you should think about these bold dark purple hair color ideas. They’re fabulous, flattering, and everyone will be talking about it if you get it right. Take a peek and let us know what you think about these little delights … We’re in love with them, and we think you might just be too.
1. Dark Purple Hair Color Idea for Brunettes
Highlights are a great idea of adding a new dimension to your hair, so instead of looking one tone and therefore flat all over, the hair has different light-reflecting strands in it. When you’re going for a dark shade, such as these dark purple hair color ideas, adding different shades is important to bring it to life. In this look, a darker brunette has been left at the background, with just subtle pops of purple highlights peeking through to bring it to life. If you have dark hair and you fancy going for a change (but just not a dramatic change), this purple look might just be right for you.
2. Dark Purple Lob
When the weather turns darker, it only makes sense for your hair to match the trend. We can’t get enough of this dark purple lob – a look that shows you don’t need long luscious locks in order to play around with pops of color. Waves have been added to bring this hair to life, which is great tip if you have fine hair but want to give it some “oomph”. The highlights and lowlights of different shades of purple help to bring it all to life, but it’s those waves bring a bounce that makes it look even cuter.
3. Purple Hair with Dark Roots
Dark roots are perfect for lazy girls just like most of us here at StayGlam. When you combine a colored look with a darker-rooted look, you have a lazy (but fabulous) look, and that’s about as easy as it gets. If you have naturally dark hair, when the roots show through, they won’t be so obvious if you copy this look. The roots have been left naturally dark. That glossy purple pop is simply stunning to look at too – we can’t see any negatives here?
4. Dark Purple Hair with Light Purple Highlights
And here’s a great idea for when your dark purple hair color ideas are starting to fade out … Why not play around with different tones and shades, adding some lighter pops of lilac in with a much darker shade? When you add those wavy curls at the bottom, all the dimensions and shades of purple are shown off, giving you a look that everyone will love. There’s no better time than now if you’re thinking of jumping right in … and this look is amazing!
5. Dark Purple Bob
If you have an oval shaped face, the long, wavy, and messier bob is perfect for you. Although you might need to play around with shades of purple to find one that suits your skin tone, the long bob or bob is the perfect way to give your hair a break. Cutting off those dead ends will result in healthier hair, and in the long run it’ll even make it grow a bit faster too. Sometimes you just need to admit defeat and go for the chop, but when you see purple looks like this, the transition doesn’t seem so difficult.
6. Melted Purple and Lavender Hair
A melt of colors is simply a mix of colors that have been blended together so beautifully, you won’t know where one ends and another begins. That’s definitely the case with this melted purple and lavender hair. There are so many shades of ‘purple’ you could pick from, which means you have plenty of ways to customise this look and make it your own. Pick two or three shades that go well together and get blending. Who knows what magic you might end up creating?
7. Medium Length Style
Dark red and purple go splendidly together, perfectly shown by this medium length style. The reds are kept towards the top, and they fade into a beautiful purple blend. There are a lot of hues thrown into this look, but that’s what helps to keep it so natural looking. If you went for pure purple all over, it wouldn’t look as ‘natural’, or as discreet.
8. Velvet Ombre
If you’re a brunette and you want to dye your hair purple, you better be prepared to put in the leg work. Trust us when we tell you there’s going to be quite a bit of leg work. These dark purple hair color ideas look as great as they do because they are quite hard work. They’re certainly a lot of maintenance. As well as a few hours in the salon, lightening / bleaching your hair, you’ll also have the after-maintenance to deal with, and this can include product-build-up by mixing a touch of your color in with your shampoo and conditioner. Add to this making sure you condition your hair really well after all that damaging and drying-out pre-treatments, and using the right products too.
9. Long Curly Hair with Purple Highlights
Darker hair colors are renowned for not ‘soaking’ up the color as well as lighter hair shades do. That’s why it’s always recommended to opt for lightening and bleaching treatments beforehand if you want your look as bright and bold. Purple isn’t a natural color, and because it’s not natural, it’s usually much harder to achieve than other shades. You will need to refresh your color regularly. If you haven’t gone too multi-tonal, you can get away with doing this at home.
10. Brunette & Dark Purple
Before you opt for a bright shade of purple, you should make sure that it will match your skin tone. The wrong shade for your complexion could leave you looking washed-out, or more ‘gothic’ than ‘vampy’. We would always recommend heading to a colorist before making your final decision. When you head to your hairdresser, take photos with you of the kind of purple you’d like to have and the kind of effect you want to achieve with it. The more of an idea you can give them, the better the chance of you walking out with something you adore. You want to love your dark purple hair color ideas, not loathe them.
11. Subtle Purple Highlights
Subtle purple highlights are a great way of adding that pop of color to your look, while still keeping things on the down-low … Enough to keep your job if hair color is a problem anyway. The top of the hair has been left very natural with this brunette look, and the ends have been colored using an ombre balayage effect. Different shades of lilac, purple, and a dark plum color have all been used in the creation of this stunning look.
12. Short Dark Purple Hair
The purple highlights really bring those curls to life on this short look, and this is a great example of how to wear any color when you have shorter locks, not just dark purple. Highlights have been added here, with the underneath left naturally dark and brunette. It’s like a pop of peekaboo color, and we love it.
13. Smoked Purple and Lavender
The best way to get a really bright colour is to first bleach your hair, and then add a toner to make it a whiter, less brassy shade of bleach blonde. Once you’ve achieved that neutral base, any color that you apply to the top of it will be brighter than what it would have been if you’d added it to your bleached yellow locks. There are plenty of toners on the market, and another great tool to use is a silver shampoo. This is usually a dark blue / purple color anyway, and helps to remove any brassy hues. That’s essential for getting a really good coverage from your purple color.
14. Dark Purple Balayage Highlights
If you’re a natural brunette, rather than heading for lighter, brighter pops of color, opt for something warmer in the purple region instead. It’ll be much easier on your hair, and it’ll also be easier on your skin tone too. If you go too dark, too rich, or too icy for that matter, you’ll need to change your makeup palette entirely. The colours you wore before won’t go with your new ‘do, and you may find that buying brand new cosmetic colors will start to cost a fortune. Make sure you’re picking the right shade beforehand.
15. Berry Ombre
Out of bright and light purples, and dark and warmer tones, the latter are most definitely the easier of the two to achieve. The cooler, icier and lighter shades, such as pastel lilacs and violets, will often require much more in the shape of pre-lightening treatments. They will also require the most upkeep too. Red undertones need to be removed entirely with brighter and lighter shades first. That’s hard work if you don’t know what you’re doing, or your hair isn’t in great condition to start with.
16. Shoulder Length Style
Fading of your dark purple hair color ideas is inevitable. There we said it. And we’re sorry for saying it too, but you should definitely be aware of that before you part with your hard earned cash. There are plenty of ways you can slow down the fade of that beautiful shade, and this will include not regularly washing your hair, switching your hair products for safer, sulfate-free options. Also, switching from warm water to cool water when washing your hair can help to fight the fade.
17. Short, Curly & Purple
Short and curly is great hair if you can pull it off, it’s cute and girlie all at once, especially when you throw these purple and pink blends of color into the mix. If you don’t have your hair curlers to hand, don’t panic. You can achieve beautiful bouncing waves with your straighteners if you flick them out in the right direction. You may never need more than your hair straighteners ever again!
18. Jam Velvet
When you’ve got a lot of color to show off, what better way than with a braided design that’s intricately mixed to show off every tone and shade? Braids are totally in right now, and the Kardashians prove that fact. When you combine two of this season’s biggest trends – dark purple locks with those fabulous braids, you have an absolute recipe for success.
19. Long, Grape Purple Hair
There are so many tones and shades of dark purple to choose from. We’re a big fan of this long grape-purple hair, aptly named because it looks a little bit like the color of a grape. Funny that! Even with darker tones like this that look one-shade all over, there are plenty of mixtures of colors – light and dark are used to add volume where before you may have had thin hair. If you can’t grow thicker hair, why not fake it with light trickery and illusions?
20. Purple Highlights on Dark Hair
If you want to achieve beautiful purple locks like this, you’ll need to ask your hairstylist for purple highlights on dark hair. Or you could just show them this picture, of course! By adding highlights you’re able to change the entire look of your hair, and you can do this without going for an all-over color, which can often be too daunting for some women. By using highlights to transform your look, you can add more and more as you wish to, or let them fade out to change your look completely once again.
21. Grape Purple
Here’s a very clever tip that will help you with your dark purple color ideas fade-out at the end of it all too…
When you’re ready to change your look once again and you fancy fading out the purple, use a silver shampoo. As the purple fades, it will fade to a more lilac / pastel finish, much easier to fade out. There are color-remover products out there, and some of them we have personally used and had great success with, but they’re not overly friendly on your hair, and leaving it naturally to fade out is always the better option.
So now you have 21 beautiful dark purple hair color ideas, which one has inspired you to go for the change? It’s that kind of year where these darker shades are very much on trend, so maybe it’s about time you rocked it?