21 Looks That Will Make You Crazy for Purple Hair

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Having mermaid, multi-colored hair is all the rage these days and you may have noticed a little recently, StayGlam delved into the world of blue hair. Whether you’re thinking of getting rid of your blue hair or are looking to experiment with a new color for the first time, purple is one of the easiest of all the new, pastel and funky hair colors to rock.

As it fades, purple hair will turn into a beautiful dusky lilac, an almost shimmery-gray hue. This is also very on trend for right now. If you apply a light pink dye over the top of your existing blue, you’ll achieve a wonderful purple shade too. If your silver color goes wrong, you can soon turn the random pastel-lilac strands into a brighter, stronger purple tone.

Essentially purple could be the easiest, hottest color you SHOULD be rocking!

If you aren’t sure how to turn your luscious locks into a purple dream, check out the 21 purple hair color designs all bold women must try:

1. Dark Purple Bob

Dark Purple Ombre Bob

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This beautiful dark purple color is a great option for those not wanting to go TOO vibrant. It’s a little on the purple side but still dark enough to not be considered too bold or daring. If you have dark hair already, why not consider a purple hue over the top?

2. Purple to Turquoise Long Ombre

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The ombre look is another one very on trend for right now but things have got a little more colorful. Think outside the box and why not try this brave and outgoing purple to turquoise long ombre look – perfect for when you can’t make up your mind what color you want!

3. Vibrant Violet Bob

There are so many shades of purple and this vibrant violet is one of the best! Great for keeping things short and sweet, it looks great with face-framing curls and girly, pastel colored eye makeup.

4. Purple With a Hint of Pink (+ Blue)

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If you’re looking to grow out your existing pink, rather than trying to wash it out entirely or adding another shade on top, why not merge it in with your newfound purple addiction? You could leave the bottom, pink area relatively un-touched whilst adding the newer, purple tone to the top and the roots only. It’s like an ombre but only edgier… Plus you can get away with more mistakes!

5. Vibrant Curly Purple Bob

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If you’re looking to go bold, look no further! This vibrant dark violet colour is guaranteed to get you noticed for all the right reasons!

6. Peekaboo Purple (Light)

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If you’re not ready for a full head of color, go for something subtler like these peekaboo shades of purple and pink in lighter, brown and blonde hair. You could try before you buy using hair chalks if you’re not brave enough to trust your hairdresser just yet!

7. Peekaboo Purple (Dark)

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You can even achieve the same peekaboo-color design in darker hair with darker, more plummier hues of purple rather than lighter ones. Why stop at purple? Add blue, silver, any color!

8. Purple Pinup Updo

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Sticking with theme of not dying your whole head of hair, we come to this vintage-inspired purple pinup look. Victory rolls are actually quite simple to do once you’ve tried it a couple of times, and the underlying pink and purple strands here gives that peekaboo effect. It’s a little something extra without being too ‘in your face’.

9. Purple Shadowed Roots

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You’ve probably already seen the trend of people dying the ends of their hair a contrasting color. This look wouldn’t be as ‘out there’ if it has been the ends rocking this great lilac hue. Why not go the opposite way to stand out from the crowd? This look could be recreated with the silvery-white blonde here, or even a more yellower blonde. It also gives you the perfect opportunity to make the most of those times when the white toner just won’t wash out and leaves lilac / purple strands of coloration all throughout your head!

10. Purple + Pastels

If you love pastels, you’ll love this pastel hair color design combining purples and lilacs with shades of blue, green and turquoise. It’s a very different look but is great for combining colors. You know… Those days when just one colour won’t do.

It can be a little harder to get these pastel shades to stick but a great way to experiment is again with hair chalks on already pre-lightened hair. 

11. Purple Melting into a Silver

This is actually a very clever combination of different shades of purple and silver, giving you an almost shadowy look. It’s a great way to get a more toned-down shade of purple and makes it much easier to manage too. Chalky-colors (like pastels) are often easier to wear than the more vibrant tones.

12. Long & Lavender

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This lavender hair color is simply stunning and is great for those with pale skin! Many people often find their hair going this color accidentally after trying to whiten their yellow-blond with toner. If you have found this is the case, why not dilute some of the palest purple / lilac you can find to achieve this great, chalky, pastel mixed color?

13. Short, Purple & Choppy

As you can see, purple hair looks great in both long and short styles but these short, purple, edgy, chopped locks are really something else! Bring our your rebellious side again and go back to punk with purple!

14. Natural Blonde + Purple Dip Dye

If you want a way to funk up your hair without changing too much, a dip-dye is the simplest thing you can do. As you can see from this purple and blonde design, it doesn’t need to be perfect, can be easily achieved at home with the same of some pig-tails and a mirror (or a good friend), and really adds a special something to your hairstyle, especially with you muss things up a little like these curly ends.

15. Purple + Silver Color Melt

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Melting or blending multiple shades of purple and silver will help you to recreate this look, and the curly ends just set it all together, giving you the chance to see all the colors shining through. Keep the top relatively natural with your brown or darker purple hair and you have the perfect way to start experimenting with a few more shades in your purple hair.

16. Purple to Pink Ombre

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We’ve shown you the purple to turquoise ombre long look but just check out this purple to pink ombre curly long look! Stunning! The natural fade of the color works perfectly and again, it doesn’t matter if your darker roots start to show at the top. If you take a closer look, you’ll see the model’s roots are a little darker and browner too.

17. Purple On Top, Turquoise Underneath

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It sounds like a color combination that should clash terribly but the truth is, purple and turquoise just go together. Whether you go for the ombre look we mentioned before or this great bi-layered, bi-colored look, they just set each other off perfectly.

18. Silver to Pinky-Purple Ombre

Purple doesn’t always need to be the bright, violet colors you’d normally associate it with, especially when it comes to hair. Add a slightly pinkier-blush and you too could achieve this great curly ombre look fading from bright, shiny silver to a darker pinky-purple.

19. Lilac Hair Color

For a really classic and elegant way to color your hair a nice shade of purple, why not go for this discreet yet pretty barely-there purply-pink highlights? The underneath of the hair has been left the natural blonde color it is, but at the top, strands of this beautiful multi-tonal purple and pink shine through.

20. Blonde Pixie + Purple Undercut

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If you’ve been thinking about going purple for a while, or thinking about getting a short undercut for a while, why not kill two birds with one stone? This blonde and purple hair look is really funky and edgy and takes almost zero time to get ready in the morning. Plus you can have shapes razored in!

21. Curly Lilac Bob

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This is one of the cutest purple hair looks we’ve seen but this short, chopped, slightly curly purply-pink look is simply adorable! You could add a bit more pink to make it pinker. Or a bit more purple. You could even leave it to fade to barely-there hints. Another simple and easy way to add a bit more color to your hair.

If you’ve been toying with the idea of switching up your hair for a while, why not go all out-there with these wild and daring purple hair designs? With wash-in wash-out colors on the market, there’s never been a better time to try this beautiful trend. Let your inner mermaid free!