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Spring is the perfect time to switch up your hair color, and we can’t imagine a better hue than a pretty pastel. More specifically, pastel purple hair has been creating quite the buzz on social media, and we’re so here for it. Whether you want to use pastel purple hair dye for an all-over mane makeover or low-maintenance balayage highlights, we’re got you covered in the inspiration department. Read on for 16 beautiful pastel purple hair color ideas you can try in 2020.
You know what they say—go hard or go home! If you’re ready to fully embrace a pastel purple mane, allow us to point you in the direction of all-over lavender hair. This beautiful light purple hue will require bleaching prior to using a pastel purple hair dye, so keep in mind that you may want to turn to a professional rather than DIYing the color at home. And if you’re starting with a dark hair color, it’ll likely take more than one visit to achieve your desired results!
Not ready to commit to a full head of pastel purple hair? Not a problem! If you want to give the trend a try without dyeing your entire mane, a pastel purple streak is the perfect way to do so. To DIY the look at home, simply spritz the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Lavender onto a section of hair. Even better, this temporary hair color washes out in just one shampoo, making it ideal for those with hair color commitment issues.
Want to try a trendy take on pastel purple hair? Look no further than a vanilla lilac hair color. This trend involves dark roots and a platinum blonde base that gradually fades to a pretty lilac hue at the ends. To learn more about it and find out how to get the color for yourself, head over to our article, Embrace the Purple Hair Color Trend with Vanilla Lilac Hair.
Love the idea of vanilla lilac hair but are partial to being brunette? We have the perfect trend for you! Chocolate lilac hair involves the same blend of hues—beautiful notes of lilac balayage highlights—painted throughout a chocolate brown base.
If you want to keep your pastel purple hair color a secret, consider giving lavender peek-a-boo hair a try. This hair coloring technique involves coloring the underneath layer of your hair a lavender shade, while the rest of your hair remains your natural hair color. When you wear your hair down, no one will know about your pastel purple strands. But when you wear it up, you can put your colorful secret on full display!
Two hair colors are better than one—or at least that’s the case when it comes to a half and half hair color. If you love pastel purple but want to give another trendy pastel hue a try as well, consider getting the best of both worlds with half and half pastel purple and pink hair. To get the look, your colorist will part your hair down the middle, coloring one side of your mane a pretty pastel purple and the other a pastel pink. Talk about trendsetting!
Perhaps you want to be able to part ways with your pastel purple ‘do at your will. If that’s the case, lilac dip dye ends may be just what you’re looking for. As you can probably guess, this technique involves coloring just the ends of your mane in a lilac hue, meaning when you’re ready to part ways with pastel purple hair, all you need to do is head to the salon and snip, snip!
For those looking for a low-maintenance option, lavender balayage highlights fit the bill. To get the look, your colorist will hand-paint lavender highlights throughout your mane, placing them in a way that looks natural and sun-kissed. This means no harsh lines of demarcation as your roots start to grow out, extending the necessary time between touch-ups. Yes, please!
On the opposite side of the spectrum, you can also choose to color your roots in a pastel purple shade. This is a great option for those who have gray hairs they’d like to disguise in a fun and trendy way instead of simply touching up their base color. Ask your colorist to apply a pastel purple hair dye to your roots and blend it into the lengths of your hair. If you want to temporarily DIY the look, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Lilac, which washes out in just one shampoo.
Want your pastel purple strands to be front and center? A lilac money piece is the perfect way to make that happen! This placement involves lilac face-framing strands that are sure to capture the attention of anyone you meet. Learn more about money pieces in our article, The Money Piece Highlighting Technique Makes You Look Like a Million Bucks.
Did peek-a-boo hair pique your interest? If so, you’ll love the next pastel purple hair color idea we have in store for you: pastel purple underlights! This highlighting technique involves coloring the underneath layer of hair to give you a hidden hair color, but instead of coloring it all a single shade, multi-colored pastel highlights will be placed there. This is a great way to rock multiple pastel purple hues while still keeping your tresses work-appropriate when you wear them down.
Love the idea of an all-over pastel purple hair color but aren’t so fond of the upkeep that comes with it? Consider rooted lilac hair the answer to your mane prayers. This coloring technique involves giving your strands an all-over lilac hue—minus your roots! Your colorist will use a root smudge technique to keep your roots their natural color, meaning there will be no obvious line as your hair starts to grow out. Pretty cool, huh?
Remember the half and half hair color we mentioned earlier? If you’re tempted to give the idea a try, pastel purple goes well with more than just pastel pink. For a mane with a bit less color, consider a pastel purple and platinum blonde combo! The contrast in shades will speak for itself.
Perhaps you’d prefer a gradual transition into pastel purple territory. That’s where pastel purple ombré hair comes in. As you likely already know, ombré hair involves a gradient transition from dark at your roots to lighter at your ends. Have your colorist transition your natural hair color into pastel purple ends using a seamless ombré highlighting technique.
If you want an all-over pastel purple hair color but crave more dimension than a single purple hue can provide, we recommend blending moonstone highlights throughout your mane. This iridescent blue-meets-purple shade will give your mane the subtle dimension you’re after. For a temporary take on the look, use the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Moonstoneto highlight your pastel purple hair.
There’s far more than one shade of pastel purple hair you can try. Last but not least on our list? A beautiful, deep amethyst! This pastel purple shade has a muted tone that makes it ideal for those who prefer a subtler take on the trend. To DIY the color, use the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Cool Amethyst.
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