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How to Get a Black and Purple Hair Color

April 24, 2020

From lavender to chocolate lilac, there’s been no shortage of purple hair color trends as of late. The latest to make it onto the beauty scene? Black and purple hair! We’re sure you’ve seen this color combo circulating your social media feeds—you may have even saved an inspiration pic or two—which is why we’re here to share all the details. Read on to find out how to get black and purple hair (at home!) with six different ways you can pull off the mane makeover you didn’t know you needed.


There isn’t one lone way to turn your tresses into a black and purple masterpiece. How you get the look will depend on a few things…

1. Your starting shade. If you have black hair to begin with, getting black and purple hair is that much easier. For anyone who doesn’t have black strands, you’ll need to break out the black hair dye as your first step.

2. How long you want your look to last. Black and purple hair can be pretty bold, so it’s fair if you want to rock the look for only a short while. How long you want to embrace this trend for will impact which type of hair color you reach for: temporary, semi-permanent, or permanent.

3. If you can DIY your hair color. For those who are comfortable with at-home hair color, black and purple hair is one trend you can easily DIY.

4. Whether you’re willing to use bleach. Want to get the look without having to lighten your black hair first? That’s totally possible, it’ll just change your options a bit.

5. The look you want. There are quite a few ways to blend purple with a black base, and each one is done a bit differently. Speaking of which…


Ready to DIY your new ‘do? Here are six different ways to rock black and purple hair.


Want to add a bit of colorful dimension to black strands? Look no further than black hair with purple highlights! This take on the trend, as you can probably guess, involves adding strands of purple throughout your mane for added movement. DIY the look at home with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Purple and Pastel Lavender. This temporary hair color washes out in just one shampoo so that you can experiment with a new take on black and purple hair the next day!

Editor’s note: New to hair color sprays? For a step-by-step tutorial, here’s How to Get Easy Highlights At Home with a Hair Color Spray.


Have you heard the buzz around blackberry hair? If not, allow us to fill you in. One of the hottest hair color trends at the moment, blackberry hair features black roots that transition into deep, blackberry-esque purple balayage highlights. The result? A seamless, beautiful berry mane! Interested in giving this black and purple ‘do a try for yourself? Here’s How to Get a Beautiful Blackberry Hair Color.


It’s no secret that half and half hair colors have been taking the beauty world by storm—and no, we aren’t referring to strands that resemble a certain childhood villain. This hair color technique features hair parted down the middle, with one side of your mane colored a different hue than the other! Talk about contrast. The key to pulling off this bold look is to pick two shades that complement each other, like black and purple.

If you have naturally black strands, you can take the color combo for a test drive, using the L’Oréal Paris Colorsita Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color in Purple or Lilac to color half of your hair. Don’t worry, this temporary hair makeup washes out in just one shampoo, so you don’t have to commit to such a statement-making mane right away.


If you like the idea of easing into black and purple hair but want something that lasts a bit longer than one shampoo, consider giving black hair with purple tips a try. This dip-dye look is seriously stunning, not to mention, a great way to try the trend without an all-over mane makeover.

You’ll first need to lighten your black ends with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach. Then, it’s time to color them! We love the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Purple, which lasts for seven to 15 shampoos. When you’re ready to part with your purple tips, you can wait for the color to wash out or head to the salon and snip, snip!


Another discrete way to try black and purple hair is the peek-a-boo hair trend. This color option involves coloring the underneath layer of your hair with a purple hair dye. First, you’ll need to bleach the bottom layer of your black hair. After you’ve lightened your hair, wait at least 14 days before reaching for your permanent purple hair dye. When enough time has passed, use the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Power Violet to get your dose of purple.


Perhaps you’d like to try a subtle take on black and purple hair. If so, we have the perfect option for you! Black purple hair involves adding a purple tint to your black mane. The result? A beautiful eggplant shade that truly shines in the sunlight. Use the L’Oréal Paris Féria in Violet Soft Black to DIY the color at home. 

Next: Hidden Rainbow Hair: How to Get This Season's Hottest Hair Color Trend

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