When it comes to hair color trends, some come in with a bang and fizzle out of the beauty zeitgeist just as quickly as they came in while others hold a steady position as a top trend. Purple hair color is part of the latter, continuing to be a popular hair color amongst celebrities, influencers and beauty lovers alike.
As hairstyle trends come and go, this color touches all of them — and for good reason. Purple is a regal color that looks great on everyone in its many hues. It’s all about customizing your purple hair. So whether you’re searching for a first-time hair color idea or looking for a new way to change up your ever-changing mane, keep reading, as we’re sharing six ways to try purple hair color this season and beyond.
1. Multi-Purple Highlights
Why we love it: Traditional highlights can look a little dated when done in shades of blonde and brown, but purple highlights are a colorful way to give them a modern spin. Adding multiple shades of purple gives this look even more interest and dimension.
Get the look: Spare your tresses multiple dye jobs and opt for a semi-permanent result instead. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Purple, Metallic Orchid and Maroon to complete your multi-blend of purple shades. Follow the directions on the packaging for the best results.
2. Peek-A-Boo Purple
Why we love it: Peek-a-boo hair color, also known as underlights, gives updos such a sexy and unexpected upgrade. They’re especially perfect for someone who loves to express themself through their hair, but needs to tuck away such a bold and vibrant color when they’re in certain settings. When you finally do get to show them off, they’re head-turning.
Get the look: Before you totally commit to this look give it a spin with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Purple. Divide your hair into a front section and back section, clipping away the front part that you don’t want to color. Then shake the hair color can and hold it four to six inches from your hair and spray. Let the color dry before you add more as the color becomes more vivid once it’s dry. Add more as you see fit. Once you grow tired of your purple underlights you can simply wash them out and start over with a fresh color.
3. Pink and Purple Ombré
Why we love it: Pink and purple have always played well together in beauty, whether it be on nails, eye makeup looks or two tone lips, so it’s no surprise that these work when it comes to hair color. Try an ombré hair color that starts with pink at the roots and moves into purple lengths and ends. Just keep your maintenance in mind when you decide the order of your gradient.
Get the look: You’ll need two colors for this look and if you’re starting with a dark base you will need to bleach your hair first. Once all the prep is done, grab the L’Oréal Paris Féria Multi-Faceted Shimmering Permanent Hair Color in Coral Pink and Power Violet and follow the directions in the packaging to get a gorgeous at-home hair color. If you’re new to dyeing your hair at home, enlist the help of a friend or head to the salon for professional intervention.
Why we love it: Lowlights are an easy way to add the subtlest pop of color to your tresses. It gives your hair a little flair without looking over-the-top. A shade like purple blends well whether you have platinum blonde hair, a brunette main or even black strands.
Get the look: If you’re trying lowlights at home make sure you’ve practiced before you grab any permanent hair dye. Otherwise, you can start with a temporary hair color in a lighter shade of purple, such as lilac or lavender. The L’Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup Temporary 1-Day Hair Color Spray in Pastel Lavender is your best match. Section out the pieces you want colored and cover the rest of your hair before you spray your lowlights.
5. All-Over Deep Purple
Why we love it: An all-over purple hue looks gorgeous on all skin tones, you just need to customize it to complement your undertones. For winter, a deep purple will work well with warm bronzers and vampy lips that we typically reach for this time of year. Since all-over color is the easiest hair color application to execute, even a novice can do it on their own.
Get the look: Prep your strands for at-home hair color. Then grab the L’Oréal Paris Féria Midnight Bold Multi-Faceted Permanent Hair Color in Violet Eclipse and follow the instructions in the package. Be sure to work in small sections so that you can get an even application. And don’t skip the power shimmer conditioner that seals and smooths hair, shielding it from the wreckage that coloring can cause.
6. Purple With Rainbow Panels
Why we love it: This look may start off as a costume for the spooky season or as a temporary color change when you need a quick switch-up, but you may find that it’s a good look for your hair year-round. The creativity and uniqueness of the style is eye-catching, combining the depth and richness of purple with complementary colors that make the hue pop.
Get the look: Start by dividing your hair into two sections, one for your purple hue and one for the rainbow undercut. Using the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Purple, saturate the top section of your hair, leaving the underneath section untouched. Follow the directions on the box until you have your desired result. Then move on to the bottom section, adding different colors from the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Hair Color little by little. The best part is that semi-permanent hair color allows you to change your color in just a few weeks by washing your hair until the tint completely fades.
Written by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: IG/@melodyshadez, Photo Design: Sarah Duvivier