19 Coolest Light Purple Hair Colors Right Now

The best light purple hair color ideas

A light purple hair color is a muted shade of purple typically blended with grey or ash. This modern, quirky light purple hue is recently coming up on everyone’s feeds and is literally to dye for!

An enchanting color like this wouldn’t be so magical without the extensive coloring process it requires. As it is unnatural, pre-lightening should be the first step, and this could damage your strands if they’re not well taken care of.

That’s where at-home maintenance comes into play – color-safe, heat-protectant, and moisturizing products are a must if you want to keep this hue longer and your mane healthy.

But trust me when I say purple hairstyles are seriously worth it! If you need more convincing, just look at how alluring Kelly Osbourne, Nicole Richie, Katy Perry, and Ellie Goulding wear theirs!

Learn more about this voguish hair color through this up-to-date collection of light purple hair colors right now!

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Dark to Light Purple Ombre

Dark to Light Purple Ombre
Instagram @__lighten__up

Make it look like the violet hue is dripping unavoidably onto your bare slate of hair. Ask your colorist for a dark to light purple ombre if you’re looking for a change!

Light Grey and Purple Balayage

Light Grey and Purple Balayage
Instagram @mojkahair

Soft mix of lilac and platinum hair is what you need to get this gorgeous light purple hue!

Silver Light Purple

Silver Light Purple
Instagram @mojkahair

Softly curled hair guarantee a ravishing look, especially on your long light purple locks.

Light Ash Purple

Light Ash Purple
Instagram @maidencolor

Only two things could go down when attempting this ash purple hair: first is that you end up completely shabby, and the other one is that you’ll stand out and be a trendsetter for this raving lighter purple hair color!

Light Grey Purple Balayage

Light Grey Purple Balayage
Instagram @theglamteamnj_dina

Stormy says she wants her moody, gorgeous locks back! These are flattering light purple shades for the cool-toned girl.

Light Purple Balayage

Light Pink and Purple Balayage
Instagram @hairbyapes

Sugar, spice, and everything nice! The magic that is lilac light purple balayage has everyone at the edge of their seats!

Brown Hair with Light Purple Highlights

Brown Hair with Light Purple Highlights
Instagram @hairbykarwho

The deeper you look, the more interesting it gets! Get a hold of the interspersed light purple highlights on brown hair.

Blonde Hair with Light Purple Highlights

Blonde Hair with Light Purple Highlights
Instagram @hairbyowlz

I could see a bonanza of pale colors here! Like a parade of celebration that is just a flick of hair away.

Light Lilac Hair Color

Light Lilac Hair Color
Instagram @kyleemariehair

A hint of purple in that platinum blonde seems to do the trick to make a gorgeous shade of light purple.

Light Metallic Purple

Light Metallic Purple
Instagram @sheartale

Q&A with style creator, Megan Campbell
Colorist / Extension Specialist @ Hair by Megan in Las Vegas, NV

How would you describe this?

This light metallic purple is similar to a type of platinum, like a silver lilac. It’s icy platinum that almost has an iridescent pastel purple hair hue about it. When it moves and in different lighting, you see pops of purple, silver, white, and almost a shade of blue.

What’s your best advice?

This light purple hair dye is considered a pastel tone. Anytime we are dealing with soft pastel shades like silver, blush, lilac, baby blue, or even mint just to name a few, we are talking about a semi-permanent tone. Meaning, it can last only a few washes to a few weeks depending on care.

Using cold water, only washing 1-2x a week, and using zero to very low heat when styling will help prolong the shade. If you are wanting to maintain a color like this, you need to be prepared to visit the salon once or twice a month with home care in between. The stylist can make a special tinted Olaplex #3 or provide a tinted shampoo brand, such as Viral, as a take-home color maintenance.

This is not a cheap hair color to achieve. The lighter the hair is, to begin with, the easier it will be to lift. Anything darker than a dark blonde can expect either a very long day in the salon or multiple visits to even achieve that level of blonde and not compromise the cuticle of the hair. Talking in-depth with your stylist beforehand and doing a strand test can help both the client and the stylist determine if this look is even possible for the client.

Light Periwinkle

Light Periwinkle
Instagram @livforcolor

Q&A with style creator, Olivia Esenbock
Cosmetologist @ Liv For Color in San Jose, CA


How would you describe this?

This light periwinkle color has slight blue tones at the ends.

What’s your best advice?

This light purple hair isn’t for everyone. To push the hair and achieve these soft metallic silver tones can be dangerous to hair health, especially for women with naturally dark and/or curly hair. Use gentle color-safe products (and a silver conditioner to maintain tone), a heat protectant, and regular deep conditioning or mask type treatments.

Plus, a silk pillowcase is a great thing for hair that has been processed. It’s not for the everyday ponytail kind of gal, as it can cause breakage to these delicate purplish silver hair.

Light Amethyst

Light Amethyst
Instagram @lucypalmerhair

Q&A with style creator, Lucy Palmer
Creative Stylist @ Kozma&Kozma Salon in Doha, QA


How would you describe this?

This light amethyst is on the spectrum of violet that’s combined with razor cutting. Add a pastel lilac color to really bring it to life and soften the edge.

What’s your best advice?

How many of you have considered taking the plunge into purple? If you are, just know that the vast shades of light purple will cater to most of you, whether you are blonde and just want that lilac hue, or even if you want to channel that darker edgy side of you. It can be done!

Find the perfect product combo to add texture and definition but also a high-shine. Regular visits to your stylist to tone and upkeep this color is critical. Like any color, it can go dull, so add an extra gloss to your toning to give you that mighty shine!

Light Violet

Light Violet
Instagram @dotson_k

Q&A with style creator, Katelyn Dotson
Hairstylist @ Belle Epoque in Kansas City, MO


How would you describe this?

This is a light lilac balayage done on a long inverted bob cut that has a lot of texture and movement. The dimension in tone creates a lived-in balayage feel to an unnatural/pastel color.

What’s your best advice?

Maintaining light purple strands like this is an investment in time as well as monetarily. While the overall look has a pastel purple balayage feel to it, the process is much different. This service took 8 hours, $500, and requires at-home maintenance products to keep the hair healthy and shiny.

What is nice about a light violet hair color like this is that it does not need to be maintained. The violet fades beautifully and flatters the client’s skin tone and eye color. When thinking about a color like this, use a picture as inspiration and trust that your stylist has the training and ability to pick the best shades and tones for you.

Light Blue and Purple

Light Blue and Purple
Instagram @beautybytrexo

Q&A with style creator, Theresa Lanno
Salon Owner @ Bombshells Glam Lounge in Rockledge FL


How would you describe this?

This is a lavender metallic color melt using different shades of lavender and silver from Pulp Riot. The two colors blend and complement each other making an icy look. Color melts look the best with a little bit of wave and texture, so finish your lavender bits with a curling iron and texture spray.

What’s your best advice?

The first things to consider when wanting this blend of purple shades are the health of your hair and how blonde you are able to get. Your hair must be platinum to get a silver lavender hair color. It’s also a higher maintenance color, so you’ll want to use cool water when shampooing. Also, use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

When it comes to light purple.hair, avoid pools and oceans, and make sure your stylist is using Olaplex to keep your hair strong! For at-home care, you can get a tinted Olaplex #3 treatment to keep your color fresh between appointments. Use a low heat setting on your hot tools.

Light Pastel Purple

Q&A with style creator, Sarah Thiele
Salon Owner @ SugarSkulls by Sarah in Edmonton, AB


How would you describe this?

This light pastel purple is on the spectrum of soft purples. As the color fades, it tones the hair and then goes back to being a beautiful blonde. There’s also a little hidden rainbow in the back of this one, ’cause, why not?

What’s your best advice?

Pastel vivids are high maintenance. They’re not easy to achieve unless you are already a clean platinum blonde, and they don’t have a very long life span – think up to 10 washes.  If you wash in cold water, wash once a week (or less), and use professional products then you will be able to enjoy them for a while.

Light Lavender Purple

Q&A with style creator, Cherish Baser
Hairstylist @ Crystal Skull Studio in Ann Arbor, MI


How would you describe this?

This light lavender purple color was inspired by cotton candy. The soft but vivid pastel violet color melts into the muted subtle pastel pink creating a color that pops but is sweet and delicate.

What’s your best advice?

This hair is vivid! This would be a color palette for women who are into self-expression and femme looks.

Light Purple on Short Hair

Light Purple Short Hair
Instagram @hairbysamstahl

Q&A with style creator, Samantha Stahl
Hairstylist @ Hairitics Dye for Your Beliefs in Chicago, IL


How would you describe this?

This light purple on short hair was lightened to the palest yellow from a medium brown and dyed with Schwarzkopf Professional pastel lilac hues, going slightly darker at the perimeter to create depth and weight on her fine hair.

What’s your best advice?

This light purple hair is high maintenance. You will need to be in the salon every 4 to 6 weeks to have your hair lightened and maintain the tone in the hair. During the 4-6 weeks, there are products you can purchase that will deposit like Overtone and KeraColor Conditioner to help maintain the pastel shade. Also, the fade from light purple will be great and make for a wonderful white blonde if done correctly.

Light Brown and Purple Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Candice Ayers
Salon Owner / Hair Stylist @ Groom The Salon SD in San Diego, CA


How would you describe this?

This light brown and purple balayage is a bright and bold purple.

Utilizing the previous balayage, it transitions the hair easily into a statement color that is vibrant yet soft at the same time. Don’t be afraid to take your blonde hair to the next level by adding colors and dimension.

What’s your best advice?

You must be buying the correct take-home products to maintain your color. In choosing bright colors, ask your stylist to show a swatch next to your face to ensure it suits your skin tone.

Also, consider if you’re willing to change your shampoo routine. Ask yourself if can you go a few more days between washes. Minimize heat when styling and use cooler water when washing to help prolong bright colors. Color deposit shampoo is best for vivid maintenance. Ask what to expect for fading.

Very Light Purple

Very Light Purple
Instagram @beautybyrue

Q&A with style creator, Ruth Perlman
Hair Stylist / Colorist @ DruMais Hair Salon in Marlborough, MA


How would you describe this?

This very light purple hairstyle is a lot of fun. It was such a great transformation! The different shades of lilac were melted into each other. Fashion color is a very customizable thing!

What’s your best advice?

Anyone considering pastel fashion shades like this lilac shade should know that it can be a lot of upkeep. You need to make sure your stylist gets your hair light enough first for the lilac color to show up true to tone!

Always wash your hair with cool water, as this keeps the hair cuticle sealed and allows the fashion color to last longer! Dry shampoo will be your best friend. You do not want to wash your hair every day in general but especially when trying to maintain fashion colors.

See if your stylist can make you a color conditioner – a conditioner that contains some of the colors in it for refreshes in-between visits! Lastly, don’t forget to use a color-safe shampoo approved by your stylist!