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 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 it’s 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!

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 a hair.

Light Grey and Purple Balayage

Light Grey and Purple Balayage
Instagram @mojkahair

Soft mix of lilac and platinum hair is what you need to spice up your look!

Silver Light Purple

Silver Light Purple
Instagram @mojkahair

Softly curled locks guarantee a ravishing look especially on your long locks.

Light Ash Purple

Light Ash Purple
Instagram @maidencolor

Only two things could go down when attempting this look: 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 color!

Light Grey Purple Balayage

Light Grey Purple Balayage
Instagram @theglamteamnj_dina

Stormy says she wants her moody, gorgeous locks back! Dark hair color for the cool-toned girl.

Light Pink and Purple Balayage

Light Pink and Purple Balayage
Instagram @hairbyapes

Sugar, spice, and everything nice! The magic that is lilac purple hair 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 violet and brown streaks on your straight hair.

Blonde Hair with Light Purple Highlights

Blonde Hair with Light Purple Highlights
Instagram @hairbyowlz

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

Light Lilac

Light Lilac
Instagram @kyleemariehair

A hint of purple in that platinum blonde seems to do the trick!

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 look?

I would describe this type of platinum as a silver lilac. It’s icy platinum that almost has an iridescent hue about it. When it moves and in different lighting, you see pops of purple, silver, white, and almost a shade of blue.

Because we did such a modern take on her platinum, I wanted to bring in some vintage waves to offset it. These were done using my Isa Professional flat iron. I took four 2.5″ horizontal sections around the head and created half-on-base curls using vertical 1.5″ partings. Each curl was curled in the same direction and pinned to the head until cooled down. Afterward, I brushed the hair and finger waved the style until it formed into place. I styled it using Mydentity Mycontrol Spray and TIGI Afterparty.

The haircut was soft long layers.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This 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 a client is wanting to maintain a color like this, they 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, (whatever color the client’s hair is) 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.

This particular client was a natural blonde, to begin with, so we were able to safely achieve this look in one day.

Vintage waves are a great option! Always classy and timeless. For an easier way to achieve these waves, curling iron or a wand can be used at home to achieve a more wearable version. As long as all the curls are facing the same direction all around the head, waves will show up. The closer to the scalp the curl is, the tighter the wave. Curl away from the head for a soft subtle wave.

Note: the more layers and the shorter the hair, the harder it will be to achieve the unified vintage wave look. However, if you do, go for it! You will achieve a look with tons of body and a textured wave look.

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 look?

It’s icy and delicate like a snowflake but soft and touchable. My favorite is the slight blue tones at the ends. In my comic book imagination, they are too cold to touch and will freeze you!

She has very fine naturally blonde hair, so I didn’t add much layering into her cut to keep fullness on her ends. This color wasn’t our end goal actually. This was how she looked toned out in prep for more vivid tones, but we loved it so much that she kept it for 2 weeks before coming back for some bright color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I actually wouldn’t recommend this color to many people. This client, in particular, has a natural light blonde base and works in the hair industry as a chemist and understands she must be gentle with her hair like this.

To push the hair and achieve these soft metallic silver tones can be dangerous to hair health, especially those with naturally dark and/or curly hair. Though if someone’s hair can handle it, I would have them use gentle color safe products (and a silver conditioner to maintain tone), a heat protectant (though preferably just don’t do as much heat styling), 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 that can cause breakage to these delicate silver hair. I also even let clients know that going silver/white really shows lack of pigment in skin tone, so if they are not makeup wearers they may feel washed out looking without a little lipstick.

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 look?

I am totally in love with the spectrum of violet, so creating this dusky mauve mod-mullet was so satisfying. I combined so many techniques to bring out the perfect shape – free hand clippering and razor cutting this whole haircut from inside out to debulk and add maximum texture for that shaggy look. Bring back the modern mullet! You can even add a pastel lilac color to really bring it to life and soften an edge.

Any advice for someone considering it?

How many of you have considered taking the plunge into purple? I can honestly say to you all that the vast shades of 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 look?

This is a light lilac balayage done on a long inverted bob cut that has a lot of texture and movement. The client has naturally curly hair, and I love how the dimension in tone creates a lived-in balayage feel to an unnatural/pastel color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Maintaining a look like this is an investment in time as well as monetarily. While the overall look has a 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 look 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 look?

I created a lavender metallic color melt using different shades of lavender and silver from Pulp Riot. I love how the two colors blend and complement each other making an icy look. I think color melts look the best with a little bit of wave and texture, so I like to finish with a curling iron and texture spray.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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

I love doing soft purples on my already platinum clients! As the color fades, it tones the hair and then goes back to being a beautiful blonde. We also added in a little hidden rainbow in the back of this one, ’cause, why not?

For clients who like to wear their hair up, it’s nice to have a few pieces around their face that they can leave down. For this client, in particular, she’s growing out her bangs so we shaped everything to avoid that awkward grow out phase.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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 look?

This color is 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This hair is vivid! This would be a color palette for someone who is into self-expression, femme looks, a cool special occasion, or for anyone who owns it!

Light Purple 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 look?

This is a shattered bob done on fine hair. I kept her perimeter a little heavier and shattered her through the crown. It 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. Then, I wrap-dried with a Denham brush and applied Schwarzkopf OSiS+ Dust It for texture and volume.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look 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 Clenditioner 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 look?

I love this look and how it fits with what a lot of people are looking for right now in hair trends. She was very exact in what she wanted – “bright and bold purple!”

Utilizing her previous balayage, we were able to transition her easily into a statement color that is vibrant yet soft at the same time. The dimension plus color means she can truly wash and wear or curl and shake for a lived-in or polished look. I love that people are looking to take their blonde hair to the next level by adding colors and dimension.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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 look?

This look was a lot of fun for me to create. It was such a great transformation! My favorite thing was taking the different shades of lilac I made and melting them into each other. Fashion color is a very customizable thing!

Any advice for someone considering it?

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!