17 Prettiest Lilac Hair Color Ideas You Have to See

Lilac hair color ideas

A lilac hair color is a lighter, pastel-like shade of purple, often having silvery tones in it. This super cute trend is becoming one of the most popular hair colors that’s saturating everyone’s feeds right now!

We are seeing a lot of really charming styles from this new and fresh addition to the pastel family that exceptionally suits fairer skin complexions. The light contrast of lilac makes it so easy to wear with neutral and dark-toned clothes and makeup, which is so ideal for the season!

Whatever type or length your hair is, don’t fret as there are several ways to rock this look. Go full on or with highlights, dip dyes, or ombrés – this soft-toned color always brings elegance and magic to the table.

Here are pictures of this year’s prettiest lilac hair color ideas to get you inspired for your next color appointment!

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Subtle Lilac

Subtle Lilac hair color
Instagram @mona.m__royalshair

A subtle lilac shade allows hair to have a cooler hue. Keep the roots darker to achieve the extra depth that balances out the tone. Style the locks with soft waves for an added dimension.

Light to Dark Lilac Ombre

Light to Dark Lilac Ombre
Instagram @salon_fryzjerski_danica_savic

This hair features a light to dark lilac ombre, and it looks wild! That melting color is unique. It’s loud and can get attention from everyone else. The best thing about it is it can go wavy or straight.

Blue and Purple Lilac

Blue and Purple Lilac Hair Color
Instagram @fullofsecrets_byhannahedwards

Don’t you love this blue and purple lilac combination? It embodies a darker but luscious shade that looks amazing! To show off the hints of purple, style the mid-lengths and ends with curls. Leave the top area straight for a more refined finesse.

Dark Lilac Dip Dye

Dark Dip Dye
Instagram @jocelynwoodhair

Test out the waters with this cute lilac hair dyeing technique on blonde hair that can complement any hairstyle – a tousled bob or a long wavy mane.

Ashy Lilac

Shoulder Length Ashy lilac hair Color
Instagram @jessieg_paintshair

It’s raining purple with this two-tones hair color that is so pleasing to the eye! The silver streaks add shine and life to the hair and complement the whole layered medium cut.

Chocolate Lilac with Dark Roots

Lilac Color with Dark Roots
Instagram @hair_by_kenna

A darker take on the smoky purple shade can give your lengthy hair an edge. Style with a middle part to accentuate that cool shadow root.

Lilac Highlights on Blonde Hair

Purple Highlights on Blonde Tones
Instagram @charlottegoodship.stylist

This metallic lilac hue is just amazing for summer! Fresh highlights, toner and beach waves look gorgeous on a wavy lob.

Lilac Purple and Blonde Balayage

Lilac Purple and Blonde Balayage
Instagram @jinniejinniedc

Featuring a lilac purple and blonde balayage that’s sure to blow everyone’s mind! This hair color carries out a vibrant tone that ladies with a cooler skin complexion can wear. This proves that going lighter doesn’t always mean to opt for a blonde hue. It’s fun to experiment with a purple, too!

Silver Lilac Balayage

Silver Lilac Balayage
Instagram @honeyhousehair

This beautiful glazed purple ombre is one to take note of! Styling your hair with waves complement the blend of color and shines gorgeously under the light.

Short Lilac Hair

Short Haircut purple color
Instagram @hairdreambytiffany

A cool purple greyish hue will definitely make your simple straight bob look fab! Get on the trend of icy and smoky with this hairstyle!

Smokey Lilac Balayage

Smokey Balayage
Instagram @glam.by.heather

A glamorous icy blonde lob cut with hints of purple is a total head-turner! Pair these lilac strands with a side bang for a little face-framing effect.

Grey and Lilac

Grey and Lilac hair
Instagram @maryk.hair

The combo of grey and lilac with some shadow roots creates a dimensional hair color. Achieve a better result with a soft wavy texture. This shade benefits darlings with a lighter skin tone the most.

Metallic Lilac

Metallic purple for Medium Length Hair
Instagram @lovehairbyrose

Catch the light gorgeously on your tresses when you go with a combination of luster and pastel. Just remember that health and moisture are key to achieve this super delectable color!

Q&A with style creator, Rosalee Rios
Licensed Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Love Hair by Rose in Phenix Salon Suites in Ocala, FL

How would you describe this look?

This is a silver lilac amethyst. I love the different tones and dimensional shades I was able to achieve. I finished with a soft layered cut and smooth blowout followed by a loose “lived in” wave.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you’re thinking about lilac hair color for yourself, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the canvas has to be blonde. Sometimes this takes multiple sessions to achieve a pure blonde that reflects the color beautifully. Not that you can’t achieve it on darker blonde tones, they just come out more subtle and not as bright.

Two, get ready for cold showers! Cold water helps to preserve fashion colors. Warm or hot water can make the tone fade much faster.

Third, a lilac hair dye lasts about 8-12 shampoos. Washing the hair less frequently with a color-safe sulfate-free shampoo will also help maintain the look. Dry shampoo will be your new bestie!

Lavender and Lilac Blend

Lavender and Lilac Blend
Instagram @mermeg.hair

A lovely lavender and lilac blend on long hair is exceptional! It adds a cool and creamy brightness. Jazz it up with waves, and the texture will accent the color’s dimension. To keep the locks’ glossiness, weekly hydrating masks and conditioning treatments are essentials.

Lilac Pink

Lilac Pink
Instagram @mojkahair

Q&A with style creator, Joshua
Director @ Mojka Hair Shop in Sydney, Australia


How would you describe this look?

We like the contrast in tones of this look. The cooler tones of the lilac through the roots offset the soft peachy pink of the ends making it pop without overwhelming the client’s skin tones. The choice of colors signifies the start of our southern hemisphere’s spring, taking the client away from the darker tones of winter and preparing them for the lighter tones heading into summer. The soft waves and braid help push the style to the ethereal, creating the feel of fresh blooms and eternal sunshine with the airiness of a spring breeze.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This lilac hair creation will suit clients who want a softer look for the spring with colors that won’t require a change in makeup as the color tones are gentle on most skin tones. It would suit clients who are bubbly or fun-loving and who doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Maintenance is a little more work than a full head but not too much. A specific shampoo and conditioner should do the trick, but we recommend our clients to limit hair washing to a maximum of twice a week.

Platinum Lilac Hue

Q&A with style creator, Kelly McCormick
Hairstylist @ Kelly McCormick Hair LLC in Asbury Park, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This shade of lilac is a fun and bright lavender pastel color. Sometimes lavender can be more muted or silvery, but this is definitely brighter. Also, you can tell she’s still platinum, so it doesn’t make her feel like her hair is dark. The soft wave makes it classier and put together and shows the shine in her hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You definitely have to be blonde. Sometimes even if these colors look dark the hair has to be lightened to a certain level to achieve a specific tone. I think is definitely fun for anyone to experiment with these colors especially because they are not permanent and they fade a little with every wash.

You have to be open to enjoying every step of the fade. Eventually, it will wash up to your blonde underneath. All colors fade a little differently and purple is usually the safest way to go because it’ll leave you with the best blonde color when it’s all faded out. The hair definitely has to be healthy enough to be lightened to achieve any pastel color, but if you’re already blonde it’s a fun way to change it up somewhat temporarily.

Purple Shade of Lilac on Brown Hair

Q&A with style creator, Trixy Reed
Barber / Colorist / Stylist @ Hartzo Hair Shop in Portland, OR


How would you describe this look?

This is a simple textured long bob, with Pulp Riot Nevermore and lilac ombre. We styled with a simple round brush blow out.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When you are going for a pastel color you need to remember that it takes time! This was 6 months in the making to get her to this color. When you have vivid/fantasy colors, you need to remember they fade fast, so you want to heat style as little as possible. Use the products recommended by your colorist, and most importantly be ready to wash your hair in cold water!