17 Shockingly Pretty Lilac Hair Color Ideas You Have to See

Lilac hair colors

Away from the dark hues and bold colors, 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. Below is my freshest gallery showcasing this year’s hottest lilac hair colors to get you inspired for your next color appointment!

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Subtle Lilac Hair Color On Long Tresses

Subtle lilac hair on long tresses
Instagram @lochair

Make your pearly dream come true with this magical hair color! A fusion of muted purple and silver gives a really smooth and multi-tonal high fashion vibe.

Light to Dark Lilac Ombre

Light to Dark Ombre
Instagram @mimeliss

This unusual yet stunning lilac color melt is every girl’s dream. Notice how straight hair features the transition so smoothly resulting to an enchanting hairstyle.

Blue and Purple Colors

Blue and lilac hair color
Instagram @macheskyhair

Be one with the ocean with this ultra cool sea purple ombre that looks so magical on medium hair! Lilac hair can be combined with other shades just like this example.

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.

Shoulder Length Ashy Color

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.

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 Tones

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.

Purple Blonde Balayage

Blonde Balayage
Instagram @imogenrosehair

When you’re feeling a little adventurous and wanna spice up your natural hair, going pink is the way to go! This definitely makes your look unique and glammed up!

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 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 Hair Color

Grey hair color
Instagram @unfade_mavis

This super edgy look takes on a subtle lavender root and transitions into a metallic gray. Lilac hair is a perfect pairing for lobs and medium length cuts!

Metallic Lilac for Medium Length Hair

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 Hair Colour

Lavender hair colour
Instagram @hairbycassc

Q&A with style creator, Cass Cappello
Hairdresser @ Zebu Hair in McKinnon, VIC

How would you describe this look?

This is a fun pastel lilac colored lob I styled with soft waves which are all the current trends for this spring/summer. Styling was done using the GHD curve wand.

What I love about this look is that there is a multitude of different shades of violet that shine through, giving the hair a dimensional look. Lobs are my go-to haircut for clients who want something easy and versatile.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To achieve this look your hair needs to be a lighter shade. Pastels are always a fun idea because they don’t last as long as brighter colors and fade out of the hair beautifully. So if you want to be a bit adventurous and try different colors then pastels are the way to go because they are not permanent.

Waves are on trend and can complement a casual or glamorous look while always being sophisticated. I always like to use a setting spray when I’m doing waves so the client gets the most longevity. My go-to product is Goldwell thermashape 2 in 1 spray.

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.

Pastel Balayage

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 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!