Top 13 Pastel Purple Hair Color Ideas We’ve Found This Year

Pastel purple hair colors

Pastel purple hair is a modern muted version of an unnatural purple hair color that’s quickly circulating our feeds right now! The reason why everyone is falling in love with this charming hair color is that it offers so much unique creativity and versatility.

Have it in a smoky balayage, a metallic ombre, a cool dip-dye, or in hazy highlights – you’ll always get marvelous results!

Although, it’s not without effort that this magical hue will continue being in tact! Prepare your schedule and wallet, as this enchanting unicorn mane needs lots of loving and patience.

You can opt to do a full-on hair dye or slowly go into the trend by starting with highlights or peekaboo streaks for less maintenance.

Pastel Purple Hair Coloring Tips

  • For this color trend, leave it to a professional hair colorist. You’ll be glad you did.
  • If you have darker hair (basically it’s not a light blonde), be prepared for 1 or more lightening treatments to bleach your hair as white as possible before you can get that perfect light pastel hue.
  • Ask your colorist/stylist about using a bond builder. It protects your hair better during the coloring process.
  • Use cold water when washing your hair. It better preserves your color.
  • Use a purple shampoo to make your color last even longer!
  • You may not want to start off with a full color. So save time and money, consider getting a pastel dip-dye or highlights.

This updated gallery of pretty subtle lavender inspired hues will help you choose which tone matches your complexion, and learn how to style and take care of your soft and ultra-feminine pastel purple tresses!

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Dark to Light Pastel Purple Ombre

Dark to Light Ombre
Instagram @kimberlytayhair

Liven up your classic long bob with an enchanting vibrant color melt that makes use of your dark roots. This balayage may need a lot of time and work to start with, but we promise that it’s definitely worth it.

Amethyst Pastel

Amethyst Pastel
Instagram @alexanderscotthair

This features an ashy version of mermaid hair that makes it so modern and unique. The smokey effect offers movement and volume to those waves.

Pastel Periwinkle

Pastel Periwinkle
Instagram @sheartale

This metallic violet haze with baby blue undertones create magnificent dimension on wavy hair. It’s a style that lets you play around with your creativity.

Unicorn Hair with Purple

Unicorn Hair with Purple
Instagram @hairbysuzanne_

This whimsical blend of cute fashion colors is so pleasing to the eye and would make anyone fall in love with your look. Just take note to use the right and best products for upkeep!

Pastel Lilac

Pastel Lilac
Instagram @marie.daniele

Be inspired with this unicorn violet hair solidly painted from the roots to the ends! Don’t forget to use color-safe shampoos to keep the magic last long!

Pastel Lavender

Pastel Lavender
Instagram @hairbynicola_bladerunner

An eccentric version of a platinum hair – this smooth and shiny light purple shade complements cool to neutral skin tones as it brings out the pink in your skin.

Purple to Mint Green Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Lyndsay Ballard
Hairstylist @ Sugarfree Rockstar in Jonesboro, AR

How would you describe this look?

This look reminds me of the Aurora Borealis. I love the different shades of Pulp Riot’s purples and greens. One of my favorite things about this lob is the hidden undercut with an abstract geometric design in the same colors. I think everyone can rock a lob and if you want to really spice it up, make it colorful, and add a hidden undercut!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I tell all of my clients when they have vivids, they need to limit the shampooing to no more than once a week, and use cold water and sulfate-free shampoo. Invest in a good leave-in conditioner, dry shampoo, and use minimal heat when styling. If you’re someone who likes to wash and style your hair daily, vivids might not be for you, as the longevity of your color will fade a lot sooner. Instead, I would recommend starting with a small piece and if that works well, then go for the all-over color.

Light Pastel Purple Hair Color

Shoulder Length Light Pastel purple hair color
Instagram @hgrabin

Q&A with style creator, Heather Grabin
Independent Hairstylist @ Evergreen Salon and Spa in Sacramento, CA

How would you describe this look?

Antique amethyst was a custom color created using silver metallic shades (Kenra Professional Color) cocktailed together with a deeper violet red hue. I partnered this lavender hue with a sassy textured lob that also has internal layers, giving a weightless feel. I love doing an internal layer technique especially on fine hair because it helps remove weight while also keeping the fullness of the lob. Layered without layers, so to speak.

Any advice for someone considering it?

In maintaining the pastel purple hair color for a long-lasting shade, lets first address maintenance and proper color protection. First things first, you must use professional grade products if you are trying to keep and protect your hair color from fading. I would highly recommend Kenra Platinum Color charge. The entire system will help protect your color up to 50 shampoos. Winning! And while we are addressing color protection, Kenra has also recently launched a Thermal Spray 11 that helps lock in color during thermal use.

The lovely lady who is wearing this fun color and cut has hair on the finer side and does have lots of it. Keep in mind that this placement, color, and cut will look different on different people and different hair types, and may take several sessions to achieve on naturally darker hair. I feel confident saying this shape and style could easily be worn by most and recreated by many. A voluminous blow-dry and flatiron curl (or wand) are all that was needed to create this style and texture.

One thing to consider when choosing a lighter, pastel, or silver shade is how it fits into your lifestyle. If you are active and require daily shampooing, this shade will prove to require more maintenance and/or it will fade faster, but also allows you to try other hues sooner as it allows your hair to fade back to a nice cool blonde palette. If you are blonde, or on the route to a blonde shade, I would highly encourage you to try different lighter shades. It’s fun, exciting, and usually not a long-term commitment.

Grey and Purple Ombre

Grey and Purple Ombre
Instagram @hairfiles

Q&A with style creator, AJ Copeland
Stylist @ COMB Studio Salon in Camarillo, CA

How would you describe this look?

The thing I love the very most about this look is the smooth transition of the colors from deep violet to smoky silvery ends. There are no harsh lines anywhere. The cut also has plenty of layers and texture which really serves to accentuate the juxtaposition of the different tones. To me, the whole look screams fun while still maintaining a touch of restraint so the model can look adventurous but not wild.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The most important thing to think about when you are considering a fun look like this is the aftercare! Many clients put lots of thought into getting the look but not enough on how to properly maintain. Washing in cool water and using high-quality sulfate and paraben free shampoos are the most important thing. My favorite shampoo line for taking care of fashion colors is Neuma.

Also, it is possible to customize these fun colors for all types of hair. Thick, thin, coarse, fine – all hair types can get the look when the hair is handled by the right stylist!

Pastel Blue and Purple

Pastel Blue and Purple
Instagram @melanieguzzo

Q&A with style creator, Melanie Guzzo
Salon Owner @ Virtue Vegan Salon in Columbus, OH

How would you describe this look?

This look required several hours to create. The client started with red virgin hair and was taken all over platinum with a micro-foil bleach application. After the perfect level of blonde was achieved, we added a shadow root of purple and melted it through the mid-strands and ends with a pastel version of the root color. The best thing about this look is the evenness of the pastel. We were able to get her canvas very light and very even, so the outcome was quite impressive.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is very desirable for many clients but can be a challenge to achieve on some hair types and hair colors. The client pictured here started at a virgin level 8 which made the blonding journey possible. In order to have a true blue pastel, the canvas must arrive at a pale yellow (think: the inside of a banana!). If the hair would have been previously tinted or naturally darker than a level 5, the outcome would not have been as simple. Bleach was used to archive at this color so the hair must begin healthily or it will not be able to withstand a bleaching service.

Pastel colors do not have long-lasting abilities in the hair. It is recommended that someone with pastel color should shampoo as little as possible with color-safe shampoo and cold water. The maintenance of the pastel can be maintained at home with tinted shampoos or conditioners. A color like this should be returned to the salon every 4-6 week to maintain the regrowth and refresh the vivid/fashion color. The cost to keep up with this color can be quite expensive as well. This look is very edgy and vibrant and is ideal for a client who doesn’t mind being noticed or standing out!

Mermaid Hair with Purple

Mermaid Hair with Purple
Instagram @hairbykellan

Q&A with style creator, Kellan Tran
Junior Stylist @ Miva Salon in Hayward, CA

How would you describe this look?

This look is inspired by cotton candy! The base is a beautiful bubblegum pink with pops of pastel purple and blue on the ends. What I love the most about this color is how the colors all melt together. This color is especially eye-catching when it’s curled as you can see all the dimension and pops of color as the hair moves.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It is important to understand that these kinds of colors are unnatural and thus, fade quickly. They are high maintenance and take a lot of time and money to achieve depending on your natural hair color. Often times, it may take multiple sessions of lightening to achieve a clean canvas to lay these colors on top of.

If you are considering this look, it is crucial to maintaining the color by using a color-safe shampoo/conditioner and washing with cold water. Because the hair will have to be significantly lightened in order to achieve these colors, it is also important to use nutritive products that will strengthen and repair the hair.

In addition, washing infrequently, once to twice a week, is a must! Dry shampoo will be your best friend! This look is great for people who are fun-loving, adventurous and are willing to put the effort into their hair. If you’re more of a wash and go kind of gal, maybe this look isn’t for you.

Dark Pastel Purple on Short Hair

Q&A with style creator, Bri Claire
Stylist @ Bobbi Pins Salon in Glendora, CA

How would you describe this look?

What I love about this pastel purple hair color is how vibrant it is, especially in person. This client initially wanted pastel lavender but since pastel tones usually only last a few washes before balancing out, we decided to go for something a little deeper and with a blue-violet base. We did that so that it would fade into the silvery lavender she eventually wanted.

Any advice for someone considering it?

In order for the color to be pure, the hair has to be lifted to a pale blonde. The client has to understand that getting light enough (even when the final, desired fashion color appears dark) can take multiple sessions they must be willing to invest the time and money into achieving it and take care of it with regular conditioning treatments, color-depositing shampoos, and regular salon visits.

Light Brown to Pastel Purple Ombre

Light Brown to Purple Ombre
Instagram @hairbyannalindsey

Q&A with style creator, Anna Lindsey
Hairstylist @ Regis Salon in Springfield, MO

How would you describe this look?

This look is a vivid purple ombre with long layers. I love how bright and fun it is! Ombres of vivid colors gives you the opportunity to have fun colors while also not overpowering you by doing your whole head a bright color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you want to have vivid colors or pastel colors done, 9 times out of 10 we have to lighten your hair to achieve the ‘vivid’ or ‘pastel’, therefore there is always the possibility of damage. If your hair isn’t lightened enough the color will not be as bright. Also depending on the vivid color, there is also the possibility of it staining light colored clothes, towels, or sheets and pillowcases as well as your bathtub (magic erasers work wonders for this).

Also, keep in mind that doing these colors is a long process and expensive as well. Plan on being in the salon for a few hours depending on what you would like to have done. Plan on also discussing your budget with your stylist before you start so there are no surprises.

Lastly but just as important, vivid pastels are temporary colors, so they will fade out very fast even when using color safe shampoo and conditioner. Pastel colors fade out even faster because they are a lot lighter than the vivids, so be prepared to go in and have your color touched up every few weeks if this is a color you want to maintain.