These 16 Plum Hair Color Ideas are Totally Trending Right Now

The best plum hair color ideas

Before your next hair coloring appointment, check out these pictures of plum hair colors. A plum hair color is a shade of purple with slight tinges of brown that’s inspired by the color of plum fruit. Dyeing your strands this color is definitely a snazzy way to get out of your comfort zone and wow everyone with this popping hue. Take inspiration from Katy Perry, Lupita Nyong’o, and Jesse J’s trendsetting plum manes!

Contrast is what you wanna have when deciding which shade to wear. From pastels to electrifying shades – there will surely be a fitting shade for every complexion and eye color. Fair to medium complexions look stunning with cooler shades of plum, and warm tones go perfectly with darker skin colors.

According to Hairstylist Maly Souvannasap @ Shandelier Salon and Spa in Ogden, UT, “Plum hair colors can be very high maintenance because reds and violets fade fast and require touch ups about every 4-6 weeks.”

Plum makes your strands gleam fabulously under any light, as long as you keep them healthy and well-maintained. To do this, invest in the best hair care products, avoid damaging hair styling methods, and following your colorist’s recommendations as well will help a lot in the process. There are a few at home hair dyes that give that plum hair color but it might not turn out as well as a colorist because of the unique shade.

You should start getting comfortable with all the attention and compliments you’ll get once you try one of these popular plum hair color ideas! Scroll down below to get started!

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Light Plum Hair Color

Shoulder Length Hair with a Light Plum Hair Color
Instagram @studioak.reetta

Use a straightening iron to achieve this modest light plum color. The violet color should give that impact of adventure.

Dark Brown Hair with Plum Highlights

Dark Brown with Plum Highlights
Instagram @_brookelynch_

This dark brown hair with plum highlights features show-stopping long plum locks, bedazzled with deep lilac. A definite head-turner!

Chocolate and Plum Balayage

Chocolate and Plum Balayage Color
Instagram @adornedbyaudree

Terrific transformation by colorist Audree where brown and burgundy were interspersed perfectly. If you like balayage, definitely try it with plum hair color for a unique flair.

Dark Red and Plum Balayage

Dark Red and Plum Balayage Color
Instagram @tanyamichelle_hairartist

This is what lilac dreams are made of! Enjoy countless compliments on your plum colored hair.

Plum Brown

Plum Brown Hair Color
Instagram @mshellwear

Never thought that plum and brown would be a thing, did you? Get those purple undertones and bring a new twist to your brunette locks with this plum brown hair color.

Plum Purple on Curly Locks

Curly Hair with Purple Hair Color
Instagram @foreversummer_cosmetologist

Stylist Summer made this plum purple hair as natural as possible. Perfect plum curls can be achieved for a radiant glow.

Violet Plum Color on Short Hair

Short Hair with a Violet Plum Color
Instagram @bretell_beauty

Burgundy brilliance shines through you, sis! Bouncy jaw-length hair with this plum hair dye is a stunner.

Dark Plum Hair

Dark Plum Hair Color
Instagram @jhans_beauty

Mulberry dark plum hair on waves are smashing! Colorist Jordan helps you get through bad hair day with this unbeatable combination of styles.

Dark Purple Plum on a Medium Length Bob

Medium length bob with a dark purple tones
Instagram @elissawolfe

Totally living for this vivid dark plum hue! Stylist Elissa mixed purple balayages in these plum hues for that subtle dimension.

Bright Plum Hair Highlights

Bright Plum Highlights
Instagram @wildflower406

Mix deep cherry red with your natural, dark roots for a dazzling plum hairstyle.

Subtle Dark to Light Plum Ombre

Q&A with style creator, Michelle Hernandez
Balayage Specialist @ Color by Michelle in Fresno, CA

How would you describe this?

This plum hair color is pretty subtle yet fun! The best thing about plum ombre hair is anyone can rock it – young and old. The fun part is that there are two levels of violet. You have your deep plum color to the lighter red-violet.

What’s your best advice?

Anyone can have this plum hair color. Basically, you could go from the salon to the office. As far as maintenance with any color service, you’ll need to use color safe shampoo to help longevity and vibrancy. Wash less often. Use protective serum when using hot tools.

Plum and Black Balayage

Plum and Black Balayage
Instagram @hairbykayleel

Q&A with style creator, Kaylee Lamy
Stylist @ City Looks Salon, Spa & Wigs in Winnipeg, MB


How would you describe this?

This is a plum balayage. It consists of rich purple tones, softly blended into a dark brown base to give beautiful depth and a striking statement. The best part of this black plum hair color is when the light hits, it gives illusions of different purples. A single hair dye won’t produce this color illusion.

What’s your best advice?

Balayage is great for a natural grow out. The technique “balayage” is soft and painted on the hair in an artistic manner. Often times the balayage technique needs to first be done as a lightening service in order to get that true color you see in the picture.

To keep your plum color vibrant requires regular refreshing on average 4 to 6 weeks. This color is recommended for women who don’t spend a lot of time in the sun or chlorine. If you do spend time in the sun use shampoo with UV protection and color protection.

Because of the pre-lightening for the balayage base of this service, a leave-in conditioner (strength and anti-breakage) is great to help with how chemically treated hair can act and feel. Prep your style with a heat protectant to preserve and prevent early fading of the gorgeous plum. Protecting from the high heat of our styling tools also equals healthier hair, which equals richer, shinier colors.

Plum Red

Plum Red
Instagram @sydstylist

Q&A with style creator, Sydney Fogner
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Shear Xpectations Salon in Columbia, SC


How would you describe this?

This is a plum red hair color because it has cool tones rather than warm tones, almost as if it has a purple hue to it. It’s fun and powerful without stepping into the vivid category. Don’t you just love cooler reds versus warm coppery reds and bright ‘firetruck’ reds?

What’s your best advice?

First, investing in professional color safe shampoo and conditioner is a huge deal, especially for home hair dyes that fade faster. Shampooing as little as possible and using cold water is also a key factor in longevity. Reds and plums fade easily – it will stay red, but if you do not take care of it, it will not stay the same beautiful plum red that you left the salon with.

You’re also going to need to be prepared to visit the salon more often. If this is not your natural color and there wasn’t any type of shadow root left, you’re going to have to get your roots touched up at least every 5-6 weeks, as well as refreshes to keep the color vibrant. This is something to take into account for sure because you are upping the maintenance as well as what you’ll be spending on your hair.

This particular cool-toned plum looks best with cooler skin tones, especially those with pink undertones. However, the formulation can be personalized. Either darker/lighter or cooler tones/warmer tones can still be in the plum realm but fit a different skin tone. A great thing about this type of red is it is still professional. It’s not natural, but it’s also not in your face.

Eggplant Plum Color

Eggplant Plum Color on Long Hair
Instagram @katelynn_hhair

Q&A with style creator, Katelynn Hillenbrand
Stylist / Colorist @ Off 7th Salon in Centereach, NY


How would you describe this?

This eggplant plum color is a rooted color melt! What’s not to love about color theory? Utilizing these fundamentals gives you the ability to create bold plum tones!

Ask your colorist to work with your tones to create exactly what you’ve been looking for, a mix of plum and jam tones with a deeper brown root!

What’s your best advice?

With shades of plum, open up a conversation about maintenance and color preservation with at home care prior to the color service with your colorist. If you’re looking to have this dark plum hair color, you’re in for some upkeep!

Wash with Wella Elements (1-2x a week) with cold water! (As cool as you can handle, the warmer the water, the faster the color will wash out). Dry shampoo will be your best friend! Use Kenra’s Dry Shampoo in between washes. Wella FusionPlex Deep Conditioner (Since you’re only washing 1-2x a week you want a double dose of nutrients when conditioning your hair!) You’re going to swap your regular conditioner for this mask.

Consider 6-week upkeep appointments that include a root touch up and creative color glaze. Purples and plums like this are great for a bit of an edge that’s still workplace acceptable in most cases!

Burgundy Plum

Burgundy Plum
Instagram @msmalydoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Maly Souvannasap
Hairstylist / Booth Renter @ Shandelier Salon and Spa in Ogden, UT


How would you describe this?

This shade of plum is for women who want a subtle but different look. If you previously had a light brown balayage and want this plum hue, go for it! Using the right products will also make the plum hair color come alive.

What’s your best advice?

Your hair would either need to be all natural and never colored or have any highlights to get this dark plum color to show. Also, note that it does take good quality shampoos and hair products to keep your hair looking it’s best! Talk to your stylist about the different hair products they recommend to keep this color looking fresh.

Deep Plum Hair Color

Q&A with style creator, Francine Estrada
Hair Artist @ Hair by Francine in El Paso, TX


How would you describe this?

This deep plum hair color is a subtle way of having some fun in a professional world.

What’s your best advice?

Plum shades are a stepping stone to going with a more daring look and color.