21 Examples of Purple Highlights to Show Your Colorist

Best purple highlights

Purple highlights are a new, funky way to vamp up any punk princess’ look instantly! With bright, ultraviolet hues, you’ll definitely have fun creating a modern and sexy color melt for your locks.

Purple goes really well on any base color, and there is a lot of shades to choose from. You won’t have any hard time matching your mane with this electric color as long as you know what works beautifully with your skin tone. Warm complexions work amazingly with purples with more of a red hint, while cool tones pair with bluish-purple shades.

Maintenance is a breeze since you won’t be going full-blown, solid violet on your hair. Just make sure you own color-safe products at all times, and for sure, you’ll be rocking this luxurious hue superbly!

Highlights can be created with bright, ultraviolet hues to dark, rich shades of purple including lilac, lavender and periwinkle on the lighter side to burgundy, plum, and violet on the other color spectrum. Here are the top expert looks on purple highlights that you should check out asap!

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Electric Purple Highlights in Brown Hair

Electric Purple Highlights in Brown Hair
Instagram @colleengoodhair

Ultraviolet highlights for an eclectic girl like you! Get your Teen Titan Raven hair on and get ready to save the world with your radiating beauty.

Dark Brown Hair with Purple Highlights

Dark Brown Hair with Purple Highlights
Instagram @katiefro

Brunettes can have fun too! Who would have thought that dark lavender would go well with your brown hair in a cute bob?

Gray Hair with Purple Highlights

Gray Hair with Purple Highlights
Instagram @nikoschopshop

Icy lilac highlights enhanced by smokey gray color are the perfect ingredients for a mysterious, magical night out. Not having to go full on purple hair color is an option many women can enjoy.

Lavender Highlights

Lavender Highlights
Instagram @beautyby_brittanyjean

Pastel purple highlights appear bluish on brown hair, which come out as luxurious and oh-so-irresistible!

Blonde Hair with Purple Highlights

Blonde Hair with Purple Highlights
Instagram @aliciawhitehair

The color of royalty right at you fingertips, or might I say, ends! Serve looks with a vast array of lavender lights on blonde hair.

Subtle Purple Highlights

Subtle Purple Highlights
Instagram @hair_emilymolloy

Gorgeous grape purple highlights bring dimension to light hair. Its faintness does a huge effect on the over-all appeal of the style!

Mauve Highlights

Mauve Highlights
Instagram @linnshairshop

Splendidly plum is an unexpected highlight even for blonde hair! Good thing stylist RayAnne did a marvelous work with this. Really consider the different shades available before deciding on purple highlights.

Violet Purple Peekaboo Highlights

Violet Purple Peekaboo Highlights
Instagram @kjaykhair

Streaks of purple highlights are just what you need to a glorified hairstyle. Stylist Kiersten took the wavy, blonde layers to the next level with this pop of color.

Ultraviolet Purple Highlights

Ultraviolet Highlights
Instagram @lzhouseofhair

Get an out of this world hair color using shades of blue and violet. Colorist Diana specially made this extraterrestrial but in an attainable way.

Blonde Hair with Purple Highlights Underneath

Q&A with style creator, Brooke Carding
Hairstylist Apprentice @ Dudes and Dames Hair Salon in Stratford, ON

How would you describe this look?

This look is a dimensional blonde with a pop of purple hair color. It is a good contrast of going purple ombre. The best thing about this look is how the curls accentuate the purple highlights. Your eyes are instantly drawn to the fun, bright purple, and it complements the style overall. It is a modern, trendy color that it is subtle but makes a statement!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Go for it! Be brave. A temporary color that washes out and fades with each wash will help you test out a fashion color, and by putting it underneath, it’s not a full commitment. If you want the purple to last, use a shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair, and when using hot tools, adjust them to a lower setting.

Any hair type can do these purple highlights – some may require pre-lightening if you want the purple to be brighter. This color will suit any face shape, and if you want to accentuate your face shape, place the purple highlights around the face to frame it. Purple highlights will bring out the fun, experimental side of your personality, and because it’s just a peekabo, it is suitable for any lifestyle.

Blue and Purple Highlights

Blue and Purple Highlights
Instagram @reggei_rose

Q&A with style creator, Reggei Larson
Hairstylist @ Fox Den Salon in Minneapolis, MN

How would you describe this look?

I would call this look indigo dreaming! I used different blues and purples on balayaged hair to switch it up and give her something fun!

To style this, having good heat protection is key. Having good heat protection will not only shield your hair from the heat or the iron but also shield your color from fading if you’re big into ironing. I also recommend using a texture spray to finish your look. Using a texture spray will give you some hold, volume, and spice up those curls!

Any advice for someone considering it?

I feel like this look can be done on many different people – just switching up how light or dark you may go with it so it doesn’t wash you out. Fantasy colors look great on everyone in my opinion, especially shades of purple. I would not recommend doing a purple hair color like this if you wash your hair very frequently and you are not willing to invest in good quality products. Colors like this can last anywhere from 1 month to 3 months and sometimes even longer with proper care. We took it a bit darker which will give it an amazing life span. I don’t recommend going too light with shades of purple because they will wash right out!

Black Hair with Purple Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Janelle Griego
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Salon Couture in South Valley, NM

How would you describe this look?

This look is very edgy/spunky, very modern, but not too loud! In this case, it’s a mom who still wants to be stylish and cool but not over the top!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Any person who comes to be asking for vibrant colors for the first time, I always suggest purple to them. People always feel most comfortable with purple. It’s easy to take out if not desired by the client but also fades out to be a very pretty blonde (as weird as that may sound)!

Any vibrant color like this one is very high maintenance without the correct products! Looks like this require effort from a client at home, along with everything we do for them in the salon!

I always highly recommend the highly pigmented shampoo and conditioner (in this case purple). The styling displayed in this photo is very easy and very time efficient for someone who lives a busy life, but still likes to appear ready!

Magenta Highlights

Magenta Highlights
Instagram @alluresalonsv

Q&A with style creator, Danielle Roniger
Hairstylist @ Allure Salon in Afton, WY

How would you describe this look?

This color makes a bold statement, exuding confidence and playfulness at once. I love the vibrancy of magenta, and it fits perfectly with this violet metallic color. You can wear this straight and curly and when curly it really makes the colors pop!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Follow your stylist’s instructions to keep your hair healthy. In order to achieve these vivid colors, you need to be a platinum blonde. With platinum comes damage. If you are already blonde, this is easier to achieve than if you are previously brunette or a redhead. It can be achieved, and it will just take a few more appointments and a lot of tender, loving care. This type of color is an investment and the products to keep your hair healthy is your insurance on your investment. They go hand in hand! So get creative and try out some vivid colors!

Dark Purple Hair with Highlights

Dark Hair with Highlights
Instagram @karisa_moore

Q&A with style creator, Karisa Moore
Hairstylist @ Posh Hair Studio in Kew Gardens, NY

How would you describe this look?

It’s an amethyst purple color melt. This look is great for someone who is looking for a bright and bold purple look. I love how vibrant this color came out which only happened because of lighting the hair first.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Definitely would not recommend this for someone in a strict work environment. Keep in mind my client came in with virgin hair so results may vary depending on your hair. Consult with your hairstylist to make sure this is the look for you. Fashion colors tend to fade quickly but a quick toner every month and a half can fix that.

My client wanted to do something with less maintenance, so I suggested balayage highlights that give much more of a gradient look as opposed to one solid color which requires touch-ups every four weeks. It’s a beautiful and rich color but does require some of the upkeep. The product also plays a major roll in the Longevity of your color. Make sure to use sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. I sent my client home with Davines MINU shampoo and conditioner which is designed for colored hair.

Red Hair with Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Sherry Flack
Independent Cosmetologist @ Sweeney Todd Salon in Troy, OH

How would you describe this look?

This look was custom formulated for my salon guest who loves to dress up as fantasy/cosplay elf characters! I absolutely love a natural copper color which I formulated her base and roots with a deep copper and pulled toner over pre-lightened sections with Joico hair color. I visioned purple peekaboos would add some sparkle while staying true to the different levels of spicy copper tones I gave her.

Her hair is very smooth with a medium density, so adding softness by blending long layers worked perfectly for her length. This complete look reminds me of a sunset which was the inspiration for this look. When her hair is curled, your eyes capture the depth of the deep red-copper and the peaks of bright copper, as it melts into the purple waves, just like a sunset!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My best advice for anyone considering red copper and purple is to do a consultation first with your stylist! Copper colors are so underrated, but deciding if your natural underlying hair pigment will work with copper color against your skin tone is important because it can be a bit tricky to change.

Fashion colors like this purple aren’t expected to last long. Your colorist should lay out a game plan to help you maintain the health and vibrancy with home care. My guest here is getting married in June, and we are planning to pull any remaining purple out before toning and retouching her copper all over.

Lilac Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Daisy Englander
Master Hair Artist @ Rogue House Salon in New York, NY

How would you describe this look?

I loved creating this beautiful cut and style with purple highlights! I would describe this look as lilac, pastel purple highlights. I love to create pastel colors because they bring life to plain blonde hair, especially when seasons are transitioning to warmer weather like spring. I highly recommend all the blondes out there to give it a try! I promise you won’t regret it.

I started by highlighting my client with balayage and foil highlights to achieve a nice platinum blonde. In order for someone to get this color, you’d need to be very very blonde/platinum. I use a bond reinforcement to protect my client’s hair throughout the lifting process. You want to go slow and steady with blondes as their hair tends to be more fragile. I used Manic Panic Professional to create the pastel purple color. To complete the look I did a long layered haircut and I styled her using a 1.5″ curling iron to create soft waves in her hair which will give the hair even more dimension.

I always encourage my clients to try new things. Most of my regular clients always allow me to share my recommendations with them so we can both come up with a great look especially if they want a big change. In this particular case, my client was really open to trying a pastel purple. We’ve previously done a rose gold, which is a great color if you want to play it safe but still have fun with your color. Well, that opened the door for my client to try a more vibrant/vivid shade like purple. I couldn’t be more excited and proud of how it came out! I love everything about this look and can’t wait to try it again.

Any advice for someone considering it?

First things first! You need to be platinum blonde to get this type of look! Think of applying purple to a white piece of paper, you’ll see it’s true pigment right? Now picture applying purple to a yellow or maybe an orange piece of paper.. you won’t see the purple as much. So, in theory, the lighter your hair is the more you’ll see that color. If you want pastel purple highlights and your hair is not light enough you might want to go with a darker purple shade instead until you work your way up to a lighter blonde.

These types of services usually will cost you a pretty penny! It can sometimes take hours to achieve that perfect blonde color to create the shade you really want, leaving you with a pretty large bill that’ll most likely be worth it if you’re ready for that step and commitment. I recommend consulting with your stylist about pricing before jumping into a hair project. Sometimes if you have a color build up it will take more time and money to achieve the color you want because the hair stylist has to take their time removing that color to get to the desired shade. Consultations and hair history are the key to successful hair service.

You also want to talk to your hair stylist about maintenance for this type of color. Usually, to upkeep a pastel shade you’ll need to visit your stylist every 2-4 weeks to maintain the vibrancy in the color you have.

When choosing a hair color I recommend finding out what your true skin tone is so you can determine which shades look best on you. You also want to factor in your eye color so it complements and brings out the colors in your eyes as well. I recommend going to a wig store to try on different shades to see what looks best on you.

For example, I have brown eyes but in certain lighting and with the right hair color, you can really see the honey color in my eyes and I have an olive based skin tone so I look better with warmer tones: brown, red, green and orange. I usually tend to wear these colors in my clothing as well as it can really help bring out my skin tone giving me a nice glow. Since orange works for me and pastel shades are in this spring I’ll be doing a peachy/coral shade for myself. It’s always fun to try new things!

Metallic Purple Highlights

Q&A with style creator, Wessam Shafek
Hairstylist @ Ulta Salon in Arlington Heights, IL

How would you describe this look?

This color was done on a young girl with natural light hair – about a level 6/7 with natural highlights. I would say this look is a natural twist on fantasy hair color. What I love is that we were able to add a violet metallic tone to her hair but enhancing what she already had at the same time. With the styling of loose waves, it allows the dimension of her natural highlights and the hair that wasn’t touched by the sun peek through.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The main thing to achieve this look is to have natural light or pre-lightened hair. In order to have the pastel or metallic shade of violet, the hair has to be light enough for the soft violet to grab on. With these types of colors, a sulfate free color sage shampoo and conditioner is a must to have the longevity of the color, also washing your hair in cool water. As far as heat styling, you have to keep the temperature low! The higher the heat the faster the color will fade out. High heat expands the color molecule! I would say if you’re looking to add a twist to your hair this would be a fun way to go!

Always ensure that your hair is in proper condition to achieve this color. Especially if you have naturally dark hair, you are going to need to lighten your hair. Which means you need proper aftercare products especially treatments. Now, this look can be achieved on other textured hair as well. It will look different if you have naturally curly, wavy, and straight hair. And that’s what makes every color unique because no one has the exact same hair.

Silver Hair + Purple Hightlights

Silver Hair with Highlights
Instagram @beautybyyasuko

Q&A with style creator, Yasuko Suzuki
Hair Artist @ Beauty by Yasuko in Sunnyvale, CA

How would you describe this look?

This look states that it’s very wearable even in a professional environment with a pop of color. With her natural roots blending into both silver and purple allows different arrangements for various occasion. She is able to tie her hair back during job interviews for a subtle look. If she wants to go to parties and festivals, the colorful hair will match the wild vibes.

This style allows you to wear the hair straight or curled and the dimensions will show flawlessly. The cut is a long layered cut which allows the client to have less maintenance on a daily basis.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Whether you work in a professional environment or just to try something new, purple highlights will work for anyone who doesn’t mind standing out! However, getting to this color does take a lot of maintenance to get to.

It is best to have healthy hair to lighten to a level 9-10. After lightening to a pale blonde, I added alternating colors of silver and purple. Since these cooler tones do not last long, keep the longevity of the colors by washing with color-safe hair products. The best part of these colors is that each time you wash and the color gradually fades, it still maintains very nice color into a beautiful ash blonde. As long as you’re able to spend extra time and effort into maintaining the colors and integrity of the hair, it will work!

Amethyst Highlights

Amethyst Highlights
Instagram @carlieroeartistry

Q&A with style creator, Carlie Roe
Hair Colorist @ Jayden Presleigh, The Salon & Spa in Carlsbad, CA

How would you describe this look?

Lavender is one of my favorite hair trends. I don’t see it going out of style anytime soon. It was the first fantasy color I chose for my own hair and it is now the number one requested unconventional hair color in my chair today. If you are looking for lighter purple highlights, consider lavender.

My inspiration for creating this custom lavender was amethyst. I wanted it to be reflective like a crystal geode. Styling was simple. I wanted soft beachy waves to pair with this color because her hair is so healthy that I didn’t need to over-style her. I wanted her natural texture to just be enhanced.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Placing pastel hair color over any color will not stick. Your hair needs to be very very pale yellow, to begin with. Think of a painting canvas. If you put light lavender paint over a black canvas, it won’t show as much as of you put it on a white canvas. Same with hair color. So, if you aren’t naturally blonde, you will need to consult with your designer if your hair can handle going as light as necessary for pastels.

Products are something you will want to invest in to keep this color alive. Heat protectants are a must and color safe shower products. Heat and non-color Sage ingredients are the number one cause of fading. Yes, that heat category includes water! Use cold water, always.

“If you’ve got it, flaunt it.” Having bright hair ends up drawing lots of attention. Wanted or unwanted. Be prepared for lots of questions, compliments, and comments on your new bright look! Having the personality to rock is what it’s all about!!

Make sure your job allows unconventional hair color! It’s becoming more acceptable in most workplaces, depending on your profession, but making sure this is allowed before investing your time and money to create this look is a must.

Have fun! These colors can make you feel like a creative unicorn and it’s a magical experience if you embrace it!

You can visit me at Jayden Presleigh hair salon in Carlsbad California to receive a look like this!

Dark Purple Highlights on Black Hair

Q&A with style creator, Leah Streng
Licensed Cosmetologist @ Tina’s Hair Designs in Pittsburgh, PA

How would you describe this look?

The goal for the achieved look was a purple balayage with shadow root and for the hair cut an angled lob (angled long bob). I love creating new looks with fashion shades. This was done with violet by Pravana. I love beachy waves I think they’re so trendy and really bring the entire look together!

These purple highlights are created by pre-lightening from 1 1/2 below the roots to the ends. Once washing and drying the hair we began our second process by applying a level 1 in semi-permanent by Baco. Then feathering and balayaging section by section with the violet! What I love about violet is you can be a level 6 and still see its vibrancy! So a lot of clients can achieve it without pre-lightening. Also once the hair is pre-lightened the violet will tone as possibly Turing the ends to a lovely lavender!

Any advice for someone considering it?

When clients are wanting something more adventurous like fashion shades I always make sure that I am very open, honest, and thorough. To achieve most fashion shades the hair must be a high-level blonde. I like to make sure that if my clients are considering to do a fashion shade that they are able to be lightened without damage, (integrity of the hair is my number one priority) to be able to achieve the desired book after pre-lightning. I make sure to explain that it’s an investment in themselves and good products.

Fashion shades only last so long and need to be maintained and to help color from fading. They need to invest in sulfate free shampoos, use cooler water, and be careful with any heat tools. All will help a long span for the color! I do not recommend colors like silver or any pastel if I know the client’s hair will not get to a level 10 or higher, so if I know they still want a color that may not be achievable I will recommend a new route with extensions!

Also, fashion shades are a costly investment so when clients would like to dye their hair all pink but it’s not in the budget I will once again recommend extensions! I don’t believe that certain hair colors are only age-appropriate, as long as something is done right, is tasteful, and the client feels beautiful, these are what matter most.

Light Purple Highlights

Light Purple Highlights
Instagram @zyngerhair

Q&A with style creator, Caylin Zynger
Advanced Graduate Stylist @ RedBloom Salon Bridgeland in Calgary, AB

How would you describe this look?

This look is cool, modern, and most importantly fun! These purple highlights are ideal for anyone that has always been interested in trying out a fashion color but isn’t ready to commit to the upkeep of traditional full head color. The soft baby lights create an ideal surface to add any type of dimension you can think of, but my favorite thing of all in this look is the fact we went with purple. Purple is the most ideal color to try when you’re looking to go bold because you can choose to let it fade out to an icy blonde or change your mind all over again. Purple tones are a low-risk way for blondes to experiment, without giving up their platinum goals.

I chose to baby light on my client because I find it appears differently based on the way the client feels like styling their hair. I chose to wave her hair to allow the purple baby lights from not only the surface of her hair but the interior to pop against her natural brown.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Go for it! I find purple to be a very soft color for almost anyone to try, and once you start with fashion colors, I find it opens a whole new world of hair possibilities.

The best thing about having purple babylights is maintenance. Fashion colors are notoriously hard to maintain, however with purple the fade out ends up being a really enjoyable and fun process! If you let it go for a few weeks you get a lovely ash blonde, and if you’re in love with the purple, I would recommend an Evo Fabuloso Custom conditioner to maintain. Colored conditioners are not only great for up keeping a fashion color, but are super easy to use, and can be applied as little or as often as you would like! If you’ve been perusing the idea of a fashion color before, purple is the place to start.