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.

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.

According to Carly Roe, an expert hair colorist in Carlsbad California, “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 colorist if your hair can handle going as light as necessary to get .”

Warm skin 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!

Here are pictures of the best ideas for purple highlights for your inspiration!

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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 purple strands and 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? Well, this dark brown hair with purple highlights prove you can!

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 on brown hair appear bluish, 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 with darker purple tips.

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!

Plum Highlights

Plum Highlights
Instagram @linnshairshop

A splendidly bold plum color is an unexpected highlight even for blonde hair! Good thing stylist RayAnne did a marvelous work with this. If you’re thinking of getting streaks of plum, really consider the different shades available before deciding on both purple and plum highlights.

Violet Purple Peekaboo Highlights

Violet Purple Peekaboo Highlights
Instagram @kjaykhair

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

Ultraviolet Purple Highlights

Ultraviolet Purple Highlights
Instagram @lzhouseofhair

Get an out of this world hair color using shades of blue and violet highlights. 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?

This 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 blonde hair with purple highlights 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 is subtle, but makes a statement!

What’s your best advice?

Thinking about a purplish lilac ombre? 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 ombre 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 in blonde hair 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?

This is indigo dreaming! Different blues and purples were used 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.

What’s your best advice?

Fantasy colors look great on all women, especially shades of purple. Don’t go for 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. Don’t go too light with this shade of purple because it 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?

This black hair with purple highlights are very edgy/spunky, very modern, but not too loud!

What’s your best advice?

If you’re thinking of opting for vibrant colors for the first time, try purple hues. Women always feel most comfortable with purple hair highlights. It’s easy to take out if not desired, but also fades out to be a very pretty blonde (as weird as that may sound)!

Any vibrant color like purple highlights in black hair is very high maintenance without the correct products! Looks like this require effort from you at home, along with everything done for you in the salon. I always highly recommend the highly pigmented shampoo and conditioner (in this case purple).

Magenta Highlights

Magenta Highlights
Instagram @alluresalonsv

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


How would you describe this?

These magenta highlights make a bold statement, exuding confidence, and playfulness at once. We 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!

What’s your best advice?

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 Purple 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?

This dark purple hair with highlights are an amethyst purple color melt. These dark purple highlights are great for women looking for a bright and bold purple dye. Because the hair was lightened first, vibrancy with this color really popped.

What’s your best advice?

Results may vary depending on your hair, especially if you have virgin hair or previously dyed hair. Consult with your hairstylist to make sure lighter and darker purples are for you. Fashion colors tend to fade quickly but a quick toner every month and a half can fix that.

If you want something with less maintenance, try purple 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 upkeep. The product also plays a major role in the longevity of your purple streaks. Make sure to use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Try Davines MINU shampoo and conditioner since it’s designed for colored hair.

Red Hair with Purple Highlights

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


How would you describe this?

This red hair with purple highlights was custom formulated.  It features a natural copper color with purple peekaboos that add some sparkle while staying true to the different levels of spicy copper tones. Add curls if you want to melt the copper with purple waves.

What’s your best advice?

If you’re considering red copper and purple have a consultation first with your stylist! 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.

Lilac Highlights

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


How would you describe this?

These highlights could be described as lilac, pastel purple highlights. Pastel colors bring life to plain blonde hair. If you’re blonde, give it a try!

Start by highlighting with balayage and foil highlights to achieve a nice platinum blonde. If you want this color, you’d need to be very blonde/platinum first. Use a bond reinforcement to protect your hair throughout the lifting process. You want to go slow and steady with blondes as their hair tends to be more fragile. Use Manic Panic Professional to create the pastel purple color.

Opt for these lilac highlights if you’re open to trying a pastel purple. It’s more of a vibrant/vivid shade like purple.

What’s your best advice?

First things first! You need to be platinum blonde to get this type of color! 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.

Consult 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. This is 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. Go to a wig store to try on different shades to see what looks best on you if you’re indecisive.

Metallic Purple Highlights

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


How would you describe this?

These metallic purple highlights are a natural twist on fantasy hair color. Add a violet metallic tone to your hair to enhancing what you already have.

What’s your best advice?

The main thing to achieve these blonde and purple highlights 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 shade hair 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 wash 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!

Silver Hair + Purple Highlights

Silver Hair with Purple Highlights
Instagram @beautybyyasuko

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


How would you describe this?

This silver hair + purple highlights state that it’s very wearable even in a professional environment with a pop of color. With the natural roots blending into both silver and purple, it allows different arrangements for various occasions for colorful hair.

What’s your best advice?

Purple highlights will work for any woman 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, add 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 a 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!

Lavendar Highlights

Lavender 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?

Lavender is a favorite hair trend that isn’t going out of style anytime soon. This fantasy color is the number one requested unconventional hair color in salon chairs today. If you are looking for lighter purple highlights, consider lavender. Inspiration for creating this custom lavender was amethyst.

What’s your best advice?

 

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.

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?

These purple highlights on black hair were achieved with a purple balayage and shadow root. The hair cut is an angled lob (angled long bob). These fashion shades were done with violet by Pravana.

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 purple feathering and balayaging section by section with the violet! So a lot of women can achieve it without pre-lightening. Also, once the hair is pre-lightened, the violet will tone and possibly turning the ends to a lovely lavender!

What’s your best advice?

If you’re wanting something more adventurous like fashion shades, make sure that you and your colorist are very open, honest, and thorough. To achieve most fashion shades the hair must be a high-level blonde. If you are considering doing a fashion shade you’ll need to be able to be lightened without damage or jeopardizing the integrity of the hair to be able to achieve the desired look after pre-lightning.

Fashion shades only last so long and needs to be maintained and to help color from fading. Invest in sulfate-free shampoos, use cooler water, and be careful with any heat tools. All will help a long span for the color!

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?

These light purple highlights are ideal for women that have always been interested in trying out a fashion color but haven’t been ready to commit to the upkeep of traditional full head color.

The soft purple baby lights create an ideal surface to add any type of dimension you can think of, especially 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.

What’s your best advice?

Go for it! Purple is a very soft color for almost any woman to try. Once you start with fashion colors, 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, use Evo Fabuloso Custom conditioner to maintain it.

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.