18 Reasons to Color Your Hair Violet Purple

The best violet hair colors

A violet hair color is a mixture of red and blue tones balanced into a vivid hue. For fun gals who are not afraid to express themselves, one way to show off your vibrant personality (or live your mermaid dreams!) is by wearing a pretty violet mane.

Insta-famous hair colorist Chrissy Rasmussen describes violet hair as the color of the season, and I couldn’t agree more!

To keep this color regal, you’ll have to be level up your at-home hair maintenance since we all know that vivids need more TLC when it comes to upkeep. Ask your trusted colorist for the recommendations of the best color-safe products.

You can get your celeb hairspiration from  Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Justin Skye who electrifyingly proved how fitting violet is with all types of complexions.

Know how to work this trend by checking out these gorgeous violet hair color ideas that you won’t be able to resist!

Ash Blonde Violet

Ash Blonde Violet hair color
Instagram @lanateam.hair

Take your long locks to the salon and ask for this ash blonde violet hair color. You’ll never go back to having one-colored hair again.

Violet Pastel

Violet Pastel hair color
Instagram @cucafeliz.hair

Pinkish hues outshine your normal violet pastel. Who knew one color can make all that multi-tones work, huh?

Dark Violet

Dark Violet hair color
Instagram @chelseacomptonhair

Deep dark violet says sexy and mysterious. It goes well for a moody dress-up, if you know what I mean.

Dark Red Violet

Dark red violet hair color
Instagram @pinkrosestyle

Balayage pretty much worked well with brown and plum to create this gorgeous violet hue. The long, straight hair also did the trick of creating this blanket of colored beauty.

Violet and Blue Balayage

Violet and Blue Balayage
Instagram @sokiestylist

One thing that this one got right is that you could never go wrong with violet and blue. Any shade, any hue, any technique. These colors really go well together.

Violet Brown

Violet Brown hair color
Instagram @maddhairdesigns

This medium-length layered hair of violet on brown creates a multi-dimensional look for this one. It’s amazing what two colors and a perfect cut could do, right?

Violet Hair Highlights

Violet Hair Highlights
Instagram @sarah.alana.rivers

With this one, the violet highlights on black hair might be underappreciated but it really is the star of the show.

Violet Purple

Violet Purple hair color
Instagram @thegoldglamgirl

Who could have known you could hold the galaxy on your hair? Only with the magic of hair dye and a very willing professional could you do it!

Platinum Violet

Platinum Violet hair color
Instagram @liannecapsized

Unicorn’s hair may be anther proper name for your hairstyle. And that’s one of the biggest compliments ever.

Violet Blonde

Q&A with style creator, Kailee Savorgino
Hairstylist @ Shine Salon and Dry Bar in Hampshire, IL

How would you describe this look?

This look is a color melt. It has a soft transition from violet to icy blonde.

My favorite thing about this look is the blend. There are no harsh lines, and it effortlessly melts into the blonde. One thing I truly love about this look is that it’s not permanent. Once the violet fades, she would be able to change the colors up and keep it fun.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It’s high maintenance, so you have to be willing to make an investment into your hair. Fashion colors fade and only last about a couple of weeks. Also, blonde is high maintenance because you have to keep it toned to the right blonde.

You also have to make sure you work in a career that allows fun funky colors. It’s definitely fun for someone who likes to change up there colors a lot, as you are allowed to switch from purples to any other fun color. As long as it is done professionally, I do not condone this being done out of a box or at home. Seek out a professional that specializes in fashion colors.

Light Violet

Q&A with style creator, Minsk
Hair Dresser and Hair Colorist @ Hair by Katerina Polinkova in Msq, Belarus


How would you describe this look?

My client is a doctor, and I was so excited when she came to me and asked for an extraordinary color for her. She had medium length hair before starting our work, so I decided to make a bob cut for her – it was the best decision. The haircut was very suitable for her face oval and emphasized the beautiful neck. I thought that the ombre technique would look great, and my client loved the violet crazy color. So after 6 hours, she was done, we were very satisfied with the result. When the color will wash off, the ombre color will be like ashy blonde.

It is not difficult to care for such hair color and cut at home. First of all shampoo and conditioner for colored hair. You can use also purple shampoo or no yellow. I recommend to use thermo-protective products in the process of styling and also hair oil to complete styling.

Any advice for someone considering it?

No matter what your job or what your lifestyle, love yourself and don’t be afraid of change!

Black Violet

Q&A with style creator, Aili Hillstrom
Level 1 Stylist @ Lux Salon & Spa in Tacoma, WA


How would you describe this look?

This balayage that I created is a perfect lower maintenance look for those who want fashion color without needing a retouch every 4-6 weeks. The best part about a vivid balayage is that you can easily change up the color at each appointment while continuing to let your natural root grow out. These soft waves were achieved with a styling wand and some of my favorite Goldwell products!

Any advice for someone considering it?

When considering your next hair color, it is important to think about maintenance. Despite the balayage being a lower maintenance trend, vivid colors require a lot of care.

I always recommend salon quality shampoo and conditioner, heat protection, and even a custom color shampoo for at-home maintenance. Washing with cold water is also a necessity while maintaining bright colors, as it keeps your cuticle sealed and allows for less bleeding. Fashion color isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a splash of color to match your vibrant personality, a vivid balayage just might be the perfect look for you!

Burgundy Violet

Burgundy Violet
Instagram @chloekimstyle

Q&A with style creator, Chloe
Hairstylist @ Ssoonie Style in Los Angeles, CA


How would you describe this look?

The colors are ash violet (level 4) on top and pink-violet at the bottom. I styled with natural waves, as her hair needed volume. I used USA Glampalm and Schwarzkopf.

Any advice for someone considering it?

She has Asian black hair and a round face. Her hair was bleached, so the top part was damaged already. That’s why I recommended an ombre look! She wanted pink for the bottom part. Asian hair needs 2-3 times bleaching, but we couldn’t go lighter to avoid damage. We made the color ash violet that goes well with pink.

This color looks pretty with club lights or any place like bars and lounges. Even just wearing a plain white t-shirt with jeans while having this color will make you really fashionable.

Dark to Light Violet Ombre

Dark to Light Violet Ombre
Instagram @jewells423

Q&A with style creator, Julia Jewell
Future Professional @ Gary Manuel Aveda Institute in Seattle, WA


How would you describe this look?

This look is a violet to lavender balayage. My favorite things about this look are the colors and how they’re subtle yet bold and fun.

Any advice for someone considering it?

You’ll definitely need to do a lot of upkeep since purple pastel colors fade tremendously fast. With summer coming up and you’re thinking of going swimming, keep in mind that water, chlorine, or staying in the sun will fade the color too.

To protect your hair from the sun, I recommend buying an SPF hair spray at your local beauty store. To anyone who is considering this look, I would say go for it. Just consider you may need to change hues depending on the color of your natural hair and what colors could flush you out. Talk to your stylist to decide which alterations would best fit you.

Silver Violet

Q&A with style creator, Marysol Vargas
Stylist @ Dolce Salon & Beauty Bar in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look?

It’s a melted grape pop. I love playing with color, and since my guest never had fashion colors done, I wanted to give her something subtle but also have my chance to be creative.

Any advice for someone considering it?

When wanting fashion colors, I always make them aware of how reducing hair washes and washing with cooler water will prevent the hair from fading as much and will make their color last longer. Also, I love to recommend a good color care shampoo – pretty much anything with low to no sulfates. This will prevent the hair from drying out as well – this and a weekly mask.

I think anyone can rock fashion colors! If you want them, go for it! We can always color it back. Don’t let the fear get you from living your inner mermaid life!

Dusty Violet

Q&A with style creator, Cherish Baser
Hairstylist @ Crystal Skull Studio in Ann Arbor, MI


How would you describe this look?

This look is a smokey lilac shadowed root. The depth of the root and the splash of vivid blue complements the lived-in party braid. My favorite thing about this look is that it can be worn casually or can be dressed up. It is just vivid enough to be edgy but is still very classy and tasteful.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend they come in every 4 to 6 weeks to keep the color fresh. This will prevent a line of demarcation in the new growth and keep the smokey silver from fading. Pastels and silvers are a bit higher maintenance because they tend to fade after about 30 washes.

The braid is a great look that anyone who French braids can do at home. Just section out the mohawk and braid it back. Secure it with a couple of bobby pins and loosen the braid for a lived-in feel. This look can be worn straight or curly!

Violet Grey

Q&A with style creator, Gabby Gomez
Hairstylist @ Hair by Gabby G. in Fresno, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as “stormy violet waves.” The color is stormy like the grey clouds that come along with a storm, violet from the violet cast in the tone of the color, and wave style that reminisce the sea.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This color is very high maintenance, so make sure you are ready and able to keep up with it!

Maintenance includes deep conditioning treatments at least once a week (my favorite at the moment is the Moisture Recovery Balm by Joico), use of a violet shampoo for grey/silver hair such as the Color Lover Dynamic Blonde by Framisi, and color glazes every 4-6 weeks to keep those stormy vibes.

Be realistic about the process, (how long it will take to get there, the number of sessions it will require, and the cost of all the services to achieve the look). If you have naturally dark coarse hair or have the previous color, don’t expect these results in the first session (if you want to have nice long healthy hair).

This client in the photo came to me with virgin level 2 hair, and we started with a small number of highlights and then transitioned her into a balayage with a shadow root. She went through about 6 lightening sessions over a period of 1 year and a half to achieve this color! Patience is key!

This color is more for the client who has the time and funds for maintenance, is very patient, and who will love the attention he/she will get from this unique color.

Deep Violet

Deep Violet
Instagram @hairbykarab

Q&A with style creator, Kara Brown
Hairstylist / Colorist @ Luster Color Studio in Central Valley, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as vibrant and sassy. My favorite thing about this look is that it is a great way to add color to your hair without a huge commitment. I say that because to achieve this color I did a combination of balayage and highlights, leaving some of her natural hair color in between. Doing it that way makes it easier to touch up, and it will fade out a lot nicer versus an all-over solid vibrant color.

This client has pretty then fine hair, so we also gave her a fresh, blunt shoulder-length cut with some textured layers. The texture in the layers will give it movement while keeping the ends blunt will make her hair appear thicker and fuller.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be aware that this kind of color is a bit more maintenance than traditional color. I always recommend my clients get a color depositing shampoo or conditioner to keep the color fresh and bright. Also, using a sulfate-free shampoo, washing in cool water, and using a heat protecting spray will ensure your color lasts as long as possible.

This color that looks great on all skin tones, and there are so many shades of violet. If you have a deeper skin tone, I think the warmer shades of violet look best. Think more on the magenta side, a deep violet, or a red/violet. For fairer skin tones, a blue-based violet or lighter purple will compliment you best. If you tend to have redness in your face, I would also lean towards a cooler toned purple.

Vibrant colors are so much fun to have! If you are someone who washes your hair daily or doesn’t want to frequent the salon every 6-8 weeks, it might not be the best option for you. As long as you listen to your stylist’s recommendations and are prepared for a little extra maintenance, there is no reason why you can’t rock some hair like this hair.