Purple Highlights | 11 Stunning Ways To Wear Them in 2024.

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Do you want to know how to rock purple highlights this year? You’ve come to the right place.

We’re to tell you everything you need to know about this show-stopping trend. You’ll learn what they are, why they look great and who should be wearing them – and how!

Plus, we’ll show you the best way to get your locks looking this popular color and how to make it last when you do.

So let’s go!

What’s the purple highlights trend all about?

Purple is the color of creativity and imagination. Purple highlights look fab on dark or light hair and mixed with stunning shades of blue and pinks to create multi-dimensional effects.

It’s a bold choice for those whose sense of self can’t be defined by rules or convention.

Hollywood’s elite, like Demi Lovato and Kylie Jenner, have flirted with these enchanting hues, making a striking statement and setting style benchmarks.

We love the look for it’s versitality – you can go bold with all-over pastel tips or opt for subtle ombré or balayage effects instead.

Lighter, pastel tones like periwinkle will suit blondes whereas intense hues like burgundy and plum work best with darker hair.

Check out the latest Purple highlights looks on our Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration.

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11 On-Trend Purple Highlights Ideas

Let us present 11 mesmerizing purple highlight styles! From the depths of plum to the softness of lavender, there’s a shade tailored for you.

#1 Purple highlights on chestnut brown hair.

Purple hues look amazing with warm chestnut brown locks.

The two shades work really well together to give you some awesome contrast!

From rich burgundy effects, subtle violet strands and deep purple blends, the color combination is pretty much endless.

Just play around with different shades of purple on your hair and see what suits your style.

#2 Purple root melt on ash blonde hair

Blonde hair shades look stunning with purple root melt or subtle babylights. 

Light shades of lavender work well if you want to keep the overall look natural and subtle, whereas warmer pinky tones like mauve always make a fantastic statement.

Combining pink and purple is your best bet for a gorgeous pastel effect.

#3 Deep plum highlights with black hair

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If you have dark or black hair, you can add some fabulous depth and dimension with purple highlights.

Just think of those stunning plum locks and rich wine or maroon on more dense strands.

If you have lighter tips don’t be afraid to blend in silver or white blonde too – the contrast will look unreal!

#4 Violet highlights

Violet is a show-stopping shade that has hints of blue in it which brings out the contrast beautifully against any hair color.

A gorgeous choice for those looking to lighten their locks, violet is a perfect vampy shade that can also ‘soften’ darker shades too.

For those who want an alternative to a bright pink, this color nails it.

#5 Light brown hair with purple peekaboo highlights

The contrast between deep and light tones in peekaboo hair is gorgeous.

This is a great way of adding color that’s not too overwhelming. It creates a beautiful blend that works much better than just having traditional highlights.

The peekaboo purple, which can be subtle or bright as you like, shows off your natural blonde locks beautifully and brings out those tones with an understated color POP!

#6 Dirty Blonde and Purple ombré

Purple ombré is an on-trend style that is definitely an eye-catching look.

The light shades gradually become darker, with the darkest strands being at the roots.

This creates a nice gradient effect which is incredibly stylish and easy to maintain for those with busy schedules who can’t be bothered with the maintenance of all-over color.

We love the contrast of ashy dirty blonde with pastel purple or lilac highlights.

#7 Purple money piece on dark hair

Having a purple money piece really makes your look stand out and they’re a great way to get the splash of color without committing to having it done.

Purple streaks like this look fabulous on short, long, curly or shoulder length hair.

You can use this color in any shade of purple, from light lavender through to bright pinks and rich crimsons.

#8 Berry balayage

Balayage is a wonderful all-over highlighting technique that looks stunning on anyone.

This look works best with base colors like honey blonde, caramel browns or even soft greys (and you guessed it – any shade of purple) to really make the most of this style.

#9 Purple and midnight blue highlights

How cute are these purple and midnight blue locks?

This dark brown, almost black base is the perfect place to put your bright colors on.

The high contrast between light and dark works really well, giving you a powerful look that still has a touch of femininity. Perfect!

#10 Mermaid hair

Isn’t this stunning! A stroke of brilliance, this comes pretty close to completing the purple highlight spectrum.

Mermaid purple hair style is the most striking of them all with bright pastel tones that fade into darker shades on top. Mix in blueberry and grape tones for a fruity vibe.

It’s guaranteed to get you noticed wherever you go.

#11 Lavender and silver highlights

This is the perfect style for those looking to rock a trend rather than make a statement.

It’s subtle and classy and looks great on a silver or grey base.

The lavender purple and silver shades blend really well and it works best if you mix pinks, ash purple hair dye and even pale pastel blues to create a stunning, multidimensional effect.

How to choose the right shade for you.

While anyone can embrace the purple highlight trend, it’s all about picking the shade that flatters you most.

Darker hair beautifully complements deep, rich purple hues, while lighter tresses shine with pastel tones.

For blondes, a delicate ombré effect can be a subtle way of adding purple to your look. You might want to tread lightly with the boldest purples – going too vibrant can overshadow the hair’s natural definition. A hint of soft purple tips can give that desired pop without being overpowering.

The beauty of purple is in the range of colors – spanning both warm and cool shades.

Typically, warm purples enhance darker hair, while cooler purples complement lighter shades. So all you have to do is find the hue that goes best with both your skin tone and hair’s natural color.

Not sure if you lean towards warm or cool tones? Dive into our handy checklist below for guidance!

If you have cool undertones:

  • Your skin tone is pink or pale.
  • You blush easily!
  • Jewel and pastel colors are so your thing.
  • The color yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
  • You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
  • Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.

If you have warm undertones:

  • You have red or golden tones in your natural hair.
  • Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
  • You might have freckles.
  • You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
  • You suit bright or rich shades better.
  • Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
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If you’re still unsure, take out quick quiz!

This will tell you what hair colors will suit you.

Just answer a few quick questions and you can apply this color theory to your hair, your wardrobe and your life.

Which Hair Color Suits Me?

Do I need to bleach my hair to get purple highlights?

Yes, to achieve vibrant purple highlights, especially on darker hair, you’ll typically need to bleach the sections you want highlighted first.

Bleaching removes the natural pigment, allowing the purple dye to show up more vividly.

If you have naturally light hair, you might not need to bleach at all or may require a less intensive process.

If you have darker hair and prefer not to bleach, you can opt for deeper shades like plum and burgundy which will show up better.

Pastel shades, such as lilac or lavender, will almost always require bleaching to truly pop.

Always consult with a professional for the best results and to minimize damage.

Watch and learn: How to do purple highlights at home.

Check out this great video tutorial that guides you through how to do purple highlights at home.

How long will purple highlights last?

The lifespan of your highlights will depend on how they were put in as well as how they are maintained.

All-over purple will fade the fastest, whereas streaks or balayage highlights will look fresh for longer.

The more you wash your hair, the quicker the color will fade – dry shampoo is your friend!

If you use semi-permanent hair dye, you can expect your color to start washing out in around 8-10 washes.

If you use permanent hair dye – you can get to around 6 weeks before it starts to fade and new root regrowth will show through.

The best way to keep color like this looking bright and fresh is to get it done every 6 weeks by a professional.


How to care for purple highlights.

Any of these styles are easy to care for, but needs a little bit of extra TLC in comparison to other shades.

Make sure you’re using quality, sulphate-free shampoos and color-safe conditioners to keep your color looking bright and healthy.

To prevent fading, opt for a deep conditioning treatment every time you wash your hair to restore moisture and shine.

Products that will help keep your locks protected include those which contain UV filters, as well as those with moisturising properties.

If you want your color to look bright and glossy then we recommend using a good heat protector every time you heat style your hair.

Parting words.

It goes without saying that this trend is the perfect way to spice up your look.

It’s an easy, affordable way to get that pop of purple color without spending too much money or time on it.

You can create dramatic highlights, streaks, ombre, balayage or just subtle highlights.

Whatever your heart (and head!) desire, we hope we’ve helped you to achieve the best results possible.

Good luck!

This article was written by:

  • Nicola Freeman, Creative Director & Content Lead
    Creative Director & Content Lead

    With over two decades of passionate hair dyeing experience, I've experimented with nearly every shade imaginable. My journey began long before blogging; as an award-winning copywriter in London and New York, I shaped narratives for iconic brands. However, when friends sought advice during lockdown for at-home hair dyeing, I realized my true calling. Beyond being your hair color expert, I'm a mom of two girls, wife to artist Tony, and an avid soccer player!