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Purple Ombre Hair: Who Should Wear It And Looks To Try

20 December 2018
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Alex Lazic

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Purple ombre hair has us swooning. With so much choice—lilac, plum, lavender, violet, aubergine, and all the other purple-inspired hues—your blonde or dark brown hair becomes your color palette.

Abbie Addotta, L'Oréal Professionnel stylist, shares her tips and tricks on how to pull off this enchanting look to let your edgy side shine through—purple and proud!


What is purple ombre hair?

A blend of red and blue, purple ombre hair encompasses many different shades. Because of the sheer number of hues that fall on the purple spectrum, it suits a variety of complexions. There’s something for everyone when it comes to purple ombre hair, and our pro agrees.

Purple is a color that can look good on a vast majority of people and, due to its variations, it can be customized.

We love us a versatile shade, and we’re all about personalization.

Who should try purple ombre hair?

This largely depends on your original hair color, your eye color, and your skin tone. It’s about finding that complementary color that offsets your features but still looks natural.

If you have darker hair, your stylist will need to pre-lighten it for the purple ombre to be effective. One thing’s for sure: This look packs a punch on all lengths. Ombre isn’t reserved for the long-haired ladies, either—purple ombre short hair looks great, too.


What kind of purple ombre hair is for you?

Black and purple ombre hair go together like peanut butter and jelly. When you combine the two, you’ve got purple complementing black and blurring the edges of where they first meet. This creates the most seamless of transitions. So if you’re rocking a dark mane, this one’s for you!

If you’re erring on the blonde side, purple will show up better. It's the perfect base to try a light and lovely pastel purple ombre. The best part is that the fade-out looks just as beautiful as the original color.

Alternatively, if you’re into something that stands out more, try magenta balayage for color so vibrant, it’s sure to make a statement. Magenta is purple’s sister color, so you’ll still be onboard the purple trend hype.

Once you’ve decided on the shade of purple you want, the next step is book an appointment with your stylist to make your dreams a reality.

“If working with virgin hair, [a stylist] can perform a color service with L'Oréal Professionnel Dia Richesse, Inoa, or Majirel lines,” explains Addotta. “If working with pre-colored hair, you would need to lift the old color with lightener then apply your tones."

Your stylist will be able to talk you through exactly what it’ll take to get your color to where you want it to be. Rock your purple ombre hair with these guidelines.

Looking to try purple ombre hair? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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