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16 Gorgeous Ways To Rock A Violet Hair Color

28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.


Pastel violet is a soft raspberry shade, one that makes us hungry for fruit sorbet. Although even pastel hues can edge toward pure pink or purple, we like to see a color that’s directly in the middle. Instead of coping with lifeless, dull hair, you’ll be surprised to see how lively your ‘do can look. Since pastel colors often require bleaching (which leads to hair damage), we love to see this shade on bobbed and lobbed ladies.


Here’s an opulent shade that’s somewhere between chocolate and violet. Plum is a rich purple-brown with cherry notes. On really well-done hair, it’s reflective and silky-looking—an ideal pick for ladies with dark brown or black hair who want to take part in the trend without totally giving up their natural color. If you were the kind of teenager who erred just slightly on the goth side, plum hair is probably a good fit for you.


Ombre, the art of gradually fading one hair color into another, is a favorite choice of ours for statement colors like violet. Instead of totally covering your natural shade, your stylist can blend the violet from your ends to the mid-lengths of your hair. We like to call that a hair compromise, one even the most hair dye-shy woman can try for herself.

Red Violet

If you’re a brunette who’s looking to give your locks more texture and depth, we stand behind red violet as your best pick. The moody shade falls very close to cherry, a deep red hue with slight hints of purple. If you have a golden complexion, red violet hair is your new best friend.

Brown Violet

Here’s a hair color that puts the emphasis on brown first, notes of red and purple second. The shade is extremely versatile and subtle, meaning it’s a fit for even the most conservative office settings. If you’re not sure you’ll like violet against your skin, brown violet is a perfect way to test the theory out.

Violet Purple

For the girl who isn’t afraid of attention, violet purple is the way to go. This vibrant, lustrous shade really packs a punch. As with all very bright colors, make sure you’ve gotten a full hair care routine from your stylist before leaving the salon. This shade has to be kept at full strength.


If you’re going to commit to deep purple hair, you might as well do it wholeheartedly. Cherry hair (sometimes also called cherry soda hair) is inspired by the deep red of the fruit. You’ll end up with a head of purple-infused red, a dramatic color that’s nearly irresistible.

Black Violet

As its name might suggest, black violet is a dark, vampy shade with just a hint of violet. We love the color for women with medium and dark skin, especially during the winter. Instead of totally succumbing to flat, dry hair, you’ll be surprised at how springy a flash of violet can feel.

Silver Violet

We are heartbreakingly obsessed with silver violet hair. The shade mixes luminous gray with cool purple, resulting in a near-holographic shade that’s part space alien, part runway model. We particularly love this shade on very dark or very pale skin tones. It’s truly like wearing a fashion accessory around your face.

Blue Violet

While we’re referencing jaw dropping hair colors, it’s incredibly important that we mention blue violet. This shade is outrageously pigmented, resulting in a cobalt-like color that seems as if it should belong to some kind of rare tropical bird. We can’t get enough of it.

Darkest Violet

It’s all in the name when it comes to darkest violet. The inky shade just barely counts as violet, eking in with a hint of reddish undertone. Although the color isn’t for everyone, we fully support your decision to try such a dramatic shade.


In our humble opinion, mahogany is a criminally underrated hair color choice. The rich red shade is a wonderful fit for brunettes who’ve always wanted to try red hair but don’t love the look of true red or bright copper. Mahogany’s underlying notes of purple make it extra wearable.


Think of eggplant hair as mahogany’s sister. Whereas the latter leans heavily into red notes, eggplant is almost entirely purple. The shade retains just enough red to have it technically qualify as violet.

Pink Violet

Here’s one for the ladies who can’t get enough of brightly colored hair. As its name suggests, pink violet is a neon fuchsia that merely hints at purple. The shade is a must-try if you’ve ever wanted to make a serious statement with your mane.

Dusty Violet

Although its name may not sound so appealing, dusty violet is a bona fide cool girl hair color. Although it hasn’t yet taken off in the way pastel pink has, this shade’s cool, ashy undertones make it a guaranteed success. Medium skin tones, this one’s for you.

Rose Violet

Unlike dusty violet, rose violet is a hair color that neatly rides the line between pink and purple. It has all the same ashy undertones, but none of the lavender. Instead, you stylist will create a lilac-inspired pink-purple that’s instantly stunning. It’s an approachable take on the vibrant shade.

Everything's coming up roses—or, perhaps more accurately, violets. In the past few months, we’ve started to see the fluorescent shade on celebrity manes and social media. That means it’s only a matter of weeks until every cool girl you know has purple-pink locks. Violet hair is happening in a big way.

Have you ever thought about giving the berry-rich shade a try? Thanks to the shade’s red and purple notes, it’s totally wearable for any skin tone. It’s just a matter of finding the color that’s right for you.

If you’re looking to get a little wild with your ‘do, try a red violet or a neon shade. For those who want a color that’s laidback and chic, look toward the pastel and silver violet end of the spectrum. Whoever you are, there’s a shade of violet made just for your mane.

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