The Prettiest Pastel Purple Hair Ideas

In the late 80s and early 90s bright neon hair hues were the most popular non-traditional hair colors. Unlike their predecessors, these modern pastel shades are more versatile and easier to maintain. Pastel purple hair is the top favorite of all the pastels.

How To Bleach Your Hair For Pastel Color

In order to achieve pastel hair you will need to bleach your hair. If your hair isn’t platinum blonde or white, you have to bleach it in order to achieve the light pastel color. For the best result you should go to a colorist, a hair stylist that specializes in coloring.

There are two ways to bleach your hair and color it pastel. One way is to bleach and color your hair in a single process. The second way is to bleach your hair and then add the pastel color, a two-process method. Professional hairstylists prefer to use the two-process method, while at home coloring kits usually have a single process system.

To ensure that your hair can stand being chemically treated, you will need to complete a strand test. After you have successfully completed your strand test, the next thing you will need to do is to choose a color.

The Color You Want

The most popular pastel hair color brand is Manic Panic. Their hair colors come in over 40 shades that can help you to achieve the pastel color of your choice. An innovative product that Manic Panic has created for pastel hair is Manic mixer/Pastel-izer. This product can be mixed with any of the Manic Panic colors in order to make it a pastel shade. This product is probably the easiest way to achieve a pastel hair color at home.

Once you have chosen your favorite pastel hair color, now you have to choose how you want to place your hair hue. If you want all your hair to be pastel, you will need to bleach all of it. Another approach is to bleach and color only the ends, this is known as “dip dyeing”. Some other techniques that can be done with pastel hair color are ombre, balayage, and highlights.

Check out the ideas below.

#1: Grey Purple Hair

Pastel purple and gray can be combined to achieve an ethereal look. To keep your hair looking lightweight, avoid any blunt cuts with this type of hair color.

light lavender and silver gray hair

Instagram / @taytailx

#2: Brunettes Can Do It Too

Brunette ombre is a beloved technique for wearing dark and light hair colors seamlessly. This technique can be done with any color, but it looks beautiful with pastel purple hair.

dark brown to lavender ombre

Instagram / @crystaldquach

#3: Highlights

Highlights are one way to evenly mix pastel purple into your entire head of hair. When you use a lighter shade of purple, like this heavenly lavender hue, for instance, a good idea is to use lowlights.

pastel purple hair with lowlights

Instagram / @hotonbeauty

#4: Curly Pastel Ombre Hair

One of the tricky things about hair color is that you don’t always know how it will turn out. Sometimes it can be a disaster, but other times a fun surprise. This pastel purple hair has more of a pinkish hue, but it still offers a purplish tone. It also works well with silver blonde curls in a fade.

pastel burgundy ombre

Instagram / @evalam_

#5: Voluminous Curly Pastel Hair

With a hot pink color at the roots and light purple throughout the middle and to the ends, a hairstyle like this demonstrates the magic you can create when you combine two outrageous hair colors together. The thick, chunky curls finish the look and create a nice amount of volume and depth.

lavender hair with pink roots

Instagram / @xostylistxo

#6: Pastel Hair with a Middle Part

A lovely ash blonde base with very light purple balayage is what makes this long and curly look standout. A flattering middle part, revealing the naturally colored roots, is also responsible for why this hair works so well.

ash blonde hair color with pastel purple balayage

Instagram / @favy92

#7: Messy Braided Purple Updo

A few tones of pastel purple, pinkish purple and silver blonde blend to create a sophisticated hair color, not your doll’s gaudy hair. The hairstyle is a messy masterpiece that would look fantastic in any hair color, but in purple is true perfection.

#8: Pinkish Purple Body Waves

Inject a little inspiration from the past into your hair by creating some retro body waves. One of the best things about them is that they are rather simple, but still make a style statement. The softness of the purple is a flattering addition to the tenderness of the waves.

smooth wavy pastel purple hairstyle

Instagram / @loveloxx

#9: Bright Purple Vintage Swirl Bun

Equal parts rockabilly and old Hollywood glam, a hairstyle like this one is bound to turn heads. The purple color is a nice modern hair color upgrade to the vintage updo with Victory rolls placed untraditionally to the side and along the back of the head.

purple updo with side and back victory rolls

Instagram / @hairbymisskellyo

#10: Soft Pastel Purple Grey Hair

When you’re on the hunt for purple hairstyles that require little maintenance, this is arguably one of the best. The curls are free-flowing and slightly undone, giving the style a messy look that is perfect for a carefree day or a romantic date.

purple blonde hair with black roots

Instagram / @evalam_

#11: Angled Purple Bob

Not only long hair is beautiful in unusual hair colors. Short pastel hair instantly draws your attention, especially if it’s cut in a bold manner – in choppy layers or asymmetrically, for instance. This angled Bob is chopped throughout with pieces of hair placed in different directions for a funky and unique appearance. There is also a deep side bang that adds a hint of mystery.

choppy pastel purple bob

Instagram / @guy_tang

#12: Chunky Purple Waves

Calling all girly girls, this one’s for you! The long, chunky waves are absolutely stunning and romantic. Recreating the look is pretty simple, just add a side part and tons of thick curls all over. The light silver and purple hair color adds just the right amount of softness and femininity.

long wavy pastel purple hair

Instagram / @laurencalaway

#13: Blonde with Purple Roots

Pastel purple is good not only as an all-over color but as a hue for accents. Place some smears of purple to frame your face, dip dye the ends or, better, color the roots. This is a rather fresh idea, compared to the other suggestions. You don’t see this color solution very often, which is why it is so fascinating.

#14: Soft Waves with Pastel Highlights

When you like the idea of lavender hair, but feel uncertain about trying a more pronounced tone of the color, going a subtle shade is going a safe way. The dominating hair color in this solution is medium brown, and there are very subtle light purple highlights in the front that frame the face. Soft waves are placed all over for a stylish everyday look.

brown hair with ash blonde and pastel purple balayage

Instagram / @valdoeshair

#15: Wavy Brown Bob with Purple Highlights

Another way to rock brown and purple hair is to try it out this way. The wavy Bob features an all over brown hair color with purple highlights that are placed throughout as balayage. The result is chic and modern, perfect for women who like to spice things up.

light brown bob with purple balayage

Instagram / @larisadoll

#16: Long Curls with Purple Ends

Whether you have short purple hair or extremely long purple locks like these, you are a girl to look as you are passing by. Placing curls at the very ends and leaving the top and middle sections smooth, puts the volume and focus on the lower section.

dark brown to purple ombre

Instagram / @hairbypkilla

#17: Layered Lavender Curls

You can go for a rather rich shade of purple, but if it’s pastel, it will still look tender. Avoid monochromatic looks with unnatural hair colors. Even subtle highlights make a big difference and move your hair color to the next level.

medium length pastel purple hairstyle

Instagram / @caitlintyczka

#18: Pinkish Purple Balayage

The purple hair ideas keep coming, and this one really looks like from another world! Long, messy light brown hair with light purple brush strokes placed throughout, starting at the top and traveling to the ends. The side peekaboo bang adds to the mystery of the look.

pastel purple balayage for light brown hair

Instagram / @mizzchoi

#19: Ash-Toned Pastel Curls

Purple hairstyles look good both in sleek and tousled textures. In this example the curls are slightly undone and then pulled apart, which creates a messy appearance that seams effortlessly charming.

pastel ash purple hair color

Instagram / @guy_tang

#20: Sleek Pastel Hair

Sleek, polished hair always looks good, regardless of length or color, but a flattering hair hue means so much. This purple silver hair color is made for girls and women of the summer color type (cool muted skin tone).

ash blonde hair with very light pastel purple highlights

Instagram / @greenspacesalon

#21: Long Tousled Lavender Hair

Pastel purple hair hue is one of the most soft and feminine shades of all the unnatural hair colors you can try. It looks especially beautiful when you dress it in a romantic hairstyle such a downdo with long, voluminous waves. Due to the length, you could also style it in a variety of ways.

light pastel purple hair

Instagram / @beautybystark

#22: Intricately Braided Purple Hair

There are some amazing hair ideas that can be created with braids, and this stunning look demonstrates a useful trick – blending different types of braids in one hairdo. The braids are very intricately woven together, and each of three sections features a different braided pattern.

pastel purple braided hairstyle

Instagram / @bescene

#23: Purple Wavy Bob

Short pastel hair has never looked so good, and the cut is adorable too! The wavy Bob is given a stylish boost thanks to the chic purple hair color. To break up the unnatural color a bit, the roots are left black. The final result is fun, flirty and impossibly cute.

wavy pastel purple bob with black roots

Instagram / @glamiris

#24: Mixing Pastels

Instead of just settling for one pastel color, have two. This picture shows how you can combine more than one and it will still look appealing.

lavender hair with turquoise highlights

Instagram / @izzyvoodoo

#25: Short Hair, Don’t Care

Like most color trends, pastel purple hair looks great on short hair too. Besides, it’s much easier to experiment with new hair colors when your locks are cropped.

#26: Long Purple Locks

Long hair can look angelic in a pastel purple color. You may need more products to cover all of your luscious locks, so plan ahead.

long layered pastel purple hair

Instagram / @sam_reese_

#27: Pale Pastel

There are different shades of pastel purple. If you want to achieve a pale shade, you should only use a small amount of purple dye.

very light lavender hair color

Instagram / @keyrose101

#28: Keep Your Blonde

If you choose to try pastel colored hair, you don’t have to completely cover your basic blonde hair color. This picture shows that you can integrate your natural hair color and still have a funky style.

brown blonde hair with purple highlights

Instagram / @quirkiki

#29: Mixing Techniques

For a unique look, you can combine different color techniques. This picture shows a mix of 3color ombre and highlights.

pastel purple ombre for dark brown hair

Instagram / @hairbyamaya

#30: Blunt Cuts

Just because you have a blunt haircut doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the pastel color trend. This short lavender bob is mesmerizing!

short pastel purple hairstyle with a braid

Instagram / @tashpotatoes_hair

Pastel hair color is fun, vibrant, and versatile, which is why so many girls want to try it. Choose your color, follow our tips, and the result will be a fabulous pastel hair color everyone will envy.