50+ Great Ideas of Purple Highlights In Brown Hair
Are you considering leaving your comfort zone and trying a new, offbeat hair color? Purple is a perfect option!
Not only is it the peak of fashion this year, but it is also truly versatile for any skin tone and hair type, is quite easy to achieve, and gives you an edgy yet spiritual look.
If you are not ready for a huge commitment involving a full head of purple hair, try our ideas for purple highlights.
How do you add purple tips or highlights to brown hair?
There are 3 main options for those who decide to take the plunge into purple hair:
2. Hair extensions,
Let’s define some details of each option
1. Bleaching + semi-permanent hair dye or toner
Should you bleach your hair before dyeing it purple?
Yes, you should. If you have black, dark brown, or brown hair – 1-5 level on a hair color chart – a purple dye, which often comes in semi-permanent or toner form, will not be visible.
If you want a pastel or fancy unicorn kind of mane, you will have to lift your hair color level up to 10 (lightest blonde) to rock it.
Keep in mind that the healthiest way to bleach black or dark brown hair up to lightest blonde is to do it gradually: 3-4 levels at one hairdresser appointment – or 2-3 with a mild developer if your hair is damaged – in intervals of a week or so.
If your hair is light brown or dark blonde and you want to try an intense palette of purple shades, you can go without bleaching, but the end result could be a color that is slightly different from what you had aimed for.
If your hair is brittle and damaged, you really should dedicate 2-4 weeks before visiting the hairdresser to restoring it using conditioning masks, for example, this one.
After bleaching, which can be a laborious and tricky process better left to a hairdresser, you can purchase one of any direct dyes such as Pulp Riot or Joico to experiment with your hair at home.
2. Color Extensions
Applying hair extensions is the simplest and safest way to obtain shiny unicorn hair without expensive and time-consuming salon or home hair-dyeing procedures.
If your hair is dry, fragile, and fine, extensions will give you easy thickness and volume whereas hair dying can make your hair even more damaged.
You can use extensions for hair color experiments or for special events, among other things.
Below, we've found some examples of hair extensions in purple shades:
3. Hair color spray and chalks
Hair color chalks are a great compromise between bleaching+dye and extension options. Producers promise vibrant colors – on both blonde and brunette hair – that could be easily washed out in the shower.
They are easy to apply, especially those that are designed to be applied with a comb. They are also fairly inexpensive and are absolutely safe, even for kids.
What are the best accent highlights for dark brown hair?
Plum, amethyst, periwinkle, mauve, magenta, and violet – but this is not a full list of this year’s fashionable purple hair color options that beauty brands are glad to offer us.
So, how do you choose the most flattering color for your brown or dark hair?
Consider your skin undertone because it defines what color – red or yellow – prevails in the skin.
People with a prepotency of yellow in the skin have a warm undertone and should choose warm purple hues that are in the red-violet palette. Those with a cool skin undertone may try purples in the blue-violet palette.
To know what your undertone is, check the color of your veins on the inside of your arm in daily light (for best precision):
- If your veins are green, your undertone is warm. The purple shades that will suit you are magenta (pink + purple), plum, eggplant, or red grape;
- If your veins are blue, your undertone is cool. Try pastel variations of purple, periwinkle, lavender, lilac, or indigo (blue + purple);
- If your veins are not blue neither green, your undertone is neutral. Try dusty mauve (grayish pink and purple) which actually works for everyone.
How do you prevent hairthat is dyed purple from fading quickly?
- Use a special shampoo for color-treated hair. To minimize color fading over time, we recommend using organic shampoo, which doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that wash color pigments from your hair.
- Wash your hair as infrequently as possible –try once a week – and use a dry shampoo instead.
- Cover your hair when in the sun, which can speed up color fading.
- Rinse your hair in cold water.
- Use heat protectant while curling and styling hair to keep the color fresh and bright.
- Refresh your hair color every 3-4 weeks as the majority of unnatural dyes only lasts approximately 6 to 12 washings