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55+ Pink and Purple Hair Ideas to Inspire You

by Sherri Owens

The great thing about pink and purple hair is that the result can run the gamut from cute to downright mystical.

As a colorist, I have had a lot of experience - and fun - combining these two shades. So, I am here to show you all the ways you can blend the two for an amazing effect.

Here is all the hair inspo you need for this trend.

Just a Hint of Tint

Sometimes, you want just a hint of pink and purple in your hair. Maybe you want to minimize hair damage or are worried about fading hair color. Or, maybe you work or go to school where major hair changes aren't tolerated.

Regardless, here is a great pink and purple hair idea to consider. Only a few strands have been done up in pink and purple. Best of all, these shades complement the natural hair color perfectly, with the purple being dark enough to be disguised by the rest of the hair.

pink and purple hair

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Pink and Purple Highlights

Pink and purple highlights are one of the most common ways to wear these colors in your hair. It is certainly less fuss-free than dyeing your entire head and cheaper too. Not to mention, highlights don't require as much maintenance.

With blonde hair, the highlights tend to be in softer shades. It is also more typical for the highlights to be narrower and less chunky.

pink and purple highlights on blonde hair

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lavender highlights

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Of course, this doesn't mean you have to play it safe with the pink and purple hair color idea. If you want to go bolder, you can definitely choose darker shades and have the pink and purple highlights featured more prominently.

dark pink and purple highlights

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With dark brown or black hair, pink and purple hair shades works best when they are darker. These blend in better with your natural hair color, while still being noticeable.

pink and purple hair shades on dark hair

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With black hair, electric shades of pink and purple are a great idea. Black acts as a natural canvas, making hues like hot pink and vibrant purple really stand out. If you want to make a statement, this is the way to go:

Katy Perry with pink, purple and blue highlights

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There are different ways to arrange the pink and purple colors in your hair as well.

You can have them side by side so that the pink and purple hair can entwine when curled. This is one of the most popular pink and purple styles:

colourful curled hair

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You can also have the highlights start out as purple hair and give way to a lighter pink. This borrows from the ombre hair coloring method.

ombre purple and pink hair

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Here is a more nuanced way of executing the purple and pink highlights idea. The pink is practically a rose gold which blends in more naturally with the brown hair. The purple complements this shade while adding a bright pop of color.

dark purple and pink highlights

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Pink and Purple Ombre Hair Color

This is a gorgeous way to utilize the pink and purple hair trend. Best of all, if you don't want to keep going to the salon for touchups you dont have to!

As the color is focused on the ends of the hair, the roots of your hair can grow out without having an impact on the overall style.

Here the ombre is in gradient form, with the purple hair giving way to the bright pink hue. This looks works especially well on dark hair as the dark to light contrast is maintained throughout.

purple to rosegold ombre

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purple ombre on dark hair

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As far as pink and purple hair ideas is concerned, this look is inspired. Different shades of purple and pink hair are layered over each other. This gives it a softer, more natural look as there is no distinction between the sections of colored hair.

shades of pink and purple

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What's great about the pink and purple combination is that the shades are chosen to work perfectly with the natural hair color. Thus, the brown giving way to pink and purple creates a seamless look.

brown hair with purple and pink ombre

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Pink and Purple Face Framing Highlights

This is a 90s trend that has recently come back in style. It's a great way to incorporate purple and pink hair color without making too much of a change.

It is important to be mindful of your skin tone with this look, though, especially if you are turning your hair pink. Choose shades of pink and purple that complement your complexion. Otherwise, you risk making the colors look washed out.

Pink and Purple curled bangs

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Pink and Purple Face Framing Highlights

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Pastel Pink and Purple

If you're looking for lighter pink and lighter purple or pastel pink and pastel purple hair ideas you certainly aren't alone. These shades have skyrocketed in popularity in the last few years.

Now, when considering these lighter shades, it is important to think about your skin color as well as your undertones.

If you have fair skin with cool undertones then a peachy pink coupled with a light lilac is the way to go. For warm undertones, a rose gold paired with lavender will help to brighten your face.

pastel pink and purple highlights on blonde hair

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lilac unicorn hair

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If you have medium to dark skin with cool undertones, look for a bright lavender and a light champagne gold. In case you have warm undertones, warm lilac and rose gold will do the trick.

warm lilac and rose gold on dark hair

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lilac highlights on dark skin

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Purple Hair with Pink Highlights

If you're mainly looking for purple hair color ideas but want to keep your style from looking too monotone, bright pink highlights are the obvious choice!

Purple Hair with Pink Highlights

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pink highlights on dark purple hair

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Pink Hair with Purple Highlights

Prefer pink hair and would like just a dab of purple in it? This is some great inspiration! It certainly gives off fairy hair vibes.

Pink Hair with Purple Highlights

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purple highlights on salmon pink hair

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Pink and Purple Split Color Combo

This is definitely a bold and daring look but one that definitely pays off.

The key is to make sure that the shades complement each other. For instance, if you are going for a light purple on one side, the other side must consist of light pink hair. If one side will be a bold pink, you have to go with a similarly bright colored purple.

half purple half pink hair

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bright pink and purple hair

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half pink hald purple short hair

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split colour hair

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This trend looks equally as gorgeous on short, curly hair:

Pink and Purple Split Color Combo on short curly hair

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Semi Split Color Combo

The split hair combination is absolutely gorgeous but it can be a bit too daring for some. If you don't want to make such a drastic change, there is an alternative.

Here, the roots and most of the hair shaft are brown and only the lower sections are made of purple and pink hair. You still get that bold effect but it is a bit more muted.

Semi Split Color hair Combo

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If you want an even more subtle look, you can have only the ends of your hair done up in purple and pink.

Two Tone Pink and Purple Hair

This is a slightly different take on the split pink and purple hair effect. Here, the look isn't quite so contrasting. The top half layers of your hair are dyed either purple or pink and the bottom layers are done in the other shade.

Two Tone Pink and Purple Hair

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pink and purple peekaboo hair

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pastel two tone hair

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This look works especially well with long hair. Now, as with the split effect, you have to make sure that the two shades of purple and pink hair complement each other. This means matching bright with bright and light with light.

Peekaboo Color

While purple and pink hair is a gorgeous combination, dyeing your entire head can be a big commitment. For one thing, it is a lot trickier o match outfits with these shades. Furthermore, bright and bold colors may not be suitable for your specific workplace.

This doesn't mean you can't have any fun, though. The peekaboo look is perfect for when you want a smidge of color but don't want to go overboard.

Want to fly way under the radar? This is great inspiration for you. Just a small section of the hair is colored but the pink to purple gradient keeps things interesting. Note how the purple and pink hair suit this particular shade of brown:

purple and pink Peekaboo Color on brown hair

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This look consists of alternating sections of purple and pink, creating a bold pattern. If you look closely, you will see that the peekaboo pattern is limited to the back of the head. As such, the dyed section will not be visible at all times:

bold pink and purple peekaboo colour

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The peekaboo effect doesn't just have to be about hiding your purple and pink hair, however. This trend is great for spicing up an existing look. Check out how these purple and pink highlights take this platinum blonde hair to the next level:

peekaboo colour on blonde hair

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Purple Hair with Pink Ombre

There are different levels to this look.

If you want purple roots and the shaft to be hot pink, this is great inspiration for you:

Purple Hair with Pink Ombre

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If you want the purple and pink sections to be more or less equal, here is the effect you should go for:

purple and pink ombre

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bright purple and pink ombre

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For a more subtle and ethereal look, consider how the colors are blended together here. Much of the hair is done up in a light lilac but the pastel pink hair is woven through delicately, making it difficult to tell where one shade begins and the other ends:

light lilac but the pastel pink hair

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If you want a more mermaid feel to your hair, you may want to throw a little blue into the mix. Here, you have purple, blue, pink, and blonde.

mermaid hair colours

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Pink Hair with Purple Ombre

Having pink at the root and purple for the rest of the shaft is certainly a bold look. Purple tends to be similar to black and brown, so having it close to the scalp doesn't create such a contrasting effect. With pink at the root, this effect is far more noticeable.

Want to go all in on this look? Then here are the pink hair with purple ombre options to consider:

Pink Hair with Purple Ombre

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bright Pink Hair with Purple Ombre

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Although this look is just as bold, the gradient creates a softer effect. It goes from a very bright pink to almost a black. As such, the sharpness of the hot pink is balanced out by the depth of the shade near the tips of the hair.

pink to purple reverse ombre

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This is a great option when you want a hint of boldness but don't want the effect to be over the top. The hot pink is quite bright but the cool tones of the lavender even it out.

bold Pink Hair and Purple Ombre

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Pink and Purple on Short Hair

If your hair is really short, you are likely going to need to take the pink or purple to the root. This allows this look to really stand out.

If you think that having short hair limits your hair color options, think again! Just take a look at the creative ways people have incorporated these shades:

Pink Short Hair Transformation

Image by @lizzy_b_cosplay via Instagram

short pink hair with purple

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short purple hair with a touch of pink

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Purple and Pink Bangs

If you have bangs, dyeing your hair any combination of pink and purple needs to be given special consideration. Fortunately, there are lots of options available.

Here, purple and pink bangs are woven into dark hair. This is such a great look because while it's bold, the darkness of the hair balanced out this effect, making it a style that practically anyone can pull off:

Dark purple hair, and straight across bangs

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This is a great option for parted curtain bangs:

pink and purple parted curtain bangspink and purple parted curtain bangs

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These are good ideas if you are keeping the roots purple - having the bangs in the same color softens the contrast:

purple roots and purple bangs

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Here the gradient effect is woven into the bangs, offering an ultra chic look:

lilac hair with bangs

Image by @jediriece via Pinterest

The pop of pastel pink in an otherwise purple mop is the absolute icing on the cake for this style:

pastel pink on purple bangs

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Unicorn Hair

You are never too old to look like a unicorn. Just be warned that this isn't an easy purple and pink hair color combination to pull off. You need a talented stylist on your side and rather long hair.

This trend does look best on platinum or baby blonde hair but you can certainly pull it off with any shade. The key here is to intertwine pale or pastel hues together to create that iconic unicorn mane and tale look.

You can absolutely get this look with just pink and purple. However, if you want to stay true to the traditional trend, you may want to work in some blue and yellow into the mix as well.

If you only want to dip a toe in this trend, here is how to do it by touching up just a few of your strands:

Blonde Unicorn Hair

Image by @saiamoon via Instagram

unicorn hair

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In case you don't mind going all in, here are some great ideas:

bold unicorn hair highlights

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fancy unicorn hair colour

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If you prefer a more magical effect, consider this style. What pulls this look together is that you have sections of silvery blonde hair peeking through the other colors. This gives the hair a shimmery effect.

pastel unicorn hair

Image by @heatherjean1991 via Pinterest

The unicorn trend doesn't mean you have to go with pale or muted colors. Here is some inspiration if you want to keep it bold:

eye catching unicorn hair colour

Image by @crybabyhairartistry via Instagram

Deconstructed

If you're tired of the same old pink and purple ideas, here is a look to spice things up. The darker shades are at the root with pastel tips. Of course, what makes this style so compelling is that you are pairing pink roots with purple tips and vice versa on the other side.

What I really like about it is that it's completely unique but still works, with the shades complementing each other perfectly.

deconstructed pink and purple hair

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How Do You Mix Purple and Pink Hair?

There are lots of ways to mix these colors. This includes highlights, two tone effect, split color effect, ombre, and more.

2. Can You Mix Pink and Purple Hair Dye?

Yes, you can but the result will depend on the exact shades you use.

3. What Color Does Pink and Purple Make?

Pink and purple will usually create magenta or plum. Light or pastel colors will produce lighter versions, though.

4. Does Purple Hair Fade into Pink?

It's more likely to fade to either red or blue but this does depend on the shade you chose as well as the type of dye. In some cases, you may notice pink tints in your hair once the purple has faded. 

From subtle and chic to bold and daring, these are all the pink and purple hair ideas that you could possibly need to inspire your own look. All that's left to do is pick out the one that suits you the best!

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