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Purple Hair - Dye / Color, Wigs, Extensions & Other Products

Updated on January 15, 2015

Why Some People Are Passionate About Purple Hair...

Purple hair color is something that can be manipulated to one's liking. It can be powerful and striking, or it can be light and demure, all depending upon the shade. If you want purple hair but have no idea how to go about getting it, hopefully this webpage will help you out. Scroll down to learn more...

Purple / Violet Hair Extensions

Dyeing and putting in hair extensions takes a lot more effort than putting on wigs do. But extensions are the easiest way of making your own hair look longer overnight. You can match hair extensions to your own hair two different ways: 1) dye your hair to match the color of the extensions you'll be wearing (this is difficult to do), OR 2) bleach and dye your hair first, then get extensions (either the same color as your hair and bleach them, or get blonde ones) and dye them the same color as you dyed your hair. OR, if you don't want to do this yourself, you can bring a package of hair extensions with you (or buy a package of hair extensions from the salon itself if they have them and give them) to a professional hairstylist and show them exactly what color you want to dye your hair. They can dye the hair extensions if necessary (if they're blonde extensions) and put the extensions in some time after that (probably not the same day though, since your dyed hair and scalp might need a break before putting the hair extensions in).

As I will mention on all of my hair color-related webpages, hair extensions can be done several different ways. Here are a few of them:

  • Clip-on hair extensions can be clipped and pinned in with your hair, and then brushed or combed to blend in with your own hair. This is probably the easiest way to get extensions done.
  • Weaving/Sewn-in hair extensions, where your hair is braided a certain way, and then the hair extensions are sewn in along the braids.
  • Braided-in hair extensions, where the extensions are just braided in with your own hair. This is usually only done when you're going to have all your hair braided up or have dreadlocks.
  • Bonding/Glued-in extensions. To my knowledge, there are different types of glues that can be used. But the best kind of glue to use for this process is protein glue. I had extensions done this past summer with protein glue, which my hairdresser told me is best for the hair since hair is made up of protein as well, which makes the glue more gentle on your hair than other glues.

Check out for more info (first of 6 steps/pages on the research and process to be aware of when getting hair extensions; also describes 7 ways to get hair extensions done [which include the four ways I described above]).

Photo of purple clip-in hair extensions courtesy of Etsy.

Purple / Violet / Lilac Hair Dye

Purple hair can be achieved one of two ways: 1) with purple hair dye or 2) with red and blue hair dye. If you're going for a lilac or lavender color, you need only a little bit of purple dye (or red & blue hair dye) mixed in with white conditioner. But whether you see a professional or dye your hair yourself, either way, you will need to bleach your hair to a platinum blonde or white first before attempting to dye it yellow (especially if you have dark hair), otherwise the color will not show up very well. Any leftover brassiness will mess with the purple. Do some research to see how to get the best, longest-lasting color possible. Below are several videos to help you get started.

Purple / Violet / Lilac Hair Wigs, Extensions & Dyes on Amazon

Purple Hair Wigs, Extensions & Dyes on Amazon

Purple / Lilac / Violet Hair Dye Tutorials & Reviews on YouTube - Lots of videos for you to learn from...

Wasn't really expecting to find as many good purple/lilac/violet hair videos as I found, but I did. So I've included them all here below. Normally I would write a single paragraph/blurb for each video, but because there are videos here that will not only take some time to write, but take up a lot of space on the page. Not to mention, a lot of reading when you can just watch the video and see for yourself. So I'll condense several of these videos into one paragraph while writing separately about others. But first, the YouTube playlist link...

Purple / Violet Hair Dye Tutorials

What you'll see: a black girl dyeing parts of her hair, another girl who simply "dip-dyes" her ends, 5 girls simply explaining their dyeing process and how they ended up with the shade of purple/lilac that they have (as well as what they probably should and/or shouldn't have done while dyeing their hair), 1 girl with two lilac hair dye videos (one video involving dyeing her hair along with a set of hair extensions, the other video involving dyeing hair extensions only with lilac & pastel pink dyes), and 1 girl explaining her lilac hair dyeing process while also literally showing how she got the lilac color using violet dye. And yes, most if not all of them will mention what brand and color dye they used (& in the case of the lilac/pastel purple shades, they'll say how much of it they needed to use if it was purple dye rather than lilac dye that they used).

I'm also going to link you to three more purple hair videos that aren't featured below (because this module will only hold 10 videos, and I didn't want to make another module for these extra three videos). The first one- "PURPLE PURPLE PURPLE", features a girl simply dyeing all of her hair with all her hair tools, in addition to properly parting her hair. It's a short video, and she does show the results at the end.

The second is titled "The long awaited HAIR FAQ". Her hair is dark purple, like the women in the first few videos here, but the video is 25 minutes long with a little bit of cussing in it. Squidoo frowns upon that, otherwise I'd just post here as well. But the video is really fun and entertaining while also being informative. So I'd still suggest watching it.

The last video-- "How to dye lavender lilac hair"-- features a girl giving a short explanation of how she got her hair a lighter color without bleaching it. She mentions the conditioner she used to lighten it, as well as the hair dyes she used to get the color your see on her. (NOTE: I imagine her hair was mostly pretty light to begin with. What she's describing will likely only work for the lightest blondes. Otherwise, you will likely have to bleach it.)

Hair Bleaching Kits, Products & Hair Color Remover; Hair Toning Products; Protein Shampoos, Conditioners, Serums, Protein Filler

Squidoo's new implementation of an Amazon link limit means I can't feature as many products as I would like to on this webpage. So I've opted to throw them all into one single "wishlist" and will simply link to that list here --

List of Hair Bleaching Kits, Products & Hair Color Remover; Hair Toning Products; Protein Shampoos, Conditioners, Serums and Protein Fillers

And now for a short description of the products on this list...

Hair Bleaching Kits, Products & Hair Color Remover on Amazon:

There are some hair bleaching products you can use, along with a hair color remover kit if you don't like the way the dye job comes out...

Hair Toner Products on Amazon:

If you bleach your hair but it comes out with brassy tones (yellows & oranges) in it, these products are supposed to help get rid of the brassiness. But read the directions for how to correctly use your chosen product in order to get your desired results. And definitely read the reviews for these products.

Protein Shampoos, Conditioners, Serums and Protein Fillers on Amazon:

The protein fillers are to be used a good 30-60 minutes before you apply your color. It restores protein in damaged hair & allows the color to stick better. Also, using protein shampoos and conditioners will keep your hair healthy. But READ THE DIRECTIONS.

Purple (& Pink) Ombre-ish Hair (A La Azealia Banks)

I was going to stick the just the tutorial above with the other purple hair videos, but I feel like the following videos are best featured on their own because it features hair that is pink and fuchsia (which is a mix of purple & pink hair).

Destiny Godley's Fuchsia & Pink Hair (Videos on YouTube)

Again, there's still kind of a misconception and/or "taboo-ness" that goes on when dark-skinned girls (like myself) want to and do dye their hair a really unnatural color. I think this proves that when it's done right and done with care, it can come out really gorgeous.

The first video features "DestinyGodley" discussing how much she loves the color, how people were telling her not to do it, but as you can see, she did it anyway. You don't have to or need to watch this video, but it's there for you if you want it.

The second video is the actual hair dye tutorial, in which she dyes a blonde wig using a shade of purple and two different shades of pink. She uses a special plate to separate the dyes accordingly, and paints the dye onto the wig in a certain way so that the colors fade into one another. Watch and learn (and enjoy)!

Celebs Who Have or Have Had Purple / Violet / Lilac Hair

Harlem, New York rapper, singer and lyricist Azealia Banks has sported long, wavy-haired purple hair while performing onstage at Coachella (with a little bit of pink in her hair as well).

Pop singer Katy Perry has done interviews wearing a purple wig and has also hair dyed purple, with black roots.

British singer-songwriter Jessie J looks used to have purple hair (a bright violet-purple bobcut).

Milla Jovovich had purple hair (along with a few other hair colors) in the movie Ultraviolet.

Kelly Osbourne is a celebrity who has been seen with lilac & lavender hair.

Estonian pop singer-songwriter Kerli is yet another artist who is always changing her hair color. (To learn more about Kerli, visit the Kerli webpage.)

Last but not least is Lady Gaga, who changes her hair regularly it seems.

Favor purple hair overall? Like the lilac/lavender shades better than the violet? Hate the color purple? (If you do hate it, I have no idea why you are on this page but ok.) Leave me a message about it below.

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    • Cherry-Ambition profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from U.S.

      @cathey-heavens: Check Google maybe? Google for it and see what comes up. That, or find blonde tape-in extensions and then dye them the exact color you want. ;)

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      6 years ago

      I really wish those tape in extensions were the lighter lilac color. That is what I want sooooo bad!

    • WeeCatCreations1 profile image

      Susan Caplan McCarthy 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Twenty years ago I used to add a bright streak of washable color to my hair ... a different color every day. Nothing as vivid as some of these purples!

    • Cherry-Ambition profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from U.S.

      @rattie lm: Which is why it's great if it's a wig because you can take it off in a Public Service city and put it back on when you leave! ;)

    • JoolsObsidian LM profile image

      JoolsObsidian LM 

      7 years ago

      I have had purple streaks in my hair and I loved it! Great lens!

    • rattie lm profile image

      rattie lm 

      7 years ago

      A purple wig might just stand out too much in a Public Service city!

    • emilysmaids profile image


      7 years ago

      perfectly gorgeous! you made me want to go purple!

    • Cherry-Ambition profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from U.S.

      @anonymous: Oh, I'm not pictured on this lens, but glad you like it!

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      7 years ago

      Love this Lens, You look stunning :)


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