Purple hair on dark skin is a look that is underappreciated but seldom underdelivers. I mean, seriously, who says brown girls can’t go purple? Today, I’m different, sharing ways you can style purple hair on dark skin.
If you are just starting off with going purple, I highly recommend trying out temporary hairstyles such as purple box braids, purple wigs, and purple extensions. That way, you can figure out what colors you like best without the pressure of it being permanent (true story: I went to a salon to get my hair dyed purple. They clearly didn’t know what they were doing and my hair fell out!).
Buttt please don’t that discourage you. Purple hair slays and the first time I rocked purple hair, you couldn’t tell me NOTHING. There are a variety of different purple hair color shades which means there’s at least one that will flatter you. Here are a few popular purple colors and ways to style purple hair on dark skin.
43 ways to style purple hair on dark skin
Yall, we can’t talk about purple hair on dark skin until we talk about the brown skin purple hair queen, Justine Skye, who is forever serving up purple LEWKS.
Purple Hair On Dark Skin looks:
Here are some of our favorite purple looks on Justine Skye
1. Straight Purple Hair
Straight, sleep and long dark purple hair look regal on dark skin and this pic proves it!
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2. Shoulder-length Purple bob
This chic bob that barely kisses Justine Skye’s shoulders is absolutely giving us LIFE! Justine is showing that purple hair on black girls can be glamorous.
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3. Soft Purple Curls
These long purple tresses with soft bombshell curls look even better purple.
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4. Dark Purple Braids
Dark purple braids on black girls? Yes, please! I remember in 7th grade when my mom let me put a few purple braids in my hair. Listen, you couldn’t tell me anything… and it’s still a look I LOVE today!
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5. Ombre Purple hair
Not ready to have completely purple hair? I recommend ombre purple box braids
6. Purple Afro
Here’s proof that a purple afro on dark skin is beautiful!
7. Layered Purple Bob
Can we get into this layered super-chic purple bob by peakmill?
8. Half top knot, half down
Nobody asked me but top knots are so underrated! This hairstyle can be achieved with your natural hair or even using crochet hair!
9. Long Purple Crochet Hair
Another gorgeous way to style purple hair on dark skin!
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10. Short Tapered Purple Hair
Now you know I did NOT forget about short purple hair on black women! This tapered look can be achieved with hair wax if you don’t want it permanent!
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11. Purple Faux Locs
Faux locs are a great protective style and you can add some extra hand-turning glam to your locs with purple!
12. Curly Purple Hair
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13. Purple Braided Ponytail
The purple braided ponytail is so regal!
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14. Purple pixie cut
This layered and multi-dimensional pixie cut is sure to make heads turn.
15. Purple coils
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16. Purple finger waves
These purple finger waves are giving a modern twist to a vintage hairstyle
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17. Shoulder length violet hair on dark skin
18. Purple bob with bangs
19. Purple natural hair big curls
20. Purple short cut
Light purple hair on dark skin
Light purple hair compliments black women especially darker skin with a cool skin tone. Here are a few ways to rock light purple hair on dark skin!
21. Light purple straight hair on dark skin
Sarah said she did not come to play with this light lilac hair color
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22. Curly Tapered Purple box
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23. Light Purple Afro
Light lavender hair on dark skin… but make it an afro!
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24. Light Purple half up, half down
Another way to style lavender purple hair on dark skin
25. Purple blunt-cut bob
26. Purple TWA
27. Bombshell curls purple hair
28. Lavendar braids on dark skin
Braids are an easy way to temporarily incorporate color into your hair and these lavender braids do not disappoint!
29. Pastel purple hair
Jackie Aina is known for rocking different hair colors… and this ombre pastel purple hair looks beautiful on her brown skin
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30. Purple pineapple top ponytail
31. Purple TWA
32. Long purple bob
33. Asymetrical Bob
34. Ombre purple hair
35. Liliac purple hair
Ombre Pink and Purple hair on dark skin
The colors purple and pink are sisters… so why not add both to your hair? Here are some ways to style ombre pink and purple hair on dark skin!
36. Purpled tapered cut for dark skin
37. Long ombre pink and purple curls
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38. Pink and Purple wavy hair
39. Two-tone hair
40. Purple goddess locs
41. Pink and purple fac locs
42. Purple layered bob
43. Pink and purple TWA
How to Choose the Right Hair Color
What is Your Undertone?
Before choosing a hair color, it’s important to determine your undertone. Undertones are the subtle hues that lie beneath the surface of your skin. They can be warm, cool, or neutral. To determine your undertone, look at the veins on your wrist. If they appear blue, you have a cool undertone. If they appear green, you have a warm undertone. If you can’t tell, you may have a neutral undertone.
What is Your Skintone?
Once you’ve determined your undertone, it’s important to consider your overall skin tone. Dark skin tones can vary in shade, from deep ebony to caramel. It’s important to choose a hair color that complements your skin tone, rather than clashes with it.
What Style Do You Want?
Consider the style you want to achieve with your hair color. Are you looking for a bold, statement-making color? Or do you want something more subtle and natural-looking? Keep in mind that certain hair colors may require more maintenance or upkeep than others.
What is Your Comfort Level?
Lastly, consider your comfort level with a bold hair color. If you’re new to coloring your hair, you may want to start with a more subtle shade of purple, such as a deep plum or eggplant. If you’re feeling bold, you can opt for a brighter, more vibrant shade of purple.
By considering your undertone, skin tone, desired style, and comfort level, you can choose the perfect shade of purple hair color for your dark skin.
Tips for rocking purple hair on dark skin
Start off going slow
When starting off with colored hair, it’s best to go slow, such as highlights or ombre the hair instead of all-over color, which can strip and damage your hair.
While it’s not required for you to go dark roots with purple hair, it tends to be easier maintenance since you will not need as many touchups as your hair grows.
Conditioner is your bestie.
Make sure you are deep conditioning your hair since bleaching tends to dry out hair. Additionally, you will want to use products specifically created for color-treated hair. Here are a few top-rated products on Amazon:
In conclusion, purple hair can be a stunning and bold choice for individuals with dark skin. It is important to consider the undertones of one’s skin and the shade of purple that will complement it best.
You make the hair… the hair doesn’t make you, sis!
Whether you’re rocking purple bone straight hair, purple box braids, or a classy purple bob, just remember to have fun with it! The great thing about hair is it’s a reflection of us and can even reflect our current mood (I’m known to switch up wigs depending on my current mood!)
Give yourself permission to have fun with your hair!
Frequently asked questions: Purple hair on dark skin
What are some temporary ways to wear purple hair on dark skin?
If you’re not ready to dye your hair or make your purple hair permanent, there are numerous ways you can try out purple hair temporary including:
- Wigs and waves – great if you want to rock a different texture of hair and/or want to keep your purple hair intact for a few weeks!
- Temporary hair dye – great for any type of hair.
- Hair Wax- Hair wax works great for natural hair
Is purple hair good for dark skin?
YES! Purple hair is gorgeous on dark skin and flatters darker hues amazingly. As you can see from the above photos, purple flatters darker skin tones.
What skin tone can wear purple hair?
Purple hair flatters an away of shades and any skin tone can wear purple. Brown skin looks great with purple hair. Dark skin looks amazing in purple hair. Don’t let anyone tell you anything different.
Does purple hair complement dark skin tones?
Yes, purple hair can complement dark skin tones beautifully. It’s all about finding the right shade of purple that complements your skin tone. Some shades of purple, such as deep violet, plum, and eggplant, tend to work well on dark skin tones.
What are some tips for maintaining purple hair on dark skin?
To maintain purple hair on dark skin, it’s important to use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Avoid washing your hair too often, as this can cause the color to fade quickly. Additionally, try to avoid heat-styling tools as much as possible, as they can also cause the color to fade.
Are there any specific shades of purple that work best on dark skin?
As mentioned earlier, deep violet, plum, and eggplant are some shades of purple that tend to work well on dark skin tones. However, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s skin tone is unique, so it’s important to experiment with different shades to find the one that works best for you.
How can I style purple hair with dark skin?
There are many ways to style purple hair with dark skin. You can wear it straight, curly, or in a braided style. Additionally, you can experiment with different hair accessories, such as headbands or hair clips, to add some extra flair to your look.
What are some popular hairstyles for purple hair on dark skin?
Some popular hairstyles for purple hair on dark skin include bobs, pixie cuts, braids, and long, flowing locs. However, it’s important to choose a hairstyle that complements your face shape and personal style.
Can purple hair be damaging to dark skin?
No, purple hair is not damaging to dark skin. However, it’s important to take proper care of your hair to avoid damage and breakage. This includes using a heat protectant when using heat styling tools and avoiding harsh chemicals and dyes.