17 Brown and Purple Hair Ideas to Try Now


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Are you ready to revamp your look with a twist? Say hello to the hot trend: brown and purple hair!

This hair guide is all about brown and purple hair (note: NOT black and purple hair – which is different!).

You’ll discover brown and purple hair ideas, get ideas for different shades of purple and brown hair, discover hairstyles with purple and brown hair, and get maintenance tips for keeping your purple and brown hair looking its best.

And with that, let’s dive right in!

The Popularity of Purple and Brown Hair

Purple and brown hair has been slowly growing in popularity since 2010 (according to Google Trends). Purple and brown hair is even more popular than the growing cherry brunette hair trend. Brown and purple hair isn’t quite as popular as brown and green hair, but close! (Source: Google Trends).

Best Shades of Color for Amazing Brown and Purple Hair

The great thing about brown and purple hair is that you don’t need to lighten your beautiful brunette hair before adding purple streaks. You can keep your natural and beautiful brown hair, which is great!

Below are a few brown and purple color combinations to consider:

Dark Brown and Deep Purple: Dark brown and deep purple are perfect for a mix of mystique and sophistication! The deep, dark tones of brown interwoven with shades of plum, eggplant, or even midnight purple create a striking contrast.

Light Brown with Soft Lavender or Lilac: For those seeking a whimsical yet elegant look, try light brown with soft lavender or lilac hair coloring.

Chestnut Brown and Vibrant Plum or Violet: Chestnut brown hair with a vibrant plum hue is a rich and luxurious pairing!

My recommendation:

For purple, I personally think that the best shades of purple include violet, plum purple, and burgundy purple. You could go with a lighter shade of purple (like lavender), but I wouldn’t recommend it. You’ll want to go with a shade of purple that is dark enough to show up on your hair!

Best Shades of Purple and Brown Hair by Skin Tone

If you have warmer undertones in your skin, opt for rich chocolate browns with warmer purples. Examples of warmer purples include mauve and plum. These colors have a pinkish-purple or a reddish-purple undertone, which offers warmth and depth.

If you have cooler undertones in your skin, opt for lighter browns with cooler purples or violets. An example of cooler purple includes lavender, pale lilac, and soft purple. These colors have a slightly bluish-purple hue.

Brown and Purple Hair Ideas

Below are ideas of how to rock brown and purple hair. You’ll find purple and brown hair color combinations for curly, straight, and wavy hair – as well as short and long hair!

1. Brown and Lilac Hair

Brown and lilac hair (with hints of grey!) is such a pretty hair color, and great if you have a cooler skin tone.

lilac and brown and grey hair
Image via @pulpriotcanada

2. Split Brown and Purple Hair

Split brown and purple hair is a fun way to try out purple hair! You can get this hair color using Pulp Riot in purple and Pravana for the brown hair color.

split brown and purple hair
Image via @supvalerie

3. Brown with Purple and Pink Streaks

For hipster vibes, go with pink (rose) and purple highlights in your hair. Ask for a shorter haircut in the back vs. the front. 💕

purple, brown, and pink rose hair
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4. Lavender Ombre

Lavender ombre hair is so cool and fun!

brown lavender ombre hair
Image via @todyeforofficial

5. Brown and Purple Streaks

Long and wavy brown hair with purple streaks is stunning!

brown hair with purple streaks
Image via @beautexjlg

6. Brown with a Pop of Purple

Brown and purple wavy hair is so, so pretty!

brown and purple wavy hair
Image via @overtonecolor

7. Brown, Rose Gold, and Purple

Brown, rose gold, and purple hair is perfect for fall!

brown, rose gold, and purple hair
Image via @butterflyloftsalon

8. Brown Hair with Purple, Pink, and Blue Highlights

Why limit yourself to brown and purple hair when you can rock pink and blue too?! 🦄💜✨

brown hair with purple, pink, and blue highlights
Image via @redbloomsalon

9. Brown to Dark Purple Ombre

Brown to dark purple ombre hair is so pretty and perfect for trying out purple hair!

brown to dark purple hair
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10. Brown and Violet Purple

Brown hair with pastel purple and violet purple highlights is so pretty!

brown hair with violet and pastel purple highlights
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11. Brown Hair with Purple Highlights

Brown hair with purple highlights is so pretty and a fun way to add depth to your hair color!

brown hair with purple highlights
Image via @hairby.ashleycoleman

12. Brown Hair with Purple Roots

Instead of having brown hair with purple at the roots, have the base of your hair be purple!

long brown hair with purple highlights
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13. Curly Brown and Purple Hair

For vibrant and fun hair, you can't go wrong with curly brown hair with violet and rose gold curls!

curly brown and purple hair
Image via @aoki_hair

14. Long Brown and Purple Hair

If you have extra long brown hair, then adding purple streaks is a cool look!

long brown and purple hair
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15. Caramel Brown with Purple Highlights

If you work in a professional setting and/or just want a touch of purple, you can have colorful hair by adding a purple streak to frame your face!

brown hair with purple highlights
Image via @saraluxesalon

16. Brown with Lavender Face Frames

For dimensional hair, go purple and lavender highlights and purple hair around your face!

brown hair with purple face frames
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17. Brown with Lavender Highlights

Brown hair with lavender purple highlights is a pretty and easy way to rock purple hair.

brown and purple hair
Image via @hannahbeckhair

DIY Purple and Brown Hair vs. Going to a Salon

You may be wondering if you should get purple and brown hair at home or go to a salon. Since most of the purple and brown hair colors include streaks of purple on brown hair, I recommend you go to a salon. It can be a bit tricky to get the streaks just right, especially in the back of your head!

However, it is possible to add purple streaks to your hair at home. You’ll basically want to section your hair, prepare the hair dye (follow the instructions), apply the purple dye with a brush, wait 20-30 minutes (according to the purple hair dye instructions), and then rinse out the hair dye with cool water and conditioner.

Best Purple Dyes for Brunettes

If you want to get purple hair at home, below is a list of my top recommendations for purple and brown hair at home.

Best Purple Dyes:

Arctic Fox Vegan and Cruelty-Free Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Violet Dream

Manic Panic Plum Passion Purple Hair Dye

Garnier Hair Color Nutrisse Ultra Color Nourishing Crème in Spiced Plum

Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Dye in Violet Purple

Maintenance Tips for Brown and Purple Hair

Unlike bleaching your hair blonde, brown and purple hair isn’t very damaging to your hair. However, you’ll still want to follow a few tips to keep your hair looking its best!

Here are some expert tips:

Don’t Wash Your Hair for a Day

After you color your hair, it’s important to go easy on it for a day. Avoid washing your hair for a day to protect your hair

Use a Color-Safe and Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner

My recommendation is the L’Oreal Paris Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair. It’s super affordable and smells great!

Avoid Excessive Heat Styling

Excessive heat from styling tools like straighteners, curling irons, and blow dryers can cause the color to fade faster. Whenever possible, air dry your hair and minimize heat styling to preserve the purple hue.

When you do style your hair, use a heat protectant like the L’Oreal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer.

Touch-Up Maintenance

Schedule regular touch-up appointments with your stylist to maintain the vibrancy of your purple hair color and keep any roots or fading in check.

Be Mindful of Chlorine and Saltwater

Chlorine from pools and saltwater from the ocean can strip hair color. Rinse your hair thoroughly after swimming and consider using a protective leave-in conditioner before entering chlorinated or saltwater pools.


In conclusion, brown and purple hair is a great look! If you have beautiful brunette hair, adding a little bit of purple color is an easy way to add vibrancy and fun to your overall look!

For more purple and brown hair ideas, check out this Pinterest board with brown and purple hair ideas or this Pinterest board with hair color ideas!

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