There is a special place in girl’s hearts for the color purple and there’s also much love for super cute short hairstyles that are easy to manage. So why not combine the two and have short purple hair that does double duty by looking chic and saving time? Need ideas? We’ve got you covered!
# 1 Dramatic Short Purple Hair
For dramatic hairstyles, you just can’t go wrong with purple – especially if you are planning to pull off a street fashion style like this. Here the hair has been cut into a chunky bob cut with a wide fringe that comes in to frame the face. All over color in an electric blue-violet has been applied for maximum effect and creates a head turning look.
Bring out the romance (and magic) by choosing deep shades to color your medium length hair. In this example, her ombre begins with a shiny midnight blue at the roots which gradually fades out into a mulberry shade. These two colors extend to the tips where lighter lavender has been used as a highlight. Her thick tresses have been given loose curls to blend the shades together.
# 3 Perfect Peacock
Have short hair, but still want an ombre? This technique may be what you are looking for! In this type of ombre, the hair starts and ends in a dark shade with a lighter color in the center. In this example, the base color which has been washed across the roots is a rich magenta and this hue has also been used to color the tips. The center color is a dazzling peacock blue, which has a mirror shine.
# 4 Fuchsia Fan
Balayage and short hair make the perfect partners because when the hair is short you want to make sure you get the absolute best blend of colors. The hair seen here has a charcoal gray color as a base. All shades of gray are trending at the moment, so this is a hot choice. It blends out into in a mix of puce and fuchsia to create a gorgeous purple ombre.
# 5 Smudge Of Purple
Soft dove gray and pretty pastel lilac – what could go together better? If you want to rock a fairy hair look this palette will be perfect! The hair has been trimmed into a jagged bob and light smoky gray has been applied as a base color. Painted over this base is a lilac shade that extends to the edges along with darker lavender used as a lowlight.
# 6 Grape Vine Bob
Short hair is easy to manage and with color like this, you won’t be skimping on style. This hairstyle sits just above the neckline and the colors that have been used to create it are a deep midnight ruby on the roots and a wine colored hue over the top. The hair has plenty of volume and a tousled texture.
# 7 Violet Splash
Asymmetrical hairstyles like this show-off color well, especially if you can have a few bright color strands to draw attention to it. Here the base color is a deep chocolate cherry which has streaks of violet and cherry pink painted over. Because of the chunky cut, some of the brightly colored strands are able to stand alone.
# 8 Fancy Short Locks
Neat short bobs are oh so chic and make a wonderful canvas for impressive purple ombres. A rosewood shade is the base for this ombre and this color quickly fades out to become a mulberry shade. For the top streaks, an almost luminous fuchsia pink has been used. With such well-blended color, neatly straightened locks like these are an excellent compliment.
# 9 Braided Mauve Bob
Growing your hair from short to long can be frustrating, so why not give it a lift with a few splashes of unexpected colors? In this example, a mid-length hairstyle has been jazzed up by coloring the tresses a dark wood brown at the roots with generous streaks of copper and mauve that blend over. The hair is ironed straight but has plenty of volume at the back and a pretty milkmaid braid across the front.
# 10 Purple Undercut Pixie
We love the added detail of the matching purple eyebrows in this look as well as the funky look created by the hip undercut. As you can see this hairstyle sports razor cut back and sides that are a natural brown color while the top section of hair is longer and has been dyed an all over amethyst shade. These locks have been finger combed forward from the crown, allowing the hair to dip over the face.
# 11 Cropped Lilac Pixie
Pixie cuts are the busy woman’s staple – neat and no fuss and this one has been made extra special. Here the darkest color, a cerise pink, runs all along the base of the hair, stretching from above the ears around the head. Blended in above this color is a melting lilac purple that colors the remaining hair.
# 12 Royal Pixie
Do you want to channel your inner queen? Royal purple is the color you need and where better to use it than on your cute choppy pixie? Here all over deep purple color has been used to infuse this short cut with loads of character and the styling allows for plenty of volume as well as great shape.
# 13 Violaceous Volume
The ultimate sin for short hair is flatness and here is an excellent example of how to overcome it. In this picture, the hair has been colored beige blonde and worked in very carefully is a mauve tinge. Some darker color has been used to create contrast and the hair is cut in a layered pixie that was volumized by blow drying and finger styling.
# 14 Pink and Purple Fountain
In this hairstyle, the hair is walnut brown at the roots and this color extends up to the crown where bright colors take over. Streaks of blue-violet, magenta, and cerise pink have been painted in and they run into a pretty mixture over the curls at the edges. Add a short fringe and you have the perfect girly hairdo!
# 15 Purple Haze Bob
Free hand color techniques can be used to create flawless blends of shades just like the one you see here. In this short purple ombre, the hair begins in a violet shade at the roots which infuse into pastel purple shades that cover the edges. Beach waves are the ideal finish for these choppy cut locks and help complete this laid back look.
# 16 Mystic Mauve Long Bob
Taupe is regarded as a mixture of gray and brown and this is the shade that has been used to color the roots of these locks. Loads of thin mauve highlights have been painted in, starting high up on the crown, and becoming thicker towards the ends. These two colors are a dynamic duo, playing off each other superbly.
# 17 Sublime Magenta
Black and purple are a timeless palette and always a good choice for an ombre. In this example the hair begins in a shiny licorice black, with a distinct purple sheen, that mixes into a hot magenta shade. The magenta colors the tips of the tresses while the black has been used as a lowlight to make it pop. Team with loose beach waves and a little tousle and you’re ready to party!
# 18 Super Sheen
A-line bobs are longer in front and look fantastic when gently curled at the back like this one. They are also a prime canvas to show off soft pastel colors that are trendy right now. Here the hair has been given all over color in light purple-gray and subtle dark lavender highlights have been blended over.
# 19 Deep Space Purple
Are dark colors your thing? Then this one is for you. A deep cosmic purple, with heavy blue undertones, has been used to color this dramatic asymmetrical cut. Underneath the choppy layers, we can see that matte black has been used as a base tone and to provide the purple with contrast. To style, the hair has been given a wavy texture and a long off center parting.
# 20 Fashion Fade
This hairstyle takes a dark to light ombre to the master level and is sure to be creating a lot of interest! It begins with cola black at the roots which flows until just after the crown where it has been blended out into sweet violet. This violet lightens further until it becomes a pale pastel mauve all along the edges. A little pale pink has also been used to aid the transition to the lightest shade.
# 21 Smoky Purple
A soft sable brown-black has been used to color the roots of these locks and it has been followed with streaks of royal purple and wine shades. The hair has been given a loose wave to help the colors blend together and the result is a soft, smoky hairstyle.
# 22 Creamy Purple Pixie
Love gray, but really want purple? This look serves double duty – teaming creamy gray highlights over a pastel purple base. The locks have been trimmed into a snappy pixie cut and volumized over the crown, creating a smart purple look suitable for any occasion.
# 23 Jam Jelly
This sporty pixie cut has maximum length over the front, gently sweeping down onto the face. The color that has been used as a base is dark brown that has been covered with large sections of violet and orchid purple. Towards the back, from the nape of the neck upward, the hair is an even lighter pastel shade which helps draw attention to the neat lines of this style.
# 24 Vintage Waves With Modern Color
Black is never out of fashion so it’s always a super shade to use as a base color. In this example, the hair has been colored a leather black shade and streaks of royal purple have been carefully painted over this base. The streaks begin thin at the top, making them blend flawlessly, and they become thicker towards the ends. The locks have been given a classic vintage curl to finish.
# 25 Magenta Flame
Magenta has the ability to shine brilliantly and when teamed with the right colors it creates some of the best ombres. Here the base color is a glowing copper brown which continues until just past the ears before breaking out into luscious magenta until the edges. The lovely A-line bob helps melt the two shades together and create something quite outstanding.
# 26 Burgundy Glaze
Because purple has a red pigment red and purple are always great companions for bright color hairstyles. In this example, a glossy, burgundy hue has been chosen as a base color and sets the stage for an array of attractive streaks including puce, light fuchsia, and true purple. The hair has been snipped into a neat bob style and ironed sleekly flat.
# 27 Bright Amethyst Streak
Be the envy of your friends by choosing a unique short cut like this one and adding a flash of bright color. The hair is clipped short on the sides with neat round edges that frame the face. The bulk of the hair is on top and it has been brushed forward from the crown. A jet black color provides the most coverage with a flirty amethyst streak to top it all off.
# 28 Yummy Berry Smoothie
Soft pinks and purples are the basis of feminine looks that pack a punch while still being suitable for the office. In this look, a palette of light mauves and pastel pinks have been generously splashed over short dark gray roots and given soft waves to smooth them together. Be daring and take your color to the pastel level!
# 29 Purple Perfection
Want the recipe for a flawless hairstyle? Begin with a super flattering cut like this one where the hair has been snipped into a rounded bob and then feathered out to create texture and volume through the style. Add a lavender to rose pink ombre with dark roots and mix in smoothly ironed locks and you’ve got a look good enough for a princess. Don’t be fooled into thinking you need long locks to pull off bold styles like this!
# 30 Gorgeous Grape
This gorgeous grape colored hair is almost too good to be true; combining a bold cut together with out of this world color. The cut consists of razor cut sides, which have the added detail of hard parting lines, and long hair on top. The hair has been brushed forward from the crown and hangs gently over the right side of the face. The color is a grape purple with lavender as a lowlight and a few cherry pink babylights.
# 31 Metallic Mermaid
Looking for trendy locks? Step right this way! In the hairstyle pictured here, a deep wine hue has been used as a base color and streaks of indigo, royal purple and puce have been added on top. The darker blue shade at the top melts away to the lighter purple colors along the tips. The locks have been snipped into a neatly rounded bob with a wide fringe and ironed out straight which makes the colors gleam like a mirror.
# 32 Magical Pixie
To create more dimension in short hairstyles try this neat trick: instead of the classic ombre style, try and incorporate a darker color in the middle section of your hairstyle. In the example shown here the puce and pink streaks which start along the roots shade out into a darker lavender tone in the center before ending light again. These streaks are highlighted against a base of rosewood brown.
# 33 Smashing Silver With Lavender Splash
In this fairytale-themed hairstyle, the color begins with a medium lavender over the roots which quickly melts away to pastel purple and then soft silver. A deeper gray color is just visible underneath and has been used to create contrast for the super light edges. The hair has been given a fluffed out airy finish with loose curls.
# 34 Peek-A-Boo Bob
Sleek bob cuts should never be boring and this short purple hair does not disappoint! It starts with a deep smoky gray along the roots followed by a layer of orchid purple. This shade dissolves into a pastel purple and splashes of powder pink have been used along the edges with gray as a lowlight. A gentle beach wave completes the look.
# 35 Indigo And Plum Fun
Want short purple hair, but not feeling an ombre? Balayage can be used to paint in layers of steamy color just how you like it. Here the hair has been snipped into an asymmetrical style, with the longest layers on the left side and trimmed to the neckline at the back. A smoky black has been used as the base color and bright plum and indigo color have been painted in a thick section. The locks were blow-dried and set in thick waves that display the mix of colors to great effect.
So what have we learned? Well, short hair is not as limiting as we sometimes believe. There are a huge range of styles and cuts that you can choose from so you can stay traditional if you wish with neat pixies or go all out with eye-catching asymmetrical cuts. A-line bobs might be more your style or perhaps some vintage curls? Once you’ve got the right cut all you need to do is add one of the incredible shades of purple that you’ve seen here and you’ll have short purple hair that we are sure you’re going to love!