Much like the flower it is named after, lavender hair is floral yet spicy. It’s feminine without being sickly sweet or childish. The gorgeous lavender flower is known for its calming scent, which is why its essential oil is so popular in aromatherapy. We think that the lavender hair color might have a similar effect – it has all the richness of purple but without any of the urgency.
If you still want a bit more inspiration, then we’ve collected the best examples of lavender hairstyles – photos that you can take to the salon and end up with the most gorgeous color possible. Now’s the time to dive in the myriad lavender hair color shades and pick that fetching look for you!
1. Icy Lavender Lob
When you take lavender hair and style it so it can be as glossy as can be, the icy result is actually pretty hot! Part of the reason why this long bob seems so shiny is a healthy dose of Olaplex, but curly styling also adds to the glam.
2. Smoky Lavender Waves
This is the kind of dimension Guy Tang is known for, this time in a smoky lavender hairstyle. The streaks of light silver and darker lavender hair dye blend together seamlessly, with dark black roots adding contrast and ensuring the scalp stays healthy.
3. Indigo-Streaked Lavender Hair
Adding a touch of vivid color to pastel hair tones leads to super fun yet complex looks like this one! The bulk of the hair was painted with lavender hair dye, while a touch of bright indigo at the roots and near the face punches things up and adds drama.
4. Smoky Blue and Lavender Hair
This is another one of those lavender hairstyles that are also tinged with blue, though the color combination here is intentionally subtler so the overall effect is smoky and soft. This look is quite cool, so the wavy styling and braid accent lend it some softness and femininity.
5. Ice Queen Lavender Hair
It takes a lot of bleach to get lavender hair to look this icy. All the effort is clearly worth it, though, because these locks are icy! Curly styling adds dimension, as do some deeper roots.
6. Purple and Lavender Hair Colormelt
Combining different shades of purple can lead to a really gorgeous hairstyle, especially when applied in a perfectly blended colormelt! Keeping the deeper purple near the face is great for those who are worried about getting washed out by pastels, while lighter lavender hair color towards the back is cute and trendy.
7. Amethyst Bob
The depth of the dark roots is irresistible when combined with darker and lighter tones of lavender hair dye. The effect is glowy and gorgeous just like an amethyst jewel.
8. Dark-Washed Lavender Hair
Not anyone can get away with this splotchy hair painting technique, but clearly Guy Tang does. Lavender hair color is the base of this look, but streaks of darker purple and splashes of gunmetal give it a natural dark-washed effect that is deep and complex.
9. Candied Lavender Melt
Who knew lavender hair could be so sweet? This ultra-pale, gleaming hairstyle is made a touch deeper thanks to tones of darker purple here and there, but a touch of pink at the ends gives it that little touch of candied fruit vibe.
10. 50 Shades of Lavender Hair
There are so many interesting things happening here, that it’s tough to know where to start! The lavender hair color is deepened with both cool and warm streaks of purple, while a smoky color at the ends is a unique touch. The roots are a little grown out, which works well because the transition is multi-toned and done with a balayage technique.
11. Copper-Touched Lavender Hair
Lavender hairstyles are already unique, but adding a surprising warm tone to them makes them all the more special. While the bulk of the hair is an icy lavender shade, a touch of copper at the transition from roots to dye and throughout the base of the hair rounds things out.
12. Feathery Lavender Waves
This Yzma-inspired hairstyle is feathery and soft with an underlying layer of darkness, just like our favorite Disney villain. The point of transition from dark roots to lavender hair is hard to pinpoint because of the painstakingly hand-painted streaks and because that same dark shade shows up a little further down to add depth.
13. Platinum and Lavender Hair
These are what we think of as bombshell waves. The hair is just slightly waved, but it is thick and shiny with washes of color that make it extra voluminous. A mixture of platinum-silver and lavender hair dye makes for vivid, multi-dimensional hair.
14. Stormy Lavender Hair
The dynamic mixture of tones in this hair makes it seem as though it’s alive and moving even in a picture! It’s a sophisticated colormelt with a smoky gray base decorated with a lavender balayage at the ends and touches of indigo near the top.
15. Pearlescent Lavender Waves
Fitting so many different tones in a long bob leads to a magnificent look. Pearlescent silver, lavender, purple, and even a hint of copper all come together to make one of our favorite lavender hairstyles.
16. Lavender Princess Hair
Even though this is one of the darker lavender hair color ideas we’ve seen there is still something distinctly sweet and feminine about it. The wavy hair and mixture of darker and lighter lavender tones make for a sweet combination fit for a princess.
17. Subtle and Soft Lavender Hair
Silvery lavender and pale indigo make for one of the softer-looking lavender hairstyles we’ve seen. The hair was styled in feathery waves that perfectly show off the subtle streaking.
18. Silver and Lavender Cloud Hair
These ultra-soft waves look as lush and airy as clouds – we can just imagine how soft they are to the touch! The styling is boosted by the flawless color blend of silver, lavender, and the subtlest purple tones.
19. Wavy Platinum and Lavender Ombre
Usually I find ombres a little too harsh, but somehow this mixture of platinum and lavender has totally won me over. The soft curling and ultra-shiny platinum tone are oh-so-delicate, so the smoky lavender hair dye at the bottom adds gentle sophistication.
20. Three-Tone Lavender Hair Colormelt
I love a subtle colormelt with horizontal applications of color, a technique that works well with purple and lavender hairstyles. The roots are a deep purple that doesn’t require bleaching. They gradually fade into a silver that is transformed into a perfect lavender at the ends.
21. Cool Curly Lavender Hair
This is another colormelt variation on analog tones of purple, blue, and lavender hair dyes. Deep purple roots melt into a vivid blue hair color that melts into a silvery lavender hair tone. The whole look is cool and soft thanks to girlish curling.
22. Crimped Lavender Streaks
This is another one of those lavender hairstyles that prove that silver and purple are a match made in spacey, futuristic heaven. In lieu of bleaching the roots were dyed a dark purple, while the rest of the hair was streaked with different shades of lavender, silver, and blue. A touch of crimping adds to the space age effect of the look.
23. Smoky Lavender Lob
One of the best ways of showing off new hair dye in a lob haircut is by styling it into waves. However, we suspect that even straightened this Guy Tang creation would look marvelous, as this smoky silver lavender hair color is flawless.
24. Hand-Painted Lavender Hair
The only way to get lavender hair to look this naturally complex is by hand-painting the strands. It creates a randomized effect that is flattering rather than awkward. With this kind of technique, the tones matter less, but we gotta admit that the combo of purple, smoky lavender and pink is a pleasing one all on its own.
25. Light and Dark Lavender Bob
If you’re feeling particularly playful, opt for a take on lavender hairstyles that uses both darker shades of lavender and super light ones. It gives even shorter hair a lot of dimension and movement and works well with darker roots.
26. Lavender Hair Touched with Silver
The depth and richness of the purple tones in this look is quite astounding, especially near the routes. This is one of those instances where most of the lavender hair color is actually just a result of subtle streaking of silver and purple tones.
27. Fresh Lavender Waves
There is something icy fresh about this wavy look. The waves themselves are light and feathery, dyed in a colormelt that combines lavender hair color at the top with an icy pastel blue at the bottom.
28. Dark Threaded Lavender Hair
This is another take on lavender hairstyles that rely on the combination of purple with silver. This look has some subtle yet impactful darkness, with under layers of deep purple adding a lot of depth.
29. Milky Lavender Marcel Wave
The combination of pastel tones with a Marcel wave is an easy favorite, as it combines futuristic fashion colors with a retro look in the softest, most feminine way possible. This look is extra soft, with a milky platinum base, lots of lavender tones, and a few pops of purple and blue here and there for added excitement.
30. Black, Blue and Lavender Lob
This is a great example of how to cope with darker hair growing out without having to bleach the roots. Black dye was blended into the bleached part, while everywhere else the pre-lightened hair was jazzed up with tiny streaks of lavender and purple, making for a healthy yet fashionable look.
31. Deep Rooted Lavender Hair
Another take on lavender hair color that keeps the roots a little dark, but this time in a more vivid way! The striking purple roots are beautifully contrasted by the ultra-pale lavender locks.
32. Baby Lavender Hair with Deep Roots
This is like a grown-out version of the previous look, with ultra-pale lavender given depth and sophistication by the vivid purple roots and bit of under layer. A little hair knot is the perfect way of embellishing such a clean and unique hairstyle!
33. Lavender Grandma Hair
Solid silver and gray hair has had its moment, and now it’s time for something a little more exciting to take over. What better way to jazz up the gray with streaks of purple and lavender hair dye?
34. Lavender Swirl
Thicker streaks of blue and lavender hair color over the silvery base in this look lend it a very modern, fashionable vibe. Gunmetal roots are as healthy as can be without taking away from the brightness of the overall effect.
35. Grape Cotton Candy Hair
This super bright take on lavender hair is putting a sweet taste in our mouth. Grape purple roots are a great start for this colormelt, which fades into a darling lavender only to turn into cotton candy pink at the ends. Yum!
36. Copper-Base Lavender Hair
The copper roots in this look are a great twist on the classic silver and lavender-streaked hair. They add warmth to the style and make the whole color story much more unusual though still wearable.
37. Grape and Lavender Sombre
Just when I start thinking “what happened to sombres?”, I see a gorgeous take on the dye technique. This would have also been nice as an ombre, since the grape layer and lavender layer work so nicely together, but the sombre transition definitely keeps things a bit chicer.
38. Grape-Washed Lavender Hair
One of the best ways of wearing fashion hair is by incorporating washes of color that start at the root into the look. It’s what makes this icy lavender hair color a little warmer and more dynamic in an oddly natural way.
39. Nighttime Lavender Hair
For those worried about whether they’ll look good with pastel lavender hair, here’s a darker take on the look that might be more flattering to some. It utilizes a silver base with lots darker blue lowlights that give a darker counterpoint to the light lavender streaks.
40. Lovely Lavender Hair with Bangs
We are obsessed with this darling combo of bangs and multi-toned lavender waves. The indigo roots are extra vivid, while the rest of the look is all about soft pink and lavender hair dye.
41. Galaxy Lavender Hair
Lavender hair dye is a perfect brighter addition to galaxy hairstyles. While the bulk of the look needs to made up of deeper blues and purples, the baby blue and lavender touch here makes everything a bit more magical.
42. Lavender Haze
Another phenomenal combination of lavender hair and a Marcel wave, this time with the hair dyed a solid pastel lavender that is as sleek and shiny as can be! The exception is the top of the head, which is a little darker, adding that sexy hazy effect.
43. Ursula Lavender Hair
There is something about the combination of eggplant purple roots with the cooler purple transition shade and lavender base that is giving me serious underwater witch vibes. It’s a unique combination of warm and cool purples, and an even more unique way of dealing with root grow-out, but of course lavender ends reign supreme.
44. Purple to Lavender Fadeout
From semi-dark to as light as can be, this is a pretty dramatic fadeout to say the least. The main colors here are purples, lavenders, and a pastel pink that blends into the white at the tips, but there is an understated layer of denim blue that brings the look up from cute to all-out gorgeous.
45. Tousled Lilac and Lavender Waves
Feeling springy? Floral hair colored with lilac and lavender hair dye is the best way to express that! These lovely waves were tousled to perfection to show off the bright, joyful color.
46. Deep and Smoky Lavender Waves
Is this wavy bob giving anyone else tentacle vibes, or is it just us? This ultra-shiny, smoky variation on lavender hair seems alive thanks to ultra-smooth waves and a combination of vivids, pastels, and smokes.
47. Pink and Lavender Balayage
This soft and lovely combination of pale pink hair dye over lavender hair is charming and sweet, with a deeper note given by the dark brown roots. It’s complex yet airy because while the dark underlayer is quite predominant, it basically totally stops at the ends where the hair gets ultra-light.
48. Cool-Toned Lavender Fade
While many lavender hair tones lean a little towards pink, this one is as true a purple as can be, in a fade that starts off vivid and becomes nearly silver at the ends. It’s a majestic take on lavender hair that is great for the truly daring.
49. Twisted Lavender Fade
This is another take on lavender hairstyles where purple fades into lavender, but with a romantic little twist. The bottom half of the hair was styled into lovely bottleneck curls that give a romantic effect to the ultra-vivid hair color.
50. Sleek Indigo to Lavender Shift
This stylist is a fan of keeping roots unbleached, and you can tell. That’s why deep indigo was used to give intensity to the roots and to not contrast too much with the silver lavender hair color that permeates the rest of the waves.
51. Lavender Mermaid Hair
If you already have long hair, lavender hair dye is guaranteed to get you feeling like an exotic mermaid – the kind that lives in the deep ocean with angler fish, not the kind that plays with lobsters. This look definitely serves that kind of mermaid, with a lot of deeper blues countered by softer lavender tones at the ends.
52. Denim and Lavender Hair
If you love the idea of denim hair but it seems just a little too dark and masculine, consider combining it with some lavender hair color! The touch of denim blue in this look is a counter to the lavender and purple tones, making them seem more vibrant.
53. Metallic Lavender Waves
The secret to getting lavender hair to gleam like it’s metal is actually Olaplex, along with the expert hand of a professional colorist. These kinds of gleaming results are worth time and money.
54. Lavender Half-Bun
Lavender hairstyles beg to be played with! This half-bun perfectly shows off the darker roots of this silver and lavender creation.
55. Modern Romantic Lavender Hair
These delicate curls and the semi-updo lend so much old school charm and romance to what are actually very wild fashion colors! The dye job itself is an astounding work of hand painting, with pink and lavender hair dyes the main event and a touch indigo here and there spicing things up.
56. Clouded Lavender Dream
Silver is actually the main shade in this look, though it is washed over with a hint of lavender. However, under the ends more vivid tones of lavender and blue peek through, adding brightness to the soft-as-a-cloud look.
57. Satin Soft Lavender Colormelt
This tri-color melt combines lavender hair dye with two of the best complements to it: pink and purple. What truly makes this look astounding is the soft platinum-pink ends, which lend a satin effect to the hair.
58. Ocean Deep Lavender Hair
The lighter and darker tones of lavender hair color used to streak this hair make for a perfect multi-dimensional look. Vivid blue roots don’t have to be pre-lightened, so they can stay rich and unique without suffering any damage.
59. Lavender Unicorn Hair
What do you get when you mix pink, purple and lavender hair dyes over super shiny platinum base? Magical unicorn hair fitting for every cool girl and Instagram princess.
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