The plum hair color sits somewhere between eggplant and burgundy hair, as it is a natural blend of red and purple tones that is dark but not too dark, and flatters almost everyone. This is one of those fashion hair colors that are not too out there, so it feels extremely special but is appropriate for all situations.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips

Because plum hair is actually made up of a complex blend of tones, we’ll help you figure out which variation on it will work best with your skin tone. We’ve given instructions in case you want to dye your hair plum at home, along with advice for the best plum hair dye you can buy in stores or online.

We’ve got some maintenance tips, as well, so you can keep your plum hair color looking vibrant for as long as possible. Those who like fashion hair colors are also fans of changing them up, so we’ve also included advice on how to remove plum hair dye for once you get tired of it.

Major hair color changes often require a style re-examination, so we’ve included some makeup and fashion tips for plum hair color so you can make sure your whole look from head to toe is as cohesive as can be.

Plum hair dye can be applied in all manner of techniques, with balayages, ombres, and colormelts all being super popular plum hair choices. We’re showcasing all of them in this article, so you can get inspired to try plum hair in a way that’ll fit your personal style.

Your Plum Hair Color Guide: Contents

• How to Pick the Right Plum Hair Color for Your Skin Tone
• Dyeing Your Hair Plum at Home
• How to Keep Your Plum Hair Color Bright
• How to Remove Plum Hair Dye
• Makeup Rules for Those with Plum Hair Color
• Adjusting Your Wardrobe to Your Plum Hair Color
• 57 Pretty Plum Hair Color Ideas to Embrace

How to Pick the Right Plum Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

Plum hair is a sort of purple-red color, meaning that it is mostly a mixture of blue and red tones. Blue is a cool color while red is a warm one, so plum hair color is neutral. If the plum hair color is a bit more reddish then it will probably count as “warm” while if it is more blue-based then it will be considered “cool”. This will have a big impact on how it is related to the skin’s undertones!

How to Pick the Right Plum Hair Color for Your Skin Tone
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As far as darkness is concerned, plum hair actually tends to work just as beautifully for those with light skin as it does for those with darker skin. Very dark plum hair might look a little “goth” on someone who is very fair, so if that’s not the intention then a plum magenta might be a better choice. Other than that, darkness level doesn’t matter too much.

Now for undertones. With plum hair it is usually best to match undertones, especially for those who have warm undertones to their skin. By warm undertones we mean skin that leans a little bit towards yellow, with veins that appear greenish and very little redness in the skin. With skin that is a bit warmer it is best to opt for a very warm plum hair color that has a lot of red blended into it.

On the other hand, those with olive skin, which appears very green, are actually better off opting for an extra cool plum hair color that has very little redness in it.

Those with cool skin, which has pinkish undertones, as well as those with totally neutral skin, can actually wear any kind of plum hair, as the purplish tones tend to be extremely flattering no matter which direction they lean in.


Dyeing Your Hair Plum at Home

The best thing about plum hair color is that it’s one of those fashion hair colors that don’t really require bleaching! This makes dyeing hair plum at home much easier than dyeing it a light color, even if your hair is naturally darker. That being said, the darker your hair is naturally, the darker your plum hair will be.

If you are hoping for a plum hair color that leans towards magenta then you should absolutely bleach your hair first following our directions here, but in most instances that will not be necessary. Another option is to lighten your hair with the balayage technique, and then to use a semi-permanent dye all over the head in order to achieve a subtle, plummy balayage.

How to Dye Hair Plum at Home
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You can also simply use the balayage technique when applying the plum hair dye, although first consider whether the combination of your natural hair color and plum hair color will be a good one.

We give directions here for dyeing virgin hair all-over. Please note that dye will not lighten hair (especially not dyed hair) and that it is also hard to predict how dye will act over different colors, in general. If your hair has been through a lot or if you are hoping for a very complex look then you are probably better off getting your hair dyed professionally.

Before You Start:

• Avoid washing your hair for a day or two before it’s dyeing time. Unwashed hair is usually a little stronger and healthier because of the natural oils coating it, so it also tends to respond better to the dye and experience less damage.

• Make sure you have an action plan! Look at inspiration pictures like the ones we’ve collected below, and have an idea of what you would like the final result to look like so you know exactly how to go in with the plum hair dye.

• If you are hoping for a very particular shade of plum consider doing a patch test first, since it’s hard to predict exactly how the color will come out. Mix a small amount of dye and apply it to a single strand of hair that would normally be under the rest of your hair so it is not visible in your day to day, and then see if you like its color. This will also allow you to ensure that you are not allergic to the dye itself before you apply it all over your head.

• Make sure that you are already in the habit of not washing your hair too frequently, and of using hair-strengthening treatments like protein-rich hair conditioners or masks. Using a nourishing hair treatment the day before dyeing your hair is a great way of giving it a boost and preventing damage.

• Finally, make sure you have everything ready to go. Nothing is worse than starting to mix the color and realizing that you’re missing something essential, so do a full stock of what you’ll need and have it all ready in front of you before you start doing anything.

Dyeing Hair Plum at Home
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You Will Need:

• Plum hair dye: we really like the Madison Reed Radiant Hair Color Kit in Volterra Amethyst from Ulta. You can also mix it with the Savona Scarlet kit to achieve a more red-based plum hair color. For a semi-permanent dye, we recommend Punky Hair Color in Plum, also from Ulta.

• Plastic gloves (included in the Madison Reed kit)

• Plastic shower cap (included in the kit)

• Hair dyeing brush

• Plastic mixing bowl

• Plastic hair clips

• Old button-up shirt or zip-up top

• Petroleum jelly or barrier cream

• Hair conditioner

The Plum Hair Dyeing Process:

• Put on an old button-up shirt or zip-up top that can be removed easily without needing to be pulled over the head.

• Begin with dry hair, and clip it up into sections. You can choose the amount of sections based on how thick your hair is, but I usually recommend four equal sections – two in the front, and two in the back. Separate the hair with the help of the pointy end of your hair dyeing brush.

• Apply Vaseline or barrier cream to the top of your ears and along your hairline so that the plum hair dye does not stain your skin.

• Mix up your dye in a plastic bowl. Permanent dye is usually made up of a color and a developer, although other kits also include other additives that should also be added at the same time. Pour them all into the bowl, and mix with the hair dyeing brush.

• Allow the color to develop, which will usually take a couple of minutes – the instructions on the hair dye kit will let you know.

• Unclip the first section of hair, and start applying the plum hair dye to it. Separate out a smaller subsection from the section, and with the brush apply the plum hair dye just a little bit away from the roots. Pull the dye down all the way to the end of the strands, and then massage it to ensure that every singular piece of hair is thoroughly coated. Move on to the next strand of hair, and repeat the hair dye application process.

How to Maintain Plum Hair Color
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• Once the whole section is dyed, clip it back up and move on to the next one. Repeat this process until all sections of hair have been dyed.

• Since you’re using permanent hair dye it is better to leave the roots until the end – the heat of the scalp speeds up the processing, so by not dyeing the roots first you avoid having a “hot scalp.”

• Finish up your hair by unclipping the front section and applying the plum hair dye to the roots, then clip them back up and repeat with the back sections.

• Pop a shower cap on and let your hair process. This will take around 35 minutes or so, although check your box of hair dye to confirm.

• Don’t throw out any extra plum hair dye! You might need it again to fix any errors or missed spots.

• Once enough time has elapsed, pop into the shower and rinse out the dye with lukewarm water.

• Next, condition your hair with the hair conditioner that came in the plum hair dye kit. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it out.

• Pop out of the shower, and gently towel-dry your hair without rubbing. Once the hair is dry, examine the color and see if any corrections are needed! If they are, apply dye where necessary, but if it’s perfect then go and take some selfies to show off your new look!


How to Keep Your Plum Hair Color Bright

• Frequent washings are the bane of hair dye, including plum hair dye. Try to limit how often you wash your hair to once or twice a week, and every other day at most if you have oily hair. If you have a problem with your hair looking oily or getting greasy, try to save on washing by using dry shampoo instead.

How to Care for Plum Hair Color
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• When you do wash your hair, opt for a color-safe, sulfate-free shampoo. You can use a shampoo and conditioner set that contains a bit of pigment to refresh your hair tone, as well.

• Get in the habit of showering and washing your hair with lukewarm water. Hot water opens up the hair cuticles and causes color to bleed, while also weakening the hair over all.

• In the same vein, extreme heat styling will also damage your hair and your plum hair color. A bit of blow-drying (with the help of a heat protectant spray) every once in a while is okay, but straightening and curling irons can be too intense.

• Refreshing your plum hair color at home while also strengthening it is actually quite easy these days, as more people are flocking to fashion hair colors. The Uberliss Bond Sustainer in Purple Iris from Ulta is perfect for strengthening and softening the hair while also adding vividness to plum hair dye that is starting to fade.

• Chlorine is a quick destroyer of hair colors, so if you’re going to the pool make sure to tie your hair up and put on a swimming cap.

• Sun exposure will also fade plum hair dye, so wear hats on sunny days (your skin will also thank you!) or use a UV-protecting hair spray or oil.


How to Remove Plum Hair Dye

Removing darker fashion colors is not an easy process, but it is doable. You have a few directions you can go in, depending on the final color you are hoping for. Note that most of these methods for fading plum hair color are quite drying, so make sure to follow them up with a hair nourishing mask or a leave-in conditioner.

Option 1: Go Darker

The easiest way to get rid of plum hair dye is to dye over it with a darker color. It causes the least damage to the hair, and is a quick process.

It is important that the color that you choose is not only darker, but that it will also neutralize the red and purple tones of the plum. This means choosing a shade that is neutral or ashy, as these are tones that cancel out red. A warmer brown, on the other hand, will end up looking a little reddish when applied over plum hair.

Fashion Tips for Plum Hair Color
@hair_by_janeth

Option 2: Use a Clarifying Shampoo

A clarifying shampoo is perfect for slowly and methodically fading out semi-permanent hair colors, including plum hair color. Simply choose any shampoo that contains sulfates.

Some people find that dish soap works well, while others prefer anti-dandruff shampoo. Combine this with hot water to open up the hair cuticles and let colors bleed out.

This method will not completely remove your plum hair color but it will help it fade away slowly, which is especially useful if you’d like to dye over it.

Option 3: Try the Vitamin C Method

The vitamin C method is perfect for both pulling out dye and for slightly lightening dyed hair without causing too much damage, and it works for both permanent and semi-permanent plum hair dyes.

This recipe requires a sulfate-based shampoo and some vitamin C powder. If you don’t have vitamin C powder on hand, you can also crush vitamin C pills into a very fine powder.

• In a bowl mix one-part vitamin C powder and one-part clarifying shampoo – you may also choose to add a bit of water or more shampoo if you find that the mixture is too thick.

• Apply the mixture to your hair from roots to tips, much in the same way you would apply hair dye. Once your whole head is covered, massage the mixture in a bit more.

• Next, clip your hair up and cover it in a shower cap. Wait 45 minutes-1 hour, and then wash out the mixture in the shower with hot water. You will see hair dye start to come out along with the mixture.

• When you’re done, do a conditioning treatment to restore moisture to your hair.

• You can do this method a few more times (though ideally not on the same day) in order to fade the hair a bit more.

Option 4: Bleach It

Think of bleach as a last resort, as it is quite damaging to the hair. However, it is the only way to lighten the hair significantly, which is especially important if you’d like to go from plum hair to blonde, for example.

To avoid excessive damage, bleach your hair with a 20-volume developer and bleach powder, and follow up the bleaching with a nourishing treatment or Olaplex. Applying a new semi-permanent hair color to your hair after bleaching is a great idea, as it will deposit pigment and fortify your hair – just make sure it’s a color you love!


Makeup Rules for Those with Plum Hair Color

When it comes to your makeup routine, there are a few changes you should make to keep your plum hair color nice-looking.

Makeup Tips for Plum Hair Color
@yovanalvhair

Complexion Makeup for Plum Hair

As with most darker fashion hair colors, it is usually best to opt for a slightly more perfected complexion. This might mean switching to a foundation with more coverage, using a bit more concealer in your makeup routine, or color correcting – this totally depends on your application styles and the starting condition and color of your skin.

With darker colors, ensuring that there is color in the face is also quite important. A touch of bronzer, blush, or contour color can go a long way towards keeping dimension in the face and keeping it from getting washed out by the hair.

Plum hair, because it sits between purple and red, actually works well with most blush colors, so don’t feel restricted to using cool, neutral, or warm blushes – any color will work beautifully, as long as it suits your skin tone!

Eye Makeup for Plum Hair

Eye makeup can make a big difference, especially for those making the switch to plum hair color from a lighter hair color. A touch of mascara and eyeliner will bring out your eyes and make sure that your features don’t get lost behind the attention-grabbing hair color.

When it comes to choosing eyeshadow colors, just be aware of the color wheel and the relationship your plum hair color will have with the eyeshadow you choose. Take these colors and the final scheme into account when choosing a lip and blush color, as well.

You can create looks based on a monochromatic color scheme with plum, magenta, and rose tones, or looks based on an analogue scheme with red, orange, and yellow tones or going in the other direction with purples and blues. The metallic and jewel tone versions of these shades are particularly gorgeous.

Playing with the complementary color (green) or a split complementary color scheme (blue and yellow) can be really unique, but is much tougher to match.

Choosing neutral eyeshadow colors is an easy way to get around this altogether. These neutral colors include champagne, beige, taupe, chocolate brown, gray and black.

Lip Colors for Plum Hair

The great thing about plum hair is that it plays nicely with almost all lipstick colors. Orange-based shades like brick, orange, and peach provide a nice contrast to the cool tones in the hair, while mauve, berry, and magenta lip colors are a nice match to it.

Neutrals always work well, of course. Just make sure to match your lipstick undertone to your blush, or you risk clashing.

The hardest lipstick color to match to plum hair is red. A red lipstick can be either blue-based and cool or yellow-based and warm. If you are keen to wear a red lip with your plum hair, it is better to leave the eyes neutral, to much the undertone of the red to your blush, and to ensure that the rest of your outfit is also well coordinated based on undertones.


Adjusting Your Wardrobe to Your Plum Hair Color

• Because plum hair borders on the verge of being a natural hair color (it’s not, but it looks like it should be), no massive wardrobe changes are rarely necessary.

What Colors to Wear with Plum Hair
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• That being said, if your style is colorful then you need to remember that plum is now part of any color scheme you will wear.

• Plum hair can feel a little dark, so you can soften your whole look by wearing the “butter stick” look, with clothes in shades of beige, cream, and light brown.

• Lighter monochromatic looks with rose and mauve can have a similar though more feminine effect.

• If you’d like to embrace the dark edge of your plum hair color then embrace darker shades like black, deep olive green, or gunmetal gray.

• Primary colors like blue and yellow tend to look gorgeous next to plum hair, while red is a little too close for comfort and might clash against it.

• You can have a lot of fun with color blocking your outfits based on your hair. Yellow-orange and teal combine with plum to make a gorgeous triadic color scheme, for example.


57 Pretty Plum Hair Color Ideas to Embrace

There is a ton of room for creativity with plum hair color – light and darker tones can be combined in all kinds of ways, and there is also a lot of interesting work that can be done with the different undertones of plum hair. Find 57 creative ways you can wear this pretty hair color!

1. Deep Plum Waves

This take on plum hair color combines darker and lighter tones to achieve a rich multidimensional effect that is hard to resist. Lighter tones at the ends add brightness, while a touch of deeper dark brown at the roots keeps things healthy.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@guy_tang

2. Black and Plum Reverse Balayage

Plum hair is already on the dark side of things, but if you prefer adding even a bit more edge to it, then a reverse balayage could be the way to go! A reverse balayage, of course, is when darker colors are added in natural-looking streaks to the ends of the hair, starting at different levels. This example of it, with both black and plum, feels a little gothy but still super flattering.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@cxsglam

3. Bright Plum Bob

Lighter plum hair color shades almost veer into magenta, so they can be a lot of fun for spring and summer. This combination of plum hair with a shorter haircut is playful, but it still has the sophisticated edge of a sleek bob.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@off7thsalon

4. Vivid Plum Waves

This Guy Tang take on plum hair color is a little on the warmer side, with a great mixture of red and purple hair tones. This is the kind of shade that really gleams as the light hits it, so it can look totally different from day to night!

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@guy_tang

5. Smoky Plum Hair

This ultra-cool plum tone has a smoky tinge that is dark and sexy, a perfect winter hair color. This dark look gets a tinge lighter at the ends, but the roots are kept dark for easy maintenance.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@katsalista

6. Dark Chocolate and Plum Sombre

A gradual ombre is a great way of easing into fashion hair colors, and it is subtler than a harsh ombre. This wavy ‘do shows us a take on plum hair color that has just a hint of copper to it – perfect for those ready to be newly initiated.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@thefaithfulblonde

7. Plum and Magenta Balayage

If you’re in the mood for a brighter take on plum hair, consider combining it with a brighter magenta! This look utilizes subtle balayage and colormelt techniques to create a vivacious look that is seamless and beautiful.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@hairbyfranco

8. Plummy Balayage Lob

This dark long bob is sophisticated, showcasing the subtlest cool plum balayage along the ends. The feathery styling adds some airiness to the darker hair color, keeping it perfect for every season.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@amybcolor

9. Three-Tone Plum Hair Color

The balayage technique was used here to create a gorgeous plum hair color gradient. The roots are as dark as can be, but they gradually turn into streaks of plum, which transform to a deep magenta at the ends.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@hairbyfranco

10. Graduated Plum Bob

A graduated bob can be a little bit too severe, so adding some colorful streaks is a great way of livening it up! Thinner streaks of warm plum hair dye add a lot of brightness, especially around the face.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@coryhoffmanhair

11. Eggplant and Plum Hair

As far as food combinations go, this one might require finesse to pull off, but these two shades of purple combined are as easy as can be. The dark, eggplant color base of the hair is rich, while a touch of brighter plum balayaged on the ends lightens up the look.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@glamiris

12. Plum Streaks

This mixture of black-brown and plum hair color in this look is rich and deep. This is the kind of look that will really make you feel like you’re straddling brunette and redhead, as the streaks of the red-based plum are plentiful.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@amybcolor

13. Auburn Plum Melt

The flowiness of a curled colormelt is hard to resist, especially in this gorgeous auburn plum gradient! The roots are a dark reddish brown that fades into an auburn plum hair color with a hint of magenta at the tips.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@xkatielynnx25

14. Short Plum Balayage

The effect that bright balayaging can have on a bob haircut is surprisingly beautiful – it adds dimension and volume to shorter hair, making it seem lusher. This gorgeous blend is perfect, because it keeps the bulk of the hair a dark, healthy plum, while brightening up the fronts and flattering the face with a lighter plum that leans towards magenta.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@honeybeedoeshair

15. Plum Brunette Waves

This is a brown-based plum look that is shining with health and moisture. The roots are a deep brown tone, while the mids and ends are dyed a natural-looking plum that is a blend of brown and purple with very little red.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@ashleylantzhair

16. Plum Jelly Waves

Sweet and fruity with just a hint of darkness – this multidimensional long bob is delicious. It is an expert look that utilizes a ton of different streaks in different colors, with a mixture of both cool and warm plum hair tones that is super fashionable.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@hannahthepainter

17. Warm and Cool Plum Balayage

Over these brunette locks the most interesting plum balayage was created. I’m basically obsessed with undertones, and this look showcases streaks of both blue-based plum and red-based plum in a way that works so well because the brown base acts as a balancing force.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@makeupbyfrances

18. Peach-Glazed Plum Hair

That touch of peach on the ends of this plum hair is the secret to the chic, high-fashion impact of this look! It’s especially impactful because this is a super cool take on plum hair, with blue-black roots and smoky purple plum mids.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@glamiris

19. Glossy Plum Sombre

A touch of hair oil instantly adds health and shine to fashion hair colors! These ultra-long locks were gussied up with plum hair dye applied as a sombre, in a look that is easy to maintain yet so gorgeous.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@thehairstandard

20. All-Over Smoky Plum

While sombres, streaks, and balayages are great, sometimes a simple all-over color is all you really crave. This smoky plum hair color was applied all over, with just the roots left bare, for that sleek, dramatic look.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@hollowaybeauty

21. Plum Wine Waves

Just looking at this hair is making me feel a little drunk! This red-based plum hair color gives a magnificent wine effect to the hair, and the blend of both lighter and darker streaks of it ensures maximum volume.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@angietriana.hair

22. Plum Flame Balayage

There is something fiery about this balayage, despite the fact that the plum hair dye used wasn’t overly warm. The base of the hair is nearly black, but the ends were balayaged with a mixture of thick streaks of smoky dark plum and thin streaks of magenta, leading to a dynamic look that reminds us of a dancing flame.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@cristen_smith

23. Plum Heatwave Colormelt

This perfect gradual fade is like a plum wave of warmth. The deeper roots fade into a burgundy-plum, with just a hint of magenta at the ends adding fire to the look.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@laurapiras07

24. Plummy Touch

This hand-painted graduated bob features a subtle take on plum hair color that is perfect for those hesitant to try fashion hair colors. This subtle look involved a lot of brown-plum strands near the face, so you’ll still feel like you’ve experienced a change, without overwhelming the hair with dye.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@hairbyac_alcorn

25. Light and Dark Plum Hair

This wavy long bob was styled perfectly for the plum balayage it showcases. The bulk of the hair is a darker plum that borders on burgundy, with lighter golden magenta tones balayaged through adding high contrast.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@shaunaformanhair

26. Streaky Magenta Plum Hair

Sometimes the best way to show off streaks is by blow-drying the hair so it is straight yet soft and fluffy. The mixture of magenta-based plum streaks over a chocolate brown base leads to a sophisticated yet bright look.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@amandalynnhair

27. Plum All Over

This is another take on an all-over plum hair color that brings the drama! The long waves ensure that the wearer looks like a dark princess, with a plum hair dye that is heavy on the red undertones.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@shyhairstudiochicago

28. Plum Marcel Waves

A little bit of retro curls never hurt. The plum hair in this look is multidimensional thanks to subtle highlighting that makes the Marcel waves gleam.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@salome_hairdresser

29. Pinky Plum Highlights

The highlights in this look might look complex, but this is actually one of those balayaged plum hair colors that were simple to create. First the hair was highlighted with the thinnest streaks, and after was dyed all over with a pinky plum tone, so the ends look brighter.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@harriakerberg

30. Deep Plum Sombre

Some more princess plum hair for you to drool over! These lush, long locks are the perfect canvas for this deep purple plum sombre.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@hairbykatienoel

31. Hand-Painted Plum Hair Color

Often the professional touch is really worth it, especially if you want a natural-looking, hand-painted effect. Dyed with a smoky, cool-toned plum hair dye, these waves nevertheless seem flowy and natural.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@glam_by_dana

32. Black Plum Locks

If you find yourself thinking that most of these plums are not edgy enough for you, then this black plum hair color might be the shade you need. This style proves that even those with super dark hair can still rock plum shades without bleaching, and that the effect is still striking.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@meredithallenxvx

33. Golden Plum Waves

So while there is no gold actually used in this look, there is a warm, metallic effect that makes it seem as though it’s there. The base of the hair is a deep plum, but a wash of warm magenta over it gives that golden metallic sheen.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@beautybybriteodoro

34. Blended Plum Hair

Combining lighter and darker tones of plum hair color without having it look like streaks is the work of a true artist. This smoky plum look has volume and dimension without any obvious color shifts – subtle and stunning!

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@nahee_stylist

35. Two-Tone Plum Hair Color

Can’t choose between light and dark? A two-toned plum balayage might be the way to go – the darker shade is healthy and easy to maintain, but the lighter plum ends give life.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@awilliamshairart

36. Witchy Plum Hair

There is something a little sinister yet seductive about these deep, glossy plum curls. The dark base, touch of dimension, and extra shine all lead to a dynamic hairstyle that suggests the hair itself is alive.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@hairbyapes

37. Simply Plummy Balayage

This look is all about taking virgin dark brown hair and just lightly painting it with some high-impact color. The plum hair dye is very cool and fashion-y, so the overall effect is attention-grabbing and unique.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@ateliersalonusa

38. Amethyst Waves

When plum hair is this multifaceted it takes on a jewel-like effect that is truly astounding. The careful streaking of light and dark plum hair dye over dark black hair has an amethyst-like effect that is glamorous and luxurious.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@muah_heather

39. Plum Mermaid Hair

You can absolutely style plum hair into beachy waves, and the effect is just as magical as with pastels or reds! These vibrant plum locks would be fitting on any mermaid.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@jenniferlopiccolo_hair

40. Smoky Plum Gradient

This gradient plum hairstyle really celebrates the dark roots, as it allows to slowly and gradually progress into a lighter smokier plum through the mids and ends. It’s a combination of balayage and ombre that is perfect for shorter haircuts.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@jennamoi

41. Sunset Plum Hair

There is quite a bit of contrast between the darker roots and magenta plum locks, but because of the seamless transition the effect isn’t even a little bit jarring. Instead, we get to enjoy a gorgeous late sunset hair effect.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@aspenshaircraft

42. Sleek Auburn Plum Hair

Auburn and plum hair tones are a match made in hair heaven. They blend together to create a wine-like effect that is full of depth, even when the hair is styled straight.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@meghanflew

43. Anime Plum Hair

This ultra-vivid mix of dark purple and plum hair colors is straight out of an anime! It’s hard to achieve such perfectly saturated hair, but that’s exactly why it’s so worthwhile.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@jenniferlopiccolo_hair

44. 3-Tone Plum Hair Melt

This is one of the most interesting takes on plum hair color that we’ve seen so far. The colormelt is made up of darker roots, brighter magenta mids, and cool plum ends. This tri-tonal effect ensures a ton of volume in the center thanks to the high contrast between the different undertones.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@aspenshaircraft

45. Jewel-Toned Plum Bob

This ultra-shiny plum bob is cute yet sophisticated. The hair itself is extra shiny thanks to clever highlighting, and the overall tone is gorgeous and vibrant thanks to the dominance of purple shades.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@nikolekristinehair

46. Magenta Plum Wave

There is something very beachy about this magenta Marcel wave. While the styling is sleek, the plum hair color is bright and fruity, with a lot of zest.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@meghannloks

47. Slate Plum Long Bob

This plum hairstyle is as cool and sleek as slate, with ultra-thin streaking that gives a subtle texture. The tone itself is a dark brown-plum that is low on reds, perfect for those who want wearable fashion colors but are over all burgundy plums.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@brooklyn.laritzsalon

48. Plum Wine Princess Curls

This burgundy-based plum hair color is so perfect in these lush princess curls. It’s the kind of color that exudes sophistication, while the styling makes it seem soft enough to sleep in.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@hairbybrittanyle

49. Delicate Plum Streaks

Adding ultra-thin but vividly purple plum streaks to brown hair creates a gorgeous blend that is bright and complex. Give it a try if you’re not ready to totally give up on your brunette base!

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@alenagalehair

50. Copper Plum Sombre

This super warm, copper-based plum hair color is to die for! The sombre itself is perfectly applied, as can be seen even when the hair is straightened, and the intense warmth is perfect for those with yellow undertones to their skin.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@lou_chan_hair

51. Ultra-Shiny Purple Plum Hair

This is another plum hairstyle that would be perfect for a gritty anime heroine. The long locks are dyed a solid purple-based plum that is edgy yet cartoonish, perfect for someone who is a little out of this world.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@kirbydidmyhair

52. Wild Plum Hair Color

There is something wild and adventurous about this plum hair dye! While the bulk of the hair is dyed with deep plum tones, the magenta ends add that touch of adventure.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@muah_heather

53. Icy Plum Streaks

These plum streaks have an icy, metallic effect over the dark black base. It’s a take on plum hair that is perfect for winter or just for anyone who wants to exude a tough vibe.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@rachael_morgan_hair

54. Grape and Plum Waves

Is anyone else getting a hankering for some fruit salad? This blend of purple and plum hair tones is vibrant despite the dark colors, thanks to a high saturation of purple tones and some bright streaks here and there.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@sincerely__melissa

55. Voluminous Smoked Plum

The ultra-thin streaks of light and dark plum in this look have a volumizing effect that is just a little smoky. I might not want to eat a smoked plum, but I can’t help but love it for hair.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@angietriana.hair

56. Chocolate-Covered Plum Hair Color

Chocolate-covered dried fruits are delicious – the chocolate gives a deep, smooth flavor, while the dried fruits are just a little tart. That’s exactly the effect this plum hair color has, with chocolate brown as the dominant tone that is made a bit zestier with a slight plum undertone.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@serrinasanchez

57. Glazed Sugar Plum Hair

Super glossy, shiny plum hair can be sugary sweet and hard to resist. These sleek locks were dyed exactly in such a way, with a bright magenta plum that is as gorgeous as can be.

Plum Hair Color Shades: Plum Hair Dye Tips
@bonniekildclyde

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