Plum Hair Color Options

Girl with purple hair and a purple shirt

Plum is a beautiful hair color that can be applied in different ways to produce versatile and striking looks. Cool, washed out plum shades are particularly stunning on medium to olive skin tones, whereas rich plums add warmth to a pale complexion. Whether you prefer a more understated style or one that amps up the glamor, plum-colored hair is guaranteed to impress.

All-Over Plum

This gorgeous purply hue makes a serious style statement when it covers your entire head and left on its own to shine. Whether you choose to dye it yourself or visit your local hairdresser, make sure that your tresses are in good condition first. If your hair is naturally dark, it might have to be stripped before the plum dye can be implemented. Otherwise, the exact color could be compromised. Stripping the hair can result in split ends or damage too.

Woman with Long Purple Hair

Plum Chunks

Plum coloring can instantly add dimension to a hairstyle through the incorporation of chunks or stripes. You can make the chunks or stripes as thick as you like according to your personal preferences; however, the thicker they are, the more noticeable they will be. If your base hue is already considered alternative, this will only enhance your hair's vividity and leave you with a stylish, standout aesthetic.

Plum Chunks

Plum Undertone

Implementing a plum undertone puts a contemporary twist on conventional plum hairstyles. This is especially effective when combined with a light blonde base if you're dying it yourself. If you have brunette hair, you should consider visiting a salon as you might need to have the underneath sections of your hair stripped before the plum color can be applied.

Firstly, tie up the top sections of your hair in a bun to get them out of the way. Then place a thin layer of the plum dye on the bottom sections of your hair. Build it up as much as you'd like depending on the richness of the plum shade that you're aiming for. Wait for the required time as instructed on the product's box, and then rinse it out. Voila! You're left with a romantic, washed-out look.

Plum Undertone

Two-Tone Color Blocking

Fancy a change but not feeling brave enough to go all-out purple? You can opt for a dual, color blocking hairstyle with one of the hues being plum. This is a refreshing take on the traditional single hue plum styles. If you're not sure about the color blocking nature of this option, simply ask your hairdresser for more of a gradual transition from one hue to the other, like the ombre or balayage effect.

Two-Tone Color Blocking

Reddy-Plum Flashes

Reddy-plum flashes are a great option for women who want a temporary hair makeover. To achieve these flashes, apply the colored dye to your tresses sporadically throughout multiple sections. There's no specific technique to creating this aesthetic, which is what makes it so unique and quirky.

Reddy-Plum Flashes

Washed-Out Partial Highlights

An individualistic and standout plum coloring, washed-out partial highlights are easy to create yourself at home.

Partial highlights are particularly sensational when they are constructed around the front sections of the hair to brighten and frame the face. In addition to building plum highlights into the front, you can also dye your roots in the same hue for a distinctive appearance. Then merely rinse out the dye slightly earlier than the product's box recommends to develop a washed-out, few-weeks-old feel.

Washed-Out Partial Highlights

Dipped Ends

Dark plum dipped ends look fabulous with any base color, but they're even more ravishing when combined with dark brunette or black locks. This style earned its name because your tresses are colored as if they've been dipped in a bucket of dye. The effect can be as emphasized or as subtle as you like, depending on how much of a contrast the plum shade is in relation to your base hue.

Dipped Ends

Finding What Works

There are many variations of plum hair when it comes to shades and styles. The trick is to explore and experiment with different options before you decide on a permanent, long-lasting effect. Either way, plum hairstyles are sure to attract attention for all the right reasons.

Plum Hair Color Options