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Blonde and purple hair is an awesome combo. The mix is a little bit punk and way pretty, especially when you place streaks or dashes of color in unexpected places. The color is edgy, but shades from lavender to violet complement blonde so well, you can get away with it almost anywhere.
Lowlights are like highlights, only they're darker than the rest of your hair, so they're placed a little differently. Highlights are placed where the sun hits to mimic natural bleaching. Lowlights add depth and dimension, so you place them under the crown or behind the ears. Peeks of purple under blonde tresses are surprising and cool. Lowlights showcase just enough color that even platinum hair can handle deep violet streaks.
Commitment-phobes can always reserve purple for the ends of their hair. This is a shocking, but spiffy way to ignite interest without dyeing the hair near the roots -- you could wait years for that to grow out! Dyeing just the tips is a great compromise for women who might want to hide their wild side occasionally. Twist hair up in a bun and your purple tresses are your secret.
Asymmetrical splotches of purple are about as cool as you can get. It's an avant-garde look for hip fashionistas who like to take style risks. If you have an asymmetrical haircut, you can simply pick a section of hair to dye and let the geometry of your cut highlight your lavender locks. If your hair is cut evenly, grab a few strands to lowlight asymmetrically. You can also use a dye brush to brush in just a speckle or band of purple here or there. Lighter blondes can make crooked color look really neat.
If your hair is dark, you'll have to strip it before you can go blonde and purple. Otherwise, your blonde won't show at all and your purple -- even the darkest shades -- will just absorb into your hair. Stripping can be tough on tresses if you're not careful. Bleach is harsh under the best of conditions, but when you go from dark to blonde to purple, that's three processes. You may want to wait a few days to deep condition before you add in the purple.