How to Color Your Hair Purple Without Using Chemical Dyes

Trying new colors can be fun. It is even more fun when you know you're not damaging your hair in the process.

Purple is a beautiful color and one of my favorites too. It has been worn by the brave and bold for quite some time now.

If you are going for a fun color but are tired of the same natural-looking shades, try purple. It can be anything from cute to royal.

Purple also looks great in streaks as an accent. These techniques are semi-permanent so they will fade over time. They don't have any harsh chemicals, so they are also safer to use and are better for the environment as well.

Note: These work best with blonde or light brown hair. If your hair is dark you'll have to lighten it first to see results.

All-Natural Blackberry Dye

You can use blackberries to dye your hair purple. This way is easy and all-natural.

What You Will Need:

  • Two cups of blackberries
  • Gloves so the berries won't stain your hands
  • A bowl to put the berries in

What to Do Next:

  1. Dampen your hair since this method works best with your hair a little damp.
  2. Put the blackberries in the bowl.
  3. Mash them up as best you can.
  4. Put on the gloves.
  5. Work the mashed-up blackberries into your hair like shampoo.
  6. Let it set in your hair for a couple of hours.
  7. Rinse out with water and towel-dry your hair.

This is a great method for coloring your hair. The only downside is that you cannot pick the shade of purple you want—it just takes on the color of the berries that you have.

Using Purple Food Coloring

Food coloring can be used to dye your hair too. This is not all-natural but there are no harsh chemicals so you don't have to worry about damaging your hair.

This way is also very inexpensive, costing less than five dollars.

What You Will Need:

  • Red and blue food coloring
  • Half a cup of conditioner
  • A small bowl
  • A paint brush to apply the mixture (optional)

What to Do Next:

  1. Put the conditioner in the bowl.
  2. Add a few drops of red dye.
  3. Add a few drops of blue dye.
  4. Mix well to see if this is the desired shade of purple.
  5. If it is, then you can apply the dye and if not, then you can adjust the shade by adding red or blue food coloring.
  6. When applying, try to get the hair covered evenly to avoid streaky or blotchy spots.
  7. Leave the dye in for four to six hours.
  8. Wash dye out with just water.
  9. Towel-dry your hair.

Try not to wash your hair with shampoo or conditioner for a few days so that the color does not wash out and has more time to set in.

Using Drink Mixes

You can use just about any kind of powdered purple drink mix to color your hair. Even jello mix will work. This way gives you more shades of purple to choose from without having to create the specific shade yourself.

What You Will Need:

  • Your choice of drink mix
  • Half a cup of conditioner
  • A paint brush to use as an applicator (optional)
  • A small bowl

What to Do Next:

  1. Pour the drink mix into the bowl.
  2. Add the conditioner.
  3. Mix the two ingredients well.
  4. Apply the mixture to your hair evenly using the brush.
  5. Let the dye set for four to six hours.
  6. Rinse out the dye with water.
  7. Towel-dry your hair.

If you want the shade to be deeper or brighter, you can add another packet of drink mix.

Another Method

More Tips

All of these techniques work well but they are still semi permanent. This means they will fade over time. Try not to wash your hair for a few days after trying any of these.

A good way to lock in the color is to rinse your hair with vinegar before washing out the dye.

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ace 9 months ago

I would just use Manic Panic or something similar, tbh. It's vegan and natural. Impressed that you use the other stuff but it seems so hard to get consistent results.

DEZI 10 months ago

I have dark brown hair. Last yearbi used Kool-aid to dye my tips red. It worked great. It did only last a few weeks. And for about a week it looked like I killed someone in the shower. About 7 months later I still had a tiny bit of red hue in my hair. I think all depends on you hair. I plan on trying with purple kool-aid soon. I hope it works.

Angie 12 months ago

If we do the koolaid method, what kind of conditioner should we use to apply it?

en 14 months ago

Is beetroot another good thing to use as dye?

Josie 16 months ago

ummm so I have no idea what happened but I used three packets of grape koolaid and when I mixed it with conditioner the grey powder turned dark blue which I decided I would be fine with and then it turned my hair green.... What happened?

kati 18 months ago

reds will stay in light hair to medium brunette had for a lonnng time. like 2 months or more. especially if done with koolaid. it does tend to dry your hair out a lot if you decide to not do the conditioner method though so you've been warned

Rachelg_at_salonexp 19 months ago

This will not work on dark hair. A deep clarifying shampoo would work to remove and using a color safe shampoo will give you longevity. This method of coloring will work but it is temporary not a semi permanent. Semi permanent haircolor lasts 2-3 weeks and involves chemicals though they are not damaging.

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JessyFreeland 20 months ago from Florida

One of my best friends told me I would rock the purple hair, but I'm very sensitive to chemicals, so chemical hair dyes are out (plus, I like my hair too much to damage it). This gives me some ideas for something like highlights (I'm not brave enough for all-out purple)!

julia 21 months ago

clary when i use to henna my hair i use to mix it with coffee of beetroot juice to make it wet before applying ,,,,guess the berries could work also

Clary 21 months ago

I dye my hair red with henna currently and I was wondering if you knew about using a food coloring or kool-aid dye over the henna. Most chemical dyes are bad to use over or under henna, but since kool-aid isn't the same, I thought that it would be okay to use. Do you know if the purple kool-aid mix would show up right on red henna dyes hair?

person 22 months ago

Help I'm dyeing my hair with the chemical thing from the shops just as I'm writing this!! I have dark brown hair and I wondering how bright it will turn up??

syd 22 months ago

I have done the koolaid method before and used two packages to achieve purple. I have medium brown hair and it was only truly very purple in the sunlight otherwise it was only a purple tint in inside lighting

Random reader 24 months ago

If your hair is dark it wont work! So all those with lighter than light brown hair it should work!

M Z 2 years ago

Does it show up on dark color hair?

유미 2 years ago

Will it stain your skin after it settles down?

artemis 2 years ago

have u tried this? if yes do u have any pics of the results?

sarah 2 years ago

I currently use splat to dye my hair purple, i may try the food color as a booster!

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IslandBites 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Great idea!

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emilyna 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing it with us :)

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rumanasaiyed 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

That's an awesome tip....Thanks for sharing it with us :)

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lolaestrella 3 years ago from Denver, CO

My hair is black, will it show up if I use the blackberries? I want to try it!!

Mattie Mae 3 years ago

I used to dye my hair purple all the time with Kool-Aid and food coloring. Never even thought about using blackberries. :)

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Brittanie2216 3 years ago from Seattle WA Author

Strawberry would work.

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Brittanie2216 3 years ago from Seattle WA Author

It will show up as more of a tint than vibrant color.

Miraby 3 years ago

How long does the food colouring dye last? Great methods by the way

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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Wow, this is the first time I've heard about an actual fruit being used as a hair dye. Really really interesting. :)

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Brittanie2216 3 years ago from Seattle WA Author

Yes you can use strawberry :) The hair dye lasts for a few days to a week.

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Marilyn Kee 3 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

Omg! Are you serious?

If I'm looking forward to a pink dyed hair, do I use strawberry then? ;/

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yuvario 3 years ago

Will this show up on dark hair?

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daisydayz 3 years ago from Cardiff

I have always liked a splach of colour in my hair, originally having a strip and I now have my tips. I would never have thought of any of these ideas, how long do they usually last?

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