Love it or leave it, pastel hair isn't going anywhere. But, there seems to be one color that stands head and shoulders above the rest of the rainbow: purple. We can send a big thank-you over to Nicole Richie for that one. Her envy-inducing, lilac strands are the stuff of colorful-tress dreams.
But, as much as we love Nicole and her purple hair (we really, really do), the lilac trend started way before that first drop of hair dye hit her scalp. We did some digging and uncovered a slew of celebs who have taken purple hair for a spin. Some were from recent days, while others were total blasts from the past. Consider this your definitive history of purple hair — and your inspiration board for when you finally decide to take the pastel plunge.
Now, tell us: Which of these violet femmes do you love most?
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Before she went totally normcore, Nicki Minaj experimented with the rainbow. We happen to especially love this dusty lilac shade.
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During her No Doubt days, Gwen was the queen of colorful hair. We all remember her bright-blue mane vividly (it had its own matching furry bra, after all), but this mix of washed-out violet and deep grape was one we had forgotten. After seeing it again, we're not quite sure how we could have — it's the proto version of the shades Kelly Osbourne and Nicole Richie both sport today.
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She may be working green hair at the moment, but Katy dabbled in violet-colored 'dos back in the day. We totally dug this neo-gothic look on her.
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