Top 3 Purple Shampoos for Blonde Hair
If you dye or highlight your hair blonde, then you may know all too well that it’s normal to see your undertones change from when you step out of the salon to after a few weeks. While yellow or brassiness is typical for blonde hair, it’s easy to brighten and tone your hair at home with a purple shampoo!
Read on to learn what they are used for, how to use them, and what are the best for blonde hair!
What is purple shampoo?
When you lighten your hair, it’s normal to deal with unwanted brass, orange, or yellow shades after a while. This is due to two main reasons–when your hair is lightened, your hairstylist will apply a toner after the bleaching session to achieve that bright blonde or ashy shade. Without toner, your bleached hair would stay a yellow or orange tone (cue Eminem’s Slim Shady days) and no one wants that! Once the toner starts to wear away in between salon appointments, you may notice those yellow or orange shades starting to peek through. Also, when you lighten your hair, it can become porous which means it absorbs not only products and water easily, but it also absorbs pollution and minerals from hard water. These minerals and pollution can also change the tone of your haircolor making it look yellow or orange.
I recommend to come into the salon every 6 weeks to get touch-ups on your toner. But if you feel like you’re getting yellow quickly, that’s when it’s time to use a purple shampoo. The shampoo is a cleanser for your scalp and hair strands that contain purple pigments to help remove any unwanted yellow shades from the hair. As the shampoo gets to work cleansing your hair, it also distributes those purple pigments into your strands.
Who is purple shampoo for?
If you have blonde highlights, balayage or ombre, gray hair, or are all-over blonde, purple shampoo is definitely for you! Many people think you need to have ash or platinum blonde hair to use purple shampoo but that’s definitely not the case. If you have highlights, balayage, or even gray hair, you can still deal with yellow undertones. To combat this, that particular shampoo is great for keeping your blonde bright and looking like you just stepped out of the salon!
Even if you aren’t noticing yellow undertones in your hair right away, purple shampoo is great just for keeping your blonde super bright.
What is the difference between purple and blue shampoo?
You may have heard of blue shampoo as well, but do you know what the difference is between purple and blue shampoo? If you have really dark hair and lighten it, you may notice brassy or orange undertones in your hair after a few washes. If you naturally have light brown or dark blonde hair, these tones are usually yellow or golden.
When you look at the color wheel, colors opposite of each other cancel each other out! So because purple is opposite yellow, purple shampoos are recommended for people wanting to remove yellow undertones. Blue is opposite orange which means blue shampoos are great for busting orange undertones! If you’re unsure whether to get a blue or purple shampoo, feel free to ask your stylist for help picking the right product for
Best purple shampoos for blonde hair
With there being a ton of purple shampoos on the market, it can be hard deciding which one to add to your routine. If you’re stuck on what shampoo to pick up, I’ve got you covered!
The Morrocanoil Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo is a great option because it’s sulfate-free and safe for colored hair.
The formula contains their one-of-a-kind ArganID technology to actually help strengthen the hair from the inside. It’s also super gentle so it won’t dry out your hair!
If you’re looking for a purple shampoo to use on both colored and virgin hair, L’Oreal Silver shampoo is for you!
This formula promises color protection, toning, softness, and shine all in one. It also features their Gloss Protect System to help maintain hydration and sheen.
The Fanola No Yellow Shampoo neutralizes yellow tones in the hair.
Plus, not only does the brand offer the shampoo, but they also have a matching purple mask as well to really up your at-home toning game!
How to use purple shampoo
Not sure how to use a purple shampoo? Here are some steps and tips to getting it incorporated into your blonde hair care routine!
- For best results, cleanse with your purple shampoo once a week to keep your blonde bright. Keep in mind that you don’t want to use purple shampoo too often as it can actually darken your hair and leave it dull. Once a week is a safe bet or every other wash day!
- Use your purple shampoo in place of your regular shampoo–not both! Purple shampoos cleanse your scalp and hair just as well as normal shampoos do so you don’t need to use both. Cleansing twice can just lead to scalp and hair dryness which can cause all sorts of problems like frizz and split ends (no, thank you!)
- You know how you leave in a hair mask so your hair has time to soak up all of that moisturizing goodness? It’s the same way for purple shampoos! After gently scrubbing your scalp with the shampoo, bring it down to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Leave it in for 1-5 minutes before rinsing. This will allow the pigments to disperse evenly into your strands. Make sure you don’t leave your purple shampoo on too long though because it can temporarily turn your hair purple if left on for long enough!
If you’re unsure if you should be using a purple or blue shampoo or what one is right for you, don’t be afraid to reach out to your colorist. We are here to help you not only achieve the color you’re looking for, but also help you through your journey of maintaining that color!