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How To Use Purple Shampoo For Your Most Vibrant Hair

This article comes from Byrdie.

How To Use Purple Shampoo For Your Most Vibrant Hair

Purple shampoo allows you to tone your hair at home without the risk of the hair turning yellow or orange. But it can be a little tricky to master at first—we reached out to three hairstylists to get to the root of who needs purple shampoo and how it works.

What Is Purple Shampoo?

Purple shampoo is a tone-intensive shampoo that allows you to tone your hair at home. Violet tones control warmth in your hair and neutralize yellow and orange tones in the hair, making the hair look more ashy and cool tone.

What Purple Shampoo Can Do for Your Hair (and What it Can’t)

Put simply, purple shampoo can work to counteract yellow, orange, and brassy tones in the hair for those with blonde, platinum, silver, pastel, beige, and grey hair, as well as dimensional brunettes. But that doesn’t mean purple shampoo is a miracle product, however. Sadly, purple shampoo cannot make your hair lighter so if the tone is too dark or too orange, it will not make it brighter.

Who Should Be Using Purple Shampoo?

Those who have platinum blonde hair, blonde highlights, or anyone who has had lightener in their hair and loves a bright pop are great candidates for purple shampoo. Purple shampoo is a wonderful product for anyone that wants to maintain their fresh from salon-lightened hair weeks after leaving the salon without any risk of orange or yellow popping through. Beware, Halloween colors. You’re not welcome here.

How To Use Purple Shampoo To Keep Your Hair Vibrant

It’s recommended that the first time you use a purple shampoo to mix it with a little of your regular shampoo to see how potent it is; you don’t want to wind up with purple hair accidentally.

  • Alternate your purple shampoo with a moisturizing shampoo. Depending on how brassy your blonde hair is, you won’t need to use the toning effects every wash, and it is important to add moisture and strengthen hair during the color process to keep hair healthy and strong.
  • On that same note, try not to use purple shampoo every single time; it can start to make your hair look ashy and dull.
  • Be aware of how long you leave a purple shampoo on each time, so you can figure out what will be the perfect timing for your hair and porosity. The more porous the hair, the more it will grab.

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