Purple Shampoo 101: Everything You Need to Know About Using It For Coloured Mane

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After the pandemic hit, we were locked inside our homes for a long time. Be it out of boredom or inability to step into a salon, almost everybody tried dying hair at home. While some came out with disastrous results, the rest nailed it! If you also tried a fashion colour that required bleaching, the chances are that you’re left with a brassy hue (orange or yellow) in your hair. This is where purple shampoo comes in. It is used to eliminate unwanted pigment from the hair while even toning it. Consider it as your at-home hair toning solution for brassy hair. Purple shampoos work well for platinum blonde, silver, ashy blonde, pastel, dark blonde and light brown hair colours.

Here’s All You Need To Know About Purple Shampoo

What Is Purple Shampoo?

It’s a shampoo with a purple tint that helps remove the brassy tones from the hair. The concept of purple shampoos is based on the colour wheel theory. Colours on the opposite side of the wheel neutralise each other and cancel off the brassy tones. Known as complementary colours, purple and yellow are on the opposite end of the colour wheel and thus balance each other out. Purple shampoo deposits a tiny amount of pigment onto the hair, which then evens out the yellow and makes the hair look brighter.

How Often Can Purple Shampoo Be Used?

It can be used just like a regular shampoo, depending on the hair toning needs. The ideal way to use this shampoo is by rubbing it between your palm till it foams up slightly and applying it through the wet hair. The shampoo needs to sit on the hair for 5 minutes to get rid of the yellow tones. It can be kept on longer depending on the hair colour. However, it’s advisable to not keep it on for too long or use it often as it may deposit a purple pigment changing the hair colour. Therefore, experts recommend using it once or twice a week. Purple shampoos can also cause buildup over time if overused.

Picking The Right Purple Shampoo

In the last few years, the market for purple shampoos has expanded. There are multiple options to choose from based on the tint of the shampoo. Lighter tints will give you a milder effect, while darker ones may deliver results faster. Depending on the toning needs of one’s hair, a product can be picked from the range of purple tints available.

Using Purple Shampoo On Black And Brown Hair

Purple can also be used on brown and black hair; however, it won’t have any effect on it unless it has been highlighted. The shampoo will tone the highlights. Sometimes the UV rays or minerals in the water can give your hair brassy undertones. Using purple shampoo will tone the hair while cleansing it like a regular shampoo.

What Products Should Be Used After Using Purple Shampoo?

The purple shampoo also acts like a regular one which means you need to follow it up with a hydrating conditioner in order to avoid having a dry mane. Using a purple conditioner after shampooing the hair is recommended as it continues to tone the hair while hydrating it. If you wish to amp it up a bit, a hydrating mask can also be added to the routine.

We have listed some of the best purple shampoos for you:

1. Bleach London Violet Skies Shampoo


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Perfect for bleached, light blonde or lilac-coloured hair, this shampoo helps to refresh the tone and banish brassiness. Use it to knock out unwanted tones from the hair or to enhance blonde shades with a soft touch of purple.

2. Schwarzkopf Professional Goodbye Yellow Neutralizing Shampoo

Goodbye Yellow Neutralizing Shampoo is a highly-pigmented anti-yellow shampoo that, as the name suggests, is formulated to neutralise unwanted yellow tones. Free of sulphates, this shampoo gives gentle cleansing and instant tonal deposit to banish underlying warm tones.

3. GK Hair Silver Bombshell Shampoo


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GKHair Silver Bombshell Shampoo is a natural plant extract enriched conditioning formula that tones down brassiness, especially on blonde and silver hair. It renews faded highlights and its keratin induced formula leaves the hair smoother and shiny.

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