You have heard of purple shampoo or you may have seen it in many salons. And you’re curious about; what it is? how does it work? and most of all is it for you?
Well, here in this article we will answer all those questions and discuss other important information about toning your hair with purple shampoo.
What is Purple Shampoo
Purple Shampoo is a liquid solution that is potently formulated with purple/violet pigments. These toning shampoos usually carry a thick consistency and are used by anyone who desires to lighten their hair.
Mostly from a darker shade, to achieve a lighter blonde or platinum effect. By color-correcting the yellow and brassy tones from the strands with the purple pigment (according to the color wheel).
What Does Purple Shampoo Do
So, now that we have already explained that purple shampoo is basically a toner for blondes. Here is a breakdown of what to expect and what it actually does.
- Purple shampoos are will neutralize any yellow and brassy undertones from your strands, with the use of purple pigments.
- Applying purples shampoo on brassy-looking hair will leave it looking lighter with a cooler tone.
- Keep highlights looking bright, as its pigments counteract any yellow undertones.
- Do not expect purple shampoos to clean your scalp/ hair. As it does not contain cleansing properties, like your regular shampoo.
- Pigments in purple shampoo may temporarily stain hands and skin, which is why I always use gloves.
- Applying purple shampoo on already silver and platinum, to process for too long will temporarily leave purple tints on your strands.
When to Use Purple Shampoo
You can use purple shampoo when you are in need of toning your hair. Meaning when your blonde- platinum hair/ highlights are developing yellow/brassy tones, you can use purple shampoo for toning it down. Which will return your hair to its bright and lighter effect.
Be cautious when using purple shampoo, as if used on hair/ highlights with very little – no yellow tones. It could potentially turn your already platinum hair to purple. Temporarily of course, and which is fixable after a few washes.
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Who Should Not Use Purple Shampoo
Purple shampoos are basically toners that do contain certain preservatives, alcohol, perfume, and other synthetic chemicals which can be very trying for your hair. So here are people we recommend to avoid using it or be very cautious when using it.
1 – Hair that’s Chemically Damaged
Persons with hair that have been severely damaged by chemicals, do not have weak and parched strands. Applying purple shampoo will cause your strands to dry further, which will cause more damage.
2 – Experience Sever Hair Fallout
Hair loss due to unhealthy and dry scalps can lead to more fallout, especially if you’re applying purple shampoo directly to the scalp as well. It will cause more problems like; further dryness, clogging pores, irritation, and so on.
3 – Persons with black or very dark hair
Purple shampoos are generally formulated with no bleaching properties, but instead pigments. So, applying it on dark hair will only leave your have dry and parched.
4 – Persons with upcoming color appointments
If you are expected to have your hair treated or dyed in the next 1-2 weeks time. You should put a pause on your purple shampoo until after. Seek advice from your beautician on when to continue after your salon appointment.
Can purple shampoo replace Regular shampoo
Purple shampoos are not really shampoo, it is more of a toning agent for warm tones in blonde hair. These shampoos do not carry cleaning properties for cleansing your scalp from oils and buildups. Hence, it should not be used in place of your regular shampoo.
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Purple Vs Silver Shampoo – what’s the Difference
Silver shampoo and purple shampoo have no differences between them. They are basically two different names referring to the same things. Which were formulated with one objective, that’s to neutralize yellow and brassy undertones from our strands.
The name Silver shampoo is given because they are used for color correcting brassy and yellow tones in blonde and platinum hair. So as to achieve the bright silver look.
Now, the reason for being called Purple shampoo is because these shampoos carry purple pigments, which neutralize yellow and brassy tones in blonde hair.