Whether you enjoy colouring your hair or not, most of us have heard of purple shampoo and may have even been recommended it by a hairdresser a time or two. If you haven’t heard of purple shampoo, it’s easy to confuse it with a shampoo that turns your hair, well, purple. But trust us, that’s not quite it! Purple shampoo is actually pretty nifty when you get down to the nitty-gritty of it. So, let’s talk about the magic of it!

What does it actually do?

Simply put, purple shampoo can benefit so many people and their locks. It works to banish the brassy tones from your lighter strands, leaving your locks looking bright, luscious, and shining. It’s also important to remember that purple shampoo differs from regular shampoo – while it still works to cleanse your hair, its main purpose is to tone your strands. This means it should be worked into your hair care routine with care.

How does it work?

The purpose of using purple shampoo is to cancel out yellow tones that have developed in blonde, grey, or lightened hair. Think about yellow on the colour wheel – purple is the opposite which is why it corrects those unwanted brassy tones. The violet hue of purple shampoo is perfect for bringing your colour back to a more desirable tone, shifting it to a more neutral colour. 

How does it fit into my hair care routine?

Purple shampoo is great for you if your lightened locks need a little TLC when it comes to their colour. However, many purple shampoos are not intended to be used more than once a week or every third hair wash. This can be especially important if your hair is on the drier side as some purple shampoos can dry out your hair. It’s a great idea to have a chat with your hairdresser about purple shampoos to see what they recommend.

At the end of the day, you know your hair type and desired colour best. Start by using a purple shampoo infrequently and if you find you need that colour correction more often, you can increase the usage. When lathering up purple shampoo during your hair wash, let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing in order to let it work its magic. You’ll be able to achieve those cool tones in no time!

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