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Today's post is about Purple Shampoo. Not only is it the name of my beauty blog, but is also a great hair product for shades of blonde hair. Before I suggest some brands to you, I wanted to give you a little description of what Purple Shampoo is, and what it does! Your hair won't actually be purple of course...but who doesn't love Katy Perry's wigs?
How does purple shampoo work?
We all wish our hair would stay exactly the way it is when we step out of the hairdresser, don’t we? At that moment our hair looks bright, vibrant and gorgeous. But as time passes, light, pollution and other things dull hair color and cause it to turn yellow or brassy.
Purple shampoo works on a very basic, but effective principle of nature. Stop a moment and think back to your high school science and try and remember our good friend, ROY G. BIV (short for Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet), which represents the basic colors in light. Purple shampoo uses basic color mixing to hide brassy tones. The trick is in the purple pigment. When you look at a color spectrum wheel, purple and yellow are at the opposite ends of the color spectrum. When you wash your hair with purple shampoo, your hair absorbs a small amount of the purple pigment. Since they are opposites, the purple neutralizes the brassy yellow, restoring your hair to its former beautiful color. Purple shampoo is the cure for all of your brassy hair woes.
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Why do I use it?
Although I don't have super light blonde hair anymore, I still have warm blonde hair that needs a tweak every now and then. My hair can sometimes turn a tad brassy so using this shampoo helps keep it look bright. A purple shampoo isn't going to make your hair blonder or lighten it...rather it will enhance your shade! Think of it as a tune up.
How often do I use it?
It really depends on your shade, how often you wash your hair & personal preference. In the past with the super light blonde hair I would use purple shampoo often...probably about once a week (sometimes more). I now use my purple shampoo every other week (sometimes less). I don't find that my hair needs it anymore then that. My hair shade now is a medium blonde.
Anything I should know before using it?
Some purple shampoos can really dry out your hair, so I suggest using a good conditioner. The Matrix So Silver is a great strong purple shampoo, but really drys out my hair. My hair is already very dry, long and tangly, so I just make sure to use a deep conditioner after. I actually prefer the Redken Blonde Glam because I find it hydrating.
Redken Blonde Glam Perfect Platinum
This is my current & favorite purple shampoo. It is actually labeled a conditioner on the bottle, but works the same way as a shampoo. I find this is much gentler on my hair and I don't need to use a separate conditioner after. This product smells really good and feels nice on my hair. I find that it does its job, eliminates brassiness and enhances my blonde hair. This product does not lather up like the Matrix one. The texture is very similar to that of a conditioner (almost silky & very creamy). The product itself glides onto the hair with ease and manages any tangles I have. After I have the product saturated in my hair I comb through it. The bottle suggest leaving it on 1-3 minutes for lighter deposit and minutes for a deeper deposit. I prefer to leave it on the full 5 minutes. I will then rinse it out and my hair feels so smooth and hydrated. I have rebought this product a few times at Ulta and it retails for $15-17 but you can use an Ulta coupon on it. I am very satisfied with this product and would highly recommend it to those with blonde hair!
Matrix So Silver
Matrix So Silver is the other purple shampoo I would recommend. I and many friends (Hi Jen!) have used this product. It was very popular among staff & customers when I worked at Ulta years ago. It smells good and lathers very well. It is a strong vibrant purple and it does deposit many color pigments. I do find this a bit drying so make sure to use a conditioner afterword. Another thing you can do is mix a little of this with your regular shampoo. I personally find that method to work the best. I would typically leave this on my hair about 3-5minutes and then rinse. I think that super light blonde hair will prefer this over the Redken one as I believe it has more color depositing pigments.
You can find both of these purple shampoo products at Ulta in the salon section. Both products will last you a long time as the bottles are large. The price is mid range and you will get a lot of useage per bottle. If you are looking for a way to enhance your blonde hair, this might be for you!
Have you ever used purple shampoo?