If you’re blonde, whether that be dirty blonde, platinum blonde, or anything in between, then you probably know about the color-correcting miracle that is purple shampoo. Well, we’ve just discovered a new purple shampoo hack that will truly keep your blonde hair from turning that brassy color that attacks all faux blondes.
Purple products contain varying amounts of indigo pigment that lightly dye and tone blonde hair purple, which on the color wheel is the opposite of brassy yellow-orange. The theory is simple and super effective, and just one purple shampoo treatment can completely change your hair’s appearance. But, is it safe to put purple shampoo on dry hair?
How does purple shampoo work?
Well, just as its name implies the shampoo itself has a purple tint. When applied to your hair and scalp it deposits pigment onto strands of blonde or light brown in order for you to keep that beautiful platinum locks true to their intended shade without any overbearing yellow tones creeping upon them which could change colors drastically once they’re dry!
It’s the same application of color theory that you’d use if you were color correcting blemishes or dark circles with makeup; you want to use opposite shades on the color wheel to counteract the other. And since yellow sits opposite purple on the color wheel, the purple shampoo will cancel out any warm tones, so that it’s closer to that cool, ashy hue you left the salon with.
Can You Put Purple Shampoo on Dry Hair?
The short answer: No! People have been trying this technique because your hair will absorb more of the purple pigment when it’s dry. Purple shampoo on dry hair is a great tool to add some extra pizazz and life back into your locks. But be aware that applying it on dry hair can result in patchy finishes, so don’t forget the moisture!
So what is the best way to use purple shampoo?
If you want to use a purple shampoo, “soaking your hair with water and even adding a little conditioner on your ends” beforehand, to prevent the porous tips from absorbing too much pigment. It’s also important to follow the directions on your purple shampoo’s packaging: Don’t leave it on your hair too long (usually no more than five minutes). If used incorrectly, “purple shampoo can stain your hair for weeks or even months, it also can be very hard to remove from your hair and can cause dryness.”
How do I choose the right purple shampoo?
When it comes to choosing a purple shampoo, there are so many options for us to decide what we want. To simplify things as much as possible a general rule-of-thumb is this: The lighter the shade of purple and white shampoos (or other colors), the more subtle will be their effect on your hair color!
The key to maintaining a cool blonde tone is your shampoo choice. If you want honey or platinum tones with highlights, opt for the lighter purple shampoos that will help blend out any brassy colors from harsh sun exposure while keeping those icy blues intact! The perfect shade of white can be achieved by knowing what color hair dye would work best on top of traditional bleachings and striping processes so check in stores before buying anything.