How To Use Purple Shampoo
by ABBEY WILSON / MAY 20, 2022
Reading Time: 5 Minutes
If you want to say farewell to yellow or brassy tones in your hair or hair extensions and maintain a clean, platinum blonde, Purple Shampoo needs to become a staple in your hair care routine. Our customers often ask us for advice on toning blonde hair so today we are going to share with you all the top tricks and tips you need to achieve the perfect results when using Purple Shampoo.
What is Purple Shampoo?
The main purpose of any toning shampoo is to neutralize unwanted colors in the hair, Purple Shampoo is particularly good at removing brassy and yellow tones. As Purple and Yellow are opposite each other on the color wheel they will naturally cancel eachother out when mixed, the same as green is often used in make-up to combat redness. A toning shampoo is a great DIY solution for anyone wanting to keep their color cool and ashy in between salon visits!
Can you use purple shampoo on hair extensions?
Purple Shampoos can be a little harsh on the hair and even more so for extensions so we only recommend using them if absolutely necessary. Sulfates and Alcohol are often found in toning shampoos and these ingredients tend to dry the hair out if used too frequently. Hair extensions are more porous due to the harsh processing they go through during manufacturing so they take to Purple Shampoo faster than our own hair. We always advise using the color bath method to dilute the strength when toning blonde hair extensions and to protect the hair from damage. Read on for our step by step guide for toning hair extensions.
How to tone Hair Extensions with Purple Shampoo - Clip-Ins & Ponytails
For the best results we advise using the color bath method below on a small section first before applying all over the hair extensions. Doing this allows you to test the strength of the toner and control the amount needed for your desired look.
Step 1. Fill your sink or a large bowl with warm water.
Step 2. Submerge your extensions in the water so they are completely wet all over. Make sure there are no dry patches as this will create patchiness in the color too. Use your hands to saturate the extensions in the water.
Step 3. Squeeze the excess water from the hair extensions and lay aside on a towel.
Step 4. To the bowl of warm water, add 2-3 drops of purple shampoo and mix thoroughly with the water. The water should now have a pretty lilac tint to it!
Step 5. Now add your extensions back into the water and swirl around to evenly coat them in the shampoo bath. Use your hands again to massage the hair to make sure all areas of the hair have reached the water.
Step 6. Rinse the hair extensions thoroughly to remove all of the residue.
Step 7. Now apply a deep conditioning hair mask on the hair extensions to restore the moisture and hydration. Leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes to penetrate into the hair shaft for maximum effect.
Step 8. Thoroughly rinse out the conditioner and style your cool blonde locks to your liking!
How to use Purple Shampoo to tone hair - With Permanent Extensions
If you have permanent extensions attached such as Tape-in Hair Extensions or Nano Rings, you won't be able to use the color bath technique. There is another way to dilute the Purple Shampoo for use with hair extensions though! Just like before, we advise testing a small amount of hair first before applying all over for the best results.
Step 1. Thoroughly wet your hair with warm water, make sure there are no dry patches as this will cause patchiness in the color too.
Step 2. To dilute the Purple Shampoo mix a small amount into your regular shampoo. Now wash as normal paying close attention to the ends of the hair. Evenly cover all areas of the hair in the shampoo mix to avoid any patchiness.
Step 3. Rinse your hair thoroughly to remove all residue.
Step 4. Apply a Deep conditioning mask to the mid lengths and ends of the hair to restore moisture and hydration. Leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes to allow the conditioner to penetrate into the hair shaft for maximum effect.
Step 5. Rinse completely and style your lucious, cool hair to your liking!
Best Purple Shampoo for Hair Extensions
This Neal & Wolf Blonde Purple Brightening Shampoo is perfect for use on hair extensions as it is Sulfate and Paraben free, both these ingredients are harmful to hair extensions so this product is genius! This toning shampoo is Cliphairs favourite, you can purchase yourself online here.
How to get Purple Shampoo out of hair?
Sometimes, especially if the shampoo was not tested before applying all over, Purple Shampoo can stick a little more than you hoped for. In this scenario all you need to do is give the hair a wash with a clarifying shampoo, this will strip the excess purple tones from the hair. It will however slightly dry the hair out too so be sure to apply a generous amount of conditioner after using this product.
How to get Purple Shampoo off hands?
Purple Shampoo can stick to skin just like hair color does! Especially under the nails the purple pigment has a habit of showing here. To remove the stains you can use a professional stain remover or lemon juice will also work well.
How often should you use Purple Shampoo?
Purple Shampoo is still a form of hair coloring even if it is weaker than most dyes, therefore it's still not great for your hair. It should only be used as a quick fix in between professional color services to keep unwanted tones at bay. We would advise using no more than 3 times per month and with hair extensions even less.
Whether you're using toning shampoos on your own hair or on your hair extensions, remember to test a small section first for the best results. If you're still unsure about using Purple Shampoo at home but would love a cooler toned blonde in your hair, take a look through our Ash Blonde Hair Extensions.