If you have blonde hair, grey hair, or blonde highlights and you don’t use purple shampoo, prepare to have your world rocked. Don’t be put off by the violet hue – purple shampoo is an absolute must for blonde hair, whether your blonde hair is natural or from the bottle. And if you don’t believe us, just check out the purple shampoo before and after photo below!
Keep reading to learn all about purple and silver shampoo for blonde hair! We’ve got all the tips and tricks for how to use this special shampoo for blonde hair without turning your hair a startling shade of violet. Plus, we’ll tell you how to find the best purple shampoo for blondes. By the end of this article, you’ll be taking your own purple shampoo before and after picture!
What is Purple or Silver Shampoo for Blonde Hair?
Before we talk about purple and silver shampoo, we need to talk about brassiness. If you have blonde hair, you’re probably already familiar with how your hair can sometimes take on a yellow or even an orange colour in between hair appointments. This is known as brassiness, and it’s caused by exposure to water, UV rays, and air pollution.
Purple shampoo, also known as silver shampoo, is a cleansing product formulated to neutralise those unwanted brassy tones in your hair. This shampoo is made for anyone with light hair (including blonde, platinum, grey, white, pastel, or highlighted), whether your hair is naturally light or coloured in a salon. The secret to its magic is the addition of purple pigment.
So, why is purple shampoo purple? The idea is based on classic colour theory. Think back to the colour wheel that you learned about in primary school art class. If you look at a colour wheel, purple is directly across from yellow. Since the shades are opposites, this means that purple cancels out yellow tones. So when you apply purple shampoo to blonde hair, it removes those brassy tones and brightens the hair.
You can see the results below. This photo shows before and after using purple shampoo for blondes.
As you can see from the purple shampoo before and after photo, this shampoo for blonde hair is the secret to maintaining that gorgeous, fresh-from-the-salon blonde! If you want neutral or cool-toned blonde hair, using a purple or silver shampoo for blonde hair is key.
Blue, Silver vs. Purple Shampoo - What is the Difference?
Spoiler alert: there is no difference between silver shampoo and purple shampoo for blonde hair. Both contain purple pigments, which neutralise yellow shades in light-coloured hair. That’s why we use the terms purple shampoo and silver shampoo interchangeably in this article!
Blue shampoo works like purple shampoo, but for brunettes. Since blue is opposite orange in the colour wheel, it cancels out red and orange tones. Hairstyles usually recommend that brunettes use blue shampoo to remove unwanted red and orange tones from their hair.
How Often Should I Use Purple Shampoo for Blonde Hair?
We recommend using purple or silver shampoo for blondes like Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo For Blondes one to two times per week. If you wash your hair more, you can alternate the purple shampoo for blonde hair with another colour-safe shampoo like Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo.
However, everyone’s hair is different. If you are still noticing brassy tones in your hair, you can use silver shampoo for blonde hair more often. Likewise, if you start to notice purple tones in your hair, switch to a pigment-free shampoo until your hair colour neutralises again.
You can also dilute silver shampoo with another colour-safe shampoo if you find that the silver shampoo is leaving too much pigment in your hair.
Is Purple Shampoo Only for Blondes?
While you typically see silver shampoo for blonde hair, brunettes who have blonde highlights can also benefit from using a silver shampoo.
Purple shampoo for blonde hair also works well to eliminate brassy tones in silver, white, or grey hair. That’s another reason why purple shampoo is sometimes called silver shampoo!
How To Choose the Best Purple Shampoo for Blonde Hair
With so many choices in the beauty aisle, it can be difficult to choose the best purple shampoo for blonde hair. When shopping, you’ll find the best one by choosing one with these ingredients:
Blonde hair – especially bleached hair – requires extra protein. You see, hair gets its structure from a protein called keratin. But when you colour your hair, this structure can become damaged. As a result, the individual hair strands become more brittle and prone to breakage. You can avoid this by applying protein hair treatments, or use hair products rich in proteins. So according to us, the best purple shampoo for blonde hair should include proteins that help to repair bleach damaged hair.
HairLust Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo and Conditioner For Blondes contains two types of proteins: Protectagen, which is a rice protein, and Gluadin®, a hydrolyzed vegetable protein. Since these proteins are so small, they can penetrate the hair shaft and rebuild damaged strands of hair from the outside in.
Hair damaged by bleaching treatments also requires plenty of moisturising ingredients. The best purple shampoos contain humectants, which draw environmental moisture into the hair. This helps hair to retain moisture, leaving it shiny and healthy-looking all day long. Common humectant ingredients in silver shampoos for blonde hair include glycerin, propylene glycol, and panthenol.
HairLust Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo for Blondes is formulated with AQUAXYL™, a natural, plant-derived humectant that keeps hair hydrated.
Antioxidants like plant extracts help to protect your strands by neutralising environmental aggressors like UV rays and air pollution. This can help to prevent brassiness from occurring in the first place!
HairLust Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo For Blondes contains powerful natural antioxidants like organic blueberry extract and organic mango extract that protect hair from damage and those unwanted brassy tones.
And of course, the best purple shampoos contain purple colour pigment! Our Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo For Blondes is formulated with a purple pigment called CI 60730.
Additionally, the best purple shampoos have a thicker consistency than traditional shampoos. This thick consistency allows the product to fully coat your strands while it works its magic.