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Purple Shampoo On Dry Hair
Calling all blondes! Purple shampoo, have you tried it?
What about purple shampoo on dry or damaged hair?
Purple shampoos (and conditioners) are essential hair care products for blondes of all shades, brightening blonde tones by ‘cancelling out’ brassiness (i.e., for beautiful blonde, not yellow, hair).
As a contrasting colour, the purple tint of these must-have products keep blonde hair looking strong, shiny, bright, and fresh from the salon (by balancing yellow/brassy undertones from sun and heat styling) in between colourings.
But, we’ve all heard the concerns, be careful about using it too often (it can stain), especially if you have dry or damaged hair. Wait . . . what? Isn’t that almost all of us?
Is it ok to use purple shampoo on dry or damaged hair? We’ve put together a few hair care tips about the best way to use purple shampoo (on dry or damaged hair) to help you decide if it might be right for you.
Lather up (and say goodbye to brass)!
DO YOUR RESEARCH (& OUR FAVS)
There are many amazing types and brands of purple shampoo. As with any beauty or hair care product, it’s important to do your own research first to see if it (and if so, and what kind) may be best for you.
Here are a few of our favourites.
Get It! Redken Color Extend Blondage (Color Depositing Purple Shampoo), $22.50; www.amazon.com.
Get It! L’Oreal Paris EverPure (Brass Toning Purple Shampoo & Conditioner Kit), $13.98; www.amazon.com.
Get It! Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo, $12.74; www.amazon.com.
Get It! MATRIX Total Results So Silver (Color Depositing Purple Shampoo), $19.50; www.amazon.com.
Do you have major split ends? If so, it might be best to avoid purple shampoo for now (until your next trim). Dry and damaged, split ends can potentially absorb more purple or silvery pigments than the rest of your hair (leaving it uneven).
If you’d still like to try, consider applying purple shampoo to your ends a few minutes after applying to the rest of your hair (i.e., so it’s on your split ends for less time in comparison, for less effect).
TRY A TONING MASK
Another option? Consider a purple toning mask or other similar treatment for your dry/split ends instead, that can help address brassiness while also treating your parched ends at the same time (two in one treatment, plus potentially less effect on ends).
Here are Amazon’s recommendations and bestsellers.
Get It! Bold Uniq Purple Hair Mask, $29.95; www.amazon.com.
Get It! Rvby ReviCare Beauty Purple Hair Mask (Perfect Blonde), $19.99; www.amazon.com.
Get It! Blondwood Labs Purple Toning Mask (All Blonde), $27.89; www.amazon.com.
More than just split ends? If your hair is generally dry or damaged from excessive colouring, product use, heat styling, etc. (i.e., not just the ends), it will be more permeable (absorbing more purple tint, faster, for a more intense effect).
Keep this in mind in deciding if you wish to use purple shampoo on your damaged hair, how often, and for how long to keep it on before rinsing. A few tips . . .
LESS IS MORE
If you’re new to purple shampoo or have dry/damaged hair, it’s best to start slow. Begin with using purple shampoo only once a week (regular shampoo for other washes). If you need more (depending on brassiness), bump it up to twice.
Also, don’t leave it on too long when just starting out. General recommendations are to apply it for 20 minutes before rinsing, but you may wish to start with less for your dry/damaged strands (for less effect).
If you use purple shampoo often, and leave it on longer, it’s effect (i.e., pigments/tint absorbed by your hair) will be more intense, especially if your hair is dry or damaged.
USE ON WET HAIR
Purple shampoo can be used on wet or dry hair. Its more prominent when applied to hair that is dry (not wet). If your hair is damaged, start with applying it in the shower on wet hair (like normal shampoo), until you know how it works for you.
Always follow the instructions on your purple shampoo bottle or recommendations from your professional colourist/stylist (they will know what is best for your hair), to prevent any potential colouring mishaps.
TOO MUCH PURPLE?
Oh no! Followed these tips but still found that your dry/damaged hair looks a little too purple or silvery? It happens. But don’t worry, get yourself a good, quality shampoo (like a clarifying shampoo) to help wash out that extra tint.
Here are Amazon’s recommendations and bestsellers.
Get It! Kenra Clarifying Shampoo, $16.00; www.amazon.com.
Get It! R+Co Oblivion Clarifying Shampoo For Color-Treated Hair, $26.00; www.amazon.com.
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