Girls with colored hair are all too familiar with this dilemma: You step out of the salon with a new dye job feeling gorgeous about your freshly colored locks. And then a few weeks later, lo and behold, your ash blonde highlights have seemingly transformed into a revolting shade of orange. Totally unacceptable!
Now, what’s a girl gotta do to get herself out of a brassy situation? The answer is purple shampoo.
You’ve probably heard of it before since purple shampoo is all the rage for those with blonde hair. But you see, while it’s especially recommended for maintaining bleached tresses, brunettes and dark-haired gals with light streaks can enjoy its perks as well! After all, even light browns tend to go rusty, too. And seeing how violet is positioned at the direct opposite of orange in the color wheel, it only makes sense that a purple-colored shampoo can act as a color corrector to prevent dyed hair from turning yellow.
A good purple shampoo should be dark purple in color and not transparent, and you should expect to notice the difference after three washes. If there’s a lot of brassiness to correct in your hair color, you can start by using it every other day, and then adjust the usage as you see fit. Just use it like you would a regular shampoo—massage and lather on the sections of your hair that need to be neutralized, and then let it sit on for two to four minutes depending on how yellow it already is.
TRY: Lush Daddy-O Purple Shampoo 500g, P1295, Glorietta
TRY: Beach Born Classy Not Brassy Purple Shampoo 250ml, P350, beachborn.ph
Note that you don’t have to use the purple shampoo every time you wash your hair, and there’s no need to panic if you think you’ve overdone it and ended up with a slightly ashy tone; you can always wash your hair with your everyday shampoo and the purple will fade.