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How to Get Purple Shampoo Out of Hair?

Purple shampoo is something that’s always on your bathroom shelf if you sport blonde, gray, silver, or white hair. It works wonders for maintaining that bright and vivid color you have, as well as its cool undertone.

But a bit of absent-mindedness is all it takes for your trusty purple shampoo to turn on you.

If you don’t follow your shampoo’s directions properly such as leave it on for too long, or just don’t wash it out diligently, it could end up staining your hair with a violet tinge.

Here’s how to properly use and wash out the purple shampoo, as well as a few remedies for malfunctions that need to get fixed pronto!

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What is purple shampoo?

Chemical and heat damage can bring out a stark brassiness in light-colored hair. Many platinum blondes and silver foxes can attest to that.

And when there are excessively yellow streaks coming out of your hair, you should turn to purple shampoo to restore its beautiful tone.

Purple shampoo is infused with violet pigments that neutralize overly warm tones in your hair. Purple cancels out the yellow in the color wheel, and that’s the same magic it does on your tresses.

Using purple shampoo now and then helps maintain that cool, ashy tone of your light-colored hair. It stops brassiness in its tracks, so it’s a must if you have blonde hair.

How to apply purple shampoo in the shower?

One of the most important things to remember is that you should completely saturate your hair with water before applying purple shampoo.

This will help create a richer, more manageable lather with optimal spreadability. 

Warm water is best for this because it helps open up your hair shaft, giving them space to suck up more of the purple shampoo.

Massage the shampoo into your scalp to aid in better absorption. Your roots will need a lot more help than your more porous ends. So purple shampoo is likely to penetrate these ends easier.

Work the shampoo down the lengths of your hair to ensure you’re toning each strand evenly. You can also focus application to areas of your hair that are the brassiest.

The time you should leave your purple shampoo on is for 5-10 minutes if you’re blonde or have light-colored hair, and 15-30 minutes if you rock gray, silver, and white locks.

This is to help your hair absorb the violet pigments and neutralize brassiness more efficiently.

How do you get the purple shampoo out of your hair?

Rinsing your purple shampoo out is just as important as getting it on. If you don’t rinse properly and thoroughly, some of the pigments may stay in your hair.

This can dry your hair out over time, and worse, leave a purple stain on your gorgeous locks. 

That’s counterproductive to the entire toning process because you’ll be stuck with uneven colored hair with purple patches, which are significantly more distracting than the brassy tones you started with.

After leaving your purple shampoo on for a set amount of time that’s right for your hair color, you can rinse everything out with cool water.

This helps seal the cuticles and retain your new tone while smoothing out the hair to keep it sleek and manageable during styling.

Follow up with a conditioner to nourish your hair and bring hydration back to your locks. This is important because leaving the shampoo on for a long time can make your hair dehydrated.

If you want a more intense toning, you can use a purple conditioner.

What to do if purple shampoo stains your hair?

There are lots of reasons why your purple shampoo might have stained your hair. The most probable cause is that it was left in the hair for far too long.

Sometimes, it’s because you’re using purple shampoo way too often, or you simply didn’t wash it out thoroughly from your last wash.

When purple shampoo stains the hair, it leaves a lilac or pastel purple hue on some locks.

But don’t worry—this color is far from permanent. Your regular shampoo will be able to wash it out in a couple of days or weeks.

But if you have a special event coming up and need to look your absolute best, don’t panic! You can do a couple of emergency remedies to get rid of the purple streaks in your hair ASAP.

Washing your hair with a clarifying shampoo

A chelating or clarifying shampoo is formulated with strong cleaning agents to strip out any stubborn residue stuck in your scalp and hair, from mineral deposits to product buildup.

One wash with your favorite clarifying shampoo is all it takes to get rid of that purple tinge.

Just make sure to follow up with an intensive deep conditioner if you take this route since clarifying shampoos are known to dry out the hair.

(See also: The 17 Best Clarifying Shampoos for Black Hair)

If that doesn’t work, you can take a look at option two: Hydrogen Peroxide.

Spraying hydrogen peroxide on your hair

But because hydrogen peroxide is strong and potent, you need to dilute it with shampoo and water for it to be safe and friendly to your hair.

Combine one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts shampoo in a spray bottle. If the mixture looks a bit too thick, you can add a small amount of water to get a runnier consistency. 

Spray this mixture on damp hair, concentrating on the areas that look a bit purple.

You can use your fingers to comb your hair through and distribute the substance evenly (gloves might help if you’re worried about the hydrogen peroxide!).

Check what color your hair is every minute or so.

Once it goes back to its true color and looks free of any purple tinge, you can rinse out your hydrogen peroxide concoction in the shower.

The whole process takes 10 minutes tops.

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There’s no room for carelessness when it comes to toning your hair, even if it’s just with a humble purple shampoo at home.

Thoroughly wash your hair and follow your shampoo bottle’s instructions to get the most out of your purple shampoo and avoid mishaps like staining.

You don’t want to go out looking like you had at-home pastel highlights gone wrong!

Keep these tips and tricks in mind to keep your hair out of trouble on the off-chance that you do mess up so that you can easily restore your locks to their blonde, bouncy glory.



I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty & make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!

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