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Purple Shampoo: Best Shampoo for Highlighted Hair

Updated on July 12, 2013

Introducing Purple Shampoo

Shampoo is generally thought of for keeping hair clean and healthy-looking. However, regular shampoo is sometimes not enough to keep highlighted hair bright, beautiful and blonde! There is such a thing as purple shampoo which helps to drastically refresh lightened hair and removes the brassy, yellow color that tends to develop over time.

Love Your Highlighted Hair?

Have you ever returned from your hair salon simply delighted by the results of your highlighting experience? Your hair is a beautiful, bright shade of blonde! It shimmers when the light hits it and looks exceptionally healthy, full of life and well-balanced all over. You look and feel great.


Why Does Hair Turn Brassy?

A few weeks after highlighting or bleaching, those beautiful blonde strands start to look tired and dull. Gradually, the brightness fades and you are left with hair that looks yellowish or brassy.

This can happen because the second level of dye starts to fade, and the yellowness of the hair underneath mixes with it, resulting in rather an unpleasant and boring shade of color. The surrounding environment is also a considering factor; weather, smoke and pollution all have a negative effect on the condition and appearance of our hair.

You may start to feel as though your regular shampoo is letting you down because it simply can’t contend with keeping your highlighted hair bright and shiny. But don’t throw out your regular shampoo just yet! You simply need a helping hand to revive those brassy locks and give them a new lease of life. Washing your hair with purple shampoo does sound strange…but it works.

How Purple Shampoo Works

Purple Shampoo is a specially formulated type of shampoo. It works simply because the purple color of the shampoo contrasts directly with yellow brassy color of the hair. Washing your hair with purple shampoo leaves a small amount of purple tinted color in each strand of hair, effectively neutralising the yellow tones and therefore refreshing the hair to a brighter, more beautiful color.

Who Should Use Purple Shampoo?

Purple shampoo works especially well for people who have blonde highlights or bleached hair and want to tone down brassiness and yellow/orange undertones.  Anyone with natural blonde, white or grey hair would also benefit from occasionally using purple shampoo to refresh and revive their natural color.

Finding the Best Purple Shampoo for Highlighted or Brassy Hair

There are many products available to freshen up those boring, dull, brassy locks.

Look for purple shampoos that contain that special purple pigment which is needed to get rid of brassy hair. Also, when purchasing a purple shampoo, consider a product which is intended to be gentle for your hair, rather than just buying it because it’s purple. With highlighted or bleached hair in particular, strands tend to get damaged easily, causing split-ends or a dry, rough feel.

These purple shampoos are perfect for restoring a beautiful blonde look while caring for your hair at the same time.

Clairol Shimmer Lights Original Conditioning Shampoo tones brassiness and maintains a beautiful ash-toned color. Hair is left shiny with no residue. This purple shampoo is great for refreshing highlighted or bleached hair, and for brightening white or grey hair.

A bit more expensive but totally worth it, Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo is a protein-enriched color enhancing shampoo that comes highly recommended for instantly refreshing tired hair, removing brassiness and brightening white and gray hair. Faded, highlighted hair is left shiny, full and with no residue. The Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo is an absolute must for achieving exceptional results.

Recommended Products

Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo for Blonde and Silver Hair, 31.5 Ounce
Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo for Blonde and Silver Hair, 31.5 Ounce

A great purple shampoo for "professional" results. Brightens blonde, white or grey hair. Leaves hair beautifully shiny without any residue.


How To Use Purple Shampoo

After purchasing a bottle of purple shampoo, it’s important to use it correctly. Follow these steps to get the very best results:-

Wash your hair with purple shampoo once or twice a week and then use your regular shampoo on the days in between.

For the first wash, lather into wet hair and rinse off right away. Check the results from the first wash before deciding to re-shampoo or to leave it in for any longer.

Hair that is overly porous tends to absorb the purple color quickly and so it is important to never leave it in for more than five minutes, or you risk leaving too much purple pigment in the hair.

Continue to visit your Professional Salon on a regular basis for highlighting touch-ups as necessary.

Other Things To Consider

Purple conditioners are available as a complement to purple shampoos and boost the hair even further by shining it up, leaving it looking healthy and salon-fresh. Bleached hair tends to get dry and brittle very quickly and so using a conditioner is especially important to keep it looking shiny and healthy. Use Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Conditioner after shampooing to get amazing results.

Toners are also highly recommended for fighting brassiness. Similar to purple shampoo in that they camoflauge the yellow tones of the hair, toners are in fact special semi-permanent dyes with a blue/violet base. They are often used in salons immediately after hair has been highlighted to protect the new shade and give it a lustful shine.

If you straighten or blow-dry your hair, consider doing so less frequently to minimise the heat damage and lessen the possibility of drying out your hair even more.


Where to Buy?

Click here to visit the Purple Hair Care online store.



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      6 years ago

      Hi Manuela thanks for the advice, I bought the Silver blue tone naissant, my hair just revived, awesome product :) :) Thanks!!!!

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      6 years ago

      I love this product is for blonde girls like me:) it give you the perfect tone and is purple check it out

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Kelly, thanks for the great tip about Paul Mitchell's platinum blonde. I have added it to the recommended products above.

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      7 years ago

      My favorite shampoo for blonde and grey hair is Paul Mitchell's platinum blonde. It is a purple shampoo and is one I recommend to my clients and they love it. It only needs to be used once or twice a week, it's smells nice an has conditioning agents in it. It's not a two in one. Then they follow with their favorite conditioner.

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Steve, This hub about purple shampoo has so far done really well for me, and I do believe it's mostly because I did the SEO research. I enjoyed reading both of your hubs and will share them around for you. Let me know how it goes!

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      Steve Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Louise, have been researching keywords as a result of your hub

      I think I get the message. Have tried using keywords in my latest hub. and

      Will let you know the results. Thanks for sharing your insight's


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      7 years ago

      I get my hair highlighted several times a year so I really need something that is going to make my hair smooth and it not be dried out anymore. Shielo Hydrate conditioner has really helped in so many ways. For one I love the smell it is not strong but also not to weak it is the right amount of a smell. Another thing the Shielo Hydrate shampoo itself is not really thick it has a silky smooth feel to it. It lathers up really really well and cleans so well.

      Another thing is that you don't have to keep rinsing your hair to get all of the shampoo it comes out very well. Also I have to little kids and one thing is really nice about this is that it is mild enough on the skin that you can use it to wash your little ones hair so that is a plus for me.

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi purp-drag913, and welcome to HubPages! I'm very much looking forward to reading your first hub. Like you, I was a little cautious about starting out, but once you have published your first hub you'll be well on your way! Thanks so much for commenting on my Purple Shampoo hub, and for the excellent advice of wearing gloves to apply the product. It's nice to meet you :-)

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      7 years ago from West Michigan, USA.

      Great idea! However, it might not be a bad idea to wear gloves when using the product, espically in winter as the hands may be a bit dry. the purple color can stain your hands, and the cuticle surrounding the nail, etc. I've told my blond friends to use "Shimmer Lights," countless times. Good article.

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      7 years ago

      I look forwarded to picking up some purple shampoo. Great hub Clover.

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi EscapetoParadise,

      John Frieda does an excellent shampoo "brilliant brunette" - you've inspired me to write a hub about that now, too! Thanks for the comment and vote up!


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      7 years ago from Bangkok Thailand

      How about for dark hair? ;P hehe, great hub thanks for sharing :) vote up!!

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      8 years ago

      use full information for every one

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      Brenda Barnes 

      8 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I use this shampoo on my little Bichon. It makes her lovely white hair sparkling white.

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      8 years ago

      My hair always looks disappointing a couple of weeks after having highlights, I will certainly give this product a try, thank you!


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