Isn’t it amazing to have nice, healthy hair just the way you want it without having to make frequent visits to the salon? And if you are blonde or have blonde highlights, we realize how challenging keeping your hair may be.
Generally, light-colored hairs are prone to discoloration as a result of heat styling, the build-up of products, swimming, and even by life itself. It is really frustrating when you’ve had to rock a lush and healthy mane of gold locks only to have to deal with a hair shade that looks more like banana and orange shades. This is why hair experts often recommend using color shampoo.
Nonetheless, those with red, grey, or brown locks could need some color management too and can benefit from a color wash.
Color shampoos have the ability to give your hair that chic salon-fresh look. And in fact, a really good shampoo if applied by an expert, will delay the next appointment at the salon by weeks.
However, with color shampoo, many users have tons of questions on how to get the best results. So, if you fall into this category of people, you may have questions on what color you should be using, how you should use it or how frequently you would need to apply it.
The magic behind color shampoos
There’s really no magic to color shampoo but the theory of the color wheel. This theory simply states that close colors will work together while those opposite each other will never work together.
For instance, violet and purple are opposites of orange and yellow. So applying shampoos of purple will neutralize undertones of yellow or orange in the hair.
Blue versus purple shampoo
Purple shampoos are formulated for hairs that are medium blonde or extra-light and true blondes. They would also work for those with blondes that have silver hairs or those who have silver hairs all through. The reason violet/purple is recommended for these hair types is that violet, according to the color theory, will naturally cancel out tones of yellow or gold.
Blue shampoos, on the other hand, are better for brunettes, really dark blondes or brunettes that have highlights. The blue will naturally cancel out tones that are brassy or those with warm orange.
Some people think that toning brass-colored hairs with the purple (silver) shampoo will yield better results but we think not. Blue shampoos will actually yield better results on darker colors. And in the name of all things color-proper, purple shampoos will be ineffective on brunettes and dark blondes.
Violet will mask yellow, quite alright, but blue takes out orange even better.
Then again, if you’ve got bleached hair, then you should look no further than the purple shampoo. You won’t have to dye your hair over and over again in such circumstances. Including a purple shampoo into your regular washing plan will get your blonde cool and bright.
Know your hair…
First and foremost, as with most cases where you need to try a product especially for the first time, you need to know your hair type and its undertones. These are questions that you should ask your stylist if you don’t have answers to them already. So, for instance, at the next appointment, you can ask him or her about your undertones. If you are able to get that information, then you will be one step in the right direction.
Now, since the subject of this article is blue shampoo versus purple shampoo. We’ll rather talk about these shampoo colors and give you as much information as you require so that you can decide on what hue you’ll like to try out next.
If you’ve got the kind of hair that has brassy tones or hues of orange in it, then the blue shampoo will be a good choice for you. But if it seems like your undertones are more yellow than any other color, then the purple shampoo will be your best bet. Then again, if you’ve got more grey hairs than any other color, the purple shampoo will be the better of the two colors in your hair.
How to work the shampoo…
You know you need to do a color tone when the roots and/or the body of the hair start to bother you or the hair begins to look dull.
To use a color shampoo, first of all, wash the hair with your regular purifying shampoo. Washing it first with this shampoo will take away product buildup including pollutants so that the color shampoo will work well and more readily into your hair.
Afterward, pour a little amount of the color shampoo in your hand, apply it to the hair, and begin to work it through the whole hair. Now, you are likely to get some of the shampoo (blue or purple) on your bathroom floor. Don’t panic. These shampoos are formulated to hold on to the hair and not surfaces in your bathroom. So, if it actually spills, you can get it off with some water.
Once you’ve gotten the shampoo all through your hair, allow it sit in for a few minutes then wash it and condition it as you will normally do.
Note that leaving the shampoo in, like the purple variant, for longer than 15 minutes will produce a lilac stain; which is cool if you’ve got a head full of gray or silver. Otherwise, it won’t be good, especially if your goal is to retain the natural blonde.
For starters, it is usually advisable to repeat the process at least 2 to 3 times every week. However, you should bear in mind that the effect of these shampoos varies with different users. This is why you should consult your stylist before you start out.
Moreover, it’s ok to have a particular tone that you would like to flaunt around town, but you must be patient enough to achieve that tone because it can take several applications for you to really get what you want.