Most of us put a lot of thought and effort into the type of shampoo we use. If it were just a matter of cleaning our hair, we could use any shampoo, even my father’s Head and Shoulders! We’ve all tried many, many brands and spent a lot of money just to find the right one that makes our hair feel soft, supple and silky. But no matter what our favorite brand is, no matter how much we pay for it, there is one thing we wish it’d do that it doesn’t – protect the color of our hair!
Purple shampoo, also known as silver shampoo, is the perfect complement to your regular shampoo. Just as the name implies, it is a purpled-colored shampoo that not only keeps our hair look clean and beautiful, but it has a special purpose that the other shampoos don’t. It helps restore the color of your hair!
How does purple shampoo work?
We all wish our hair would stay exactly the way it is when we step out of the hairdresser, don’t we? At that moment our hair looks bright, vibrant and gorgeous. But as time passes, light, pollution and other things get to our hair and cause it to turn yellow or brassy.
How purple shampoo works has something to do with your old elementary school friend, Roy G. Biv. The trick is in the purple pigment. When you look at a color spectrum wheel, purple and yellow are at the opposite ends of the color spectrum. When you wash your hair with purple shampoo, your hair absorbs a small amount of the purple pigment. Since they are opposites, the purple neutralizes the brassy yellow, restoring your hair to its former beautiful color. Purple shampoo is the cure for brassy hair.
How to use purple shampoo
Purple shampoo is not meant to replace your regular shampoo, it is meant to primarily enhance your hair’s brightness and color. The correct usage of the purple shampoo is to wash with it once or twice a week, while using your regular shampoo in between. Apply the shampoo to wet hair, lather and rinse immediately. Read the labels on each brand to see whether you should repeat once you’ve rinsed the first time. Do not use more frequently than recommended on the bottle and do not leave it in your hair for more than 5 minutes, as too much of the pigment may be absorbed, leaving the hair with a purple or gray hue. It may take up to three washes to see the full benefits of using a purple shampoo.
For some women, their hair absorbs the pigment faster, so they must be particularly watchful about how long they use the shampoo.
Who is it recommended for?
Purple shampoo is recommended for natural blondes, or anyone with color-treated or blonde highlights. Women with gray or white hair can also have their natural color enhanced by using purple shampoo. It can also be men with silver or gray hair as well.
What other purple products are recommended?
If you have your hair color-treated, the process can be very drying, robbing your hair of the moisture it needs to bounce and shine. In addition to purple shampoo, a purple conditioner should also be used. The conditions have similar properties to conventional conditioners with the color-restoring benefits of purple shampoo. Again, follow the directions on the label for proper use information.
How we can help?
Just like regular shampoos, purple shampoos are not a one-type-fits-all product. You must the product that best suits your personal needs and hair type. But unlike your search for a regular shampoo, you don’t have to go at it alone, spending time and money going through several brands through the process of trial and error.