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Purple Shampoo on Dry Hair: Is It Really Worth the Risk?

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With proper use, purple shampoo keeps blonde hair beautiful by reducing brassy tones

With proper use, purple shampoo keeps blonde hair beautiful by reducing brassy tones

The Correct Way to Use Purple Shampoo

Although having blonde hair can be very enjoyable, anyone who does, whether naturally or not, knows the effort required to keep it looking great. If you don't maintain your color, your hair may start to take on some unsightly, brassy tones. Purple shampoos deposit purple pigment onto hair to neutralize these tones and keep color true, cool, and ashy.

The correct way to use purple shampoo is a hot topic in the world of hair care these days. In fact, there's a great deal of ambiguity on this subject. Some people swear by using it on wet hair, while others claim that applying it to dry hair yields much more dramatic, impressive results.

The truth is that, depending on the type of outcome you're looking for, both approaches can be effective. You may consider using purple shampoo on dry hair if you're looking to increase its potency and get more brilliant, shinier, and blonder hair. But just make sure you know all the pros and cons before proceeding so that you don't end up making a patchy, awful mess.

Advantages of Purple Shampoo on Dry Hair

Purple shampoo does have some intriguing advantages when used on dry hair. When carried out properly, it is said to produce a more pronounced toning effect than when used on wet hair, which some people find rather alluring. It is simple to do at home, and, in comparison to salons, it is significantly less expensive and can be done in addition to your regular haircare regimen.

Depending on the individual's hair type and the technique used, purple shampoo's effects on dry hair vary from person to person. The video below details one user's experience.

Disadvantages of Purple Shampoo on Dry Hair

Even though using purple shampoo on dry hair shouldn't harm or damage your hair, there are some clear drawbacks.

  • If you're not careful, purple shampoo can stain your skin and nails because it is very messy. Therefore, it's crucial to protect both your surroundings and your skin before you start.
  • You should never leave purple shampoo on dry hair for more than fifteen to twenty minutes. It's crucial to remember that dry hair is more porous than wet hair and is more susceptible to over toning.
  • Because dry hair is more porous, inadequate distribution of the product throughout the hair may result in patchy, uneven (and very undesirable) results.
  • It's critical to use a deep conditioning treatment after using purple shampoo, especially if it is left on for longer than recommended, to restore moisture back into the hair.

How to Use Purple Shampoo on Dry Hair

Should you decide to use purple shampoo on dry hair, proceed with caution! Start by applying a liberal amount of Vaseline around your hairline and covering any surfaces that could become stained during the process. This will prevent the purple coloring from getting all over your skin. Wearing gloves would also be a good idea because the purple shampoo can leave stains on your hands.

  1. Apply the shampoo. Work a generous amount of the purple shampoo to the roots of your dry hair using your fingertips. Make sure not to overlook any crucial spots (such as partings and hairlines) as you evenly distribute the product throughout your entire head of hair. Pay close attention to your roots and ends!
  2. Brush the shampoo through your hair. After applying the product, brush or comb it through your hair several times. This will make sure that every hair strand receives an equal amount of the purple shampoo for the final result to become as even as possible.
  3. Wait up to 20 minutes. If you are simply looking to brighten up your highlights or if your color has turned a little brassy, try leaving the purple shampoo in for about 5 minutes. You can allow the shampoo to sit for up to 20 minutes, but it isn't a good idea to leave it on for longer than that. As the process progresses, keep an eye on it to make sure no blue or purple tones emerge. If they do, you should wash the shampoo out right away. Although purple shampoo technically does not harm your hair, it does cause it to dry out slightly, so leaving it on for an excessive amount of time won't help.
  4. Rinse hair. Be sure to rinse the shampoo out thoroughly. The results later on might be impacted if you leave any purple color-depositing pigments in your hair.
  5. Condition. Use your normal conditioner, ideally letting it sit for a few minutes. This is a crucial step because purple shampoo can make hair feel a little bit dry. A deep conditioning treatment would be even better if you had the time.
  6. Dry and style. Finally, style your hair as desired after drying it as usual. You can now evaluate the effects and decide whether or not you need to use purple shampoo once more.
Purple shampoo on dry hair may produce a more pronounced toning effect

Purple shampoo on dry hair may produce a more pronounced toning effect

Final Thoughts

If you want to use purple shampoo, it is always wise to follow the directions on your purple shampoo's packaging. Manufacturers of purple shampoo typically advise using it on wet hair to prevent the porous tips from absorbing too much color. Regardless of the method you choose, it's crucial not to leave it on your hair for an extended period. Purple shampoo can leave stains in your hair for several weeks or even months if handled improperly. It can also dry out your hair and be very challenging to remove. So, if you want to use purple shampoo on dry hair, proceed carefully and be aware of the benefits and drawbacks before using it.

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© 2011 Louise Fiolek


Kelsey10 on December 01, 2012:

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

Manuela on November 06, 2012:

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

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Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on March 12, 2012:

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

Kelly on March 12, 2012:

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.

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on February 15, 2012:

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!

Steve Mitchell from Cambridgeshire on February 14, 2012:

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


Rosie on November 04, 2011:

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.

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 06, 2011:

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 :-)

purp-drag913 from West Michigan, USA. on October 05, 2011:

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.

felicitylovespari on October 01, 2011:

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

Louise Fiolek (author) from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 15, 2011:

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!


Escape2Paradise from Bangkok Thailand on September 15, 2011:

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

SHAJEEL on July 11, 2011:

use full information for every one

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on May 09, 2011:

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

Hannah on March 19, 2011:

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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