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About a year ago I finally jumped on the balayage train and I love it!! I finally found someone local who could lighten my super dark hair and not make it orange or brassy! And all the brunettes tased their hands in the air and shouted hallelujah!!
Along with keeping up the color, which isn’t too bad because it’s balayage and my roots are the same so growing the color out doesn’t matter, comes maintenance. Anyone who has lightened their hair knows how dry it can get and how important it it to keep it moisturized and as damage free as possible. So while growing the color out isn’t a problem for me I have other issues.
Since my hair is so super dark, keeping the blonde ends blonde and not brassy is a challenge and luckily for me my amazing hair stylist recommended using a a blue shampoo over a purple shampoo which made me question…blue shampoo vs. purple shampoo, why should I use blue over purple??
When I initially googled what shampoo to use for blonde hair the first result that popped up was purple shampoo. It makes sense, the purple will neutralize yellow/brassy tones and keep the blonde more of an icy blonde which is the goal, right? Short answer, YES! Long answer? Since my hair is so dark it tends to pull orange instead of yellow so purple shampoo isn’t the best thing for my hair. So what should I be using? Blue shampoo!
Before last year I had never even heard of blue shampoo and now I swear I see it everywhere! HA! Blue shampoo is for naturally dark brunettes with salon highlights/balayage. Blue shampoo tones down orange/brassy tones and helps keep my blonde an white/icy blonde. Basically blue shampoo is for brunettes what purple shampoo is for blondes. Who knew?
I found this graphic on Twitter from Joico (maker of my fave blue shampoo) and I think it does an amazing job of explaining the differences between blue and purple shampoos and which one is best for your hair!
So what are some good blue and purple shampoos? Here are my recs…
Honestly I could go on and on and list every brand of purple shampoos but I think that list is a pretty good mix of high end and drugstore shampoos.
How often should you use a blue or purple shampoo? I use mine with every other wash unless I notice it’s getting super brassy looking. I wash my roots really good with my regular shampoo and shampoo brush and then rinse it out. Then I apply the blue shampoo to my ends (making sure to cover all of the blonde) and leave it on for about 5-ish minutes and then rinse and condition like normal. I tried using a blue conditioner but honestly like my regular conditioner better so that’s what I use.
I know some people who use their blue or purple shampoo with every wash, it just depends on how icy blonde you want your hair and if you think it needs it. It’s really up to you!
So there you have it, the differences between blue and purple shampoos and hopefully now you know which one you should be using!
Do you use a blue or purple shampoo?