Bleach bath hair with purple shampoo, good or bad idea?

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If you are thinking of using purple shampoo in a bleach bath, hold your horses. Let’s start from the beginning.

  • Bleach bathing is a hair-lightening method that uses a mixture of shampoo and bleach. That’s of one of our two topics.
  • Purple shampoo, on the other hand, is for toning unwanted tones in your hair.
  • Many women want to do both steps at once by replacing the shampoo in a bleach bath with purple shampoo. They believe that this will prevent the unwanted tones that often appear after bleaching.
  • While it sounds logical, it simply doesn’t work.  Purple shampoo can not be used in a bleach bath, and here we’ll explain why.  


If you’ve read until now, you no doubt have two hair goals: bleach your hair, and toning unwanted tones.

We all live in a modern world, where everyone wants everything done in seconds. Everyone wants to kill two birds with one stone.

We all want to be able to drive while sending WhatsApp messages to a group chat full of parents from your child’s school. Is that possible?


Of course, but it can put your life in danger.

We want to be the best mothers, workers, professionals, and friends, all at the same time. Is that possible?


Of course, but we will start to break down at some point, so we have to set priorities.

 Along the same lines, many women think that they’ll kill to birds in one stone by using a purple shampoo in a bleach bath.  That they’ll lighten their hair and prevent the orange tones that bleach can leave behind at the same time.

In theory it would work… in reality, not so much.

Want to know why?


 Because these two processes can’t be done at the same time. But you don’t have to take my word for it. 

The reason why has to do with color theory and how your hair reacts to chemical processes.


So, if you want your bleach bath to work, keep reading, because here we’re going to discuss:

  • Why you can’t use purple shampoo in a bleach bath
  • What you need for an effective bleach bath
  • How to get ready for and apply a bleach bath


So let’s exchange the urgency of “killing two birds with one stone” with the idea of “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”

Because although using purple shampoo in your bleach bath might seem like a great idea, it will only expose your hair to a chemical process without any benefit.


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Why You Can’t Use Purple Shampoo in a Bleach Bath

A bleach bath should be done with a shampoo that does not deposit color for one simple reason: bleach removes hair color.

So what would happen in you replace the normal shampoo with a purple shampoo?


As you probably already know, bleach contains peroxide.

And what does peroxide do? Lifts color.


 From the moment that you apply the purple shampoo and bleach, the bleach will start to do its job of lifting color… including the purple pigments from the shampoo. 

So, all you’ll do is the lift your hair color and waste purple shampoo, and you’ll have to tone your hair again afterwards.

This is why bleach baths are done with regular shampoo.


 Purple shampoo is great for toning unwanted tones, but it must be used correctly, which is after bleaching your hair. 

As a professional colorist, I recommend using a keratin-containing shampoo if you want to lighten your hair with a bleach bath.

So, which would you rather do? Try to kill two birds with one stone, or value the one in your hand?


I hope you choose to have a bird in the hand. Ok, I don’t mean that literally. But I do hope you are careful when it comes to your hair.

Now let’s move on to the second point.


How to Make an Effective Bleach Bath With Everyday Shampoo

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If you decided to lighten your hair with a bleach bath, it’s important to do it right.

What you need for a bleach bath:

  • Shampoo
  • 10 or 20 volume developer
  • Coconut oil

These ingredients are all you need to create a bleach bath that lightens your hair several shades without damaging it.


Although purple shampoo isn’t what to use for a bleach bath, it’s important to choose a hydrating shampoo.

 Try to find a shampoo with keratin, essential oils, or argan oil. 


The more moisturizing the shampoo, the more it counteracts the negative effects of the bleach, which can be very damaging.

On top of that, but even the most moisturizing shampoos -so long as they don’t contain purple pigments- will not stop the bleach from lifting your hair color.


You’ll also need developer, which is classified by volume. The volume you choose depends on how much you want to lighten your hair.

  • Use a 20-volume developer to lighten hair form 3 to 4 shades.
  • Use a 10-volume developer to lighten hair 1 to 2 shades.


Of course, you’ll have to apply the bleach bath 2 or 3 times to lighten your hair this much.

 To prevent your hair from getting dry, you should wait at least 20 days in between treatments. 


Coconut oil is another ingredient that you can add to your bleach bath for some extra moisturizing.

Not only that, but your hair absorbs the coconut oil first, which helps prevent damage.


How to Make and Apply a Bleach Bath With Everyday Shampoo

First, find an empty shampoo bottle, or empty half of a bottle of moisturizing shampoo into another container.

Once you have that, add the following ingredients:

  • ½ Bottle 10 or 20-volumes developer
  • 10 drops of coconut oil

Now simply mix all the ingredients well.


 Once you’ve made your bleach bath, simply use it like any other shampoo. 
  • If you prefer, you can use it in the shower, just make sure not to get it in your eyes. If you do get it in your eyes, make sure to rinse them with plenty of water, as this product can irritate your eyes.
  • Apply the bleach bath and let it sit for 10 or 20 minutes.
  • Check your hair every 5 minutes.
  • When rinse with warm water, and use a conditioner.


While coconut oil will leave your hair feeling soft and moisturized, remember to wait 20 days in between treatments.


How to Tone Your Hair With Purple Shampoo

It's finally time to tone your bleached hair, and to use purple shampoo.

Simply replace your normal shampoo with purple shampoo. If you wash your hair every day, use the purple shampoo everyday.

If you wash your hair every other day, use the purple shampoo every other day.

After the second or third application, any oranges tones you had will disappear.



For a bleach bath to be effective, it has to use a normal shampoo.

Purple shampoo is used to cancel out unwanted tones, but has to be used after bleaching your hair.

If you do use a purple shampoo in a bleach bath, the bleach prevents the purple pigments from toning your hair.

Now that you know how to create an effective bleach bath, what shampoo are you going to use?

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