Does putting purple shampoo on dry hair make it blonder?

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  • No, putting purple shampoo on dry hair won’t make it blonder.
  • Because purple shampoo doesn’t lighten hair. Its job is to get rid of the strong yellow tones that appear in bleached or dyed hair.
  • What will happen if you put purple shampoo on your dry hair is that you’ll be able to better control the exposure times of the shampoo. Also, the purple pigments will get rid of the yellow streaking in your hair faster.

 

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Purple shampoo has become an essential part of the routine of being blonde. However, very few blonde women are unaware of the tricks behind this shampoo.

And of course, as this shampoo became more popular, more and more rumors began to circulate.

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One of the rumors that are very common, or at least that I hear the most from my clients, is that  if you apply purple shampoo on dry hair, your hair will become blonder. 

 

But the truth is that this rumor has no scientific basis. For the simple reason that  purple shampoo doesn’t lighten hair. 

 

Why? It’s because it doesn’t contain any lightening agents, not even peroxide.

And also because it doesn’t penetrate the inner layer of the hair to modify the color. The purple shampoo forms a color film, which simply neutralizes the strident yellows of dyed or bleached hair.

 

It’s as simple as that.  Purple shampoo neutralizes yellow but doesn’t make your hair either blonder or darker. 

 

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Now you know this, should you apply purple shampoo to your dry hair?

I’ll tell you below.

 

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Put purple shampoo on your dry hair if you don’t have much experience in removing strident hair colors

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I already mentioned that purple shampoo is used to neutralize the yellow tones that appear after bleaching, dyeing, or to help maintain a specific color.

For example, it’s ideal for maintaining pale blondes, platinum, gray, pearl, and white hair. When you neutralize the strong tones in these hair colors, it will seem like the hair is lighter.

 

But in reality,  it’s the same number of blonde, just without yellow. 

 

In other words, if your hair is light blonde 8, after using the purple shampoo, it will still be light blonde 8, just without any strident yellows. And even if it looks lighter to you, your hair won’t be extra light blonde 9.

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So why is it a good idea to apply purple shampoo on dry hair if you don’t have much experience using this kind of shampoo?

  • Because if you apply it on your dry hair,  you can better control the color it’s getting to . Don’t forget that when your hair is wet, it looks darker, and this can be confusing if you’re not an experienced colorist.
  • Also, dry hair will absorb the purple shampoo better, increasing its neutralizing capacity.

 

Therefore, before using purple shampoo on your dry hair, I recommend you check if the purple shampoo you chose allows for dry application.

Have you checked? Then, let’s look closer at how to apply it.

 

How to put purple shampoo on dry hair

detangle dry hair before purple shampoo

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My first recommendation is to look for old towels and clothes because purple shampoo stains everything it touches. Remember to use gloves, to prevent your hands from staying purple for days afterward.

I recommend that you have a watch or timer nearby. That way you can better control the time you leave the purple shampoo on your dry hair.

There are two ways to put purple shampoo on dry hair: in sections or as if it were a mask. Let’s look at each option in turn.

 

Putting purple shampoo on dry hair in sections

  • Completely detangle your hair.
  • Separate your hair into four sections, as if you were going to apply hair dye. It’s easiest to divide your hair into two front sections and two back sections.
  •  Apply a line of shampoo from the roots to the ends  on one of the sections and distribute it well with your hands.
  • Massage and repeat the application on each section.
  • Once you’ve covered your hair, leave the purple shampoo on for the time specified in the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Rinse out your hair with cold water to close the cuticles and trap the color.

 

Putting purple shampoo on dry hair as a mask

  • Detangle your hair completely.
  • In the palm of your hand, place a generous amount of purple shampoo and apply it starting  from the ends and working your way up to the roots. 
  • Massage it through your hair to distribute it evenly.
  • Leave the shampoo on for the time recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Rinse it out with cold water.

 

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Conclusion

Even if you put purple shampoo on dry hair, it won’t get blonder. It will simply make your blonde hair paler and will get rid of the strident yellow tones.

If you don’t have much experience in using mattifying shampoo, I recommend you use it on dry hair. That way you’ll be able to better control the exposure times and you won’t run the risk of turning your hair purple.

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