How long should you wait to use purple shampoo after bleaching hair?

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neutralize yellow hair after bleaching

  • You can start using the purple shampoo as soon as you notice unwanted yellow undertones come through after rinsing out the bleach. The purple shampoo will neutralize the yellow tones and remove any remaining bleach.
  • If you don’t notice any brassiness after bleaching, you don’t need to use the purple shampoo right away.
  • In that case, I recommend waiting a week to start using it. The frequency of use will depend on the intensity of yellow you need to neutralize. I’ll tell you all the details later.

 

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Let’s start with a useful tip.

Once you bleach your hair, and after COMPLETELY rinsing out the bleach, it’s best not to wash your hair for at least 48 hours.

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During that time, your scalp produces natural oils that will restore some of the moisture lost during bleaching.

Now, what if you discover some brassiness in your hair after rinsing out the bleach?

 

 You can use the purple shampoo in that case. 

The purple shampoo will neutralize the yellow undertones with a color film of purple pigments.

 

Of course, this color film will fade with washes. Therefore, you should continue to wash your bleached hair with purple shampoo, but less frequently.

  • If your hair turns a golden yellow, you should use the purple shampoo four times a week.
  • If your hair turns chicken yellow, you should use it two or three times a week.
  • If you have buttery yellow hair, you should use it once a week.

 

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When can you use purple shampoo immediately after bleaching your hair?

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It’s best to use the purple shampoo immediately after bleaching if you notice that your hair is bright yellow.

After exposure to the bleach, you need to rinse your hair thoroughly. If any residue of the bleach remains, your hair will be overly damaged.

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 For this reason, I always advise my clients to shampoo their hair after rinsing it out properly. 

If at that moment, your hair shows unwanted tones, you can use the purple shampoo to start toning your hair.

 

Also, the purple shampoo cleans and removes dirt from your hair like any other shampoo.

So, you can use the purple shampoo immediately after bleaching if you want to start neutralizing the brassiness.

 

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Now,  I’m not saying you should use the purple shampoo all the time. 

You need to use it only when appropriate to neutralize unwanted colors, but without leaving purple pigments in your hair.

Don’t worry. I’ll tell you in detail how often to use purple shampoo after bleaching.

 

How often to use purple shampoo on bleached hair?

The frequency of application will depend on the level of yellow you want to neutralize.

 

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Let me give you an example, which has nothing to do with hair.

Imagine that you move into a house, but you want to make some modifications to it.

 

For example, the living room walls are painted in a parrot green color that you find hideous.

But you don’t despair because you know you can fix it with paint, a brush, and a few hours of work.

 

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Now, if you want your living room walls to look a beautiful buttery color, how many times will you have to paint the wall to cover the green? Once? Twice?

 

I’m no expert on home improvement, but I estimate that you’ll need at least four coats to cover a green wall with a light color.

Something similar happens with purple shampoo. The more brassiness you get in your hair, the more often you’ll need to apply it to neutralize it.

Let’s look at each of the cases.

 

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no yellow fanola

  • If your bleached hair is golden yellow, you should apply the purple shampoo four times a week.

In this case, don’t follow my recommendation regarding washing your hair every 48 to 72 hours.

This is a special case, and you need to neutralize that brassiness.  So, you need to increase the frequency of washes until you neutralize it. 

Once you neutralize it, you only need to maintain it by using the purple shampoo twice a week.

 

  • If your hair is chicken yellow, you should apply it 2 or 3 times a week.

This is the typical yellow you can see after bleaching. Some people call it egg yellow, and others call it canary yellow. The important thing is that whether you call it chicken, canary, or egg yellow, it’s a nasty color.

 In this case, you can wash your hair every 48 hours with the purple shampoo  to quickly achieve a harmonious ashy color.

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Then, you’ll have to maintain it by washing your hair with purple shampoo once a week.

 

  • If your hair is a buttery yellow, you should apply it once a week.

If your hair is in this yellow range, you’re lucky. You only need to use the purple shampoo once a week or even once every two weeks. 

Keep in mind that each brand of purple shampoo has its specifications. So, follow the instructions to get a gorgeous ash-blonde.

 

Conclusions

If you notice that your hair is bright yellow after rinsing the bleach, you can wash it immediately with purple shampoo. It’ll start to tone down and neutralize the unwanted yellow undertones.

On the other hand, if you don’t have brassiness after rinsing the bleach, it’s best to wait 48 to 72 hours to start washing your hair with purple shampoo.

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