How often should you use purple shampoo for highlights?

frequency of use of the purple shampoo in highlights

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  • If you have blonde highlights, you should use the purple shampoo once or twice a week.
  • The required frequency will depend on the blonde tone of your highlights, the pigment intensity of the purple shampoo you choose, and the products you use.
  • I’ll tell you how to find out when to use purple shampoo.

 

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Do you use purple shampoo before or after regular shampoo?

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 Do you want to know how often to use purple shampoo on your highlights? 

 

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As you may imagine, it’s the million-dollar question.

I couldn’t accurately answer that question for everyone who has had highlights in their hair.

Why?

 

Because the answer will depend on many things.

  •  The shade of blonde you have chosen for your highlights.  For example, if your highlights are dark blonde, you may need to use the purple shampoo more often.
  •  The brand of purple shampoo you’ve chosen.  There are many brands of purple shampoo. Some offer products with more intense pigments and should be used less frequently.
  • You should also consider what other products you apply to your highlights. If you use sulfate-free products, the effects of the purple shampoo will last longer.

Can you see why I can’t offer an answer that will work for every single woman who has had highlights?

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What I can do, is help you find your own frequency of use of purple shampoo taking into account these factors I mentioned.

In addition to my suggestions,  it would be best for you to experiment to find out the best frequency of use of purple shampoo on your highlights. 

 

Let’s go step by step.

First, we’ll analyze the variables, i.e. the shade of your blonde highlights, the pigment intensity of the purple shampoo, and the products you should use to extend the effects of the purple shampoo.

Finally, I’ll tell you in detail how to experiment with purple shampoo on your highlights so that you can discover your own frequency of use.

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Please note that you shouldn’t use the purple shampoo too often because it could turn your highlights purple.

 

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What influences the frequency of use of purple shampoo?

remove purple hair dye with clarifying shampoo
It’s probably been several days since you had your highlights done. You’ve probably noticed that the toner has been disappearing with each wash.

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That’s the moment when you should include purple shampoo in your routine. Purple is the color opposite of yellow on the color wheel.

As purple shampoo contains violet pigments, it’ll neutralize the brassiness of your highlights to turn it into an iridescent/pearlescent hue.

 

Now, when you started researching purple shampoos, you must have come across a myriad of brands.

 

What kind of purple shampoo do you use?

Remember to read the manufacturer’s instructions for use.

  • What does the manufacturer recommend?
  • Is the purple shampoo for frequent or moderate use?
  • How long does the manufacturer recommend you leave it on?

 

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The keys to the frequency of use of the shampoo could be included in the instructions.

  •  If the purple shampoo is for frequent use,  you can apply it up to three times a week. In general, as the frequency of use is higher, you should leave it on for a maximum of three minutes. As the violet pigments are weaker, you’ll need to use it more times per week.
  •  If the purple shampoo is for moderate use,  you can use it up to twice a week for three to five minutes because its pigments are more intense.

Let’s analyze the second variable to find out how often you should use a purple shampoo.

 

Check the blonde tone of your highlights

purple shampoo and highlights color

  • If your highlights are very pale blonde, apply the purple shampoo once a week and leave it on for three minutes.
  • If your highlights are neither light nor dark blonde, apply the shampoo once a week for five minutes.
  • If your highlights are dark blonde, apply the purple shampoo up to twice a week and leave it on for five minutes.

We are now closer to finding the exact frequency of use of the purple shampoo for your hair.

We’re only missing the last variable.

 

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Other products you use to wash your hair

Purple shampoo is very sensitive to the products you may apply. Let’s check all the products you use.

You could start by discarding any shampoos, conditioners, or masks that contain:

  • Sulfates
  • Alcohol
  • Parabens
  • Metallic salts.
 These ingredients will almost immediately eliminate the effect of the purple shampoo.  You’ll notice that your highlights will be yellow again in a few days.

Let’s go to the information you’ve been waiting for.

 

How to find the frequency of use of purple shampoo exclusively for your highlights

I don’t want to scare you. But to find the exact frequency of purple shampoo for your highlights,  you’ll need to do a little trial and error. 

 

This method will show you the specific frequency of use for you.

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And if that frequency of use keeps your highlights yellow-free for longer, you’ll know how often you need to use the shampoo.

 

 So, the best thing you can do is to experiment. 

 

For example, let’s say your highlights are dark blonde and your purple shampoo is for moderate use.

Earlier, we said that shampoo for moderate use should be applied no more than twice a week for up to five minutes.

We also said if your highlights are dark blonde, you should use the shampoo twice a week and leave it in for up to five minutes.

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So,  you could start using the shampoo once a week  because you’ve chosen a purple shampoo with more intense pigments. Leave it on for five minutes.

 

After shampooing, you should pay close attention to the color of your highlights.

If you notice that your highlights are still yellow or get too yellow the day after, it’ll be time to shampoo again. And this time, you can leave it on for a maximum of three minutes to prevent your highlights from turning purple.

What have you discovered?

 

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You can use the moderate-use purple shampoo on your blonde highlights twice a week. And maybe, instead of leaving it on for five minutes, you should leave it on for four minutes.

Do you get the picture?

 

My advice is to always start using the purple shampoo on your purple highlights once a week for the maximum amount of time recommended by the manufacturer.

And based on these results, make the necessary adjustments to your routine to find the exact frequency to keep your blonde highlights toned.

 

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You must be very attentive to the color change of your highlights.

Therefore, remember that purple shampoo keeps the hair away from brassiness. If you start to notice your highlights turning purple, stop shampooing.

 

Conclusions

The best way to know how often to use purple shampoo is to start applying it once a week and leave it on for the maximum time recommended by the manufacturer.

If you notice that your highlights are still yellowish after one application, you should increase the frequency of use, but take your time to try.

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