How often should I use purple shampoo? Everyday or once a week?

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How often you should use purple shampoo will depend most importantly on what color your hair is and what results you’re looking for.

 

If it’s the first time you’re using purple shampoo and you’re not sure what effect it’ll have on your hair color,  start out by using it three times a week max.  Of course each person’s hair is unique, so I’ll tell you a little more about different hair types so you can get a better idea of what might be right for you.

 

Don’t leave purple shampoo more than the amount of time indicated on the instructions that comes with it.

In general, that means between three and five minutes. But, each shampoo is different, so it’s very important that you read the shampoo’s label closely.

 

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Let me ask you a question: What do you want to use purple shampoo to do?

  • If what you’re trying to do is maintain your color, how often you need to use it will depend on the color you have. The more pigmentation in your hair, the more often you’ll need to use it. Don’t worry because soon I’ll tell you how often to use it for different colors, from white to ashy blonde.
  • And if you want to cancel out unwanted tones in bleached hair, you should use the shampoo more often, between four and five times a week.

 

Your hair is like a sponge, each time you wash it, it absorbs water to maintain moisture and the nutrients that shampoos and conditioners provide it.

When you use purple shampoo, your hair also absorbs small quantities of the pigments in it.

And thanks to those small but mighty pigments in purple shampoo, it’s possible to maintain ashy, platinum or white hair or cancel out yellow tones.

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But of course, it doesn’t take the same amount of time to change your hair color will purple shampoo as if you were doing it after using a dye.

 How often you should use purple shampoo is always a hot topic because as you can see, it’s a tool with many different uses.  

 

Some women use it to maintain their color after dyeing their hair.

For example:

  • If your hair is platinum blonde, you should use the shampoo at least twice a week to maintain your color.
  • If you have ash blonde hair, you should use the shampoo 3-4 times a week to maintain it.
  • If your hair has blonde highlights, you should use purple shampoo every time you wash your hair.

 

Other women use it on bleached hair to tone yellow colors, and in order to get a more silvery or gold color.

For example:

 

It’s difficult to make general recommendations in this case because no two heads of hair are the same.

 That’s why the best thing you can do is keep an eye on the results of the purple shampoo, evaluating them gradually to decide how often it works best for you to use it.  

 

Buy your shampoo and start to use it little by little.

For example, use it three times a week. If after the first week, you’ve reached your goal, then you know how often you should use it.

If after one week of using the purple shampoo three times, your hair still has bright yellow tones in it, then you know that it’s time to increase the frequency to five times a week.

 

It’s most important to start using the shampoo just a few times a week and then increase your use as you need it.

Alright now, I’m not going to just leave you to the sharks with this experience, so stay with me, because I still need to tell you:

  • How often to use purple shampoo to maintain your color
  • How often to use purple shampoo to cancel out bright yellow

 

How often to use purple shampoo to maintain your color

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Here you are, with a new hair color, and desperate to keep it as bright and intense as the first day you got it.

And in order to do that, you’ve decided it might be a good idea to use purple shampoo on your white, silver or ash blonde hair.

Don’t worry: I’ll tell you all of the details behind how often you should use the purple shampoo depending on what color you want to maintain.

 

  • Purple shampoo in white hair.

White hair is a hard color to get and an even harder one to maintain.

So, in order to keep your hair white, you’ll need to use purple shampoo once or twice a week, replacing your normal shampoo with it and leaving it in for 5-7 minutes.

For example, if you wash your hair five times a week, one or two of those times, you’ll use the purple shampoo and the rest of the days, you’ll opt for your normal (hopefully sulfate-free) shampoo.

 

  • Purple shampoo in platinum blonde or silver hair.

In this case, you will use the purple shampoo three times a week, leaving it in for five minutes.

 

  • Purple shampoo in light ash blonde or very light ash blonde hair.

Bright yellow tones tend to appear in these colors that still have pigmentation and don’t require you to bleach your hair to white to get.

So, in order to keep your hair ashy, you’ll need to use purple shampoo three times a week, leave it in for 3-5 minutes.

 

  • Purple shampoo in light ash brown and dark ash blonde.

In this case, you should use purple shampoo every time you wash your hair to keep the ash tone, completely replacing your normal shampoo and leaving it in for 3-5 minutes.

If you follow this schedule of purple shampoo, you’ll notice that those bright yellow tones don’t come back.

 

The key for keeping straight the amount of times a week you need to use the shampoo is:

 The more pigmentation your hair has, the more often you’ll need to use the purple shampoo. 

 

That’s why for maintaining white hair – which has fewer pigments – you only need to use purple shampoo once or twice a week, while to maintain light ash brown hair – which has more pigmentation – you should use it every time you wash your hair.

 

Now, what happens if you want to use purple shampoo to cancel out bright yellow? I’m about to tell you.

 

How often to use purple shampoo to cancel out bright yellow

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If you’re looking to cancel out unwanted yellow tones with purple shampoo, you’ll need to keep in mind what color you’re trying to get.

For example, if you have bleached hair and you want to get to a white color, you’ll need to use the shampoo more often than if you wanted to maintain white-colored-hair.

 

After all,  it’s always easier to maintain a color you got by dyeing your hair than change its color only using purple shampoo. 

Now, it’s hard, but it’s not impossible.

I’m going to leave you a guide for the different colors you might be trying to get and how often you’ll need to use purple shampoo to cancel out yellow as you work toward them.

 

  • Purple shampoo in light blonde, lighter blonde and lightest blonde hair

If you’re looking to get a platinum blonde color, you’ll need to use purple shampoo 4-5 times a week to do it, leaving the shampoo in 3-5 minutes.

If you use it this often, your hair will be totally free of yellow tones in two weeks.

 

  • Purple shampoo in dark blonde and light brown hair

You’ll need to use purple shampoo in your hair every time you wash it to cancel out yellow in these colors and leave the shampoo in for 3-5 minutes. You’ll see that you have an ash tone without any unpleasant yellows after about 2-3 weeks.

 

Conclusions

Now, you should keep a few things in mind, no matter what your goal for using shampoo is, whether it’s maintaining your color or cancelling out yellow:

  •  Always follow the instructions that come with the shampoo because each one is unique. 
  • You should always replace your normal shampoo with the purple shampoo. If you use them both at the same time, you’ll just end up harming your hair and it won’t be able to absorb the pigments in the toning shampoo.
  • Be careful about how long you leave the shampoo in your hair. If you don’t leave it in for long enough, the yellow won’t disappear, and if you leave it in for too long, you might end up with purple tones in your hair.

 

After everything you just learned, how often do you think you’ll need to use purple shampoo in your hair?

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