Do you use purple shampoo before or after regular shampoo?

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  • You don’t need to use the purple shampoo before or after the regular shampoo because the purple shampoo replaces the regular shampoo.
  • Therefore, if you’re going to wash your hair with purple shampoo, you shouldn’t use any other shampoo before or after.
  • I’ll give you three hair washing routines to alternate between purple shampoo and your regular shampoo.

 

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The purple shampoo has turned into the main squeeze for those who need to maintain their bright blonde hair. So, every day more and more doubts arise.

And one of them is whether to use the purple shampoo before or after the regular shampoo.

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What a topic and what a confusion!

 

 The purple shampoo replaces the regular shampoo. 

It means that if you wash your hair with purple shampoo, you shouldn’t also wash it with regular shampoo. Why?

 

It’s simple.

 If you use your regular shampoo after washing your hair with the purple shampoo, you’ll remove the purple pigments  and the brassiness will show up.

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Many people rush to buy purple shampoo after coloring their hair blonde or getting highlights but they don’t understand how it works. Then, disappointment sets in.

It’s what happened to one of my clients, Carola.

 

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Carola had ash-colored highlights that highlighted the almond shade of her eyes.

After finishing her color service, I recommended that she buy a purple shampoo to use once a week to upkeep her highlights.

 

Fifteen days later, Carola called me desperately.

Her highlights were terrible. Extra yellow tones had appeared, and her hair was completely dried out. I asked her to come for an appointment.

 

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When she arrived, and I looked at her hair, I was in awe.

How could her highlights have lost their ashy color if she had used the purple shampoo once a week?

 

When she told me how she had used the purple shampoo, I understood it all.

 She had washed her hair with purple shampoo but also with her usual shampoo that contained sulfates. 

Can you see?

 

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Carola deposited purple pigments to upkeep the ashy color but she immediately removed them by washing her hair with a regular shampoo with sulfates.

So, the regular shampoo washed out the purple pigments. On top of that, those sulfates dehydrated the hair.

 

I decided to apply toner on her highlights, but I made sure Carola understood how to use the purple shampoo properly. One month later, her highlights looked perfect.

It’s all about understanding how the purple shampoo works.

And that’s what I’ll tell you about next.

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How purple shampoo works

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Purple shampoo is also called a toning shampoo because it neutralizes extra yellow or brassy colors after bleaching or dyeing.

It doesn’t work as a permanent hair dye because it doesn’t penetrate inside the hair. Instead, it coats each strand of your hair with purple pigment to cancel out unwanted undertones.

 

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 This color film is very sensitive to external factors and washes out quickly. 

This is why the sulfates in regular shampoos remove the purple pigments.

Therefore, if you wash your hair with regular shampoo after using purple shampoo, you’ll wash out the pigments, and the style-ruining brassy and yellow tones will return.

 

That’s why purple shampoo should replace your regular shampoo

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Each purple shampoo has its own specifications. Some are applied only once a week, and others are applied up to four times a week.

It all depends on the intensity of the color you want to neutralize. The brassier the yellow tone, the more times you’ll have to wash your hair with purple shampoo.

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 For subsequent washes, you should use sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to extend the toning effects of the purple shampoo. 

Sulfate-free products extend your color and prevent hair damage.

Now, how do you organize the perfect hair care routine with purple shampoo? I’ll tell you about it.

How to organize a hair care routine alternating between purple and sulfate-free shampoo

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To organize a proper hair care routine, you’ll need to have a purple shampoo, a sulfate-free shampoo, and a sulfate-free conditioner.

 

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Also, keep this tip in mind:  you shouldn’t wash your hair every day. 

The scalp’s natural oils are healthy because they moisturize your hair from the root.

 

If you wash your hair every day, these oils will be lost, and you may even experience hair loss, dryness, breakage, and irritation.

 Ideally, you should wash your hair every 48 hours, or even every 72 hours. 

 

Of course, this will depend on your lifestyle. If you’re a regular swimmer or play sports every day, you wash your hair more frequently.

So, you can organize a different hair care routine according to your daily activity.

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Here are some examples for you to choose according to your lifestyle.

 

Routine 1: for oily hair

  • Monday: wash your hair with the purple shampoo and sulfate-free conditioner.
  • Tuesday: don’t wash your hair.
  • Wednesday: wash your hair with the sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner
  • Thursday: don’t wash your hair.
  • Friday: wash your hair with purple shampoo and sulfate-free conditioner.

You can replace Friday for Saturday if you wish.

 

Routine 2: for those who play sports daily

  • Monday: wash your hair with purple shampoo and a sulfate-free conditioner.
  • Tuesday: wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo and a conditioner.
  • Wednesday: just rinse your hair without any shampoo.
  • Thursday: wash your hair with purple shampoo and a sulfate-free conditioner.
  • Friday: wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo and a conditioner.
  • Saturday and Sunday: just rinse your hair.

 

Routine 3: for dehydrated hair

  • Monday: wash your hair with purple shampoo and sulfate-free conditioner.
  • Tuesday: don’t wash your hair.
  • Wednesday: don’t wash your hair.
  • Thursday: wash your hair with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
  • Friday and Saturday: don’t wash your hair.

Wash your hair after at least, 48 hours for the scalp to produce the oils that moisturize the hair from root to tip.

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Conclusions

Purple shampoo always replaces your regular shampoo. So, when you wash your hair with purple shampoo, you shouldn’t also use your regular shampoo.

Remember to use a sulfate-free shampoo to prevent reversing the effects of the purple shampoo on your hair.

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