Purple shampoo turned my hair gray, how can I fix it? 3 ways to fix it depending on how gray your hair is

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  • If your hair turns gray after using the purple shampoo, the solution will depend on the intensity of the color.
  • If your hair is silver-grey, just stop using the purple shampoo.
  • If your hair is pearl-gray or purple-gray, you should use a pH-balanced shampoo for at least two or three washes to remove the excess purple pigments.
  • If your hair is dark gray, the way you remove that color will depend on your hair’s health. If your hair is healthy, you can get a bleach bath. If it’s very damaged, you should apply masks with ceramides, which will also remove the gray color.


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I often hear my clients say, “there’s nothing purple shampoo can’t fix.” And when I hear that, I can’t help but smile at them.

Do you know why?

Because part of that belief is real.

Purple shampoo on platinum blonde, white, or butter hair works miracles in maintenance.

 However, watch out! Because it can become a double-edged sword. Abusing it can turn your hair gray.  


Do you know the saying “don’t push your luck”? Well, I paraphrase that saying, and I say, “don’t push your luck with purple shampoo.”

Maybe it’s not the fifth or sixth time you use purple shampoo. But believe me, at some point, your hair will end up in any shade of gray, from pearl gray to dark gray.

Why does this happen?


Because the purple shampoo contains purple pigments that are deposited on the surface of the hair fiber. Those pigments avoid the appearance of unwanted colors.

Of course, you have to use each purple shampoo according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Did your hair end up gray after using purple shampoo?


Let’s see. Have you read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully?


If you haven’t, and you’ve used the purple shampoo too much, that’s why your hair ended up gray.  You’ve caused your hair to over-pigment and gray shades appeared. 

Do you want to turn back time and make the gray color disappear from your hair?


Today will give you the power of knowledge, and you’ll know how to make the grey disappear.

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Solution 1: for silver-grey hair after using the purple shampoo

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Is your hair silver grey when it should be blonde?


Don’t worry! The solution is simple because you have little excess of violet pigment.

What do you think you could do?


 Discard the wig! You’ll only need to stop using the purple shampoo.  


Don’t forget that the purple shampoo accumulates pigments, but it doesn’t penetrate the hair fiber.

So, when you wash your hair with a shampoo that is not purple, the color will start to disappear, leaving the blonde you had before.


 If you want to speed up the process, you can use a flaxseed oil mask, applying it from root to tip, and leaving it on for 20 minutes. 

You shouldn’t use purple shampoo daily. You have to check the manufacturer’s instructions to use the product correctly.


Solution 2: for pearl-grey or purple-grey hair after using the purple shampoo

In this case, the accumulation of violet pigments is so excessive that you won’t fix it just by stopping using the purple shampoo.

But don’t worry! You won’t need a wig either. You’ll have to apply a more aggressive process and  you’ll need a pH-balanced shampoo.



Because it’s ideal for removing any impurity, product, or chemical found in your hair. It’s also very corrosive to color.

su_highlight background=”#ffb5e8″]If you wash your hair every 48 hours using a pH-balanced shampoo, two or three washes later, you’ll notice that you’ll have lost that nasty gray color that ruined your look. 


You have to moisturize your hair after using the pH-balanced shampoo because its components dry out the hair and leave your ends brittle.

Apply a few drops of jojoba oil from length to ends, and don’t rinse it out until the next time you wash your hair with the pH-balanced shampoo. It’ll balance the moisture in your hair.


When the excess of purple pigments disappears, stop using the pH-balanced shampoo. Replace it with a deep moisturizing shampoo with coconut or rose oil to help your hair fiber recover.


Solution 3: for dark gray or smoky gray hair after using the purple shampoo

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This is an extreme case that will require extreme solutions. From my experience, I imagine that you used a color depositing shampoo instead of a toning shampoo. They may look the same, but they aren’t.

Color depositing shampoos have a very strong and persistent pigmentation that can color the hair. Toning shampoos only tone hair and can’t change its color.


In this case, you’ll need to do a bleach bath or apply masks with ceramides.

 If your hair is healthy, you can apply a bleach bath. However, you can only apply the bleach bath once. If you abuse it, you could end up damaging your hair, and that’s not what you want.  


If you still see some traces of gray after applying the bleach bath, I advise you to use a pH-balanced shampoo two or three times. Don’t forget that you should always moisturize your hair intensively.

If your hair is very dry or damaged, it’s best to use ceramide masks, which will remove the purple pigments.


What do you need for a bleach bath with coconut oil?

  • Shampoo for colorless hair.
  • 10-volume developer.
  • Coconut oil to provide extra hydration at the bleach bath.



  • Get an empty bottle of shampoo and fill half of it with your usual shampoo. Add half a bottle of 10-volume developer and 10 drops of coconut oil.
  • Mix the ingredients well and use it as your usual shampoo. Just be careful that the bleaching shampoo does not get into your eyes. If, for any reason, the shampoo is exposed to your eyes, rinse them with plenty of water.
  • Let the bath in for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse it with warm water.
  • Apply conditioner to moisturize your hair.


Remember that you shouldn’t reapply this mixture if you still have traces of gray.



If you overuse the purple shampoo to control unwanted colors, you can cause over-pigmentation in your hair. Then, the gray will appear.

The lighter shade of gray will simply disappear when you stop washing your hair with purple shampoo. You can use pH-balanced shampoo, ceramide masks, or get a bleach bath for more intense grey colors.

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