Help! Purple shampoo turned my hair purple. What can I do?

purple shampoo turned hair purple

  • If purple shampoo turned your hair purple, the first thing you need to do is stop using it. Otherwise, you’ll keep adding purple pigments to your hair.
  • After using the purple shampoo, you should use the clarifying shampoo to remove the excess purple pigments in your hair. I’ll tell you how to do it.
  • Finally, once you got rid of the excess purple, you should continue using the purple shampoo. Remember to use it as indicated to keep unwanted yellows out of your blonde hair without turning it purple.


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Are you using too much purple shampoo? This 5-question quiz helps you find out


As you can see,  if the purple shampoo turned your hair purple, the solution is very easy. 

After all, it’s simple to get rid of purple because purple shampoo isn´t a dye but a shampoo.


So, getting rid of the purple will be easy, and even fast.

However, the hard part will be keeping your purple shampoo from turning your hair purple again.
But don’t worry.

Preventing purple shampoo from turning your hair purple can also be very easy as long as you know how to use shampoo correctly.


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So, now I invite you to take us back to when you started using purple shampoo.

Do you remember that?


It´ll help you avoid future mistakes.

How did you use purple shampoo?

  • Did you use it more often than indicated by the manufacturer or your colorist?
  • How long did you leave the shampoo on each time you used it?
  • Are you using a purple shampoo with very strong or intense pigments?


I can assure you that if the purple shampoo turned your hair purple, it’s due to one of these three reasons. There’s no more mystery.

As I know you’re desperate, and can’t stand having purple hair anymore, we’ll start with the solution: a clarifying shampoo.

Are you ready to get your hair blonde again?


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Use the clarifying shampoo to remove the purple left in your hair by the purple shampoo

purple shampoo should be used several times
But wait! Before you run out to buy a clarifying shampoo,  the first thing you should do is stop using the purple shampoo. 


If you continue using it, you shouldn´t add the clarifying shampoo.

For the time being, leave the purple shampoo alone because we’ll come back to it later.


So,  if the purple shampoo turned your hair purple, you should use a clarifying shampoo and hot water. 


Clarifying shampoo removes excess or build-up of hair products that deposit on the outer layer of the hair.
And purple shampoo is attached to the outermost part of your hair, which are the cuticles. Therefore, if you wash your hair with clarifying shampoo and hot water, the purple will disappear and your hair will be blonde again.

Why hot water?


Because it’ll open the cuticles for the clarifying shampoo to remove the purple from your hair.

  • Wet your hair with hot water. That is, the water should be as hot as you can stand it without burning your skin and scalp.
  • Apply the clarifying shampoo all over your hair and massage it intensely.
  • You’ll notice that the foam takes on a purple color. This means that the clarifying shampoo is removing the purple from your hair.
  • Rinse your hair with plenty of water and  apply the clarifying shampoo again  with a massage. Leave the clarifying shampoo on for 20 minutes.
  • Then, rinse with plenty of warm water and apply conditioner. Leave it on for three minutes.
  • Rinse the conditioner out with cool or lukewarm water to close your cuticles and moisturize your hair.
  • Dry your hair as usual.


When your hair dries, you’ll notice that it´s no longer purple. The blonde is back!

But obviously, you’ll need to use the purple shampoo again to keep your blonde hair free of any unwanted yellows.

Of course, you don’t want your hair to turn purple again.

So, here’s how to find the right way to use purple shampoo.


How to use purple shampoo to keep hair from turning purple

purple shampoo turns hair purple

We have already seen that the frequency of use and the exposure time of the purple shampoo are the two factors that can turn your hair purple.

Therefore, you should make some changes if you want to use purple shampoo again.


Use the purple shampoo once a week.

The toning shampoo  is applied once a week  to get rid of unwanted yellow shades.

I only recommend using the purple shampoo intensively if you bleached your hair and it’s completely yellow.

In that case, you can use it twice a week for fifteen days. Then, watch your hair. As soon as your hair is no longer yellow, you should reduce the frequency of use of the purple shampoo to once a week.


If your hair is pale blonde, pearl blonde, gray, white, or platinum, and you use it once a week, it won´t turn purple.

Leave the purple shampoo according to the manufacturer’s instructions for use.

In general, the purple shampoo is left on for two to five minutes. But since there are a lot of brands of purple shampoos, and I don’t know which one you use, I recommend you go by the manufacturer’s recommendations.


Manufacturers recommend leaving the purple shampoo according to the color you want to neutralize.

  •  If you want to remove bright brassy colors,   you can leave it on for five minutes.
  •  Alternatively, if the base color is pale yellow,  you can leave it on for two to four minutes./li>
  •  Finally, if you just want to maintain the color,  you should leave it for the minimum time recommended by the manufacturer.


If you use the purple shampoo several times a week, and you leave it on your hair for a long time, the shampoo will turn your hair purple in a matter of days.


Verify the pigment strength of the purple shampoo

Some purple shampoos such as KERACOLOR also work as semi-permanent dyes. As such, their pigments are more intense. The same goes for the OVERTONE and VIRAL LUXURY brands.

So, check the label of your shampoo and try to find out if it´s a color depositor or color additive shampoo.

  • The  additive color shampoos  are more gentle and won’t drastically change the color of your hair in one wash. You can choose MATRIX or REDKEN shampoos.
  • The  color depositing shampoos, in turn,  also work as semi-permanent dyes. They may change your hair color in just one application. Examples of this are the purple shampoos from KERACOLOR, OVERTONE and VIRAL LUXURY.



If your purple shampoo has turned your hair purple, you should stop using it. Then, start using a clarifying shampoo to remove the purple unwanted shades.

After you have removed the purple from your hair, start using the purple shampoo once a week and leave it on for the time recommended by the manufacturer.

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