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

purple shampoo turned hair lilac

  • To find out if you’re using too much purple shampoo, you should check the frequency of use.
  • Most purple shampoos should be used once a week. Their mission is not to clean the hair, but to neutralize the yellowish tones.
  • Today, I’ll explain how many times a week to use purple shampoo and how to remove the purple tones that appear by using it too often.


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You’re one step, just one step away from finding out if you use too much purple shampoo.

And to do so, all you have to do is answer a short quiz.


Cheer up! When you finish answering the questions, we won’t play truth or consequences or be fined.

Simply try to visualize  all the moments in which you use the purple shampoo because the answer to your question is hidden in them. 

Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?


Let’s get started!

  • Do you wash your hair with purple shampoo more than three times a week?
  • Does your blonde hair look purple?
  • When you wake up in the morning, does your pillow have purple stains on it? Are you tired of fighting the purple that stains all over the collars of your shirts and t-shirts?
  • When you wash your hair, does the water ever run clear?
  • Does your hair look dry and dull?


 If you answered YES to three or more questions, you are undoubtedly using too much purple shampoo, and the evidence is overwhelming. 

If you keep doing it like that, you’ll end up changing your hair color.


Currently, your hair may have some almost unnoticeable purple tones, or your blonde hair may look completely purple.

Therefore, the solution to each of these problems will be different.

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What to do if your hair looks lilac or purple from using too much purple shampoo

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As a first step, stop using purple shampoo.

Obviously, the frequency of use is too much for your hair.

Purple shampoo was invented with a single mission: to neutralize yellowish colors in blonde hair. To do so, it deposits violet pigments.

Do you use purple shampoo every day?


That’s the proof of the crime!

 Purple shampoo adds color pigments to your hair with every wash. If you use it every day, your hair will turn purple or lilac in a few days. 

The purple shade will be more intense if you use it on extra blonde or platinum hair.

You have no choice but to discontinue use immediately because you still have time.


 I’m not saying stop using purple shampoo forever. Instead, use it “consciously”, as my grandmother would say. 

Even the hair industry is clear about it. Most purple shampoos are used once a week.

And those that are for frequent use are used, at most, three times a week.


Once you stop using it, the purple shade will disappear with subsequent washes because the purple shampoo doesn’t penetrate the hair core.

Instead, it’s only deposited on the outer layer of your hair. So, the purple will not last forever.


If you’re not going to use the purple shampoo, you’ll need to wash your hair with another shampoo. What kind of shampoo should you use?

sulfate free

A sulfate-free shampoo.

This way, you’ll avoid color-corrosive detergents.


Here are some brands that offer a conditioner kit:

  • Herbal Essences Sulfate-Free Honey & Vitamin B
  • Garnier Whole Blends Haircare Sulfate-Free Remedy
  • Pantene Pro-V Water Rose


All these shampoos will protect your hair and color. All are available in kits and on the web to buy online.

I’m guessing your concern.  “What do I do with the purple shampoo that’s glaring at me from the bathroom shelf? “Should I throw it away?” 


Don’t even think about it!

I didn’t write that you should never use it again.

What I suggested is that you stop using it until the purplish tones disappear.

Then, you can use the purple shampoo again to neutralize the yellowish tones of your hair.

But you should do it calmly and once a week at most.


Easy routine to fix your hair color and then go back to using the purple shampoo

tone strident tones

If your hair has traces of purple or lilac, don’t worry.

With this simple routine, you can remove those traces. Then, resume using purple shampoo.


  • Week 1: wash your hair every 48 to 72 hours with the sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
  • Week 2: maintain the routine from week one.
  • Week 3: wash your hair twice a week with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Use the purple shampoo once a week and leaving it on for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Week 4: maintain the routine from week three.


This way, you’ll kill two birds with one stone.

Your hair won’t be lilac and, at the same time, you won’t ruin it or transform it into dull, straw-like hair.

 Purple shampoo tends to dry out your hair. If you use it too often, the results will be disastrous.  Not only because it’ll ruin your color, but also your hair health.


Now, if you have used purple shampoo too often and your blonde hair is purple, you’ll have to take drastic measures. It’s not enough to stop using it.


If the purple shampoo has turned your blonde hair purple, you should use a ph-balanced shampoo to fade the color

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And if in addition to your purple hair, you notice that your bed linen and favorite clothes have purple stains, you must act urgently.

In that case, your hair is saturated with purple. So, it expels color at the slightest touch.


Don’t panic. This has a solution, but you must remove the excess purple pigmentation.

You’ll have to do more than just stop using purple shampoo.


 You should use a ph-balanced shampoo. It contains sulfates that’ll remove the excess color in just 2 or 3 washes. 

Some of the most commonly used ph-balanced shampoos are:

  • Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo
  • Redken Detox Hair Cleansing shampoo
  • Matrix Biolage Normalizing Clean Reset Shampoo


You’ll notice that these ph-balanced shampoos are also sold as clarifying or cleansing shampoos because they remove excess residue, chemicals, or pigments from the hair.

These products are widely used in salons because they ensure that no chemical residue remains after rinsing.


How to use ph-balanced shampoo?

  • Wet your hair, apply the ph-balanced shampoo, and make sure you make a lot of foam massaging your hair.
  • Leave it on for 2 to 5 minutes.
  • Rinse with plenty of lukewarm water.


 You can use conditioner to soften your hair because ph-balanced shampoo can give it a frizzy appearance. 

Use it two or three times and allow 48 hours between applications.


You’ll notice that the stains will fade with each wash. By the third wash, the stains may be completely gone.

Once the purple pigments have completely disappeared, resume using the purple shampoo once a week.



Purple shampoo is one of the most commonly used at-home products for blonde hair to neutralize yellowish tones.

However, you should use it with caution. It would be best to use it once a week to avoid changing the color of your hair drastically and damage it.

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