Will purple shampoo fix orange roots? No!! You should use blue shampoo

blue shampoo on orange hair

  • Purple shampoo won’t fix orange roots.
  • In any case, you should use a BLUE SHAMPOO to tone your roots.
  • Also, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. If you leave the blue shampoo on less time than indicated, your roots will remain orange. And if you leave it on for much longer, your roots may turn blue.


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Although purple shampoo has been in fashion for some time now, it’s not the solution to all hair color problems.

The purple shampoo neutralizes unwanted yellow undertones. It means that it doesn’t have any effect on orange hair.


Let’s see the color wheel to fix the orange roots.

If you look at the color wheel, you’ll notice that colors are opposite each other.

Which color is opposite to orange?


opposite colors are complementary

That’s right!

Blue is opposite to orange.

 That’s why you should use the blue shampoo (not the purple shampoo) to give your roots an ashy shade after a few washes. 

How did your roots turn orange?


Let me guess.

You probably bleached your hair brown or light brown.

Orange undertones usually appear in those cases because orange is one of the base colors of brown.

The solution is simple. It’s just a matter of choosing the right shampoo for your hair. And that’s what I’ll talk about next.

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Why should I use blue instead of purple shampoo on orange roots?

toning orange roots

Because you can’t just choose any shampoo to neutralize your hair. Every color has an opposite one that cancels it out.

By neutralizing the unwanted color, your hair will look the way you want.

What color-neutralizing shampoo should you apply?


It’ll depend on the color you want to neutralize:

  • If you want to get rid of yellowish, you should apply a purple shampoo.
  • If you want to neutralize orange, you should apply a blue shampoo.
  • And if you want to tone red undertones, you should apply a green shampoo.


 If you apply a purple shampoo on your orange roots, you won’t get any result. 

In fact, your roots and the rest of your hair will start to turn reddish, which will ruin your blonde hair.


You should use the appropriate shampoo according to the color you want to neutralize.

If your roots are orange, you should apply a blue shampoo.


How does blue shampoo work on orange roots?

Toning shampoos are very easy to use and give excellent results. They add pigments to your hair with every wash and aren’t damaging.

Why do I say they don’t do harm?


Because a toner can also be used to neutralize unwanted shades.

Still, a toner is a professional tool that is applied with a developer. It means performing a chemical process on your hair, which could get dehydrated and brittle.

So, in this case, since you only want to tone your roots, it’s best to use a toning shampoo.


 Every time you wash your hair with the blue shampoo, the pigments deposit a color film to neutralize the unwanted color. 

In turn, that pigment film is very sensitive to external factors such as the sun, chemicals in the water, or beauty products, especially if they include sulfates.


 If you wash your hair with a blue shampoo and you wash it with a regular shampoo with sulfates the next day, you’ll remove the blue pigments and your roots will be orange again. 

Therefore, in addition to the blue shampoo, you’ll need to alternate with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.


How to apply blue shampoo on orange roots

The toning shampoo is easy to use because you only have to wash your hair and leave it on for a few minutes.

However, I want to clarify something.


 All blue shampoos are different. 

What does this mean?


 Although they all contain blue pigments, each brand sets different application guidelines and frequency of use. 

Some blue shampoos contain pigments that are more intense than others. Therefore, they should be used less frequently and for a shorter time.

Other blue shampoos are for frequent use because their pigments are weaker.


 That’s why you should follow each manufacturer’s instructions.  Otherwise, your roots will remain orange.


Whichever brand you choose, the application method is the same. What may vary is the exposure time and frequency of use.

  • Wet your hair and place a walnut-sized amount of blue shampoo in the palm of your hand.
  • Start applying it to your scalp to make sure you cover all the roots.
  • Leave it on for the time indicated by the manufacturer.
  • Rinse with plenty of lukewarm, almost cold water.
  • Don’t use a conditioner with sulfates! Instead, use a sulfate-free conditioner.
  • Towel-dry excess water without scrubbing your hair to give the pigments more time to adhere.
  • Let your hair air dry.


Remember to alternate with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner to maintain the neutralization process.



The best solution for toning orange roots is blue shampoo.

Remember that you should respect the exposure times and frequency of use determined by each manufacturer.

If you want to complement the effect of the blue shampoo, you can include a blue conditioner in your hair washing routine.

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