Is your blonde hair more egg yolk yellow than frost white?
Is there anything worse than ashy blonde or icy white hair suddenly losing it’s cool?
Those yellowish tones are so unwelcomed. And dreaded.
Color that suddenly turns brassy can be such a frustrating problem alright. Because when it comes down to why is brassy hair bad it’s all about keeping up appearances, isn’t it?
And that’s exactly why you should use purple shampoo. To neutralize the problem and look good doing so.
But maybe you still have some nagging questions about using it right.
How To Take Yellow Out Of Bleached Blonde Hair
By now I’m thinking you should know the answer to this question is purple shampoo, right?
That’s the typical brass killing DIY option of choice to kinda tone your hair.
What isn’t as well known is what does a specific purple shampoo do for bleached hair.
Because there are clearly differences in the outcomes from different products. Which is why you may have to kiss a few frogs before you find your prince here.
Which is also why I felt the following video was quite instructive.
Just so you know there are two things that determine how well purple shampoo works for you. The product used and the condition of your hair.
Thought this was an interesting test of various purple shampoos. Clearly demonstrating the surprising difference the product makes.
In this case the stylist took brassy blonde swatches. He then treated each with a different pigmented shampoo.
Some of the products tested you’ll recognize.
Others will be new to you. I know they were to me.
The one missing but wish wasn’t was Clairol Shimmer Lights. Would have been nice to see where this popular choice fell on the resulting color spectrum compared to the others.
Okay so he started with 10 untoned swatches which were all the color of the one on the extreme left in the image that follows.
The dry swatches were then each saturated with one of 10 purple shampoos. Then left to marinate for 5 minutes.
That 70 second clip shows the results ordered by tone. Again the brassy untoned color is the one the left.
To more clearly show the differences the swatches are then bathed in indoor lighting. Clever. That way you can get a better idea of range of resulting shades.
You can clearly see there are distinct differences.
Not to mention (again) that your hair will react differently depending on how porous and healthy it is or isn’t.
Which helps to explain why finding the one just right for you can require so many epic fails. Or some serious trial and error before you get to the one that best gives you the color you’re shooting for.
It also explains why all the excitement when you finally find one that really works.
Anyway starting from the right and going left here’s the result and which brand produced them.
For those going for silvery to almost violet based on the results there’s two for you. You might test Fanola No Yellow or Bold Unique.
Want something more ashy? Kick Active, Moroccan Oil, or Pravana looks to have produced more ashiness than the others.
While Amika, Catwalk Fashionista, Matrix So Silver appear to have taken things back to a more natural blonde hue.
Finally there’s Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde and Joico Color Balance. They produced more of what this YouTuber referred to as a Champagne blonde. Think of these as more gentle as purple shampoos go.
So that’s what to expect when looking for product suggestions for how to fix blonde hair that turned yellow. Hues all over the map.
Oh and before I forget … there’s those nagging doubts about how good all this is for your dyed mane. You know that little voice in your head wondering “Is purple shampoo good or bad for your hair?”
Sure you may be aware it can be drying. Because of that are you really saving or sabotaging your cool, almost ashy blonde hair color in the long run?
So why not click that link and find out? We explore five potential problems we found that can derail your efforts to keep your blonde hue fun and nearly perfect.
Do You Know What Purple Shampoo Is Really Good For?
Answer: It’s good for extending the life of your blondeness so you don’t have to visit the salon as often.
That’s the bottom line.
It does so by cancelling out the brassiness or yellow tones. Leaving you with a cooler, more ashy shade of blonde.
And that’s it. It’s not going to lighten, dye or otherwise enhance the color.
But it can neutralize the brassiness that too often crops up in bleached blonde hair.
Anyway, now that you know all purple shampoos don’t work the same the perfect article to read next is ours that answers the question “Just how does purple shampoo work?” You’ll learn how it helps and what can go wrong.
Why Does Blonde Hair Turn Brassy Yellow In The First Place?
Brassiness, or that unpleasant yellow tinge no one wants, can crop up for any number of reasons.
A big reason is hard water. If that’s what your shower head is delivering that can be a problem. Because that stream of water showers your hair with minerals like iron and other undesirables. Which are natural brass inducers.
Then there’s the chlorine from the pool. Over time that can build up in your hair too and usher in the yellows. The trick there is to wet your hair before diving it. That limits the uptake of the treated by your strands.
UV rays from the sun are another brassy hair culprit.
Finally you may have simply gotten a bad dye job. Or done one in your bathroom. Either way that’s another cause of dingy blonde shades.
Now did you know? It’s often smart to pair up the shampoo with its conditioner shelf mate.
You simply have to know how to use purple conditioner. If that’s not you we’ve got you covered. Another of our Q&A articles reveals much of what you need to know to get the most out of such conditioners.
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