Learn how to remove purple hue from purple shampoo out of hair and how to prevent staining hair and nails in the first place. Also check out DIY hacks like using clarifying shampoo or baking soda to remove purple tones.
I have often used purple shampoo on my blonde hair to stop it from looking brassy. But unfortunately I’ve also done the blunderous act of using too much of purple shampoo and ended up with purple-toned strands instead.
There are also horror-inducing Instagram fails of women using too much purple shampoo and ruining theirs. If you’re one of them, I’ve got you covered.
This article will list out a few of the best DIY hacks you can use to remove purple hue from purple shampoo out of hair. So check out the details below.
What is purple shampoo?
Purple shampoos are shampoos that are specifically designed to get rid of brassy or yellow tones from blonde hair. It helps neutralize the brassiness and bring back the blonde color to the hair.
It is important to note that whenever you use a purple shampoo, do not leave it on your hair for too long.
This is a major mistake many people make and this results in their hair getting stained purple.
Purple shampoo stains can be a nightmare if you wanted a plantium blonde shade, but sometimes they manage to look cool!
How To Remove Purple Hue From Purple Shampoo Out Of Your Hair
Everyday, I see “trends” on Tiktok about applying whole bottles of purple shampoo on hair. If you were victim to one such trend, here are some ways you can remove the purple tint from hair.
Use the natural DIY baking soda hack
Baking soda is known to have natural lightening properties.
So you can simply mix ¼ to ½ a teaspoon of baking soda into a little shampoo (the quantity you use per hair wash) and then apply it all over your hair, leave it on for 5 minutes before washing it off under running water.
If you have very long hair, then you can proportionately increase the quantity of the baking soda and shampoo mixture.
Repeat this process for the next few hair washes until the purple color is gone.
Bleach washing your hair can help
Bleach washing is a process used to lighten the hair or to get rid of color stains on light colored hair.
The method used for bleach washing is blending a volume 10 bleach mixture along with your shampoo and applying it on hair that is damp.
The proportions of how much bleach to use along with the developer will vary from brand to brand, so read the instructions carefully.
You will gradually begin to see the purple tint fading away. That’s when you will know that you have to wash it out.
Bleach washing is not always a professional recommended method to use, unless you have no other choice, because it can dehydrate your hair drastically and strip your hair off all its moisture.
So remember to deep condition your hair after bleach washing it, in case you ever decide to use this method.
Use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of the color
A clarifying shampoo is specifically designed to cut through all sorts of dirt, impurities, product buildup etc and clarify or cleanse the scalp completely.
This means that it can completely cleanse the hair and give it a renewed look. But yes, it comes with a price!
Clarifying shampoos are harsh, as compared to a regular hair wash shampoo and they cannot be used on a regular basis.
They can damage the hair to a considerable extent and strip the hair off all its moisture and hydration, if used too often. So using it once or twice in a month is advisable.
But apart from removal of impurities and buildup, these clarifying shampoos can also help get rid of color stains on the hair. This means that it can also help get rid of the purple hue on the hair.
In case you have used the clarifying shampoo method, remember to use a deep conditioning hair mask after, in order to restore your hair’s moisture and hydration and to avoid further hair damage.
Use a hair color remover
Hair color removers are those products that can help get rid of color from the hair but they contain a certain amount of bleach. This means that while it will help get rid of the color, it can also discolor your existing hair color.
Also, using a color remover can strip your hair off all its moisture because of the bleach it contains. So once you use a color remover, it is important to condition or deep condition your hair well.
Using a color remover will mean applying it over your hair, letting it sit for a while before rinsing it out. Remember that different brands have different methods of use, so read the instructions properly.
Use an anti-dandruff shampoo to wash your hair
Anti-dandruff shampoos are usually used to help get rid of and also prevent the further formation of dandruff on the scalp. But the best part of using an anti-dandruff shampoo for purple tinted hair is that it is often effective in getting rid of the color and is also gentle on the hair as compared to using a clarifying shampoo or bleach washing your hair.
Well, it may not happen in one attempt but you can use it repeatedly over a few washes until the color fades away completely.
Use hydrogen peroxide to help get rid of purple tints
Hydrogen peroxide is often used as a hair dye, to lighten hair color. It works by producing a chemical reaction that changes the hair color in the cortex of the hair strand.
All you need to do is mix water with the hydrogen peroxide in equal quantities and once it is diluted, spray this mixture over your hair that has been stained. Let it sit for a minute before rinsing it off very well under running water.
Hydrogen peroxide is not a commonly recommended method of color removal because it can also damage the hair and therefore, using a deep conditioning hair mask once you use this method, is always recommended.
Make use of dishwashing liquid
This may sound pretty absurd right? Using dishwashing liquid for your hair! Well, if it is going to work, why not give it a shot right?
It is simple and considered a gentler alternative as compared to using a clarifying shampoo, the bleach wash or the hydrogen peroxide method.
All you need to do is use dishwashing liquid to wash your hair instead of your regular shampoo. Lather it into your hair and massage it in gently, so that it covers all parts of your hair.
Let it sit for around 2 minutes before rinsing it off very well under running water. Then you can condition after, just like you normally would.
Here’s a tip if you use this method – add in a few drops of lemon juice into the dishwashing liquid you are going to be using on your hair. Mix it well and then you can follow the same application procedure.
Since lemon juice is considered a natural hair lightening agent, it can help speed up the stain (purple hair color) removal process.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about using purple shampoo:
How do I select the right purple shampoo for my hair?
It is very important to buy the right brand of purple shampoo. Also, make sure that the quality is salon-grade that is used by professionals.
If you do not buy the right purple shampoo and go in for any regular one, there could be a possibility that the shampoo is too pigmented and may contain excess purple dye. This is what can cause your hair to get stained purple, instead of just getting rid of yellow or brassy tones.
Getting a shampoo that has the perfect balance of both pigment and product, will not stain your hair, but will wash off when you wash your hair after using it.
How often can I use a purple shampoo?
Depends on how much maintenance your hair requires. You can even use it twice a week for extra maintenance or around once a month for regular maintenance.
But it is essential to note that if you use a purple shampoo too often, your hair will start getting tinted with purple dye. Remember that no purple shampoo can replace your regular hair washing shampoo.
Will the purple hue from purple shampoo fade over time?
Yes, it will. It is definitely not permanent and will begin to fade after some time, but it will for sure take a few weeks to completely leave the hair if you wash your hair with a regular shampoo to get rid of the purple tint.
So, if you want the purple tint to get washed off immediately, you will have to try other methods.
Are purple shampoos the same as purple toners?
Purple shampoos can be considered like hair toners, as they help pigment the hair to get rid of yellow and brassy tones.
While a toner will give you immediate effects, a purple shampoo will take time to show you the effects.
Also, purple shampoos are used like any other regular shampoo. But when you use a toner, you use it as if you are applying a hair dye.
Therefore, purple shampoos and toners aren’t the same type of products, only have the same purposes.
Final Thoughts About Removing Purple Tint From Hair
I hope this article has helped you find the right solution to get rid of the purple tint from your hair.
Remember to choose the right purple shampoo and make sure to pick a salon-grade quality when buying one.
Also, remember not to panic if the purple tint doesn’t get washed off within one or two washes. The purple hue from purple shampoo isn’t permanent and will definitely fade over time.
Leah LOVES hair. So much so, she dedicated an entire website to it! One of the founders of Hair Everyday and Chief Editor, Leah enjoys reviewing all the hair products and showcasing the best. She believes her most underrated articles are her hair care tips!