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The Best Purple Shampoos to Keep Yellow Out of Blonde Hair

by Beatrice Madonna

If you are a platinum blonde, silver or even beach-babe golden blonde, and you haven’t already tried A Purple Shampoo, prepare for your life to be changed!

All blondes know how hard is to maintain their hair color and keep the unwanted yellowish, brassy tones out of your hair.  Especially dyed brunettes. The struggle is real, and even when others don’t notice it, sometimes that yellow(red) pigment is all you can see. This product just may be the end of it.

Like paints or any color mixing, if you want to cancel out a tone, you use the opposite shade on the chart. So, purple hues help fight brassy, yellow tones while keeping the base color underneath lighter.


  • The first rule to follow is to finding dark purple(or blue) shampoos, instead of light lilac. You would want a seriously pigmented purple, otherwise, nothing is going to happen.
  • If you leave them too long, more pigmented purple shampoos tend to leave a bit of a gray tinge, or even violet, especially if you have uber-bleached platinum hair.  So make sure you rinse quickly. Then again, if your hair is more on the yellow side, for more effect leave it to stay longer.
  • Don’t use them often, as they can dry out your hair. It is meant to be used as a color maintenance product, so use it once a week or when you notice brassy tones in your hair. Follow up with a good conditioner after each use, and do not skip on hair mask at least once a week.

Investing in a good purple shampoo is going to save your sanity.  That said, they necessarily don’t have to be expensive, there are some at a real good price. We picked the best we’ve found below. and some rules to stick to when using these products.

Lush Daddy-O Shampoo

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As all Lush products, this shampoo has a divine smell, that will follow you throughout the day. And it’s totally vegan, by the way. Available at Lush. $32.95

Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo

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Another shampoo with gorgeous smell is this Aveda shampoo, that neutralizes brassy tones in blonde and adds cool silver tones to gray hair with the help of lemon, eucalyptus, and ylang-ylang. Available at Aveda,   $40

Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights Shampoo blonde & silver

 clairol shimmer lights shampoo 16oz 300x300 - The Best Purple Shampoos to Keep Yellow Out of Blonde HairThis award-winning shampoo is already a classic. Though it doesn’t smell amazing like the one above, it is definitely a smart, safe choice for toning down brassiness on blonde and silver hair. Available at sallybeauty.com, $9.99
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This purple shampoo cleans thoroughly, removes brassiness after two uses, it is gentle, paraben-free and sulfate-free and have a really nice smell. What more do you need? Available at Ulta.com, $33.99

Have you tried a purple shampoo and do you have a favorite one? Let us know.

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Whimsy March 13, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Ooh, great post! Love it!

Milana March 13, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Thank you, so happy you liked it! 🙂

Molly March 14, 2017 - 1:06 AM

Great post! I really like the Schwarzkopf purple shampoo, it makes my highlights look so nice!

Molly and Stacie

Milana March 14, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Thank you, Molly! Also, for adding to our list, will check it out! 🙂

The Southern Thing March 14, 2017 - 6:02 PM

I need to try one of these! I have balayage hair so I definitely want to protect the little blonde I do have!

Michelle March 28, 2018 - 6:04 PM

Did you try any of the above ? or a new one we could add to the list ? Would love to hear !



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