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How to Use Purple Shampoo on Hair Extensions
Haley Dagan December 9th 2021

How to Use Purple Shampoo on Hair Extensions

We’ll cut to the chase: Purple shampoo is hot right now. Rightfully so – it’s a simple, DIY solution that prevents your hair color from turning brassy. (Because no one wants that!) Want to use purple shampoo on your hair extensions? Unless you want purple hair extensions, you’ll want to read this first!

We’ll cut to the chase: Purple shampoo is hot right now. Rightfully so – it’s a simple, DIY solution that prevents your hair color from turning brassy. (Because no one wants that!)

If you’ve never dyed your hair before, you might not know brassiness is a huge concern for dyed hair. Why? Well, after a dye job, your hair will quickly start to lose its shine and color, sometimes turning yellow. Obviously, no one wants that, especially since dying your hair can be expensive.

Enter purple shampoo. It slows down this process, happily preventing your hair from turning faded yellow or losing color too quickly. Even better? Purple shampoo actually preserves the color of your hair (especially blonde hair).

During the pandemic, DIY hair solutions exploded. Not everyone wanted to take a trip to the salon. So, it makes sense that purple shampoo became all the rage. It’s an easy-to-use, affordable solution that actually works. It also takes significantly less time to apply than traditional hair color treatments. 

Who Should Use Purple Shampoo?

Well, let’s consider the core purpose and function of purple shampoo: to color-correct hair, especially hair that’s turned brassy. (Our blonde friends are especially familiar with this phenomenon.) 

So, everyone with light hair – we’re talking shades of blonde, silver, and white  – can benefit from purple shampoo. For our baddies rocking icier hair (like a silver or icy blonde), it’s especially critical to use purple shampoo to keep your hair looking shiny and baddie.

On the other hand, using purple shampoo on darker hair likely won’t yield fantastic results. That’s because purple shampoo is most effective on light-colored hair – regardless if your hair is dyed or not.

Okay, so you’re on board with the purple shampoo. But now you’re wondering, “How long should I leave purple shampoo in my hair?”

Excellent question! You can use purple shampoo as often as you need on your natural hair, leaving it on your hair for anywhere from 1 to 15 minutes. The length of time really depends on how warm you want your blonde to be. If you’re aiming for a warmer blonde, you may want to rinse the shampoo off within 5 minutes of lathering up. However, if you’re after a cooler blonde, you can leave it on for the full 15 minutes.

Breaking It Down: Purple Shampoo and Hair Extensions

Want to use purple shampoo on your hair extensions? Unless you want purple hair extensions, you’ll want to read this first!

If you are looking for icier extensions you may use purple shampoo on your hair extensions. However, your best bet is to use it infrequently and carefully. Otherwise, you risk ruining your hair extensions. We suggest using purple shampoo on your hair extensions only when they clearly need it – so, when your extensions start to look a bit too yellow. Once you start the purple shampoo process on your hair extensions, leave it on for no more than 5 minutes. If you leave the purple shampoo on too long, your extensions will absorb too much pigment and turn purple!

Also, if you want to maintain your hair color, it’s really important to use high-quality purple shampoo.

An important note:

If you’ve purchased Wicked Roots Hair extensions, apply purple shampoo at your own risk. Applying any sort of color-altering chemicals, including purple shampoo, to extensions voids the warranty of the product.

How to Use Purple Shampoo to Tone Hair

Are your locks in danger of losing their shine? Here’s how to tone hair with purple shampoo:

  1. Get the hair wet! It doesn’t need to be dripping wet – thoroughly damp will do.
  2. Apply purple shampoo evenly to the hair, working it into the front, back, sides, and underneath.
  3. Allow the shampoo to sit for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on how cool-toned you want your hair to look.
  4. Lather up and then rinse all the shampoo out.

Now you and your freshly toned hair are good to go!

Can You Put Purple Shampoo on Dry Hair?

Please don’t. You really shouldn’t put purple shampoo on dry hair as you’ll end up with pretty uneven absorption of the purple pigment. Dry hair absorbs more pigment than wet hair, and patchy purple is not a good look! 

Does Purple Shampoo Lighten Hair?

This is one of the most common questions we’ve seen about purple shampoo. The short answer is no – it doesn't lighten hair.

But, purple shampoo can “brighten” already light hair. Translation, Purple shampoo helps light hair maintain its shininess by eliminating dullness and cancelling out the brassy, yellow tones.

Safe to say we can see why so many are obsessed with purple shampoo and its power!

Do you love purple shampoo? Show off your locks and tag us on IG for your change to be featured!


*Disclaimer: Apply at your own risk. Applying any sort of color-altering chemicals, including purple shampoo, to extensions voids the warranty of the product.

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