They say blondes have more fun – and while the jury is out on whether that’s actually true or not, what I do know is that blondes (or faux blondes at least) require a LOT more upkeep. Not only is there the pain of root touch-ups and the havoc bleach wrecks on your hair, but if you don’t take the proper steps to keep your hair its ashy shade, it can get brassy really fast. So what’s the one thing you should be adding to your hair care routine in order to keep your hair blonde, not yellow?
While it sounds crazy, purple-tinted shampoo is the secret to having the best blonde hair – seriously. Because purple is a cool-toned color, it opposes any yellow or orange hues. Therefore, using a purple-tinted shampoo will actually neutralize any brassiness in your hair and leave you with a true blonde hair color.
As someone who has been getting balayage highlights for almost two years (and thus, as someone who has been trying to keep my blonde ends from turning orange for two years), my go-to purple shampoo is Clairol Professional Shimmer Lights ($10.41). I’ve tried several and this seems to be the only one where I notice a difference immediately after washing it out – and it turns out over 1,000 Amazon reviewers who rated it an average of 4.2 stars agree with me.
You can use it like you would any normal shampoo – although I’d recommend using it once a week and sticking with a different sulfate-free shampoo every other day of the week to protect your color. For maximum impact, I also like to leave it on for 3-5 minutes to allow my hair to absorb it.
If brassiness has you bummin’ (especially in the summer when color-treated hair tends to fade faster), purple shampoo just might be the miracle you’ve been searching for. You’re welcome.
CLAIROL PROFESSIONAL SHIMMER LIGHTS ($10.41)
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