How to Use Purple Shampoo on your Hair Extensions

How to Use Purple Shampoo on your Hair Extensions

You know, when the pandemic hit and all the salons were closed, a ton of us ended up doing our own hair coloring at home - whether it was our natural hair or even hair extensions. And let me tell you, that DIY color can start looking pretty brassy and yellow after a while.

But that's where purple shampoo comes in to save the day! It counteracts those unwanted warm tones, keeping your color looking fresh and vibrant for longer. If you're coloring your hair or extensions yourself, this stuff is an absolute must-have.

It's a super affordable way to extend and balance the life of your dye job between salon visits. You just use it like your regular shampoo, and it prevents that brassiness and fading with hardly any extra effort on your part.

In this article, we'll walk and advise you through using this color-protecting lifesaver, especially if it's new to you.

Key Takeaways

  • Purple shampoo removes brassy tones from lightened hair, keeping it vibrant.

  • It works by depositing purple pigment to cancel out unwanted warmth.

  • Anyone with highlights, balayage, or lightened hair can use it, not just blondes.

  • Use it 1-2 times per week instead of regular shampoo for an easy color refresh

What is Purple Shampoo?

Purple shampoo is a fantastic haircare product for removing brassy, yellow, or orange tones from your hair color and keeping it looking fresh for longer.

To understand how it works, think about the color wheel - purple and yellow are opposite colors, so they cancel each other out. When you use purple shampoo, the purple pigments help neutralize any unwanted warm, coppery tones in your lighter hair shades and restore a cooler, ashier tone.

These shampoos aren't just for blondes either. They can be used by anyone looking to correct and maintain parts or all of their lightened hair color. The product is ideal for people with very light blonde or highlighted hair, including those with balayage, ombre, gray, platinum or pastel shades.

Benefits of Using Purple Shampoo

You might be surprised to know that purple shampoo has actually been around for quite some time, even though it seems like a new trend these days. But let me tell you, it's become super popular on customers and in the beauty world lately, and for good reason.

  • First off, purple shampoo is amazing at getting rid of those pesky brassy or reddish-orange tones that can show up in blonde hair. As long as you use a good quality brand and follow the instructions properly, you'll see results quickly.

  • Purple shampoo is also a lifesaver for those of us with colored hair. It helps maintain that vibrant, fresh-out-of-the-salon look by preventing brassiness. You see, without proper maintenance, platinum blondes can start to look yellowish, and golden highlights can turn orange or reddish over time.

  • That brassiness happens because the blue tones in hair dye tend to fade faster than the red and yellow tones. But purple shampoo has a special formula that neutralizes those warm, brassy tones, leaving your hair looking cool and toned.

Choosing the Right Purple Shampoo

When it comes to purple shampoos, not all of them are created equal. Just like with any other hair product out there, some purple shampoos are total rock stars while others are pretty much a waste of money.

First up, pay attention to whether the shampoo is labeled as purple, violet or silver. Violet ones work best for neutralizing those brassy, orange-y tones. Silver is great for cooler, ashier blondes. And plain purple can work for either.

Next, think about your specific hair type, texture and blonde shade. Some formulas are better suited for thick, coarse hair while others are magic for fine, delicate strands. The intensity of the purple pigment also matters - lighter blondes need a subtler tint than richer golden hues.

Look for sulfate-free, cruelty-free options without any harsh chemicals. And definitely avoid anything with an overpowering fragrance unless you're into that sort of thing.

It may take a little trial and error to find your perfect purple match. But once you nail it, your blonde will look so fresh, glossy and toned! Don't be afraid to ask your stylist for their recommendations too.

before and after purple shampoo on hair extensions

Step-by-Step Guide

When washing using purple shampoo to get that perfect blonde tone in your Roxy Hair clip in extensions is super easy. Follow these:

First, wash the extensions with a sulfate-free, alcohol-free shampoo. This gets rid of any slippery coating so the toner can work evenly. Just let them air dry after washing.

Next, don't go toning the whole set right away. Test it out on a small sample first before doing the full set. Toning all the pieces together can lead to tangled, uneven results. And definitely skip the bleach - the extensions are already colored, so bleaching could damage them.

Instead, mix a few drops of the purple shampoo with some lukewarm water to make a little toning bath. Dip and apply each weft in the bath for 20 seconds to a minute, depending on how intense you want the tone to be. Gently squeeze out the extra left water when you take them out. Repeat this until you get your perfect shade.

After toning, rinse the wefts really well with cold water. Then use a sulfate-free conditioner, let it soak in, and rinse again with cold water. Gently pat them dry with a towel and let them air dry the rest of the way.

When they're almost dry, brush them out and add a little hair oil to prevent and remove frizz before styling as usual.

Types of Blondes That Can Use Purple Shampoo

  1. Bleached Blondes: For bleached or highlighted blonde hair it helps neutralize brassy, yellow, or orange tones that can appear over time

  2. Natural Blondes: Even natural blondes can benefit from using purple shampoo occasionally. It helps maintain a cool, ashy tone and prevent warmth from developing

  3. Dirty Blondes: Purple shampoo keeps the blonde tones fresh and prevent brassiness

  4. Brunettes with Lightened Hair: Brunettes with balayage, ombré, or other lightened sections can use purple shampoo since it tones down unwanted brassiness in the lightened areas

  5. Anyone with Brassy Tones: Purple shampoo can be used by anyone, regardless of natural hair color since it helps neutralize brassy, yellow, or orange tones in the hair as an end result.


Using purple shampoo is an easy and affordable way to keep those balayage and ombre Roxy Hair clip ins tones on point. This color-depositing wonder can help neutralize brassy, yellow tones and restore your cool, ashy hues unlike other shampoos. Just remember to patch test first, be gentle with your extensions, and adjust the intensity based on your desired tone. No more dull, yellow-y streaks - just gorgeous, ashy blended color that looks like you just stepped out of the salon.

Give your highlights new life and maintain that flawless, just-dyed finish with purple shampoo. We recommend getting a bottle for yourself and level up your Roxy Hair extensions today!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is purple shampoo only for blondes?

Nope, it works for anyone with highlighted or lighter hair colors.

Is purple shampoo a toner?

Yes, it acts as a toning treatment to neutralize brassiness.

How often should you use purple shampoo?

1-2 times per week is typically recommended.

How long should you leave purple shampoo in for?

Just 2-3 minutes max to avoid purple staining.

Does purple shampoo work on other colors too?

Yes, it can tone down warmth on reds, brunettes and blacks with highlights too.