Are you having concerns on preventing your bright and sun-kissed hair colour from fading into a dingy yellow or brassy orange? Are you not sure how to make a home colour refresh to save the cost of going to the salon? You have heard of blue and purple shampoos. You may be wondering if the shampoos will change the colour of the skin around the hairline and the back of the neck. Blue Man Group is so 90s and all.

Do any of these sound familiar to you?

Some people use pigmented shampoos to keep their hair bright and free from brassiness, regardless of whether they are brunette or blonde. Hair colour should be fun. You shouldn’t feel anxious about going back to the salon to get a surprise (and expensive) hair colour change. The title, “Blue Versus Purple Shampoo That Saves You from Brassy Hair?” is obviously a trick question. They do, because they both do. For ages, blondes have used purple shampoo as a fallback.

Blue has always been a step sister to redheads hair, ignored and neglected. It’s now coming into its own, being brassiness killer in a bottle as well. This is a quick guide to pigmented shampoos as it gives you an insight to allow you to quickly determine which colour, purple or blue, suits you best. This will help you to know which pigmented shampoo you should use to keep your hair looking as vibrant and fresh after you leave the salon.

  • Do I use blue or purple shampoo?
  • What is the Difference Between Purple Shampoo and Blue Shampoo?
  • What is the best pigmented shampoo for grey hair?
  • Which is it – Blue or Purple Shampoo for Brunettes?
  • Is it possible to mix blue and purple shampoo?
  • Are Blue Shampoos Better Than Purple?

Blue or Purple Shampoo? Ok, which one should I use?

Both purple and blue shampoos serve a single purpose. To neutralize unwanted warm undertones. Or brassy tones that can creep in from washing hair colour treated. Or exposed to too much sunlight. Or Prolong usage of hot styling tools. Or, simply colour treatment fading away.

The undertone you want to eliminate will determine which one of the two partners in pigment is the best. It all comes down to your fundamental colour theory. As it sits opposite yellow on the colour wheel, purple can cancel out unwanted yellow tones from blonde hair. Blue, on the other side, is opposite orange. It cools down any orangey, warm hues that may have developed in brunette hair. Again, it is easy to choose and use the right pigmented shampoo that accommodate the right colour for the task.

Some hair strands are more susceptible to soaking up pigmentation than others. You may need to give your hair extra care during the hair rinse process depending on the porosity and health of your hair. This is unless you prefer blue streaky hair.

Tip: When you are deciding on blue or purple shampoo, rinsing is a very important factor to consider. Don’t rush, and rinse well.

Are You Confused with Brassy or Warm Undertones?

Brass: metallic yellow; lemon, amber, or reddish yellow – everyone’s hair will lift or lighten to one of these colours. Hair that has been freshly bleached with no toner will always be anywhere from yellow to a darker shade of orange or red. Hair that has been previously coloured dark, will be much harder to lighten past the orangey tones. When your hair lifts orangey- red you need a darker toner or glaze to cancel out those tones. “Brass” is what you get before the toner, and the color that is under the toner, so when your toner washes up that original yellow or orange will still be there. A toner can be a warm pretty color which is much different than the yellow or orange your hair lifts to.

Think of it as, you have to lighten your hair so you can put a color on top, whether that color be golden blonde, ash blonde, caramel etc. There is a difference between warm toned hair, like a golden blonde and yellow untoned blonde. Hair that is made warm on purpose is beautiful and doesn’t look brassy and unfinished. Warmth is not always a bad thing!

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What is the Difference Between Purple Shampoo and Blue Shampoo?

We have now covered why toning shampoos can be considered as brass neutralizers. They remove unwanted warm brassy colours from your hair while adding desired cool shades. Both blue and purple function in the same way. They are just used on different hair colours.


Purple shampoo can cancel out or neutralize the yellow tones that blonde hair suffers from as the blonde fades. To keep your hair colour vibrant and fresh, the whiter your blonde hair is, the more you will require the purple shampoo. This is almost a weekly requirement. Blue, however, is able to fend off the orange.

Once you get the concept, everything will be easy. If you have used either one of the other pigmented shampoo, you can actually delay your routine toning of colour at the salon for one week or even longer. Some prefer to wear gloves when using products with high levels of pigments like these unless you do not mind that your hands and nails have a distinct purple or blue tint. Blue is more likely to stain than purple. So now, if your balayage or highlights have gone brassy, you should know which shampoo to use.

Tip: These shampoos can caused dryness in your hair so it is a good idea to condition your hair after using them. Let’s now move on to the next frequently asked questions.

What is the best pigmented shampoo (blue or purple) for grey hair?

It is not a sin that you did not notice that your gray hair is getting duller and less charming than before. It’s one thing to be grey, but it’s another fully to become dull, dishwater gray. Some feel that yellowish gray is the worst, often due to UV rays. If you want your gray to have more depth, brilliance, and life with silvery hue – So which is it, purple or blue is the best choice?

According to the colour wheel, if you have more yellow tones than any other colour, you should go for purple shampoo. Another factor to consider is the pre-gray colour. Blue shampoo can be used to tone down grays more effectively for some former brunettes.

There is truly no straight forward answer. It may be worth spending some time to experiment on the different pigmented shampoos to find the best results for your hair.

Which is it – Blue or Purple Shampoo for Brunettes?

At final part of article, you have not been paying attention if you are still figuring out which pigmented shampoo brunettes should use. Warm oranges are the problem, so the solution would be blue. So you know that blue shampoo is not a tint.

It’s not a cure for everything.

It will not cover grays.

The right one will cancel out any unwanted orangish tones that may be present in your brown hair.

Tip: Not just regular shampoo, you have to perform more than just concentrate on the product on your scalp. Blue or purple-infused suds will provide a uniform coating across your hair’s length. You need to cover the entire length of your strands, up to six inches deep of brassiness.

Is it possible to mix blue and purple shampoo?

You’re probably seeing both yellow and orange tones in the hair. (Like yellow in your highlights and orange in your hair that is lightened)? You can fix these two unwanted yellow and oranges tones by mixing these two pigmented hair shampoos at home and you will be very happy with the results. You can mix them. However, it is not recommended to do this at home. This is because you might end up with inconsistent results. Or you might not get enough of the blue or purple that’s necessary.

Here’s an alternative idea. You might be able to switch it up and alternate the two pigmented shampoo on alternate wash days. If orange undertones are the serious problem, you can use blue shampoo two or three times a month. You may then once or twice use the purple shampoo because brassy yellows are a less important issue. Or vice versa. You’ll also need to experiment with the frequency you use each colour shampoo. This may work better than mixing the two colour shampoo up. But some will do. Alternating adding purple or blue shampoo to your regular hair shampoo is another option mosty for less serious cases..

Are Blue Shampoos Better Than Purple?

You’re not asking the right question if you are asking “Is one shampoo better than the other?” You have to remember once again that one works better with yellow undertones. One is more effective at neutralizing oranges. You won’t see the results you want if you employ the wrong pigmented shampoo to correct your specific brassiness. In this sense, one is more effective that the other depending on the needs. It is better to use orange or yellow as an offset – depending on what hair problem you are having.

If you need any further professional advice on blue or purple shampoo, you may book a free consultation at any of our Hera Hair Beauty salons in Singapore! Here at Hera Hair Beauty salons, we have highly experienced and skilled international stylists expertly trained in all hair toning and colouring techniques ready to guide you through every step of your healthy hair transformation journey.

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