HELP! I overused my purple shampoo!

If you have cool-toned blonde hair, chances are your stylist sent you home with silver shine to help neutralize brass. While purple shampoo can do wonders for keeping cool tones in hair, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.  

So, what do you do when you’ve used too much purple shampoo? 

Why hair turns purple 

First off, let’s talk about why your hair may be turning purple after using a pigmented shampoo.  

Here are a few reasons why this could be happening: 

  • There’s no yellow or brassiness present on the hair 
  • Using the silver shine too often 
  • Leaving it on the hair too long 
  • Using the wrong Silver Shine strength  

If you don’t have any underlying brassiness in your hair, there is nothing for the purple pigment to counteract—which will leave your hair looking purple. Tinted shampoo is not preventative, so feel free to use it when you see yellow tones start to appear in your hair (typically 1-2 weeks after your color service) 


If you are using silver shine daily, chances are you’ve got a purple tinge to your hair. Pigmented shampoos are not designed to be used frequently, so step one is to cut back on usage.  

Another common issue is leaving silver shine on your hair for a long time. The longer the shampoo/ conditioner stays on your hair, the more pigment is deposited. If you notice a purple cast to your hair after using silver shine, try rinsing it out a little sooner.  

How to fix “purple shampoo hair” 

The good news is silver shine pigments are temporary it last one or two washes. If you don’t want to wait that long, there are a few steps that you can take to remove the purple pigment from your hair.  

Shampoo with either milk_shake deep cleansing shampoo or another non-pigmented shampoo right when you notice too much purple tone in your hair. Let the shampoo sit on your hair for 3-5 mins, repeat if necessary. Follow -up the shampoo with a non-pigmented conditioner or hair treatment. 


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