Being raised In a hippy household meant that we grew our hair long and listened to some great music. There is a much-loved Frank Zappa song titled “The Purple Lagoon”. I think of that little ditty pretty often. Just about any time I apply purple shampoo to my hair. I open that bottle cap, and the opening guitar riff just plays in my head, seemingly out of nowhere.
Much like Zappa himself, purple shampoo is a miracle worker. It is designed for those of us who “suffer” from overly-yellow tones taking over our lighter hair. Brassy tones can appear in blonde hair once a dye job is starting to fade, or when your hair is in the sun for too long a time.
Regardless, one day you wake to find that the yellow is beginning to take over. Getting your hair redone is not always the greatest option, for a variety of reasons, so the best thing to do is to start using purple shampoo.
What is purple shampoo?
Essentially, it is a shampoo which has in it purple color agents, and those are used to “hide” the brassy yellow color. This is achieved because yellow and purple are on opposite sides of the color range. Thus, when one is applied to the other, they cancel each other out, leaving your hair lighter.
You need to be careful, though, because purple shampoo is, well, purple. It may stain any clothing or towels which it encounters, so you have to be prepared.
The recommended method of use for this kind of shampoo, is to apply twice in succession. Once for 5-10 minutes, and then, after rinsing, re-apply for a shorter period of time. Don’t overuse the shampoo, though. It should not be used daily, because if overused it can seep into the hair and dye it purple. Unless that is your goal – and, I assure you, I will have nothing but respect for you if it is – you should avoid using it more than once a week. Twice, max.
So, is the age-old idiom true? Do blondes have more fun? The answer is yes. A resounding yes. Heck – we even get to put purple shampoo in our hair. Take that, world!
Purple shampoo, people. I have a feeling that Zappa would approve. Check out another great purple shampoo article I found here and Mapleholistics.com.