Blue Shampoo for Brunettes Definitely Reduces Brassiness!
Let’s face it. Even if you are going gray cold turkey, like I am, it can be a confusing process. Your hair is changing, and it’s not the hair you’ve known all these years.
I dyed my hair for YEARS and YEARS (not sure how many, but my best guess is 25 years)… and I’m no scientist, but I think my hair got used to being dyed.
Now, my hair is like, “What the HECK is going on here?”
Besides coloring my hair, the dye also made it smooth and shiny…for a little while.
The shininess and smoothness usually only lasted a week or two, which is right around the time that my roots would start showing.
So, I was paying a lot of money to have hair that only looked great for a week or two every month!
Now I have to figure out how to make my hair look nice every day without pouring loads of toxic chemicals on my head.
As most dyed brunettes know, once you stop dyeing your hair a dark color, the dye fades and becomes brassy.
In a brunette, brassiness means unwanted red or copper tones.
Want an example?
Here’s a picture of me from early July 2018. The silvers look nice but the faded dye is turning ORANGE.
I checked in with my gray hair Facebook support groups to get some advice on how to handle this issue.
A lot of women recommended purple shampoos, but I did a little digging and found out that, for brunettes blue shampoo is best.
Here’s an explanation from this article by Natalie Gil:
Blondes, particularly those of the unnatural variety, have long been using purple shampoo as an in-shower secret weapon to keep their color looking fresh.
It’s proof that the color wheel does come in handy outside of elementary-school art class:
The cool tones in purple cancel out any unwanted warmth and keep bleached hair looking freshly dyed.
Brunettes, meanwhile, have had no such magic solution to stop their colored hair from turning brassy… until now.Blue toning shampoos are the latest beauty product being championed by and for brunettes, and it’s going to be a game-changer for the lasting power of your color.The same way purple shampoo is used to neutralize yellow tones, blue works by following the theory of complementary colors.It promises to banish red and orange tones, leaving dark hair cooler and with more depth — and shinier, too.
So, purple is best for hair that has been dyed blonde, as purple is the opposite color on the color wheel from bright yellow.
And blue is best for brown hair because it is the opposite color from orange (so it removes the orange tones).
Here’s a color wheel, let’s check it out!
See? It all makes perfect sense now!
Here’s an article from Today that further explains the blue shampoo / purple shampoo phenomenon.
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One of my fellow brunette Instagrammers recommended Joico Blue Shampoo to me, so I decided to give it a shot.
As per her advice, I put it on dry hair and let it sit for 5 minutes.
I then took a shower and added a little more blue shampoo and worked it in well before rinsing it out and conditioning.
When I dried my hair, the brassiness was pretty much gone! My dyed hair looked darker and my silvers were brighter!
I was very happy with the results.
One note: You should only use the shampoo once a week because you can get a blue tinge to your gray hair if you use it too often.
Blue shampoo can leave your hair a bit dry. My friendly neighborhood beauty supply shop recommended Joico K-Pak Intense Hydrator Treatment. I love it!
After using the blue shampoo, rinse it out and put the K-Pak on wet hair and let it sit for anywhere from 5-30 minutes before rinsing out.
Your hair will feel SO hydrated! I use it every time I use the blue shampoo now.
Important Note: The other day, I accidentally left the blue shampoo on my dry hair for 30 minutes (a number of little family emergencies happened and I had to run around the house like a nutcase with blue hair and blue hands!)
My hair felt quite frizzy afterward, and even the Joico K-Pak wasn’t enough to get it back to normal.
2nd Important Note: I was tired one morning and didn’t feel like putting the blue shampoo on my dry hair. So I skipped that step and just put it on wet hair in the shower. It didn’t work.
As you can see, my hair stayed brassy. The blue shampoo made NO difference:
Moral of the story? Laziness always results in brassiness.
No, just kidding.
Anyway, if you’re a brunette like me, you may want to give the blue shampoo a try. I’m very happy with it.
I have nothing against the color orange, but I don’t really want orange hair, you know what I mean?
Here’s a video of my blue shampoo process, for your reference:
remember: purple shampoo for blondes (or fully silver ), and blue shampoo for brunettes.
I’m not sure what helps with redheads, yet – do you know? Let me know in the comments if you do!