You have clearly already seen it, blue shampoo for blonde hair is everywhere! Crucial to protect blond hair and stop yellow reflections, its use needs some knowledge…
What is Blue Shampoo?
Blue or purple shampoo is a yellowing hair care product. Loaded with pigments, it will eliminate ugly yellow or orange reflections from blonde hair, whether it’s your natural color, a discoloration, or a simple balayage. As discoloration is based on an oxidation phenomenon, it can generate a yellow color.
It can also appear due to pollution, sun, chlorine, etc. The blue and purple pigments then come to counter the orange-yellow tones according to a simple principle of colorimetry. They are also very useful for discolorations or streaks that turn green at the end of summer!
This type of shampoo allows you to maintain your color between two visits to the hairdresser and is even essential to take care of platinum, polar, or gray blonde. In addition, most blue shampoos on the market are augmented with moisturizing and fortifying agents, which bring strength and shine to your hair…
How to use it and how often?
Blue shampoo for blonde hair is suitable for all hair types, but it is not suitable for children. As it will penetrate the heart of the hair fiber, it is a drying product not to be used with each shampoo! Indeed, if you have healthy hair, you can use it once a week, but if you have dry, fragile, or brittle hair, it is better to be content with using it every 2 weeks. Unlike a classic shampoo which can be used only to the roots, you will have to make sure that your lengths also benefit from your blue shampoo. Otherwise, it is employed as a classic shampoo and you should not let it sit too much… Otherwise you risk ending up with blue hair!
A chemically discolored hair is already weakened, consider applying a nourishing, moisturizing, or repairing mask after your blue shampoo. You can opt for a full pigment-based routine including shampoo, conditioner, and mask, but be careful to use products from the same range and from the same manufacturer. Indeed, in this case, the products have been designed to work together, so you will avoid combining too aggressive products which could affect the nature of your hair.
Which one to choose: Blue, purple or silver?
We generally speak of “blue shampoo”, but this type of care exists in 3 different colors, to choose according to your hair color:
- Blue shampoo – it will counter the yellow reflections of brown or chestnut hair;
- Violet shampoo – it will counter the brassiness of blond, white, or gray hair;
- Silver shampoo – this will revive dull, gray, and white hair (even if it is your natural color).
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Blue Shampoo: Are there green versions?
Pigment-based products often contain chemical ingredients, even parabens, silicones, or sulfates. What gives the illusion that your hair is cared for while weighing it down and altering it in the long term. As the blue shampoo is on the rise, luckily, there are now clean composition alternatives that are filled with natural pigments. You’ll even find certified organic blue, purple, or gray shampoo options! If they are still rare, you can still opt for a formula without silicones, parabens, sulfates, and cruelty-free or vegan, derived from at least 90% natural substances.
MATRIX Total Results Brass Off Color Depositing Blue Shampoo
What if we made our homemade blue shampoo?
If you are a follower of responsible beauty, you have certainly already opted for a solid shampoo. Economical, ecological, and effective, solid shampoo is on the rise! Easy to make, it allows you to use shampoo with an irreproachable composition since it is you who made it. So, can you make your own blonde-enhancing shampoo at home? The answer is yes!
Fanola No Orange Shampoo, 11.83 Ounce/350 Milliliter
DIY solid blue shampoo: The ingredients
- 12 g of SLSA surfactant;
- 17g Sodium Coco-Sulfate surfactant;
- 13 g of mineral water;
- 0.3 g of blue mineral dye;
- 4g indigo vegetable hair dye;
- 1.3 g of maca vital cosmetic active ingredient;
- 10 g cornstarch powder.
L’Oreal Paris EverPure Brass Toning Purple Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner, 6.8 fl Ounce
DIY solid blue shampoo: The steps
- Melt the two surfactants with the mineral water in a bain-marie, crushing them with the back of the spoon to obtain a homogeneous sticky paste;
- Pull from the warmth and add the remains of the components, combining well;
- Place the mixture in a silicone mold and put it in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes;
- Then let your solid shampoo dry for 48 hours before using it.
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