What is blonde shampoo ?

What Is Blonde Shampoo?

I’m sure you’ve heard the term “Blonde Shampoo” thrown around often, but you may be wondering what exactly is a blonde shampoo? 

Blonde shampoo which is also often known as “Purple or Blue shampoo” and is a must-have for every blonde! Whether you’re a natural blonde or a salon blonde, using a purple shampoo in your hair routine is an absolute necessity if you are wanting to eliminate those pesky yellow and brassy tones from your blonde colour in between salon visits. Toning shampoos are the perfect maintenance treatment needed to prolong salon visits. How you may ask?


In essence, blonde shampoo is a toning shampoo for blondes that will keep the brassy tones at bay in between salon visits. It helps your blonde hair to stay bright and fresh when you find your hair has become dull or brassy. Using purple or blue shampoo regularly in your hair routine will also push the time in between salon visits which helps your wallet and saves time! If you’re a salon blonde who religiously, or maybe just whenever you have the time, heads to the salon for your blonde maintenance you may find that your once bright blonde locks become dull, discoloured or yellow. There are two main types of blonde toning shampoo, No Orange Blue Shampoo and No yellow Purple Shampoo. Using these regularly to tone your blonde back up in between salon visits will have you and your hairdresser happy as clams.

Who Is Blonde Shampoo For?

The blonde shampoo is not just for the salon blondes! Natural blondes can benefit from using blonde toning shampoo in their routine as well. Water or sun damage are natural causes that can also affect natural blondes and result in dullness. Adding a purple shampoo into your hair routine for every second or third wash can make a change from dull to bright! For our salon blondes, we suggest using No Yellow Purple Shampoo at least once every wash if you’re hair is at the very least a level 8.5 or higher.

So when can you use blue shampoo? No Orange will suit your hair’s needs best if it’s between a level 8.5 and a 7.5. If your hair is lower than a 7.5 but still have some unwanted orange tones, you can use the blue shampoo to help get rid of that brass. Here’s a more in-depth overview of the difference between purple and blue shampoo.

Haircare Routine For Blondes

If you’re new to the blonde shampoo world, here’s a quick breakdown of a general hair care routine for you to help guide your way through! 

  1. Wet your hair thoroughly in lukewarm water.
  2. Lather your hair using Purple Shampoo or Blue Shampoo and leave on for 3-10 minutes depending on the ash/ice look you want to achieve. 
  3. Rinse the hair until the water runs clear.
  4. Use a clarifying shampoo for your second wash to wash out any leftover colour transfer. 
  5. The last step is to use a conditioning mask like Nutricare Reconstructing Mask or the Purple No Yellow Mask. Lather in hair and leave in for 5-15 minutes and rinse in cool water.
  6. Before drying hair keep your ends healthy by using Nutricare Fluid Crystals or Restructuring Hair Cream

Tips and Tricks for Blonde Shampoo

  • For ashy or icy tones it’s best to use purple shampoo at least once a week, leaving it in your hair between 5- 10 minutes. 
  • It’s best to use gloves as its highly pigmented and can stain your hands.
  • If you find too much colour transfer, use a clarifying shampoo as your second wash to wash out any leftover colour during the first wash. 
  • Blonde toning shampoo can often dry out your hair when overused so be sure to use a nourishing mask or conditioner after use. Alternatively, you can use our sulphate free Vegan purple shampoo which is gentler on your hair.

Why is it blue or purple?

You’re probably wondering why blonde toning shampoo are these vibrant colours of blue and purple? No need to pick up the textbook, it’s an easy answer! Simply look at the colour wheel, it shows where the warm and cool colours sit in adjacent to each other. The colours that are adjacent cancel each other out. These cool colours neutralize the warm colours.

This means blue cancels orange and purple cancels yellow. The colour wheel is one of a hair colourists most important tool! This is the ever so important theory before the practice. The blonde shampoo that achieves the best results are the ones that are more pigmented. When searching for the best purple or blue shampoo be sure to check the pigmentation and ingredients of the product. Some shampoos and fudges simply use dyes to make their shampoo pigmented which doesn’t produce a long-lasting effect. Fanola designs purple shampoo and masks to be intensely pigmented using the chemical acid violet 43 which means it lasts up to 8 washes!


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