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How Often Should I Use Purple Shampoo On Balayage Hair?

A balayage gives you a delicate, sun-kissed look that is easy to maintain. Caring for highlights usually means adding purple shampoo to your hair care routine. But how often to use purple shampoo on balayage hair?

Here is a complete guide on keeping your balayage bright and shiny.

How Often To Use Purple Shampoo on Balayage Hair?

You can use purple shampoo on your balayage hair one to three times a week.

Purple shampoo doesn’t replace your regular shampoo after lightening your hair. Instead, you incorporate it into your hair care routine to keep your lightened hair from looking brassy.

Overusing purple shampoo causes it to build up on your hair, making it look darker and flatter. The build-up also causes difficulty in achieving a seamless color blend when you have your next balayage.

What Does Purple Shampoo Do?

purple shampoo for balayage

The pigment in purple shampoo neutralizes and removes brassy yellow tones. It works because purple and yellow are across from each other on the color wheel. Opposite colors cancel each other out. Think of it like using green concealer on red blotches on your face.

Blondes often get the purple shampoo to keep their tones looking salon perfect. As a brunette with a new balayage, you might want to use purple shampoo to keep your look bright and brass free.

Why Does Balayage Turn Yellow?

To understand what you’re getting from using purple shampoo, let’s look at why your balayage gets brassy.

Regular Shampoo

Most traditional shampoos contain harsh cleansers like sulfates that affect the tone of color-treated hair. As soon as you start washing your hair after your balayage, these subtle chemical changes start turning your highlighted hair into a flashy yellow mess.

Hard Water

Minerals in water react with the dye in your hair to make it fade or turn brassy. You can deal with hard tap water by installing a softening system.

Pools and spas accelerate the oxidation of your hair and degrade your color too.

Caring for Your Balayage

Caring for Balayage Hair

Considering all the information above, you can make your beautiful balayage last longer by making a few changes to your balayage hair care routine.

To start, add a purple shampoo to your wash rotation. Depending on how often you wash your hair, you could use it from one to three times a week. Also, don’t forget to condition your tresses.

Use color-safe shampoo in between purple washes. The shampoo you used before your balayage is not well-suited for keeping your highlight tones looking their best.


While using purple shampoo to keep brassy tones out of your balayage seems straightforward, you might still have questions.

How long does a balayage last?

When you use shampoo for color-treated hair and purple shampoo to control the tone, your balayage can last up to four months.

When can I use purple shampoo after balayage?

It’s exciting to have a new look, and most of us are eager to use the products to keep it looking like our salon appointment was yesterday.

Start using purple shampoo on your balayage when it begins to look brassy. If you do it beforehand, the shampoo will darken your highlight colors.

Is purple or blue shampoo better for balayage?

That depends on which ones are creeping into your hair. Purple eliminates yellow. If you see your hair turning orange, then a blue shampoo will work better since blue and orange are opposites on the color wheel.

What should I avoid after balayage?

Try to limit washing your hair to a maximum of two to three times. Any color treatment degrades with every wash. Use a dry shampoo in between to refresh your hair.