Can I Use Purple Shampoo On Purple Hair?

So, you have just gotten purple hair. CONGRATS! We bet you’re rocking it. You would want to keep that beautiful color for as long as possible.

You might be wondering, “Can I use purple shampoo on purple hair?” It should be the safest bet as there is the word “purple” in the name, right?

Well, go ahead and find the appropriate answer in our article here.

Nowadays, purple hair is popular
Nowadays, purple hair is popular

Can I Use Purple Shampoo On Purple Hair?

YES, you can use purple shampoo on purple hair.

Purple shampoo will not damage your purple hair and keep undertones at bay. But if you expect it to extend or revitalize the purple dye, you will be disappointed.

So, what does purple shampoo do to purple hair?

Purple shampoo contains purple pigments which is the critical component to keep the pretty purple color on your hair.

However, because the main function of purple shampoo is not to preserve the purple color on your hair, it contains little and light purple pigments – just enough to carry out its main purpose, which is to cancel out the yellow and brassy tones on the hair.

That’s the reason why you can’t preserve your purple color with purple shampoo.

So, what type of shampoo is the best for purple hair?

Definitely color-depositing shampoo! They would be your better option.

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Purple vs. Color-Depositing Shampoo for Purple Hair 

As mentioned before, intense purple pigment is a critical factor to maintain purple on hair.

Many people jump to conclusion that purple shampoo is made to color the hair purple as it has the word “purple” in the name. But in reality, that is not what it is designed for.

The fact the purple pigments in purple shampoo is to neutralize the brassiness and yellows on the hair. The shampoos’ purpose is to keep the unwanted undertones at bay, which usually appear after your hair is bleached.

The pigments in purple shampoo are too light to effectively extend or revitalize purple dye. Even if you leave the purple shampoo on your hair for too long, it would only slightly tint your hair with purple.

If you want to preserve the purple color on your hair, you need intense purple pigments. These can only be found in purple color-depositing shampoos.

These types of shampoo can effectively extend the purple on your hair.

Hence, if you prefer the purple on your hair to stay as vibrant as it was when the first day you dyed it, go for color-depositing shampoos.

How to Choose a Color-Depositing Shampoo for Purple Hair?

Skip Sulfate-Containing Shampoos

There are many different options in the market. When shampoo-shopping, be sure to avoid products with sulfates (also disguised as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate).

These are chemicals that create lather. However, they can strip purple color from your hair. So, it is best to skip sulfate-containing shampoos and do without too much lather.

Check Your Hair Condition

Most products are made for a particular type of hair (i.e., fine hair, thick hair, dry hair, oily hair, frizzy hair, etc.) These hair require different care that is provided by distinctly formulated products.

Therefore, you must check the labels carefully to ensure that the product you have chosen suits your hair.

If your hair and product are not compatible, not only will you not see a difference but your hair might even be harmed. This is an essential aspect that you cannot overlook.

Determine Your Desired Result

What do you expect your hair to look like, ultimately? Of course, that is aside from keeping the purple color on your hair.

Do you want it to moisturize, volumize, deeply cleanse? It is important to have a clear idea of this before you start browsing.

Then, you can save the time and effort you spend while skimming through products; look at what the product claims it can do and simultaneously read reviews to see if it actually holds true.

Some products can appear to be super high quality and have a lot of pros, but they will still be useless if they cannot do what you need them to do. So, to avoid wasting money and land only ‘value-for-money’ products, do not forget to take this aspect into account.

One important thing to keep in mind about this aspect is that only some (not all) shampoos cleanse like regular shampoo.

Many are only formulated to be used after washing or before conditioning your hair. For these types, you must use regular shampoo first.

Your hair’s end-goal will decide your color-depositing shampoo
Your hair’s end-goal will decide your color-depositing shampoo

Our Top Picks For Your Purple Hair

Celeb Luxury Intense Color Depositing Colorwash Shampoo (Color: Vivid Purple)

This is a plant-based color-depositing shampoo that will not disappoint. It does not have ammonia, parabens, or sulfates. Therefore, your hair will not be harshly affected.

In addition to replenishing color, it moisturizes and smoothens hair. You just need to apply it to wet hair, wait for 2 to 5 minutes, and rinse. There is also a Colorditioner that you can pair it with!

  • Size: 8.25 fl oz
  • Key Ingredients: Coconut, Plant-Based Palm & Sugars
  • Extra Functions: Moisturize & Smoothen

Pure Blends Violet Hydrating Color Depositing Shampoo

This color-depositing shampoo from Pure Blends is infused with collagen, keratin, as well as natural nourishing ingredients, such as coconut oil, eggplant, marigold, and cherry bark. Moreover, it is free of sulfates, parabens, and sodium chloride.

It delivers salon-quality results for all types of hair, be it wavy, dry, damaged, or chemically treated.

This shampoo repairs and strengthens weak hair while adding shine. So, it doesn’t really get better than this!

  • Size: 8.5 fl oz
  • Key Ingredients: Collagen, Keratin, Coconut Oil, Eggplant, Marigold,..
  • Extra Functions: Repair & Add Shine

Watercolors INTENSE Color Depositing Sulfate-Free Shampoo (Color: Purple) 

This is another amazing sulfate-free color depositing shampoo for purple hair.

It is made to cleanse, condition, and refresh all at once. There are no parabens and peroxide; plus, its pH range is 5.3 to 5.8. Thus, you do not have to worry about encountering harsh drying effects.

The best part about this shampoo is that it delivers results quickly. You will surely love it as much as we do.

It is a little pricier than other purple-depositing shampoos in the market, but there is a bonus anti-static, steel pin rat tail comb for precise and easy application.

You can use it to section, part, and/or style your hair.

  • Size: 8.5 fl oz
  • Key Ingredients: Collagen, Keratin, Coconut Oil, Eggplant, Marigold,..
  • Extra Functions: Repair & Add Shine

How to Use Color-Depositing Shampoo Properly? 

Each color-depositing shampoo comes with different application instructions. Make sure you use it as guided.

Read thoroughly before you dab any shampoo onto your hair; do not just skim through the process. Nevertheless, the general steps are:

  • Do a strand test to make sure there are no adverse effects. You should not feel any itching, swelling, or redness
  • Lather and massage the shampoo into your hair
  • Let it sit on your hair to work its magic. Be sure to stick to the product’s recommended time
  • Rinse the shampoo off carefully with lukewarm water
  • Follow up with a conditioner. Color-depositing conditioners are also available in the market
  • Rinse again with cold water.
Shampooing with a purple-depositing product 
Shampooing with a purple-depositing product

Application Tips 

Avoid Purple-depositing Shampoos Stains

Purple-depositing shampoos can stain. Make sure you wear gloves when you’re handling them.

If you can, cover your walls and floors (in case it gets messy) as well.

Depending on the product, the purple can imprint onto your bedding and pillows. Just be mindful and wrap your hair if you feel the need to.

Should I Apply The Shampoo To Dry Or Wet Hair?

Most shampoos can be applied to both dry and wet hair. However, to be sure, check your product’s labels. If it is not specified, reach out to the seller.

How Long Should I Leave Color Depositing Shampoo In?

The average time is 3 to 5 minutes, and typically, you do not keep it on your hair for over ten minutes.

However, the specific duration varies from product to product. Again, check your product’s labels to be sure.

How Regularly Can I Use Color Depositing Shampoo? 

So many people ask (all the time) about how regularly they can use their color-depositing shampoo. The problem is there is no single, standard answer. It depends on the product!

Some are formulated to be used every day, while others are meant to be used 2 – 3 times a week. There are even products that are not meant to be used again for 4 weeks!

Again, you need to check the labels on your chosen product.

How to Take Care of Purple Hair?

Cut Down the Washing 

To preserve your purple color, you should not shampoo too often. We recommend that you wash your hair every 2 to 3 days.

On days that you do not wash your hair, you can use dry shampoo. It helps you go longer between shampoos! Moreover, it can control oil and add texture to your hair.

You just need to spray it onto your hair (into the scalp and roots), work it with your fingers, and comb away any white residue. It is possible to use it before you go to bed or when you wake up in the morning.

Note: It is best to section your hair and work the dry shampoo section-by-section. Also, don’t hold the bottle too close. The nozzle should be about an arm’s length away from your scalp. 

Opt For Cold Rinses Over Hot Rinses 

A hot shower can be tempting, but hot water can open up your hair cuticles, which lets the color drain out.

To keep your purple hair from fading and discoloring quickly, always opt for cold rinses. If you are like us and cannot bath cold, wash your hair with cold water, then wrap it in a towel before switching to hot water.

Minimize Heat Applications 

Hair that has just been dyed is porous and more prone to permanent damage. So, skip heat styles; put away that curling iron and straightener.

If you HAVE to style your hair with heat, use protectants, like the Pureology Colour Fanatic Heat Protectant and HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Color-Safe Heat Protector.

Shield Your Hair From the Sun 

Basking under the sun is nice. However, the UV rays can damage your hair and cause it to fade and discolor quicker.

Put on a hat or a bandana when you step out into the sun. Also, you can use anti-UV serums, powders, and mists. Some products we recommend are:

Don’t Go Swimming

Chlorine in swimming pools can accumulate in your hair and discolor your hair color. It is exceptionally visible with lighter purple tones, such as lilac. It can turn your hair into an aesthetic eyesore!

Thus, do not spend too much time in a swimming pool. If you do swim, wear a swim cap and put on a protective leave-in conditioner.

Avoid Clarifying Shampoos

These shampoos are made to deep cleanse your hair. They can slash through buildups, oils, and dirt to leave your hair super, super clean.

However, in the process, they can also wash off your purple color. Hence, it is best to use a clarifying shampoo before getting your hair dyed.

Keep Your Hair Healthy 

Healthy hair retains color better. Hence, taking care of your hair and making sure that it is healthy is critical.

Test your hair once in a while to keep track, and spoil it with hair masks from time to time.


Purple hair can be picky, but now that you are armed with the information from our article, keeping it pretty should not be a problem. Answering “Can I use purple shampoo on purple hair?” is a good first step to getting a well-thought-out hair care routine.

Rather than a purple shampoo, which has little and light purple pigments, opt for a purple color-depositing one packed with intense purple pigments to keep your hair as stunning as the day you got it colored!

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I am Jessica Coles, a hairstyling and trends expert who also holds a master's degree in cosmetology. I am one of the leading hair care experts who has been offering support round the clock.

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