Everything I Knew About Purple Shampoo Was Wrong

And I didn't know it until I went the blondest I've ever been.
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And I didn't know it until I went the blondest I've ever been.

Hi, my name is Roxanne, and I am addicted to being blonde. 

I first experimented with it back in 2015, and now I'm a full-blown blondie. A blondie with a great cut and color due to the magical hands of colorist Sarah Spratt and stylist Vanessa Quiles of Takamichi Hair in New York City. If there was ever a dynamic duo when it came to giving a complete look, it's these two incredibly talented women. 

When I first waltzed into their salon but a few weeks ago, I knew I was going to go blonder, and I knew I wanted a slight change to my tousled lob that I've rocked various iterations of since 2013. Vanessa not only cleaned up my ratty, fried ends, but she changed my entire daily routine with a few snips. Specifically, she cut in some shorter layers around the front of my face, to work with my natural texture and just slightly change up my single-length chop (which I loved, but I love this look, too). 

This was very key, because given the natural texture of my hair (wavy) and the roughing up of the cuticle from the bleach that was to come, my natural wave became even more emphasized. I can wash and wear with just a little touch of serum now. Basically, I'm in heaven.

And then it was on to the coloring. Sarah had visions of me with bright, happy, blonde hair, and I more than willingly acquiesced. The one thing I was worried about? Brassiness. So, I said that I would probably supplement by using a violet shampoo more often to keep my hair bright and brass-free. 

Remember me this way.

Remember me this way.

Turns out, I was wrong about how often I was planning on shampooing with the purple stuff.

As she painstakingly and precisely painted highlights onto my hair, Sarah explained to me that while, yes, sometimes blonde hair can get a little yellow, especially if you have darker hair (aka moi), a violet or blue shampoo is necessary because, following the rules of the color wheel, a blue or violet shampoo will neutralize and calm overly brassy tones. But she also emphasized to me that if you overuse a violet toner, it will make your hair look dull and possibly gray. Dull hair? No, thank you. 

Bottom line: it should be used once a week (or even more infrequently!) and NEVER every day.

Obviously, I want my beautiful, bright-blonde hair to stay that way. So, Sarah suggested the following: "I love leave-in serums for blondes. Davines makes Oi Milk, which if you put just a little through the ends after it is dry, can add moisture and shine all day. And if your color is just very brassy and your violet shampoos and conditioners aren't working, ask your colorist to book you in for a toner and they should be able to fix you up."

With summer on it's way (hopefully?), there are other cautions that blondes must heed. Namely, chlorine, which can turn your hair green. EEK. Sarah explained that to protect from this, her secret is good ol' coconut oil. 

Another tip: "If you don't have any coconut oil on hand, saturate your hair with clean water first, so the chlorine has nowhere to soak into. And if worse comes to worst, and you do have some green tinge to your hair, there are salon treatments to remedy that. But, whatever you do, try not to bleach out the green, as it may stress out your hair."

Being blonde is amazing. Knowing how to maintain it? Well, that's just the best.

This post originally appeared on mimichatter.com: Everything I Knew About Violet Shampoo (and Keeping My Blonde Hair Beautiful) Was Wrong

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