If you survived my last post all the way to the very end, you will have seen that my hair is currently half brown, half grey/very cool blonde. Since making the change I have been exhausting all types of hair serums, masks, oil’s, conditioners and shampoo’s, can can safely say I have tried enough to know what works and what doesn’t! Going from such a naturally dark brown to pretty much white and then grey is tough on your hair, but having to maintain that colour can also take its toll.
I have been working my way lighter since around May 2018 and just before NYE I was finally light enough to use a grey toner and for it to work and actually look grey, rather than just very cool blonde colour. It has taken so long to get there that I’ve been trying my best to maintain the grey colour. Now, I know you’re probably thinking… erm… NYE was only two weeks ago? Yes, but I have been using purple shampoo’s and everything else I could get my hands on since May when I first went lighter. I started straight away because I didn’t want to lose the good condition my hair was in and also wanted to banish the warmth in the blonde that was trying to sneak its away through.
If you’re unsure how purple shampoo works, or have never heard of it, the short version is that purple is the opposite colour to yellow on the colour wheel. So if you’re hair is a yellow or brassy blonde, using a purple shampoo can help to counteract and neutralize this. It wont make your hair lighter, as such, but will just help to take the warmth out of the colour thats already there and brings the colour to a cool tone rather than warm.
The first purple shampoo I tried was one which you will have probably seen in numerous shops, even if you didn’t know what it was. Old reliable Pro:Voke Touch Of Silver Brightening Shampoo (currently only £2 at Wilkos!), I thought this one was ok, it does the job, but for me it made my hair feel a little dry. Then, after using some of the Bleach London products to dye my hair I decided to try their Silver Shampoo (£8, 500ml), this one is nice, it smells professional and lathers up really, really well, but colour wise I didn’t think it was as effective as I hoped it would be. My hair felt super nourished after use, and didn’t feel dry at all, but colour wise it just didn’t quite cut the mustard!
Finally, after being recommended this by a friend who ALWAYS has amazing hair, I bought the Lee Stafford Bleach Blondes Shampoo (currently £4.66, 250ml). This shampoo is by far the most effective purple shampoo of the bunch. It lathers up nicely and smells amazing. Usually, I shampoo my hair with a normal shampoo twice, once to rid my hair of products and another to actually clean my hair. Then, I work this shampoo into my hair purely as a colour correction process than to clean. I only use in the places that my hair is lighter, which is about half way down. I lather the shampoo up and then leave it in my hair for about 10 minuets while I cleanse my face or shave my legs (the glamour of it). Rinse, and condition as normal.
Depending how porous your hair is will effect how the purple takes to the colour, if you’re hair is very light, regularly bleached and quite dry and porous then 10 minuets might be too long to leave the shampoo… you want to banish the brass without accidentally turning your hair bright purple in the process! If you’re hair is in very good condition with healthy moisture levels, soft in texture and with a naturally shiny finish then you might be able to get away with leaving the shampoo to soak in for even longer than 10 minuets. I know people who will leave purple shampoo on their hair for up to an hour before they get back in the shower to wash it off! For me, 10 minuets is enough and leaves me satisfied with the result every single time.
I use purple shampoo twice a week, usually at the beginning of the week, and again just before the weekend incase I decide to do anything nice and want my hair to look revived! Don’t be mistaken into thinking using a purple shampoo can replace toning your hair to refresh the colour, it wont, but it will keep your hair nice and cool and possibly extend the time in-between toning. On the days I use purple shampoo I like to follow it with the Aussie 3 Minuet Miracle Moist, which is possibly the best and most assesible conditioning treatment in the world.
I know my hair looks patchy AF in the right hand photo, its because I have swept my hair across from the other side of my head!
Top marks to Lee Stafford! This is the first of his products I have tried but I’m constantly seeing rave reviews, so I think its about time I try a few more bits…
You can buy the Lee Stafford Beach Blondes shampoo here, where Boots currently has it on offer for £4.66! Let me know if you have tried any other Lee Stafford products! Which ones would you recommend? Do you have a purple shampoo that you swear by?
Love, Chelsea xxx