The Best Purple Shampoo for Blondes (Fix Brassy Hair for Good!)

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If you’re a blonde, chances are you’ve experienced having brassy hair once, twice, or weekly. I for one, battle brassy hair constantly. One of my biggest struggles with my blonde hair was keeping the brass at bay. People kept telling me to invest in a purple shampoo, and even when I did, I found they didn’t work. I would sit there for the 6-10 minutes, excited to see my new brass-free locks, only to wash out the recommended purple shampoo and find my hair still was brassy.

The reason for my hair is so brass-prone (as told to me by my hair stylist) is that my hair has a tendency to pull red-tones, probably from having dark hair before and natural red tones in my hair.

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And the Best Purple Shampoo goes to…

MilkShake’s Silver Shampoo

It wasn’t until I found a stylist who really looked at my hair and told me how I could achieve an ashier hair tone. She said many purple shampoos are light purple and only mildly affect the colour of your hair.

If you have platinum blonde hair and use a mild purple shampoo then chances are you’ll see a difference but if you have a medium blonde that stubbornly holds onto gold-tones then you’re going to need a rich dark purple shampoo. That the day I found MilkShake’s Silver shampoo – and that’s the day I stopped having to deal with brassy hair.

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MilkShake’s Silver Shampoo Review

The Colour: 

Unlike many other purple shampoos I’ve tried, MilkShake’s Silver shampoo is a true dark purple when squeezed out of its bottle. In fact, it is so dark that it can even slightly stain your hands if you don’t wash it off immediately after applying the shampoo to your hair.

How Long Should you Leave it On:

I use this shampoo once weekly and leave it on for 6-8 minutes depending on how brassy my hair is. I’ve found that when I am away traveling and the water is harder / or different than my hair requires it to sit a bit longer. When I am at home though, I typically just apply MilkShake’s Silver shampoo for 6 minutes to achieve a softer brass-free blonde.

One thing to know about this purple shampoo is that it can truly turn your hair grey if you leave it on for a long time. Since this has become such a popular look, many people are purchasing MilkShake’s Silver shampoo to take their hair from blonde to a silvery grey. Typically to achieve this silvery look you need to keep the purple shampoo on for 12 minutes+.

How Much does it Cost? 

This purple shampoo costs $18.95 (cost will vary in different countries) which I don’t feel is a bad price at all. Since you only need to use MilkShake’s Silver shampoo once weekly, you really won’t go through this shampoo fast at all. I usually have a whole bottle for around 3 months.

The End Result? 

The result is instantly brass-free hair. It’s quite drying so if your hair is damaged you’re going to want to follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. All in all though, this Silver Shampoo is a must-try if you’re losing the battle of brass!I’ve used Milkshakes silver conditioner as well but to achieve the look I want I do not feel its necessary for me to take this extra step. The shampoo is so effective on it’s on that you don’t really need the conditioner. Plus, since I’ve found the shampoo to be quite drying, I actually like to follow it up with a heavier & more intensive conditioning treatment. You can purchase MilkShakes Silver Shampoo by clicking here!


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18 Comments

  1. October 21, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    Where can we buy this in Vancouver (not online), Bree? I use a huge range of purple shampoos and am always testing different brands.

    xo, alison*elle

    • October 21, 2015 / 6:19 pm

      Yes, I purchased mine locally. It typically can be found at hair salons that have a large product area. I purchased mine at MegaHair Salon, and I believe it's also available at Chatters locations!

  2. May 11, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    Thanks for this. I got rid of the brassiness of my hair by colored ng it blue and let it fade. I now have a gray hair.

  3. May 12, 2016 / 9:32 am

    Great post! I’m planning on going blonder in the summer and may need to buy a purple shampoo. My hair tends to pull red tones too, so thanks for sharing!!

    • Bree
      Author
      May 12, 2016 / 9:33 am

      This is definitely a great purple shampoo, I swear by it! My hair has a tendency to pull a lot of red / orange (it used to always shock my hairdresser haha!) but after using this purple shampoo I’ve had zero issue with brassiness!

  4. January 18, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Every time I wash my hair with it, everyone asks me if I just had my hair done again! I will only use milkshake! It is amazing! It will leave an almost lavendar tone with bleach blonde if left on too long, but it still looks awesome! I get many compliments using this product!

  5. Nicole
    February 28, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Does it work to lighten natural blonde hair that has never been dyed before?

    • Bree
      Author
      February 28, 2017 / 10:35 am

      Hi Nicole! No, it doesn’t lighten your hair. It just takes the red tones out of it so that it looks more ash-toned!

  6. Wendi
    August 25, 2017 / 10:12 am

    I have light red (coloured hair) will this work to take out the red and eventually make it grey? I have grey hair naturally and want it back to that without bleaching.

    • Bree
      Author
      August 25, 2017 / 10:17 am

      That’s a really good question, but honestly, I’m not sure! I would say your best bet would be to go to a hair stylist and ask about toning, and then invest in a purple shampoo. I did that when I had red hair and it did eventually turn into a more brown tone.

  7. Brittany
    September 28, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Hi. I used the purple shampoo. I left it in for about 6 minutes maybe… and now my white blonde is a white grey. Not a look I want.. what do I do to get this to not be green 🙁

    • Bree
      Author
      September 29, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Only 6 minutes? Wow! Was your hair quite ashy to begin with? The easiest way to get purple shampoo out of your hair fast is by using a clarifying shampoo. I had my hair toned before my wedding and the hairdresser literally turned my hair purple! I used my clarifying shampoo every day before my wedding and in 6 days it was normal again. Your hair shouldn’t turn green from a purple shampoo or clarifying shampoo.

  8. Aliyana Jensen
    December 5, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    does this turn your hair an ashy silver color? or will it just be blonde?

    • Bree
      Author
      December 5, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      It kind of depends on what your hair is like now. My hair for example, is a darker/medium blonde and has a lot of red tones to it. So when I use it, typically it’ll just make my hair more ashy blonde. If you have an ashy tone to begin with than it may make it more purple/silver.

    • Bree
      Author
      February 26, 2018 / 7:44 am

      It’s really up to you! I’ve never made my own, I always buy this purple shampoo but if you feel confident making your own then why not 🙂

  9. Kimberly
    August 7, 2018 / 1:32 pm

    Where can I buy this in Toronto (or locally online )

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