If you’re not a natural blonde, then you know the struggle to keeping brassy hair at bay! Especially if you’re a redhead who decided to add blonde highlights in your hair (ahem, me.) It’s not like having red hair is hard enough… but when you want to go lighter you’re inevitably faced with fighting brassy hair.
Pro Tip: You should never bleach your hair at-home by yourself (especially redheads) unless you’re a trained hair stylist because you need to get a toning treatment done after bleaching to remove the brass. Purple just won’t cut it sometimes.
Like most people, I’ve decided to lighten my hair for the spring/ summer months. I went to a great hair stylist who fought with my hair in order to make sure it turned out just right! At first the bleach wasn’t taking and then my hair decided to suddenly lighten up immediately. I guess being stubborn is in genetics.
Now unfortunately the initial toner won’t last forever (although it does an amazing job) it needs to be touched up every once in a while.
LUSH Daddy-O Shampoo
I have never tried a purple toned shampoo before this one, so I am unable to compare it to anything else. However, because I have never tried another purple shampoo I was amazed to see how well it works! I let my hair rest for about a month after the initial toning when I started to notice the blonde highlights were starting to turn yellow.
One of my friends had told me about this shampoo (I had no idea LUSH made such a thing) and opted to pick this travel-sized bottle up as a tester. The smallest size, 100ml is about $10.00 CAD.
It smells extremely similar to a soap I used when I was growing up. I highly doubt anyone else has ever tried it – but it was a purple bath soap that came inside a Scooby-Doo shaped bottle. Yes, Scooby-Doo. Everything I had was Scooby-Doo #noregrets. I asked my boyfriend to describe the scent and he compared it to baby shampoo. That being said, it doesn’t smell bad but it is strong.
The purple colouring is derived from the Violet Leaf – and compared to other purple shampoos I think this is the most natural one you can get. Of course it is full of preservatives and SLS, but it’s a shampoo and those ingredients are not uncommon. I do think the extra fragrance is a bit over the top but oh well.
I wish I had a before and after picture. Let’s just put it this way – I went to visit my boyfriends grandmother one day and there was no comment about my hair… the next time I visited two days after using this she asked if I had highlights.
To use it you just wet your hair, as you would a regular shampoo, lather it up for a bit (I let it sit for about two minutes) and then rinse away. I’ve started using it weekly just to ensure that my highlights stay nice and bright.
If you’ve just decided to dye your hair blonde, or you want grey/silver hair I think this is a must-have item! I honestly wouldn’t have thought that it worked this well. It doesn’t leave a purple tinge in your hair (but it will stain your hand if you let it sit on there for a while…) Once a week is just enough for me, but if you’ve got all over grey hair I think you’d be best using it at least twice a week.
I also love that it comes in different sizes varying from 100, 200 and 500 ml. It’s not exceptionally expensive but it’s comparable to other purple-tone shampoos on the market.
Have you ever bleached your hair yourself?