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DIY Purple Shampoo

Last Updated on February 4, 2022
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written by nail expert Jess Rowley

DIY Purple Shampoo

I do love a good ol’ DIY; there is a DIY recipe for everything nowadays; you could probably even DIY dying your hair– don’t do it, but it’s amazing what crazy DIY recipes there are on the internet nowadays.

The DIY recipe I’m tackling with you guys today is DIY purple shampoo.

Calling all blondies out there, these DIY purple shampoo recipes are pretty incredible; who knew you could make your very own purple shampoo!

Using purple shampoo regularly is brilliant for toning natural blonde or dyed hair; it neutralizes brassy tones and leaves hair looking fresh. But buying a purple shampoo every 2/3 months can get quite pricey…

But no need to fear; DIY hair toner is here!

I’m here to show you how to make your own DIY purple shampoo that you can use on the day without damaging your hair. If you have damaged or dry hair, then making your own purple shampoo is a great solution.

I have found some top recipes, some using dye and some without, so you can find the best solution for your hair. After all, blondies deserve a cheap alternative.

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DIY Purple Shampoo Without Food Coloring:

Most DIY make-your-own purple shampoo recipes consist of using food coloring in a violet shade.

Food coloring is a cheap and easy way to dye your hair fun colors, and it is much less harsh on your hair than store-bought dyes.

Using it with conditioner or shampoo is a great hair toner; just make sure that you’re not using too much as this might slightly dye your blonde hair purple.

Here is my favorite DIY purple shampoo recipe with food coloring; here’s what you’ll need:

  • A moisturizing shampoo
  • Gentian violet dye
  • Semi-permanent ammonia or peroxide-free hair color.
  • Mixing bowl and brush


Pour some moisturizing shampoo into a bowl and add three drops of the purple pigment food or hair coloring. If you have orange tones in your hair, then you can also add one drop of blue to help neutralize these tones too.

If you have fine hair, then this will be enough, but for thicker hair, you might want to consider adding a pea-size amount of color to your shampoo.

If your hair has more orange hues, then you might want to add more blue, or if it’s more yellow, then more purple. Just add more drops until you achieve the desired color.

You can then pop the shampoo into an empty bottle or apply it directly from the bowl to wet hair.

Apply directly to your hair without rubbing too much and leave on for a maximum of 20 minutes. For most people, 3-5 minutes will be enough to get the desired toned look.

After the time is up, make sure that you give your hair a good rub and really massage the purple hues into your hair color, this will help remove those yellow tones.

You may need to leave this DIY recipe on your hair for longer on color-treated hair as it might not work as quickly as store-bought or professional purple shampoos.

DIY Purple Shampoo With Food Coloring:

There may not be a DIY recipe for purple shampoo without food coloring, but there are a few ways that you can help tone your hair without having to use purple shampoo.

Lets’ talk about a few of these DIY toning recipes that you can try to help banish those yellow and orange tones within your hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

For starters, apple cider vinegar is extremely beneficial for brightening up blonde hair. The acidity of apple cider vinegar obliterates yellow and orange tones in their tracks.

You can make your own DIY hair toner using four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and two tablespoons of water. Your blonde will be toned in no time!

Just let it sit on the hair for around fifteen minutes before rinsing with lukewarm or cool water; you can then follow up with a deep conditioner to replenish moisture.

Apple cider vinegar is also extremely detoxifying; it can be used as a DIY clarifying shampoo as it helps unclog pores, remove buildup and rebalance the pH of your scalp. Apple cider vinegar comes with heaps of benefits.

Sometimes brassy tones are actually caused by product buildup, too, so by removing this buildup, the brighter color can shine underneath.

Apple cider vinegar will make your hair smoother, easier to detangle, shinier, and less frizzy.

Apple cider vinegar was made for blondes; there are so many benefits for brightening up damaged hair and kicking out brass– all in all, great DIY hair toner.

Just make sure you’re not using it more than twice a week as it can be quite drying when used excessively.

Lemon and Honey:

Throwback to 2016 when everyone was using lemon juice to lighten their natural hair; everyone wanted blonde highlights but is lemon good for toning hair?

Lemons have been used to lighten hair for some time. You can harness the power of a lemon to create a great toner, easy to use in the summer months.

Just use 1/4 cup of lemon with 3/4 cup of water and two tablespoons of honey. Combine in a spray bottle and then apply directly to the hair.

Leave it on your hair for 30-120 minutes under direct sunlight.

Honey and lemon work together as great natural lightening agents when paired with UV rays from the sun. Just be careful not to sit out there for too long.

Honey is truly magic for hair; not only is it a natural bleaching agent, but it also protects your hair from harmful UV rays and even nourishes the hair.

Honey is a humectant and emollient, so it draws in moisture from the environment and helps to seal this moisture within the cuticle as well as create a protective seal over hair.

Combined with the vitamin C in lemons, makes this mixture is a real brass eliminator.

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Say goodbye to brassiness and hello to mega-toned hair; some of these DIY recipes are pretty great to keep brass at bay.

The honey and lemon one is especially my favorite for dry hair as it is deeply nourishing as well as toning—no more brassy hair for us.

Just make sure for each you use a good conditioner afterward to prevent any dryness– not that these recipes are too drying!

You will fall in love with these incredible DIY recipes.

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