Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Purple Shampoos for Blondes!

I naturally have light brown/dark blonde hair but I've gone back and forth between dying my hair blonde and a brunette pretty much every year since I was 16. I've always found being a blonde is more costly, with root touch-ups, highlighting, toner etc, as well as the extra care your hair requires after being bleached.

When I go blonde, I tend to have a lot of brassy tones come through from the warm red tones my hair had when brunette, which can be frustrating and take a lot of growing out or many sessions of highlights. Thankfully, my hair has grown quite a bit, and where my natural regrowth has been bleached the colour has come out much better and paler.

However, I'm still keen to do what I can to fight the orange tinge that the ends of my hair has.I try to use an ash blonde semi-permanent colour every couple of months to tone it down, and I like to use purple shampoos, specially designed to fight brassiness in blonde hair, as often as I can.
However, these shampoos can be hard to locate on the high street. I've always bought John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo and the matching conditioner when I could afford to, but with them coming in at nearly £12 for the pair I couldn't always afford to buy more (and I use a lot of conditioner!).
I recently found PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Weekly Treatment Shampoo in Sainsbury's, and with a price tag nearly half of the Sheer Blonde shampoo, I knew I had to give it a go. I was excited to see that it was a much deeper, more vivid violet than the Sheer Blonde.
Although there is only 100ml in the Touch of Silver (compared to the 250ml Sheer Blonde bottles) it does say it is a twice weekly treatment (although I sometimes use it more often), a little goes a long way, and due to the stronger colour I really felt it was doing more to my hair. Also I like the fact it's a treatment (the bottle recommends leaving it on for 5 minutes) cos it feels like it's doing more for your hair. In between treatments I tend to use L'Oreal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Shampoo and Conditioner, which I would recommend highly for an everyday shampoo.
I have found daily shampoo and conditioner available in the Touch of Silver range, which I definitely will be trying, and seeing how they compare to the John Frieda Sheer Blonde range.
If you have bleached hair, I would definitely recommend giving this product a try. Although it says on the bottle that it is for grey, white, or platinum blonde hair, it definitely helped my slightly darker blonde hair.

Let me know if you've tried any other purple shampoo or any tips you have for fighting the brassy look!


PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Weekly Treatment Shampoo - £3.09 from Boots

PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Daily Shampoo -£2.09 from Boots (for 200ml)

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo - £5.89 from Boots

L'Oreal Elvive Nourish and Shimmer Highlights Shampoo - £3.89 from Boots (for 400ml)


  1. I use the touch of silver one too :).. and I have a Bristows shampoo which I think I got in Savers or somewhere for about £2. I only ever see them in those cheapo shops- never in boots or superdrug. I only use them once in a blue moon but I do think I see a difference in my hair after I use them. I wish I'd discovered them years ago when my hair was basically orange (ew). Thanks for the review :)

  2. I hadn't thought of looking in the cheap shops, I thought as boots and superdrug didn't seem to have any (besides the John Frieda) that they must be rare and more like salon only products. I'll definitely have a look and try the Bristows! Thanks!

  3. Hey Sarah!
    I have recently gone blonde and I'm a dark brunette naturally so the purple shampoo is a life saver! I have used a wash in toner from Superdrug which was a bit of an anticlimax! I have been using a fab toner by directions which you can get easily over eBay (British brand). Thanks for your h&m flats tips :)

  4. Thanks! I'll definitely look into the Directions toner next time! Absolutely love the H&M flats and they last such a long time for I think around £7.99 so I'd definitely recommend them :)
    Thanks for the comment! x

  5. I love both of those products! I recently ombred my hair and it went so brassy and ginger, but after using these products for a week it had completely gone and went really blonde!

  6. Wow, that's great :)! Have you used the daily Touch of Silver shampoo/conditioner? If so how do you think it compares to the Sheer Blonde? x

  7. I've been through them all - Bristows shampoo silver from savers with timotei alternated, and a light weight conditioner is now the magic combo - but the bristows shampoo is becoming quite a rarity these day - much prefer over touch of silver any day - I noticed a whopping difference in one month that my tresses didnt go brassy and even my hairdresser was commenting that the colour kept well - so there you go girls! grab it while you can and stock up good!

  8. ive just bleached my hair and its white yello and orange,
    ive seen poundshop near me av them silver shampoos for a quid or just over which i will be buying

    seeing as its 9quid a bottle in the hair dressers
    and 3quid in chemist i will be going to the poundshop and buyng silver shampoo condioner

  9. I'm a bit late to the party, but I just bought some Bristows shampoo and conditioner from the pound shop :)

    1. I still haven't tried this stuff! Is it good?

  10. Have also bought some Bristows Silver shampoo from the pound shop and after just one wash my grey/strawberry blond hair is soft, full of volume and highlights and a lovely ashy tone. Definitely recomend you try it :-)

  11. I Use Bristows Silver Shampoo&Conditioner After Using Directions White Toner It Works Wonders On My Hair, I Get The Bristows S&C For £1 Each In Savers :) Highly Recommend All! Good Luck Ladies On Acheiving The Blonde You Desire&Keeping Those Horrid Brassy Colours Away