How to Get Purple Shampoo Out of Hair

If you bleached or lightened your mane and ended up with yellow undertones, you’ll be glad that purple shampoo exists. Purple shampoo is a product that eliminates yellow tones, leaving you with the flawless locks you want. However, too much purple shampoo can leave purple stains. How do you get it out?

For those who have been stricken with purple stains from their purple shampoo, don’t panic. There are lots of ways to remove it, from commercial products like clarifying shampoos and color removers to more natural options such as hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

Purple shampoo is a lifesaver but can also be your biggest nightmare. If you’re struggling with purple-tinted locks, don’t fret. I’ve uncovered the very best ways to get rid of those purple stains to restore your lovely, lightened goldilocks once more.

Banish purple stains by using one of these purple-fighting remedies!

Different Ways to Get Purple Shampoo Out of Hair

Did you know there are six great ways to say bye-bye to purple stains? With so many options, it’ll be a cinch to get rid of purple and bring back your beloved bright tresses. 

Oh, and before we get started on these remedies, please do me a favor and take the purple shampoo out of your shower. You need to stop using it, like, right now

1. Sulfate Shampoo

If you’ve read any of my blogs, you know that I’m always saying to avoid sulfate shampoos like the plague. But hey, they serve their purpose every once in a while – like when you’ve become the victim of purple-tinted tresses.

All you need to do is use your sulfate shampoo once or twice per day. The purple hues should be removed in a matter of days. Just make sure you’re using a good conditioner after every wash, as sulfate shampoos are very drying (and nobody wants dried-out locks!).

2. Clarifying Shampoo

Sulfate shampoos will need a few days before they work their magic. If you want something a little more powerful, it’s clarifying shampoo to the rescue. 

Clarifying shampoo is designed to do one thing – clarify. It will strip your locks of all undesirable components, such as dirt, grime, and build-up. It will also remove those purple stains that are holding on for dear life.

You should only need to use a clarifying shampoo once or twice before the purple is removed. Do not continue using clarifying shampoo after the purple is gone. Clarifying shampoos should only be used once a month or every other month. That’s how powerful they are.

Needless to say, you’ll want to use a top-notch leave-in conditioner or your preferred hair mask after using a clarifying shampoo. You need to restore the moisture in your strands.

3. Baking Soda

Ah, baking soda. Is there anything this ingredient can’t do? From baking cookies to brushing your teeth, baking soda is the ultimate component for just about everything – including purple stain removal!

All you need to do is add some baking soda to your shampoo. Then, slather your mane and rinse as usual. You should only need to use this inexpensive treatment a few times before the purple’s gone.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is another convenient and standard household product that can be used in various applications, such as healing wounds and whitening teeth. It’s also a powerhouse product for removing purple stains.

The easiest way to use hydrogen peroxide is to put it into a spray bottle with water (50/50) and spray the mixture directly onto the affected areas. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse it out entirely. This should work almost immediately, although you may need a second treatment.

5. Dishwashing Liquid

Most people have dishwashing liquid underneath their kitchen sink, but they might not think it can be used on their hair. Well, think again. Dishwashing liquid can be a great way to remove purple tones from your mane. 

Start by squirting some of the dishwashing liquid into your hands. Lather it up so it’s nice, soapy, and ready for application. Then, thoroughly apply it to your mane, paying extra close attention to the purple spots. Leave for about 30 minutes, then rinse and conditioner.

This method works well, but you may need to perform the treatment several times before you start to see results. 

6. Color Remover

Sitting around, waiting for your purple stains to be removed from the options mentioned above, can be annoying – especially if you’re using a gentler approach.

If you want the purple gone – and you want it gone immediately – consider a color remover.

Color removers act fast, which means you should see immediate results after one treatment. However, keep in mind that it has the potential to damage your lightened look. While this is unlikely to happen with bleached tresses, it’s still possible.

When all else fails, you can always ask a professional hairstylist to lend a hand.

Why Did My Hair Turn Purple from Purple Shampoo?

None of this matters if you’re just going to turn around and use purple shampoo again, leading to purple stains that need fixin’. That said, we need to uncover why your tresses ended up tinted purple to begin with. Here are the top reasons this unfortunate event took place.

1. You Didn’t Rinse Thoroughly

Just like regular shampoo, purple shampoo needs to be rinsed out entirely. If it’s left on for too long, you’ll end up with purple spots.

Solution: Make sure the purple shampoo is rinsed out before proceeding with the rest of your day.

2. Your Hair is Porous

Porous hair is a good thing – but not when it comes to situations like these. If you know you have very porous hair that readily absorbs pigments, you might want to take it easy with purple shampoo.

Solution: There isn’t really a solution for this except to cut down on how often you use the purple shampoo and limit how long it sits in your hair (no more than ten minutes).

3. You’re Using It Too Regularly

Purple shampoo is not designed to be a regular shampoo. It only needs to be used once or twice a week. If you’re using it daily in place of your typical go-to product, you will likely end up with purple-stained strands.

Solution: Never use purple shampoo more than twice a week. For most people, once a week should be more than enough.

4. You’re Leaving it On Too Long

It’s true – you are supposed to leave purple shampoo on your mane for five to 15 minutes. But if you’re going over the 15-minute mark (or 10-minute mark if your hair is very porous), you might be allowing purple stains to take place.

Solution: Don’t leave the purple shampoo on your mane for longer than 15 minutes or ten minutes if you have porous strands.


Purple stains from purple shampoo are common, but there are many ways to eliminate them (and prevent them in the future). If you want to learn a little more about this topic, I have included some frequently asked questions below.

Will purple shampoo eventually wash out?

The purple shampoo will eventually wash out without using any other product or treatment. Simply stop using the purple shampoo altogether and return to using your regular shampoo and conditioner. It might take a few weeks, but it will wash out without any “extras.”

How can I get purple out of my hair naturally?

You can remove purple from your hair naturally by using baking soda. Apply some baking soda to your regular shampoo and wash and rinse your hair as usual. You can also make a paste with baking soda and lemon juice. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Can purple shampoo damage your hair?

Purple shampoo will not damage your hair. The only “damage” that can occur from excessive use of purple shampoo is purple-stained tresses, which is easily avoidable.

Removing Purple Shampoo From Hair is a Cinch!

If you’re struggling with purple-tinted tresses, the good news is that they can be removed with ease. The easiest method is to use a clarifying shampoo or hydrogen peroxide. However, you can also opt for sulfate shampoos, baking soda, dishwashing liquid, or color removers.

Have you ever ended up with purple-stained hair from purple shampoo? How did you get rid of it? We’d love to hear your tried-and-true methods for getting purple shampoo out of hair!

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