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5 Ways to Remove Purple Tones from Brown Hair

Oh no. Your hair is purple after dying it brown! How did that happen, and what can you do to fix it?

Well, the first thing you should do is calm down and don’t panic. Your hair isn’t ruined. You can fix this problem.

Brunette celebrities have made brown hair popular among people. They are the reason lots of people are dyeing their hair brown. Even people with the most desired blonde hair are also dyeing their hair brown.

If you don’t know how to remove purple tones from brown hair, then you’re definitely in the right place, because we’re going to teach you what to do and why this happened. 

Why Do Purple Tones Occur in Brown Hair

purple tones in brown hair

Brown is a tricky pigment to make. There are lots of different colors that go into it, such as red and purple.

Brown hair, chocolate brown tones to be particular, have a purple base, and neutral browns usually use violet as their base color.

These hues show up very well on bleached hair, so if you’re trying to go from blonde to brown, then you may end up seeing purple shining through.

Various factors can contribute to brown hair developing purple tones. One common cause is the use of purple shampoo or conditioner.

These products are primarily designed to neutralize brassy hues in blonde and highlighted hair. However, when used on brown hair, they can sometimes leave a purple tint behind.

Another potential cause is the application of hair dye containing purple pigments. Certain hair dyes carry purple pigments to create cooler or ashier tones.

If your hair is already dark or if you use an excessive amount of dye, the purple pigments may remain, thus giving your hair a purple shade.

Sun exposure can result in hair fading and becoming damaged, which can lead to the emergence of a purple tint in brown hair, particularly if the hair has previously been dyed or highlighted.

Hard water, with its high mineral content, can also result in hair appearing dull and lifeless and can contribute to a purple tint in brown hair due to mineral buildup on the hair and scalp.

It’s very difficult to go from blonde to chocolate brown without your hair going purple, but if you’ve accidentally ended up with a hair color you don’t want there are ways to fix it.

How to Remove Purple Tones from Brown Hair Quickly

Neutralizing your hair and removing unwanted pigments are the best ways to remove purple tones from brown hair.

Following the methods below should fix your hair scare in no time.

Color Your Hair Yellow or Orange

dyeing hair orange color to remove purple tones from brown hair

Do you know how a lot of blondes tend to use purple to neutralize yellow and orange tones in their hair? You can do the opposite.

If you have purple in your hair that you want to remove, then toning or dying your hair is an easy fix.

Ideally, you should wait a week before you dye your hair a different color, then wait another week before you attempt to go brown again. This is to minimize the damage done to your hair.

So which colors should you choose? Well, select yellow for removing dark purple and orange for getting rid of light shades like violet.

Check out Pigmented Shampoo and Conditioners

Purple, red, and blue-toned shampoos and conditioners are by far the most common when looking for pigment in hair wash products.

However, it is possible to find shampoo and conditioner with yellow or orange tones.

If you only have a small issue with your hair turning purple, then a couple of washes and some upkeep with toned shampoo and conditioner should do the trick.

Check online or ask a stylist for yellow/orange toned shampoos as these will be very difficult to find in stores.

Use Some Vinegar

If your brown hair has a purple sheen to it, then shampoo and condition your hair as you usually would. After that, you’ll want to rinse your hair out with some apple cider vinegar.

Try a 2-to-1 ratio where you use 2 cups of water and a single cup of apple cider vinegar. There’s no need to leave this in your hair. Just make sure it rinses all the way through.

If that doesn’t seem to be strong enough, then try using equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar. Add a tablespoon of oil to thicken the consistency slightly.

Leave this mixture on your tresses for 10 minutes before you wash it out, and it should’ve worked better.

The reason apple cider vinegar works to remove purple tones from brown hair is because it contains acid. Because of how harsh it is, you should only use this treatment once every two weeks. If you deep condition your hair in between, then you may be able to use it once weekly instead.

Try a Baking Soda Mixture

using baking soda to remove purple tones from brown hair

Baking soda is another household item that can often help you fix mistakes when dying your hair.

Get a cup and a half of water, then mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in.

Apply the baking soda/water paste to wet hair, and let it stay on the strands for 10 minutes.

Rinse your hair out with water, but don’t shampoo or condition it. Then, repeat this every three or four days until the purple is gone.

It’s safe to do this a couple of times a week because baking soda isn’t acidic.

It’s an alkaline substance, so it’s good at neutralizing unwanted tones without causing as much damage as apple cider vinegar.

Consider Tomato Sauce

This may sound very strange, but tomato sauce applied to the hair is how you can remove blue-violet purple tones from brown hair.

Massage it into your head and make sure to do this in a ventilated area. It smells so strong!

Wrap your head in plastic for an hour, then wash out all the tomato sauce with shampoo.

Figuring out how to remove purple tones from brown hair is scary. You don’t want to damage your hair or accidentally dye it another incorrect color.

However, it’s usually a simple process and you can get rid of the unwanted tones in it within a week or two.

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Consider this a learning experience so that if you want to go from blonde to chocolate brown next time, you’ll know to choose an ashy, medium brown first!

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MR System

Meet Jason Tyler, also known as MR System; with more than 22 years of experience, he is a skilled and passionate hair writer. He has a diverse background in both blogging and magazine writing, and initially gained expertise in hair styling by working with wigs for theater. He is dedicated to sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for working with real hair through his writing.