Hello to all my colored hair friends out there!!! I’m pretty natural and crunchy but I love having a little color in my hair. I’ve slowly been switching over to more and more natural products like shampoo and conditioner. But as someone who normally uses toning shampoo, I was sorta freaking out.
As WE know, when you have a cool ashy blonde, or platinum and you don’t use a purple shampoo–it gets BRASSY real quick and that just ain’t cute. Ever wonder why your blonde hair just doesn’t look the way you want it to… It’s probably because you need toning shampoo…. I had no idea about toning shampoo and wish someone would had told me sooner. But now you know–You’re welcome.
Yellow Brassy hair looks BAAAAAD on my skin tone. And lately I’ve been experimenting with lavender and purple hair or tones in my ombre…. and those fade quickly without toning shampoo.
I wanted so badly to switch over to Young Living’s Vanilla Copaiba shampoo because sensitive skin runs in my family and harsh chemicals in normal shampoo can really irritate your scalp and just all around aren’t good for you. But I did not want to go back to that awful yellow blonde I sported several years ago. Then I had this Lightbulb moment!!! Remember that one time that Harvey had thrush and I used Gentian Violet to get rid of it and accidentally got purple in my hair?!
Depending on your goal–You can use this method for a lot of different things:
#1. Maintain a cool tone to your hair.
#2 Actively tone your hair back to cool.
#3 Actually tint your hair purple. (don’t worry, it fades with washing)
First, a disclaimer–Gentian Violet is a DYE! If you don’t follow my instructions and are not careful, you will stain clothes, rags, skin, hair. I’m one of those ppl who never actually read the entire instructions–don’t be me.
Normally I use this shampoo to maintain a cool tone. Last time I had my hair colored it was this really neat cool blonde ombre that sorta had hints of rose gold and lavender. I LOVED it…. but it faded a bit when I went out of town for a couple weeks and didn’t use my toning shampoo
Now this recipe is made using Young Living Vanilla Copaiba Shampoo and conditioner. It’s free from junk and makes my hair feel like silk. I also add essential oils because thats how I roll and it’s great for healthy scalp and normal hair growth. If you want to get your own shampoo & oils, check out my page: How to get started with essential oils. I’ll totally get you hooked up.
Again, the purple tone of my current hair is intentional. This was done with the mask to DRY hair method with added Gentian Violet. I wanted to return the color I previously had that faded. I’m seriously obsessed. I have the Best Stylist ever and I’m happy to have a way to maintain and upkeep the hair color I want.