Clairol Shimmer Lights Purple Shampoo Review 2019

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Whether you’re a natural blonde or just pretending to be (your secret is safe with me), it’s hard to say you’ll ever find yourself bored. The constant upkeep and care that go into having the shimmering, shining hair you always dreamed of is a lot of work, but when done right, TOTALLY worth it.

Maintaining that gorgeous blonde color can be a hassle at times. Something which not everyone knows is that brassy tones creeping up in blonde hair is a very real problem which should not be taken lightly.

Woman with platinum blonde hair.

Platinum blondes have more fun.

Enter Clairol Shimmer Lights purple shampoo, a hair care product designed specifically for those individuals looking to go for a cooler hair tone. Like a lot of people experimenting with their hair, a few years back, I decided to go blonde. It took me a while until I found exactly the shade I was looking for, but only recently I decided that I look best in a more ashy / platinum look rather than a yellow/ orange.

How Does Purple Shampoo Work On Blonde Hair?

A swirl of purple shampoo.

The shampoo actually comes out purple!

Here’s the problem – about a week or two after I either get my hair professionally dyed or do it myself, I find so many yellow brassy highlights which just ruin the entire look I am trying to go for. After all, who the hell wants brassy tones in their platinum hair?! The struggle is real!

The top solution for a color safe treatment for brassy hair is purple shampoo. That being said, there are plenty of products on the market claiming to be the best purple shampoo for brassy hair, but their effectiveness for blonde and silver hair varies. I’ve experimented with a few of them and I found my personal favorite to be ‘Shimmer Lights’ for blonde and silver hair.

What Clairol Shimmer Lights does is simple. Its purple-based color cancels all the yellow tones in your hair. It’s good to use more than once a week, or just once a week if you prefer. This specific shampoo is a protein enriched coloring formula which tones down brassiness on blonde and grey hair, while refreshing and renewing faded highlights and ash tone hair. It removes dull, yellow, grey & white hair, leaving you with the perfect color you originally started out with.

On the bottle it says to keep it in for just about 3-5 minutes, but if you want stronger and faster results, I would suggest to keep it in longer. Once it’s lathered, you’ll notice it does actually give your hair a bit of a purple tint to it. No worries, once you wash it out this will go away.

When you rinse the shampoo out, you can see immediate results and you’ll be able to see some good silver-y highlights if you look closely. When lathering it on, keep in mind that you should be doing it twice while you shower. After lathering it in, rinse, and apply again for a shorter time.

Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo Review & Results

This is a product I highly recommend! It enhances my blonde platinum color into looking a lot more vibrant than it ever has. In addition, it also deep cleans the hair, which makes it look and feel healthier automatically. I always think of this shampoo as a toner but it’s not just that.

It’s a shampoo that enhances and removes any unwanted color in the blonde or silver, which is exactly what many people are looking for. I have not yet found a product like this that works so effectively on my platinum hair. This is a big reason that Shimmer Lights is used in so many hair salons world wide.

The cost is usually reasonable as well. I found it cheapest on Amazon, with pricing as low as $9.11 for a 16 fl.oz bottle, but keep in mind that prices do vary from time to time depending on sales etc.

As shampoos go, the smell of this particular one is pretty solidly average. If you’re looking for the best shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair, whether purple shampoo or otherwise, odds are you are going to have to put up with a bit of a chemical-y smell due to the shampoo ingredients.

However, with Shimmer Lights, I found along with the chemicals it still smells like flowers and that definitely draws me in. My only real qualm with this shampoo is that it does contain parabens and sulfates, which I why I generally only use it once a week.

The texture of the purple shampoo was a little bit loose and definitely not what I’m used to. When it was in my hair I was able to rinse it out with little difficulty. It seems that when the consistency is thicker, it’s harder to rinse out. For anyone who is using this shampoo for the first time, heads up! The color is actually a dark purple and if kept on for too long will stain whatever it goes onto (hence all the chemicals). Take extra caution!

Like I said before, I’ve had my fair share of experiences using all different kinds of purple shampoo. As of right now, Shimmer Lights is definitely my favorite. It’s on the low end of the price scale and in my opinion works and smells the best after just a few times of using it.

Clairol Shimmer Lights Purple Shampoo vs. Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo

Clairol Shimmer Lights Purple Shampoo

As far as purple shampoos go – this one seems to have garnered a reputation for having a bad smell. It was only until I actually flipped the lid that I could say I truly do concur. So if you have a sensitive nose, I’d recommend using a different brand.In terms of effectiveness it’s not bad. Using the shampoo twice a week does help to reduce brassy tones a little, but for someone who doesn’t have brassy tones – you won’t really notice that much of a difference.

Ultimately, I wouldn’t really recommend using this brand in light of the fact that you can get other purple shampoos for cheaper that are more effective. But if you’re particularly interested in choosing this one – I’m not going to stop you. Just be sure to have a lot of almond oil on hand, as it has been known to dry out hair.

Joico Color Balance Purple Shampoo

Joico is a brand that really does cater for color-sensitive hair types and has long been hailed as one of the best affordable go-to options for those who dye their hair.

The Color Balance Purple Shampoo smells great, is reasonably priced and is really effective.It not only helps to keep your hair clean and fresh, but will actively help to remove brassy tones whilst balancing out your hair tone to ensure that your hair is a brighter, lighter shade of blonde with every wash. This makes the dyeing process a lot easier and helps to guarantee that you have lasting color protection over time.

I’ve been using the Joico brand for a long time and have no real issues with their products. They’re affordable, effective and easy to use – what more could you want from a purple shampoo?