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Why Use Blue Shampoo For Your Brown Hair?

by Madison Reed June 11, 2024

Why Use Blue Shampoo For Your Brown Hair

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What is blue shampoo and why is it good for brown hair? Similar to purple shampoo, this product is designed to tone hair color. Blue neutralizes orange, red, and copper undertones. Like its purple counterpart, it helps to correct brassiness in your hair color. However, blue shampoo is most effective for brunettes rather than blondes. Want to learn more? Then read on!

What Is Blue Shampoo?

You can think of blue shampoo as a shampoo with blue pigment. But there’s more to it than that – it's actually a type of hair toner that helps neutralize or enhance certain undertones in your color.

Blue shampoo is typically used for brown hair, as it combats the kind of orange, red, and copper undertones that make brunette hair look brassy. Its color isn’t coincidental – blue is on the opposite end of the color wheel from the aforementioned undertones, which lets it neutralize these tones effectively.

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What Does Blue Shampoo Do for Brown Hair?

Blue shampoo does for brown hair what purple shampoo does for blonde hair – it neutralizes the most common, unwanted undertones that are the result of coloring your hair brown. The only difference between the blue and purple versions is the particular undertones they target:

  • Blue: works for orange, copper, and red

  • Purple: works for yellow and slight orange

As in the case of blonde hair, when coloring your hair brown, your colorist will likely use toners or glosses that have cool or ash tones to them to neutralize any brassiness showing in the hair. However, it will fade away and wash off with time. By using a blue shampoo, you can prevent that from happening.



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How Often Should You Use Blue Shampoo for Your Brown Hair?

While blue shampoo is good for brown hair, it is important to know which type of product you are using as you may not want to overdo it. This can lead to your hair turning darker than you intended, so it’s good to know the limits.

We recommend that you follow the directions of the brand you are using since formulas can vary. For blue shampoos that are more heavily pigmented, you may only want to use it every three to four times you shampoo. If the shampoo uses a softer amount of pigment and is designed to be used daily, then you may be able to use it every time you shampoo. Just follow the instructions on the bottle. This way, you’ll keep the orange brassy tones at bay without going too dark or dull.

Is Blue Shampoo Good for All Brown Hair?

Yes, blue shampoo is good for any shade of brown hair, when you don't want it to look too warm or red. What’s more, this toner will also help if you have highlights or if your natural hair color is brunette. You can use blue shampoos whenever you feel you need to hide unwanted red or orange undertones.

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What Is the Best Blue Shampoo for Brown Hair

Our ColorSolve Shampoo + Conditioner with Brunette Color Shot is undoubtedly the best blue shampoo for brown hair. Why? Because it not only tones your hair but nourishes it as well. And that’s not all.

As a Madison Reed product, it’s free of harsh ingredients*! Plus, our products are Leap Bunny certified. This is an international stamp of approval that recognizes no animal testing is used or commissioned in any phase of product development by our company, its labs, or ingredient suppliers. So, you can feel good about your hair, scalp, and the things that matter the most to you – while using a shampoo that will make you forget about your brown hair brassiness!

Our ColorSolve Shampoo and Conditioner system allows you to choose your color shot – in this case blue for brunette hair – and then mix it into the shampoo formula that best suits your hair’s needs. You can choose from Daily Moisture, Bond Building, Total Volume, and Frizz Away.

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Do You Need to Use Blue Shampoo for Your Brown Hair?

The final question we need to answer is: do you really need to use blue shampoo for your brown hair? Well, it all depends on your hair.

If red, copper, or orange undertones become visible in your hair naturally, making it look brassy, you should absolutely include a blue shampoo in your hair care routine. But if it isn’t a common problem, you might opt out of using it, or wash your hair with such a shampoo only from time to time.

The Takeaway

What is blue shampoo? It’s a hair-toning shampoo that neutralizes orange, red, and copper undertones. It works best for brown hair, whether it is color-treated or natural. The best blue shampoo for brunettes is Madison Reed ColorSolve Shampoo – not only does it make your color look more vibrant, it also strengthens your hair, making it look absolutely gorgeous!
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 *According to an independent consumer study.

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