Although, I am not blonde anymore, I feel the need to share my love for this violet shampoo!
My natural color is a level 4-5 and as you probably guessed, having a nice cold platinum is really hard to achieve. I really wanted that ashy almost lavender tone of blonde, but my hair kept getting too yellow for me. However, this shampoo was really the best to keep it away from brassy tones. I think this is the most pigmented violet shampoo I have ever used, and without being drying the hair. it is sulfate-free, so for blondes, you really notice the difference especially for someone, like me, who bleached her hair.
The price is really good for all you have... Definitely recommend for all the boys/girls with blonde, silver hair !!
I'm in love. I love the whole Joico line, in general, but this takes the cake. This is my favorite violet shampoo and conditioner...period. I purchased mine from Cosmoprof, but you can also purchase it at Ulta and salons that carry Joico. Its is best to check Joico's website as to where to buy it. I have tried alot of violet shampoos. I have tried Paul Mitchell, AG, Aveda, Clairol, Tigi, generic, and drugstore brands plus many more. I have the best success with Joico's violet shampoo. Its smells good. It removes my brassy orange / yellow tones. The color of the product is a dark blue-violet. This is a very potent and strong shampoo. It is possible to over-tone your hair, meaning, you could get a violet or ashy cast to your hair depending on your hair's condition and porosity. It is a "toning" shampoo, meaning, you can use it as you would a "toner" instead of a shampoo. I use mine as both a toner and shampoo. It comes in liter bottles with a pump, a plus for me because I use this often. I often buy it in a two pack along with the conditioner, if you can get it on sale, even better.
This does eliminate brassy tones. If your goal is to achieve platinum, white, blonde hair your hair will need to be lightened to a PALE YELLOW. A pale yellow.....not orange, not orange-yellow, not peach, not gold, not lemon yellow, not banana yellow. You want the INSIDE of a banana yellow, not the outside. A creamy, vanilla tone or off-white or light buttery yellow is the perfect tone for toning it to platinum. That is the best way I can describe that. If your hair is not pale yellow and you want platinum, you may have to lighten your hair more. However, do NOT lighten it to WHITE, or you will risk breakage and hairloss. If you don't want platinum and just want to tone brassy tones, this will work fine for you too. Heck, I've even used this on dyed black hair and got a cool violet blue tone to my hair and loved it, too!
My recipe for platinum hair: (For toning only)
1. Start with day-old or 2-3 day-old hair. You want your natural oils on your scalp for protection against harsh chemicals like bleach and peroxide. Do not shampoo before bleaching. Always do a strand test and a sensitivity test, before you do your head.
2. Bleach hair; all-over or roots to a PALE YELLOW. I use a professional creme lightener with a 20 Vol developer. You can find decent ones at Sally's Beauty if you do not have a beauty license for professional distributors, like Cosmoprof. When in doubt, just go to a professional for hair lightening.
3. Once hair has reached the PALE YELLOW stage, I shampoo. I shampoo & rinse 2-3 times with Joico's K-PAK Color Therapy shampoo. I do NOT immediately condition my hair. I gently towel blot my hair with a towel to remove excess water. Then, gently comb through my hair to remove tangles.
4. I use a tinting bowl and tint brush to apply my Joico violet shampoo. I treat it as if it were a hair color, because it can and should be used that way. It is a "toning" shampoo, after all. You can buy tint bowels and tint brushes at Sallys or wherever sold. You can use a plastic container from the kitchen for all i care. lol
5. I apply plastic gloves, it can stain. I squirt 5-10 squirts of violet shampoo into a clean tint bowel, and use more squirts as I need it. I section my hair and start applying the shampoo with a tint brush to my roots first, and then pulling it down to the ends. I repeat this until my hair is fully saturated with the shampoo. Only then, will I gently massage the product into my hair so it becomes frothy, like normal shampooing, to further distribute the product around my head. I then apply a plastic processing cap to cover my head. Plastic wrap or a plastic bag will work too.
6. I process for 30-60 minutes. I have never left it on longer than an hour. You need to take into consideration the health of your hair. A strand test with the shampoo, is wise. It is possible to over-tone your hair, and get unwanted ashy or violet tones in your hair from the shampoo. If you do over-tone, it normally fades with repeated washing with normal or a chelating shampoo.
7. I rinse well and condition, heavily. I normally use Joico K-PAK Moisture Intense Hydrator and Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor. I will use a quarter size of each, mixing them well in the palm of my hands and run it through towel dried hair, finishing with a comb through. I apply a plastic cap and leave it on for a half-hour.
8. I rinse again. Towel dry. I apply a leave-in conditioner like, 'It's a 10' and also some Argan oil, mixed in. I let my hair rest, and air dry. No heat or styling.
*** I repeat this process every 1-2 weeks (MINUS THE BLEACHING) to keep my hair fresh and bright.
For maintenance: I will use the Joico violet shampoo alone or mixed with another shampoo while in the shower. I generally only leave it in for 3 minutes and rinse and condition. I may do this every other washing. It can be drying to the hair.
I hope this has helped someone. It was my intention to help you and share my experience. Happy blonding! :)
The Joico violet shampoo has been my holy grail toning product for my blonde hair for years. Unfortunately they very recently changed the formula, also making it sulfate free. I thought this would be really cool at first as I've heard great things about sulfate free shampoos, but i notice almost zero toning from the product anymore. With the old formula, I used this shampoo once a week tops or I would go grey. Now, I use it every day, leaving it in 5-10 minutes each time, and ta da... yellow hair. Very very disappointed. I am trying to find something new now, and will never buy this shampoo again. :(
Amazing amazing amazingggggggggg I finally got my hair to ashy beige blonde after years with gross uneven copper hair and 1000 s of $$$. I recommend this to everyone who's looking for a purple shampoo
One of the better purple shampoos I have found. I would say this and matrix so silver have worked the best for me. At the time I was looking, choices for a sulfate free purple shampoo were limited. I picked it up on sale at ulta in the liter size. I feel its very moisturizing which isnice when you have double processed hair like me plus the other ones ive tried are drying. Personally I don't use purple shampoos for cleansing as toning is the prim purposeto me so I wash my hair with another shampoo first and then put this in and let it sit. Therefore I can't attest to it not cleansing well and making hair greasy. I have an oily scalp and have been trying to wash every other day so that's why I wash twice cuz Then I can use less of this up. Next I want to try pravana , lee stafford and some horse shampoo I've seen raved about on youtube. I have tried and didn't see results from jhirmack, pantene silver something, goldwell, john frieda, and some matrix cond foam. Haven't tried matching conditioners cuz Im picky and my tangly fine hair has special needs and they don't seem like they have the pigment the shampoos have.
I recently went platinum blonde again (about four weeks ago) and I have used the Clairol Shimmer Lights shampoo (effective but left my hair feeling like straw), and the One N' Only purple shampoo which should be banished to the inner circles of Hell because of how terrible it made my hair felt.
I use both the shampoo and conditioner in this line, but I find the conditioner to not be as effective (as far as a conditioner it works well...not convinced on the toning).
I use the shampoo about twice a week and leave it in my hair for longer than stated (which if I'm not mistaken is about 3-5 minutes..I usually do 20 and get dressed/eat or something in the mean time). I do this because my hair tends to yellow faster and was stubborn during toning, and to be honest I'm kind of neurotic about not having yellow tinted hair. The shampoo does not dry my hair, smells great, is packaged well, and works wonderfully at zapping the brass. It can be a bit pricey, but to me, it is worth it in the long haul as it is a quality product.
I'm not sure about the reformulation of the product, but when I use it, it is definitely still a deep violet. Be careful during use that you are careful when you put it in your hair/rinse it out as the purple can get places. I haven't noticed that it stains anything permanently but you never know.
Overall- 5/5. This shampoo is wonderful...and it makes my hair look really cool when I'm using it.
I used this product from Joico a few years ago, and I decided to try it again because as much as I like my AG Silver shampoo, I have started feeling like it wasn't purple/blue enough to help tone my blonde highlighted hair anymore and I am not sure why. I have previously tried Shimmer Lights, Joico, and a couple of other drugstore brands which were not tinted enough.
- amazing smell
- toning well (better than my AG Silver - definitely noticeable when I am using it 3 times a week)
- lathers well
- priced well and available at drugstore
- my normally oily hair is oily right after washing with it!
- after washing and drying my hair, it instantly has no volume
I also purchased the Joico Color Endure Violet Conditioner, and I do not find that it does anything. The shampoo is actually detangling enough that I usually use it by itself without a conditioner so that I can avoid any extra risk of oily roots and ends... but it hasn't made any difference. I love everything ELSE about the product and it would probably work well for anyone who doesn't have naturally oily hair. I am not sure if I will repurchase. I would like to try the Fudge brand next and see the results.
I am a highlighted blonde, I recently got highlights a month ago, I was so in love with my hair color...until I washed it for the first time, I have no idea what happened, but I have hated my hair ever since. I've read about purple shampoos and bought the John Frieda(Did nothing for my hair) from a local grocery store because I didn't wanna make a special trip to Ulta. They recently had the 1 liter bottles on sale for $15.99 so I had to buy it.........I just got done using it and I am in love! My color looks exactly the way it did the day I came home from the salon!
This is only my 2nd purple shampoo, but it is my favorite so far. There are still some more brands i want to try...but I love this one.
Edit: I went to the salon after about 3 uses of this shampoo, my stylist asked me what shampoo I have been using because my blonde looked great.
I needed a shampoo to work with my newly colored and highlighted hair that came out a bit too brassy/coppery/orangey to my liking. Some background info: I am AA and have natural hair that I have been coloring at home. I went to the stylist that I use for "special" needs, i.e., trims, additional/better coloring services, etc. to let her give me highlights. In attempting to correct my reddish colored (base) hair to an ash brown color before adding blond highlights, I ended up with the coppery look. It didn't look horrible, just not exactly what I wanted, so I decided to try this shampoo to tone down the look. After one use I got good results and am satisfied that my hair isn't bright like it was. I still think I need a do over at the salon to get *the* look I was originally going for, but this shampoo does what it says it will do. I am also satisfied with the companion conditioner. The fact that they're both sulfate-free is important to me so that's a plus. (Note: the picture that accompanies this set of reviews is incorrect, as this line is now in a red bottle.)
I love this purple shampoo! It's my second favourite after the Fudge one. It tones and does its job and leaves my blonde looking beautiful!