And no, it doesn't involve a bikini, but I'm not above clickbait.
Ladies and… other ladies, do I have a hot take for you.
All blondes—yes, all of you—need to be using purple shampoo.
(OK, so here’s the thing: I’m working on a long form piece right now about love, overanalyzing, where shit hits the fan, how to avoid the basic psychological pitfalls… but it’s taking me a long time to articulate my thoughts because I really want this piece to be SOLIDLY logical. So in the meantime, I have this post about literal shampoo for you. Stay tuned for the first LOVE post since my “Exercise in Solitude” post from September.)
So back to the purp.
My hair is naturally dark blonde, and I started highlighting it my junior year of high school because all my friends were blonde and that’s what you do when you’re 17. Oh, all the people I hang out with have blonde hair? Where’s the nearest bottle of peroxide?
But thank GOD I did, because being a bossy blonde is my brand now and your girl has never looked back.
Side tangent—one time a boy came up to me at a bar and, in a poorly executed attempt at a pick-up, goes, “You wanna know how I know you’re not really blonde?”
“Your eyebrows are dark.”
Had this dude never heard of Julianne Hough? Cara Dele-f***ing-vingne? I took that free drink and left the country after that comment.
Anyway, being blonde is great. Blondes are like left-handed pitchers! They always get a second look, even if they don’t deserve it.
But few things are worse than brassy blonde. It’s that unintentional gold/orange hue that comes up when artificial blondes’ natural hair color has orange undertones. (Also known as: me.)
Enter: purple shampoo. And not just ANY purple shampoo, because I’ve been using purple shampoo for years. But this particular purple shampoo that surprisingly works FAR better than any of the others I’ve used.
Here’s how I know it’s making a difference:
A straight male on my Team at work today goes, “Katie, did you do something different to your hair? Your hair color looks really good.”
After I picked my jaw up off the conference table, I thanked him for noticing. I haven’t gotten my hair highlighted since early January, and started using this shampoo last week.
Claire’s been saying since day two that my hair looked ‘way better’ but I figured she was just doing her duty as a diligent work wife and bolstering my self-esteem (except… did it look bad before? I don't know, I never know how to take comments like that).
Then, this afternoon at the nail place, some old blonde woman from the pedicure chair goes, “Your hair color is so beautiful—how do you get it like that?”
IT’S THE PURPLE SHAMPOO, I hollered, nearly standing up from the manicure table to pull up the link for her.
This shit is GOLD. And when I say gold, I mean purple, because it’ll make your blonde hair NOT gold.
It just gives your hair this faintly silver/violet hue that makes the blonde look so fresh and natural, rather than brassy and dull. Pretty sure it’s an optical illusion, but so is the entirety of my hot girl disguise (dresses, mascara, the works), so why stop at hair?
Without further ado, here’s the goods. It actually smells a lot better than the other purple shampoos I’ve used:
It’s $16 at Ulta but $10 on Amazon, so I just dove into the grape abyss headfirst and got the 33 oz. bottle for $33.
Happy sudsing, ladies!
All things beauty.