Experts reveal what the viral #PurpleShampooChallenge can really do to your hair

If you’ve got naturally blonde or grey hair, chances are you’ve already tried a purple shampoo.

As purple sits on the opposite side of the colour wheel to yellow, a purple shampoo will neutralise all those unwanted brassy tones, leaving your colour cooler and fresher in-between salon visits.

But now, instead of just reaping the shampoo’s colour-correcting benefits, users of social media and video sharing platform TikTok have been taking part in the #PurpleShampooChallenge – with over 70 million people having viewed the hashtag so far.

So what exactly is the #PurpleShampooChallenge? Instead of just using a small amount of purple shampoo for a quick lather and rinse, TikTok users are slathering handfuls of it onto dry hair and leaving it on for as long as 24 hours, in a bid to turn their hair deep purple.

As you can imagine, the results vary wildly, as the purple pigment will only show up on very light hair – not to mention the potential to stain your hands, bathroom and clothing.

So what do the experts think about this new craze?

"Those with blonde hair will benefit from using violet toning hair products such as Fudge Professional Clean Blonde Damage Rewind Violet Toning Shampoo, £14.95, as it also features the innovative Opti-PLEX technology that penetrates deep into the hairs core and reconstructs the hair bonds after a chemical colour," explains Tracy Hayes, Head of Professional Colour at Fudge Professional.

"However, it’s important not to overuse these products as people can get end up with icy or violet hair. Unless this is the look you want to achieve, I would usually recommend using a toning shampoo every two weeks or so to keep the blonde fabulous and clean. Remember this #PurpleShampooChallenge will only work on blonde hair and if you’re going to do it, definitely wear gloves!"

Jess Beech

Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. 


She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!


Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress. 


The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.