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BEST PURPLE SHAMPOOS TO REMOVE BRASSY HAIR TONES

There is no doubt that being born blonde lends you a slight advantage over the competition. What can I say, it seems people are more prone to be attracted to blondes. I am no statistician but this is just what I have seen in my life as a blonde. It isn’t all fun and games though. We have hair problems that need fixing like everyone else! We need to deal with unwanted attention and also the dreaded brassy hair. The way to combat brassy hair is by using purple shampoo.

What is purple shampoo?

blonde-hair-problemsPurple shampoo is simply what it sounds like, it is shampoo that is dyed purple. Why purple? The reason purple is used is because purple is the opposite of yellow. In this case we equate yellow with blonde. Therefore when purple is applied to brassy blonde hair it can cool the harsh color. There are many companies on the market who make their own version of purple shampoo, each with their own unique take on the idea. The shampoo is manufactured by adding purple dye to the base shampoo. The amount of dye you add will affect the hue of purple produced. The overall darkness or saturation of purple will assist your hair in different ways. The beautiful thing about purple shampoo is that you can make it yourself if you would be motivated to do so.

I have used various shampoos with varying degrees of success. My hair is a lighter blonde so the brassiness is subtle. When I’ve used darker shampoos they have almost worked too well almost turning my hair a purplish tinge. It is definitely a unique look and one I wouldn’t mind wearing but it wasn’t what I was looking for. The brighter purple shampoos worked great too but I sometimes find that I need to wash my hair a couple of times to get the desired results.

How to use purple shampoo

purple-shampoo-cureI have spoken about how purple shampoo works but how do you use it? Should you treat it like a regular shampoo? Utilizing purple shampoo is super easy and works a bit different than normal shampoo. First off you don’t want to use too much. Secondly you have to leave it in for a couple of minutes before washing it out. If you leave it in for too long you can stain your hair which like I mentioned earlier will leave your hair slightly purple. If that’s what you are looking for then you are in luck! For the rest of us it is best to be careful with how long you keep it in. Another thing to consider is the amount of times you use the shampoo. Purple shampoo should not be used every day. Once or twice a week should help to cool those harsh tones. Obviously every persons’ hair is different so you’ll need to experiment.

Best Purple Shampoos

There are numerous purple shampoos on the market and each one does a great job in their own way.

John Frieda Sheer Blonde is a great bottle. The web page says that it is formulated for highlighted blonde hair but it works great with my un-highlighted hair.  The nice thing about this shampoo is that it actually protects your hair from brassy. They have infused this shampoo with technology that deflects the UV rays that can cause brassiness. Science and hair in perfect harmony. For moderate brassy tones this shampoo is for you! This is an overall great bottle of shampoo with a price that won’t break the bank.

Clairol Shimmer Lights is one of the more popular bottles of purple shampoo. Shimmer lights is by far the darkest purple shampoo I have tried so it works best with light blonde hair. The shampoo is fairly thick so you have to be careful when rinsing it out to make sure none of it is left over in your locks. Because it is such a powerful formula you will see results after the first application making this shampoo the best for the price. This is also a great shampoo if you are trying to get that slightly purple tone. Once again this is one of the top purple shampoos on the market so you should give it a try!

Joico Color Endure Violet Shampoo is another wonderful bottle of shampoo. It is also  one of the more reasonably priced bottles. It has a higher level of violet dye making it ideal for highlighted or even gray hair. Some people use it each time they shampoo but it really is dependent on the user. The beautiful thing is that it not only works to tame and cool brassy tones it also helps protect the color you already have. This will leave you with hair that looks amazing, longer! Joico color endure needs to be added to wet hair and left there for a couple of minutes. The website suggests you use their Joico color endure violet conditioner and there is no doubt you will have the best results if you do. There is a reason they suggest it.  Depending on the intensity of brassiness you encounter you should only use this shampoo a handful of times a week, if that. Obviously everyone’s hair is different and will require tweaks here and there but bottom line this is a great buy that is sure to get the job done! Maple Holistics has a wonderful purple shampoo article that I found helpful.

Purple shampoo is truly a amazing beauty product that uses science to combat an issue most of us blonde hair humans face. The same science can be applied to other colored hair. For instance green shampoo can be used for red hair. It works the very same way. Also it should be noted that even if you aren’t a natural blonde the shampoo can work for you. The shampoo doesn’t know that you weren’t born with that beautiful blonde hair.

All that I have written is for people looking to get rid of brassiness but if you want to experiment with the purple shampoo and see how it can change your hair be my guest! Share what you find with me here at numberhopper.com. I am also curious to see how different beauty products can be used differently to achieve other results besides their expected ones.

What Does It Mean To Live A More Natural Life?

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So, what does it mean to live a more natural life?

Ask any random person on the street, and they will tell you that one of the most important things in life, if not the most important thing, is health. As Count Rugen famously said in The Princess Bride: “If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.” Ask any random person on the street, and chances are they will all provide different answers as to what exactly constitutes healthy living, and how to achieve it. Different people have all kinds of opinions on natural, healthy living. This is my own.

In ancient times, there was a saying. One which continues to echo through the generations: “let thy food by thy medicine”. I could not agree more. But this post isn’t really about food. I am about to persuade you go on some crazy diet or to give up red meat. What I do want to do, is to ask you to stop for a moment and think about plants.

Plants have given us so much over time. The plant world has always been a tried and true source of shelter, food, clothing, life, and beauty. So, I would like to take that saying a step further, and say that you should let not only your food by your medicine, but all plant life. I am talking about living more naturally. That is what this post is about, and there is a way to achieve it.plant-based-benefits

I am not telling you to sell all of your possessions and move to a nearby forest. Don’t get me wrong – I am all for living naturally, and that would be pretty cool. But, what I am talking is modern natural living. There is a way to pull it off. It starts with yourself, your decisions, and your body. Or rather, the way you take care of your body.

It seems that people are caring less and less about what it is they are putting into their bodies. This is evident from the overwhelming amount of crap that is being produced, manufactured, distributed, and sold to millions every day. Again, I am not talking about food, although there is no denying that is a pretty big part of the whole thing.

I wouldn’t ask a random person to quit it all and go strictly vegetarian. But what about natural shampoo? Or conditioner? Or soap? Or moisturizer? Or deodorant? Which you can check out at Maple Holistics. This list goes on and on. Guess what are in most commercially available, widely-distributed cosmetics… normally, some natural elements, perhaps. And lots and lots of chemicals.

Now, I don’t care what the government says. I don’t care what the FDA approves or disapproves of, no matter how stringent their methods and regulations supposedly are. The mere fact that they allow companies to put all kinds of things in their products, and then just slap the word “fragrance” on the label – that alone is reason for major concern.

They have tons of people fooled, but not for long. People are looking for more natural ways to live. And they will find it, whether the big companies want it or not.

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Why I Do “No Poo”

What you wash your hair with is important. I used to have a bad case of dandruff. I went to a skin doctor, who prescribed something which did get rid of some of the dandruff, but left my scalp a disaster in other ways. It got irritated, and I stopped using that stuff almost immediately.

That was when I discovered the No Poo method, and began treating my hair and scalp right, for the first time since infancy, probably. At first I washed only with water, for a couple of weeks. Then, I added baking soda and apple cider vinegar to the mix, and some essential oils (argan, tea tree, jojoba). The results have been pretty amazing.no poo

If I ever do back to buying a shampoo and conditioner, and I may, it will be only ones which contain oils and natural ingredients. And I mean actually natural, not ‘marketing’ natural. That means no preservatives, no detergents, no fragrances, and no lathering agents. Well, there may be some wiggle room on lathering agents. I do enjoy and miss that soapy feeling when I put the product in my hair.

The chances of an everyday, run-of-the-mill hair care product fitting that bill are slim. Unless, of course, you shop in a health store. There are many stores and companies online as well that offer great all-natural shampoo and conditioners one I have my eye on is Maple Holistics.  I enjoy my No Poo, but some of those natural hair products look great, and they usually don’t cost too much. You can gain a lot when you treat your hair and scalp right. 

Take me for example. Within a few weeks, my dandruff was long gone. It was those products and my inability to read my body’s language that caused the scalp to dry out, itch, flake, and utterly annoy me. After a few weeks with water, the scalp got back on its feet (that’s a funny image!), and my head’s oil production and distribution zeroed itself and went back to normal.

As it turns out, all I needed was to let nature take its course. The baking soda and apple cider are being used by me as a preventive measure. I haven’t had dandruff in a long while, and I plan to keep it that way, thank you very much!no mo dandruff

Fixing Your Hair Problems

There are probably a gazillion products out there, all dedicated to fixing damaged hair, revitalizing hair, and reconditioning it. There are millions of people complaining about the health of their hair, and those products are seemingly there to help it out. But are they really helping?

The truth is this: those products may do the trick, but for a limited time. Many times, hair products offer a quick fix, and do not care for the root cause of whatever issue the hair or scalp is having.

Washing Is Key!

washing hair 2Washing your hair is key, and so the question is asked – what do I use to wash, and how often do I wash my hair? Well, as for what should you use, it is a personal matter. It makes no difference what the cosmetics companies says, there is no real “one size fits all” hair care solution. The only ingredient that falls under that category is water.

Even when it comes to natural products, some have oils which may not fit certain types of hair. It is such a personal thing, hair care, yet people don’t treat it that way sometimes. They go for whatever is convenient, and sometimes they mess with their original scalp settings.

sebumAs for how often you should wash your hair, the answer is most likely up to twice a week, and no more. The idea behind that number is to give the scalp a chance to produce some of its own oil, called sebum, in the days between washings. This oil helps the hair and scalp remain healthy, and any prolonged outside interference could cause the scalp to stop sebum production. Washing once or twice a week – with an appropriate product! – is usually enough for most people. Some people wash only once every 10 days, and some use homemade ‘no poo’ methods, and also give the hair a thorough cleaning – with baking soda and apple cider vinegar – once a month.

Hair maintenance is an individual thing, and the amount of times you wash a week could also change with your body. If you are sick, or stressed, or on your monthly cycle – the body will notice these changes and adjust itself. Make sure to listen to your body. It is the best way of knowing when to wash, long before the scalp begins to dry out. Nobody likes to have lifeless, damaged, split-ended, breakage-prone hair. Make sure to take care of yourself, and figure out what works best for you. Remember to stop by again for more great blogs!