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FAQ: My Blue Shampoo Is Not Working

Question:
I had my hair bleached couple of months ago. However, it has a yellow hue. I have been using a blue shampoo to tone down the yellowness, but I really do not see much difference. Does this shampoo actually work? Or when will I see some change? If it will not work, what do you recommend?

Answer:
It all depends on how much yellow there is in your hair. It sounds as if your hair was not "brought up" to a palest yellow shade and it has still too much of yellow pigments inside. If your natural hair is very dark, it is hard to make it very blond in only one session. And since the shampoo is not doing its job, your colorist may have to re-bleach your hair to make it more pale in color. However, if you decide for  a second application you must be careful not to have your hair over processed to the point that it would be breaking off. If you decide to go for one more bleach treatment, you should deep-condition your hair several times (over several days) prior to your chemical treatment - just to make it stronger for this process.
Blue or violet shampoos are not designed to "color" or "decolor" your hair. They are supposed to neutralize your yellow hues. But if your hair is too light, almost white, it may actually change your hair color into "blue-ish" or "purple-ish" shade, depending on which color shampoo you would be using. So, do not over use the shampoo. However it will not happen if the hue of your hair is too yellow.


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This post should be taken as a first step for a discussion with your hairdresser and/or colorist about your ideas, desires or problems with your hair. Under no circumstances, you should act upon this post ONLY. I strongly advice you to have your hair done by a skilled and reputable hairdresser/colorist in your area.