Blue Shampoo VS Purple Shampoo: Which Works Better?

Blue Shampoo VS Purple Shampoo: Which Works Better?

Ladies and gentlemen, in the blue corner we have No orange Blue shampoo and in the purple corner we have No Yellow Purple Shampoo. Which one will prove to come out the winner of being the best toning shampoo for blondes?

There have been some arguments as to which Fanola range out of the neutralising toning shampoos reign supreme? Is it the no orange blue shampoo? Or the ever so popular no yellow purple shampoo? Which one is it? We compare both toning shampoos to find out who is the winner.

No Orange Blue Shampoo

Firstly, with the whole blue shampoo VS purple shampoo there are doubts of the prowess of the blue toning powers that are in Fanola No Orange. Fanola No Orange is the best blue shampoo because it eliminates the brassy stubborn orange undertones in the hair (we know how stubborn they can be, am I right?).

Blue shampoo is ideal for darker blondes, Darker blondes are those with hair that is at least a level 7.5 to a level 8.5. Hair that is lower than a level 7.5 can also use the No Orange but the shampoo will only tone the unwanted orange tones. Please be aware that it will not eliminate any red shades.

Blue shampoo can still be used on those with lighter blonde hair. There is a secret to achieving a clean blonde without going green (remembering that yellow + blue= green). And here is the tip;


  1. Use the no yellow shampoo to remove any yellow tones in the hair for 3-10 minutes depending on your hair.
  2. Rinse and now you will have a cleaner base to apply the no orange blue shampoo for 3-10 minutes which will tone any of the left-over orange shades in the hair. Leaving the hair with a clean cool ash result.


No orange shampoo works best for light haired brunettes and dark blondes whether they have full colour, highlights or balayage.

Furthermore, blue shampoo is also perfect for clients that are transitioning from dark to light hair, keeping brassy tones at bay. It’s even great for lightened Asian hair too. No orange is that strong, how impressive is that?!

How to use No Orange Blue Shampoo

  1. Wet your hair
  2. Apply the blue shampoo and work in a good lather all over your hair.
  3. Leave it in for 3-10 minutes.
  4. Rinse out the suds and apply the No orange blue mask to lock in moisture and to condition the hair.

TOP TIP: You can mix in no orange and no yellow together to make a custom style of toner. As what Lustrous Beauty has done.

No Yellow Purple Shampoo

No yellow purple shampoo doesn’t have any lightening effect on hair that is darker than a level 8 and below. It will however only tone the highlighted areas that are levels 8.5 and above due to the highlights being light in colour but not the darker or natural sections of hair itself.

As the colour wheel states that purple opposes yellow. Purple shampoo is best for lighter blondes that are at least a level 9 or higher. This type of blonde hair will be maintained by this shampoo keeping that cool ashy or platinum blonde. Therefore, eradicating yellow tones.

The no yellow purple shampoo is pigmented and will last up to 8 washes (impressive right!). Some people may experience dry hair and this is only because they are overusing the product, or they need the sulphate free solution. This shampoo can be alternated with the Nutricare shampoo to keep hair nourished.

Also, if a client wants that over toned violet look, the purple shampoo can be left on for a longer period for up to 30 minutes.

How To Use No Yellow Purple Shampoo

  1. Wet your hair and
  2. Apply the purple shampoo over your hair.
  3. Leave it in for 3-10 minutes. For a cooler, ashier tone, leave it on for longer.
  4. Rinse out the suds and apply the No yellow mask to lock in moisture to condition the hair.

TOP TIP: For extra nourishment add in Nutricare mask to this routine once a week.

ย The Similarities Between Blue Shampoo and Purple Shampoo

  • They can be used as a pre-toner at the basin, prior to applying the toner for a cleaner look.
  • Both portray a cooler effect on the hair.
  • Be wary as they both stain your hands. So, use gloves.
  • If itโ€™s applied on dry porous hair you will get tinges of blue or purple that reflect in the hair. if you wanted that look, that’s the best method for you. Otherwise, itโ€™s best to use it on damp/ wet hair so that the highly pigmented toner can still tone but without having the backlash/ after colour of blue and purple tinges through the hair.
  • Do not fret if you have left the toning shampoos to stay in longer than the recommended and your hair turns either blue or purple. Thankfully they fade out after a few washes. For instant removal, you can use a clarifying shampoo.

As they are both toning shampoos which contain sulfate, it may make them a little dryer, therefore, it is best to use their follow up masks in either no orange mask or the no yellow. You can also go sulphate free with our No Yellow Vegan range.

The Differences between the blue shampoo and purple shampoo

  • They counteract different shades, the purple counteracting yellow tones and the blue counteracting orange tones.
  • There is an obvious difference in colour with the solution as they are both cool in tones. The purple shampoo is solely made of violet pigments and the blue is made up of mostly a blue dye with a small amount of violet.
  • Another difference between the two is that the violet shampoo tones quicker as you are working on a lighter hair level in comparison to the blue where you are toning a darker hair level.
  • The blue shampoo may be used over a period to get desired neutralising results over the purple shampoo
  • They both have different fragrances from one another (both are amazing).


Really there is no clear winner in this scenario but the real winner will be your hair if you choose the correct bottle. Remember it all comes down to maintaining your colour, caring for your hair and showing it a little TLC.


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