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  • Jacqueline Weesner

Purple Shampoo can fix a lot of bad things. The main thing being -- BRASSY hair.

Because of this, a lot of my blonde clients love reaching for their purple shampoo often. While I love this as a tool for at home care, I've seen a few ways this has been used that has resulted in not so pretty results. Here's a few tips on how to properly use purple shampoo and avoid any mistakes.

1) Be careful where you put it. Purple shampoo should be used on areas that are too warm, yellow or brassy feeling. This means you should avoid placing purple shampoo on hair that is lighter than a yellow tone (doing so will result in purple hair). Yikes!

2) Just because it's called shampoo doesn't mean it should be your main shampoo.

I find that the residue that purple shampoo leaves on my own hair doesn't get it as clean feeling as I like, I regularly wash my hair with a moisturizing shampoo that adds hydrating and gets everything clean feeling again.

The one downside purple shampoo has, is it's formulated without any extra good stuff. There's nothing added to it's ingredient list to add hydration or strength to our hair. Because of this, it should be alternated with a shampoo that is healthy and gentle on your hair.

3) It's all about how you apply it.

The trickiest part of using purple shampoo is knowing how to apply it to our hair. I often see in client's hair a cast of built up pigment on their hair, while the underside is completely unchanged. A simple way to avoid this is by using a hair color bottle. I mix a bit of purple shampoo with water. Shake and then apply over hair that is needing to be toned. This will allow for an even application of the purple tone.


Jacqueline is a hair colorist working out of Montrose, Colorado. Her years of experience have helped her clients achieve the healthy blonde hair of their dreams.

  • Jacqueline Weesner

Very often I hear from new clients that their hair is flat. The first question I ask them is, "What kind of styling products do you put on your hair?"

9 times out of 10 the answer is the same. OIL.

Oil is a good option if you hair texture is frizzy, poofy and untamable. But usually women looking to add volume don't have any of these issues.

So why have we been recommended a product that contains silicon and is sure to make our hair flat, greasy and limp? My guess is: they smell pretty. Oil products seem as though a bit goes a long way (and they do!) but sometimes a bit of a heavy silicone product forces us to wash and reset our hair days earlier than we'd like.

If oil products aren't recommended for flat hair, I'm going to tell you about a few easy products that are simple to use and will help push your hair in the direction you're wanting it to go.

MOUSE. In the 80's and 90's we used mouse and our hair loved it. It was crunchy, sticky and it held volume. Flatirons entered the scene and many women forgot that products that contain hold could offer a lot of benefit.

GEL. I love to mix a light hold get with a curl cream to enhance my own waves and allow for my curl shape to something more than frizz.

HAIRSPRAY. This product gives us a shield. It blocks out humidity that comes from the environment and from our own bodies. In my opinion, your hair will be sure to sink unless you're topped off with a gentle amount of spray.

In the past 30 years, these products (mouse, gel and hairsprays) have changed a lot. They don't feel as heavy, crunchy or sticky as they once did. Instead, they offer all the results a volume seeking lady could wish for.


Jacqueline has been a licensed stylist since 2006. Her salon in Montrose, Colorado uses non-toxic hair color and styling products with natural ingredients.

  • Jacqueline Weesner

Oh 2020, you've brought us a lot of luxuries. You've made life so easy, yet so confusing.

One of the main disadvantages I've experienced as a hairstylist (since the turn of the modern, online era) has been the client's expectations and the techniques associated with the hair color result.

I've literally had clients sit in my chair ask for a Balayage when they in reality needed a root area retouch and wanted a few foils of a lighter color placed throughout their hair.

We want to be taken seriously as we trust our beauty to professionals. I get that. Even on my own time, I research and get my own "inspiration" when working with my hairstylist or eyebrow professional. The difference is showing what's inside your head vs. asking for the impossible to be done during your hair appointment. An easy way to avoid confusion is to bring in photos of how you'd like your hair color to look. I suggest using sites like Pinterest or Instagram for visual help.

I'm a huge lover of a clean and simple hair consultation. I spend 5-10 minutes coming up with a clear plan before chemicals have been brought back to my station.

One of my favorite ways to begin the hair color consultation is to look through the ideas my client brings in for color. Then, snap a quick picture of what their hair looks like from different angles. I then point out the necessary steps we could take to make their hair appear similar to the inspiration picture.

Trust between a stylist and client is something that is earned over time, but along the way, we can make some great progress with visuals and getting to know your hair goals.


Jacqueline Weesner is a licensed hairstylist in Montrose, Colorado. Her salon uses all-natural, ppd-free hair color that allows for a pleasant environment, as well as a healthy one to breathe in. She has spent the past 15 years perfecting women's hair color, hair cuts, Balayage, highlights, and grey blending options. Contact her to set up a consultation.

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