Best semi perm hair colour- manic panic, crazy colour etc

posted 3 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

They can be very temperamental. Are you using a sulfate free shampoo? That is a must. And it’s best to wash semi dyed hair in cold water. It will be uncomfortable but you’ll get used to it and the color will stay blocked in. Sallys has great ion sem shades, you’ll find rose there too. 

1. use a sulfate free shampoo.

2.wash in cold water only. 

3.wash VERY rarely /1-2x a week max /use a dry shampoo in between. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I love the Directions range. I cut them with conditioner and find them a lot easier.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

MeandYou :  could be but probably not. All semis come out more true to tone on bleached/almost white hair and pre-lightening is recommended.

 Warm water opens up the cuticle and color goes down the drain, esp. Semis. Wash with cold and use  a sulfate free shampoo.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

My husband used to use directions, the colour would last roughly six weeks, start to fade after four but the colour still looked good. 

I think everyone’s hair is different especially after bleaching, it’s my understanding that if it is over damaged it can be left too porous and struggle to ‘hold’ onto colour. Regardless, I agree with PP a sulfate free is a must, maybe even try conditioner washing and try to keep water on the cool side 😊

Post # 10
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Busy bee

MeandYou :  pretty good. You’re never going to get them to last ages simply because of the nature of them, but they aren’t damaging and you can mix the colours to create your own. Reds and pinks (my faves too) are notorious for not lasting for ages. Don’t wash your hair too often – that helps, and as mentioned try and keep the water cool. I retouch maybe five to six weeks when I get root growth, and by that point my colour is fading. I use straighteners every other day too so the heat contributes to the fade. If you go for Directions be warned – they are messy and they will stain. Before I cut them with conditioner, I found them worse and they’d stain my skin a lot too, but the conditioner helps with that. I also rinse a LOT on my first rinse (when I get the dye out) and that helps. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

MeandYou :  bleaching right before putting in bright color is ideal. You want you hair dry and porous when the color goes on. Most packages say to leave it on for 30 minutes, ignore that, leave it on for 2 hours, it won’t hurt your hair, those premixed bright dyes are basically just conditioner and pigment. I do this for my kids all the time. Strangely enough the brand that’s had the best staying power in my experience has been a dollars store brand called Elegant Effects Bright, it’s in a tube rather than a jar and it’s much thicker than manic panic.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I had had amazing experienced with Special Effects. I can’t recommend them enough. It gets to the point where I almost wish it would fade already, as opposed to Manic Panic which washes out in a couple of days. 

That said, I leave it on for WAY more than the time it says on the bottle. It conditions incredibly well and isn’t damaging, so I leave it in for 2 or 3 hours before rinsing and my hair is so soft after. And then the color lasts for months! 

Another tip is to mix a bit of dye with your color safe conditioner. That way you’re reapplying a little color every time you wash your hair, which helps make up for any that rinsed out.

If you do go with Special Effects, you may want to stay away from the color Atomic Pink. It is essentially permanent. I applied it over my natural medium brown color back in October, and now I’m left with a couple inches of roots that are showing and the rest of my hair still has a very obvious pinkish red tone. I loved that about Atomic Pink when I applied it (diluted with conditioner and another color dye) to the bleached ends of my hair for an ombre effect. But at this point I’d do anything to get rid of it.

All of their other dyes rinse out normally over a couple of months though. 

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Special Effects Atomic Pink is very long lasting. If you’re willing to keep it, it’s perfect. I did dye my hair brown, left it 18 months to grow it out, decided to go bright again, bleached it & where there was still colour it went peach & the rest that was natural was blonde. So make sure you’re willint to connect or dye over that one if you got for it. It’s stunning though 🙂

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t have a color rec but I use ColorProof shampoo and conditioner on my purple and wash in cold water. It makes a huge difference. I ran out and used another sulfate-free shampoo and my color washed out in four weeks instead of ten.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i’ve been dying my hair rainbow colors for 10 years. ion from sally’s good and it’s cheap, but i don’t like how thick it is and i don’t like the tube it comes in, so i don’t use it anymore.

i really like punky color by jerome russell, it lasts a really long time and the colors are very vibrant. joico and prevana are good too.

my color always lasts a pretty long time because we have a private well, so our water isn’t treated with chlorine and such. whenever i’ve had to wash with city water my hair fades a lot.

also make sure your hair is clean before you apply color, but don’t use conditioner until after you’ve put the color in.

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