I have long, fine hair that I've been bleaching and dyeing at home, with Special Effects, for over a decade. The dye always lasts beautifully, fades minimally and gracefully, and I only have to redo it when my roots grow out - about every 3-4 months. I get a huge number of compliments on my hair and have no desire to switch to anything less vibrant for the foreseeable future. Special Effects hair dye isn't available now - - and I need another option!
Due to the shortage that apparently started in late 2012, my local store is now fully out of all
of the Special Effects colours and there's nothing available online. There have been no updates about when, or even if, the dye will return to the shelves and it's time for me to start looking around for another option. I don't have the budget to get my hair done professionally every few months, and I like the convenience of doing it at home.
I'm obviously comfortable bleaching my hair to get the right results and I have help (my husband) to make sure it's all done properly. I normally just bleach the new growth to help the dye adhere and then refresh the rest of my hair with the colour (and no bleach).
I tried Ion Professionals Color Brilliants
and they were awful - it took forever to get the dye on (the texture is like thick frosting), and the end result was dull. Making matters worse, it didn't adhere to my hair well and the roots didn't 'stick' at all. It was a complete waste of money for me.
I then tried using Manic Panic
- it looked great for a few days and then started to wash out and look much less intense. I'd need to redo it every 2 weeks to keep it vibrant. That's a far cry from Special Effects lasting months on my hair!
I want to find a vibrant purple dye and I'm considering using Goldwell Elumen (in VV@all)
- anyone have experience with it?
Alternately, have you tried something - ANYTHING
- that works as well as Special Effects and is bright and vibrant (and available in purple)?