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Blue hair dye reviews

Semi-permanent dye upkeep

This will be a pretty straightforward post! I got some questions on how to keep your hair healthy when bleaching it, and how to keep semi-permanent dyes vibrant. I had some difficulty with this too at first, so I hope I can at least help some people by sharing my technique!

First of all, addressing the bleaching.

The first time I dyed my hair blue, I went to a salon where they bleached the crap out of it. I didn’t notice how dry my hair was at first, because they put all sorts of products in there to keep it looking shiny and soft. But as I washed those products out more and more it dawned on me that they’d fried it.
This was when they had used the strongest bleach they had, a 40 vol developer (twice). Which shouldn’t even really be used on your scalp, it’s better for highlights since there’s a chance it’ll burn your skin.
Since then i’ve just been using a mild decolorant on my roots (20 vol), to bleach it myself, and it works just fine. Doesn’t damage my hair as long as I look after it a little.

All in all, don’t be afraid of bleaching, just make sure you know your hair. If it’s sensitive or thin, don’t go slapping on 40 vol bleach every month. Two things though, as a general rule: don’t bleach it more than once every 3 weeks, wait untill your hair is greasy (then your skin has a protective layer, this does wonders against stinging!) and stick to the undamaged roots when you bleach it again. Don’t keep going over the ends.
In case you’re wanting to bleach your hair yourself in a cruelty-free way, here’s a nice suggestion:

manic panic flash lightning

These manic panic kits are praised by colorful-haired people all over the world!

Secondly, how I keep the color vibrant:

As anyone with semi-permanent dyes will tell you, adding some dye to your conditioner/mask works wonders, my conditioners and masks are blue.
You just use them as you would any other conditioner/mask. Wash your hair, apply (I do pin my hair up to avoid a blue back), and let it soak!

Here’s my redying and care process:

  • Every 3/4 weeks, i’ll get a decolorant and put that just on my roots. I make sure to stay away from the rest of my hair, as that has already been fried once.
  • After I rinse that out really well, I immediately apply my vegetable dye, which will condition it. And let that sit for however long i’ll be staying up that evening, usually 1 to 3 hours (with a shower-cap or bag over it).
    Tip: make sure when you rinse it out, to really rinse it well. Keep going until the water is pretty much clear. I’d say rinsing is the biggest hassle with colored hair.
    Confession time! At times I get lazy and don’t rinse it out completely, but then I pay for my crime when it starts raining. -_-‘
    Don’t worry, normally it’s fine when it rains since it’s just cold water. However when the water is sort of lukewarm and you’ve been lazy, you don’t want to be wearing white LOL.
    As an added note: make sure you have a colored towel, the first… 10 times you wash it. Else you’ll stain your white towels!
  • After i’ve rinsed it well, I apply a regular conditioner to seal in the color. That way I don’t have to worry about it transferring anymore.
    At this point I check if I have any blue on my face/ears/door.. if so, I just take some rubbing alcohol and remove it.
  • I wash my hair 5/7 times a week, which is not so good. But I compensate by washing it with a gentle baby shampoo, conditioning it, and using a mask once a week. I either use a DIY mask or this Novocrin one at the moment:
novocrin mask

The left one is the mask. The right one is a leave-in conditioner that I don’t care for.

It does the job for me, and is nice and easy to use. You just pop it on in the shower, take care of the rest of your business and rinse it out after 5 mins. Done!

  • Then if my locks needs some extra help during the week, i’ll apply a leave-in conditioner, and seal it with argan/olive oil.
    The leave-in conditioner i’ve been using is this one:

You can find this product here for $5.
It’s formulated for thick curls, so it’s the richest of the rich, super duper creamy. I put it mostly on the ends of my hair.

And then lastly the oil I use on top these days is this one:

Argan oil

I wrote a review about argan oil here

And that’s it. That’s really all I do to my hair.. Apart from it being bright, i’m not really much of a hair-girl LOL.

As you can see though, i’m all for using organic products on my hair. A lot of commercial drugstore products use all sorts of fillers, like silicones for example, to make your hair look shiny when it really isn’t. And even though my hair loves some silicone to make it look bouncy, i’d rather see the actual natural effects of products on my hair!

In case you’re interested in organic cruelty-free hair care, this is a beautiful list of all the things you can use!

Thanks for reading, I hope this was informational to some.
I’d love to read about your hair care experiences in the comments!

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Stargazer UV Turquoise

*drumroll* The fourth blue hair review! Stargazer UV Turquoise!
Pictures of all the other colors i’ve reviewed side by side can be found right here.

Feel free to click the close-ups for a GIANT awkward HD image if you like lol!

Two taken inside the house first:

 

stargazer

 

stargazer

 

Aand then two outside:

 

Stargazer

 

stargazer

Keep in mind:
my hair is a super dark shade of brown, and I bleach it before coloring it blue.
(I descibed the first bleaching process here ..)

Up until now, i’ve been reaally impressed with Stargazer. However it’s either hit or miss. On some people it washes right out but on others like me it lasts and lasts.
Here‘s another Stargazer review if you would like to see.

Once again though, i’ll be summing up the pros and cons below so that you can decide for yourself!

☺ pros

  • Not tested on animals, and vegan.
  • Vegetable based.
  • The smell is fine. Not my favorite perfume but.. it’s still hair dye!
  • You can leave it on for weeks if you like, it will only make your hair more healthy because it’s depositing nutrients and pigment in your hair.
  • It has a very nice amount of pigment. Also, it deposits color very quickly.
  • It doesn’t become too dark if you leave it in for too long! Often with the Manic Panic dyes, if you leave it in for 3 hours, it becomes such an insanely dark color, completely different from the color on hair swatches online and in the store!
    However with the Stargazer colors, they just stay nice and fresh.
  • Very good staying power. But like I said, it’s a hit or miss, you’ll have to try it out for yourself. Keep in mind that it does grab onto bleached hair the best, as with every dye.
    One extra reason why it lasts on me, is because I add some to my conditioner and let that soak in my hair every time I wash it. This Stargazer dye activates with water, your hair needs to be damp for it to work, so it’s perfect for bath-time!
    A second reason is, I wash my hair with a soft shampoo that doesn’t strip color (back awaaaay from anti-dandruff formulations!!). This organic root stimulator one I adore on my colored hair, it gets my hair clean, is luscious, and moisturizes it extremely well but does not strip the color at all. I have the feeling it freshens it up and maintains it even..
  • I LOVE the color! It’s the prettiest turqoise i’ve used so far ^_^ (feel free to check my more recent posts, from July up to September to see more pics of this color in a plethera of lighting lol!)
  • Enough dye. This is a big one, I have long hair so usually there isn’t enough dye in one tub.
    Don’t forget to cut open the tube though, there’s a HEAP of product that you can’t reach by just squeezing it.
    (I mean a HEAP.)
  • It glows under blacklight. Yes. It really is UV reactive. This effect stays up to 3 washes for me before it’s gone.

☹ cons

  • Not that nourishing, compared to the special effects dyes. It deposits color very well, fast and even but doesn’t make my hair more healthy after I feel.
  •  As with the special effects, it stains your skin and head quite a bit.
    (note to reader: wear gloves when washing your hair right after dyeing.)Should the stains bother you, just take a cotton bud and go over the stained areas with some rubbing alcohol. It’ll get the pigment right off. My toner did this for me.
    However, that all is just because there’s just so much pigment packed in there, which translates into the good staying power.


The verdict:

I may have mentioned this once or twice before, but I LOVE the Stargazer dyes. And they scored once again. ^_^

UV Turquoise is up there in my top 3. Together with the Stargazer Coral Blue and Special Effects Blue Velvet. But if you compare the price of Special Effects with this dye,  you’ll know who wins!

These can be bought for 5 euros! If you can’t find them in shops near you, try online on Bee Unique for example!
you can stock up on that!

Stargazer coral blue

Aaand here’s the third blue head review!
Stargazer’s Coral Blue… ^_^

Coral Blue

Coral Blue Coral Blue

Pictures of all the colors I reviewed side by side can be found right here.

Keep in mind:
my hair is a super dark shade of brown, and I bleach it before coloring it blue.
(I descibed the first bleaching process here ..)

Let’s just start by saying this, together with the special effects dyes, are my favorite ones up until now.
I’ve used my third bottle so far 2 days ago.
YAY

I have heard that Stargazer dyes are either hit or miss though.
On some people they stay in very well, and on others they just wash out the first shower they take.

So far however, this is the most inexpensive de i’ve used and therefore it couldn’t hurt to try it out for yourself right?

Here come the pros and cons!

☺ pros

  • Not tested on animals, and vegan
  • Vegetable based
  • As the manic panic dyes, these are pretty nourishing, not as much as the Special Effects dyes though!
  • You can leave it on for weeks if you like, it will only make your hair more healthy because it’s depositing nutrients and pigment in your hair.
  • It has a VERY good amount of pigment. My hair is so vibrant right after dying!
    It’s best to use this over bleached hair though. Don’t think dying it on naturally dark hair would do it justice.
  • Amazing staying power.It just doesn’t wash out!
    It fades, but gradually. It’s not like you will have no color on one part of your hair, and blue on the other.
    (which has happened to me a lot)
    It just becomes less vibrant.
  • Enough dye. This is a big one, I have long hair so usually there isn’t enough dye in one tub.
    Don’t forget to cut open the tube though, there’s a HEAP of product that you can’t reach by just squeezing it.
    (I mean a HEAP.)
  • The color is beautiful! In daylight it’s so bright I can’t even say.
    You will make heads turn, so if you’re not up for that, move along!

☹ cons

  •  As with the special effects, it stains your skin and head unlike anything i’ve ever seen.
    (note to reader: wear gloves when washing your hair right after dyeing.)Should the stains bother you, just take a cotton bud and go over the stained areas with some rubbing alcohol.
    It’ll get the pigment right off.My toner did this for me.However, that all is just because there’s just so much pigment packed in there, which translates into the good staying power.

The verdict:

It’s so goood! >_<

As I said before:
this dye, together with the special effects blue velvet, is the most vibrant color with the best staying power i’ve used so far.

And for only 5 euros!! :o
you can stock up on that!

Manic Panic after midnight

The second in my review series! After midnight (amplified)!

After midnight

After midnight After midnight

Pictures of all the colors I reviewed side by side can be found right here.

Keep in mind:
my hair is a super dark shade of brown, and I bleach it before coloring it blue.
(I descibed the first bleaching process here ..)

I’m not sure what to think of manic panic. The thing is, I loved their shocking blue, it came out so vibrant and lively, and stayed in well.
But after midnight…
I’ll just sum up what I think of this color so you can form your own opinion from that.

☺ pros

  • Not tested on animals, and vegan
  • Vegetable based
  • Comes in a jar, so you can get every last bit out, and get your money’s worth.
    Comes with 118 ml even, which is a lot!
  • The smell isn’t bad. It’s generic.
  • Pretty nourishing, not as much as the Special Effects dyes though!
    But it got my hair shiny nonetheless.
  • You can leave it on for weeks if you like, it will only make your hair more healthy because it’s depositing nutrients and pigment in your hair.
  • It has a good amount of pigment. Not as much as the Special Effects, or Stargazer ones however. I find that those have so much pigment, that even when you leave the dye on for 4 hours, you still wash out an entire tub of colored water LOL!
  • Doesn’t really stain your skin, proably because it doesn’t have that much pigment in it in the first place.
    However, like I said before:
    If you do have problems with staining, just take a cotton bud and go over the stained areas with some rubbing alcohol.
    It’ll get the pigment right off.
    My toner did this for me.

☹ cons

  • This color is not vibrant.
    The first day it’s rich, and dark, but not vibrant. When the light shines through it, it doesn’t give off a spectacular shade of blue or anything.
    It just comes off as this undefinable “is it blue or is it black? or something else underneath?” kind of color…Contrary to Special Effects blue velvet, or even Manic Panic shocking blue, this does not wash off to a lighter shade of blue.
    It just becomes vague.If you’re looking for a subtle change in color though, this one might be for you. It’s not overpowering at all.
    With blue velvet I had people saying “Look! o_O Blue hair!” when I walked down the street.
    Didn’t get many comments with this one.However, a warning if you ARE going to use this dye. For the color to show up even, you have to, HAVE TO, have an even base to color on. All the other dyes i’ve used give a nice effect when not applied on a completely even base. But this one just seemed sort of a mess.
  • Washes out pretty fast. After 7 washes you will probably need to dye again to keep the color decent.
    It might stay in a bit longer if you cowash it every once in a while (like this).

The verdict:

The color is cool if you’re looking for a subtle blue, I just wish it was more vibrant.
And let’s not talk about the staying power.
Who wants to dye their hair every week.. (¬、¬)

It retails around 9 euros for the normal dye, and 11 for the amplified.
I would get 2 bottles if you have my length of hair, for an even application.

If you look at the price, and what you get for it, Special Effects is a better bet for your money..

Special effects blue velvet

Blue hair is gaining in popularity, maybe because of Katy Perry LOL.
I’ll write down my experiences with each dye i’ve used. First of all, Special effects blue velvet!

Blue Velvet

Pictures of all the colors I reviewed side by side can be found right here.

Keep in mind:
my hair is a super dark shade of brown, and I bleach it before coloring it blue.
(I descibed the first bleaching process here ..)

*start shot*

☺ pros

  •  Not tested on animals, and vegan!
  •  Vegetable based
  •  The packaging is easy to work with, it’s a squeezy tube. So you can easily keep it stored for later use, and just squirt some in your hair with one glove.
  •  It doesn’t smell. it smells pretty good even for hair dye, especialy after you’ve used a bleach right before. Ick.
  •  super duper nourishing for your hair. My hair felt like straw after I bleached it twice, but having this on there for even just an hour made it much healthier.
  •  You can leave it on for weeks if you like, it will only make your hair more healthy because it’s depositing nutrients and pigment in your hair.
  • It has an INSANE amount of pigment.
    Like I said you can leave it on for a long time, but you don’t have to. After being on there for an hour, my hair had an intense shade of blue.
  • It has Good staying power.
    Started fading off after 7 washes. By 14 washes it was pretty much gone.For me, this meant it started fading after a week.BUT, I wash my hair every day, and I washed it with a normal shampoo, and conditioner.What I do now is, put some of the dye in my conditioner.
    This is not bad for you, as  it is vegetable based.
    It won’t dye your skin either because it’s so dilluted with conditioner and water.If you do all this, and bring washing your hair down to twice a week, maybe even cowashing it once? (like this)
    I would suspect it stays nice for about 4 weeks.It is still a vegetable dye though, so most of the color will stay on the surface. You will need to redye every once in a while to keep the color vibrant.
  • The color is SO vibrant. Even when it starts fading in some parts, it still stayed vibrant throughout.I would imagine it’s awesome to see this fading on actual white hair.
    Mine was dyed on semi-blonde hair.
    I had dyed it chemicaly before, so it was hard to get all of the color out in one day.However, my roots were the brightest, most beautiful blue.So dark-haired people, don’t fear! Just bleach!This color would look beautiful on light hair as a pastel too, because it’s such a pure blue.  (^ー^)
    Just add conditioner to it to dilute the color!

☹ cons

  •  It stains your skin and head unlike anything i’ve ever seen.
    They thought it was chemical junk at my hairdresser.
    I kept saying check the ingredients, it’s nooot! (≧▼≦)When they washed my hair with bare hands, and they turned super duper blue, that’s when they REALLY  became annoyed.
    (note to reader: wear gloves when washing your hair right after dyeing.)Should the stains bother you, just take a cotton bud and go over the stained areas with some rubbing alcohol.
    It’ll get the pigment right off.
    My toner did this for me.However, that all is just because there’s just so much pigment packed in there, which translates into the good staying power.

The verdict:

All in all, this dye, together with the Stargazer one, is the most vibrant color with the best staying power i’ve used so far.

It retails around 11 euros.
I would get 2 bottles if you have my length of hair, for an even application.

(special effects should be back in stock around the 20th of April.)

Hairmorphosis

Feel free to skip to the pictures if you’re not much of a history person, for those of you who do care:
i’ll just give you a quick run-through of why the heck this post is here!
 
A while back there was an issue with vegetable hair dyes, apparently Special Effects had a temporary (read: couple of months) halt in production.
The outcome of that:
pretty much all of the online stores as well as physical dye shops had NO special effects shades left for a couple of weeks, except for yellows etc.
 
Then of course the next step had to be: people moved on to other brands like Manic Panic and Stargazer. So THOSE blues were mostly sold out as well!
 
Drama drama, first world problems.
 
It really isn’t a comfortable situation though.
Vegetable dyes need quite some care because they’re not as harsh as chemical dyes. They don’t penetrate the hair shaft that deep.
 
They’re great for your hair, basicaly a deep conditioner, so you can keep them on for hours if you like BUT will still stay on the surface for the biggest part.
Your hair will be asking for more color pretty soon.
 
Here‘s a link to how I keep my color vibrant and my hair healthy should you be interested. OR in case of a second worldwide dye-drought.
 
Anyway, because of those issues, I could either get:
 
– no hair dye
or
-only one bottle of the specific blue
or
-only other types of blue.
 
I managed to keep my hair from being green however, and it gave me a chance to review loads of blue dyes LOL.
 
This post will be updated every time I use a new dye – hmm I wonder if there will be a rainbow in a while…
There’s links to seperate in-depth reviews on all of these dyes when you click on their names, except for the shocking blue because I couldn’t get hold of enough dye for my entire head!
 
First up:
 
Special Effects Blue Velvet after about one week of washing my hair every day:
 
blue velvet
 
blue velvet
 

blue velvet

you can see the part that faded first on the side. it turned sort of brownish.


 
then some pics of blue velvet two weeks later. It had faded away pretty bad by then (having washed it every day):
 
blue velvet

It washed off to a purple


 
blue velvet

The ends went first!


 
At that point I went over it with Manic Panic, After Midnight Amplified, which turned out to be super dark:
 
after midnight
 
after midnight

This gave me a pretty uneven haircolor.
(because of me only having one jar of dye each time, so the base of my hair had different shades)


 
after midnight
 
So I used a color stripper to get all of the blue out, wanting a fresh start!
What I was left with was blonde with a green tinge.
 
Then I threw on Manic Panic’s shocking blue:
 
coral blue

Yeah, it turned out turquoise!


 
shocking blue

I actualy loved it though.


 
shocking blue

the only issue was that, AGAIN, I only had one jar.
So the bottom of my hair was uneven. It was more green than blue.


 
So I went to get *ahum* ANOTHER jar of dye the next day.
 
But again, they didn’t have the dye I wanted. Which was shocking blue. It sold out.
So I went with Stargazer’s Coral Blue now.
 
coral blue
 
coral blue
 
coral blue
 
The color I then switched to, I kept all summer long.
It’s Stargazer’s UV Turquoise.
 
All my posts from July up until (and including September) are with this color on muh head!
 
stargazer
 
stargazer
 
 
stagazer
 
After that I covered it in green for fall!
It’s Manic Panic’s Enchanted Forest:
 
enchanted forest
 
enchanted forest
 
enchanted forest
 
enchanted forest
 
I tried the vitamin c treatment to remove my green dye, however that failed.
 
Good old bleach did the trick, and I chucked Naturtint’s Fireland on my locks.
 
fireland
 
When that washed out I went to the hairdresser to have it died simple brown. However that turned a little brassy so I applied a warm brown: Warm Kastanje permanent hairdye by Kruivat homebrand.
 
warm kastanje
 
warm kastanje
 
Then I let my hair grow out to its natural shade and applied Directions Blood Red to the tips!
 
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You’re welcome to check my reviews for bigger pictures and all that goodness!
 
What do you think? YAY or NAY?

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