Return to special effects (thing)

Special Effects is perhaps one of the best [hair dye]s for those that like to dye their hair unnatural colors. There is a very large range of shades, and unlike its competitor [Manic Panic], which is notorious for fading after just a couple of days, Special Effects colors stay put for weeks.

If you have medium to dark hair (basically, anything that isn't the absolute [lightest of blondes]), it is necessary to [bleach your hair] first to get the true, advertised color. If you do not bleach, you will end up with just a subtle [tint] that may not show up in all lighting. Some might like this look, but I'm not crazy about it.

Here is a complete, [annotated] list of all the dyes Special Effects is making at the time of this [writeup]:

(arranged by hue)


  • Fish Bowl- Bright, bright turquoise. My friend put a few streaks of this in her [platinum blonde] hair a while ago and it looked fantastic.
  • Blue-Haired Freak- A medium blue tone.
  • Electric Blue- A bit darker than Blue-Haired Freak, but not quite a navy shade yet.
  • Blue Mayhem- Similar to Electric Blue, but more purple.
  • Blue Velvet- Darker than Blue Mayhem, but with a similar blue-purple tone.


  • Wild Flower- A dark, but still bright (if that makes any sense) purple.
  • Purple Smoke- Medium purple.
  • Virgin Rose- Very similar to Purple Smoke. I can barely see the difference.
  • Joyride- The brightest purple I've ever seen.
  • Pimpin' Purple- Deep, [royal purple].
  • Deep Purple- A rich plum color.


  • Atomic Pink- Bright, hot hot pink.
  • Cupcake Pink- A slightly more pastel pink, but still bright. I currently have this in my hair and love it.
  • Cherry Bomb- Very dark pink, almost a red.


  • Blood Red- Brown with just a hint of red in it.
  • Burgandy Wine- Deep burgandy.
  • Candy Apple Red- Dark brownish red, a bit like the color of [dried blood].
  • Devilish- Another dark red. Like Candy Apple Red, but with less brown hues.
  • Hot Lava- Like the perfect shade of red lipstick. Dark red, not too bright.
  • Nuclear Red- Bright bright bright fire-engine red.

Oranges & Yellows

  • High-Octane Orange- Neon. Period.
  • Napalm Orange- A more subdued orange.
  • Bright As F#@$ Yellow- The name says it all. I've never seen anyone who has used this, but the swatch looks intense.


  • Limelight- Bright, lime green.
  • Iguana Green- A deep green, like the color of moss.
  • Sonic Green- Not really green, more of a teal.


  • Pitch Black- Just plain black.

They also produce mixer/toner, bleach, and I have heard word of a [cosmetics] line. View color charts or shop online at their official site,