We get a lot of hair dye questions here in the Attic, and one of the most commonly asked is which hair dye lasts the longest? In our opinion and experience, Special Effects dyes, when applied according to our blog tutorial, seem to last the longest. Now, even among the Special Effects line up, all dyes are not created equal.
No matter what brand you use, be it Special Effects, Manic Panic, Punky Colors, or anything else, you’re going to find that red shades fade a lot faster than blue shades. Red shades also tend to fade more quickly than other shades when using permanent dye. There’s not a lot to be done about it, it’s in the nature of the color, so when choosing what kind of color you’re going to go with, keep in mind that if you pick a red or orange shade, you’re going to be touching up your hair a lot more often than if you do a blue or a purple shade.
Due to its long lasting nature, Amalthea’s Attic carries the full range of colors in the Special Effects line. Among the red Special Effects shades, the one that lasts the absolute longest is blood red. This is a very deep color with very subtle blue undertones. You can get a LOT of wear from this shade, and it’s highly recommended for the summer months when you’ll be swimming and washing your hair more often than usual. Reds like nuclear red, and the very red looking high octane orange will fade a lot more quickly, but will give you the kind of pop you’re not going to be able to achieve with blood red. Looking for a happy medium? Give devilish a try. You’ll get that nuclear red pop, but with a deeper base, the color lasts longer.
If you’re more of a blue person, blue velvet is the longest lasting color in line, followed closely by electric blue. Velvet is a very deep tone that when first applied, can sometimes look black, while electric has a brighter pop to it. Both of these are great “low maintenance” color choices.
For those goldilocks hair dye people out there, purple shades offer the brightness of red, with some of the more long lasting qualities of purple. Got a question about your specific shade? Let us know! Got a question about anything else? We’d like to hear that too! Just drop us a line and put “Ask the Attic” in your subject heading. If you’re lucky, it’ll be a spotlight in an upcoming Ask the Attic blog post!Back to the Attic