This is a semi-permanent hair color creme. It has the texture of a conditioner and has nearly no smell, scent or odor to it. Interesting tidbit listed on the label: this color glows under blacklight.
Here's how it looks on my hair:
The second picture (the one with flash) brings out the bright neon glow this color has. It's really a sight to behold. This is on hair that was bleached to just a little darker than pale yellow. It will not show up on dark hair that hasn't been lightened, but it may leave a green tint.
- First, I lightened my hair from dark brown (about a level 2 or 3) to a light yellow blonde (probably about an 8 or 9).
- I washed my hair with a clarifying shampoo and blow dried it (the more porous and dry the hair is, the better it will absorb a brightly colored dye.)
- I applied Manic Panic Electric Lizard (while wearing disposable gloves), combed it through and covered it with a shower cap. I left the color on for somewhere around 2 hours. You can process it with heat for an even better result, but I like to just leave it in and forget about it while I'm doing things around the house.
- Once it was time to rinse, I used cool water and rinsed until the water ran clear and then I applied conditioner and rinsed again.
What I liked:
- It's a gorgeous color. It looks super insane in certain lighting conditions, too (you should see it at dusk!).
- The formula of the color cream is very conditioning and leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth.
- No ammonia or peroxide or anything sting-y, burn-y or smelly in this dye.
- This particular color doesn't stain my skin or my shower too badly.
- Cheap! This is $9 at Sally Beauty if you have a card, $10 if you don't.
- It is actually, legitimately neon.
- It glows under blacklight!
What I didn't like:
- This color fades very quickly (within 1-3 washes) to a lemon yellow. I could prolong the life of the color by not washing my hair every day, but my hair is way too thin and flat to do that. Washing with cool or cold water and using a sulfate-free or other shampoo designed for color treated hair helps, though.
- Bleaching your hair this light is not good for it. Just a caveat.
I didn't think I had lightened my hair enough to get a good result, but it turned out awesome. It would look even better if I went all the way to pale yellow or near-white with my hair, but I'm pretty satisfied with the results. The only downside is that this is a very high-maintenance color- it fades significantly with every wash. I don't know how long it takes to wash out completely (and it may not wash out completely on porous, bleached hair), but after 20-ish washes, almost all the green disappears and it looks like candy banana yellow.