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Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Guess who dyed her hair agaaaaaaain!

So late January, I placed an order for some Special Effects dye from a US seller on ebay (whilst looking for Cell phone accessories). I had originally planned on getting Manic Panic (in Vampire Red) but J tweeted me and said that SFX was the better brand. It also seemed cheaper and I am hoping this lasts longer.

(By the way, a local reseller carries Manic Panic and the classic kind goes for PHP950; that’s crazy, if you ask me.)

This was the color I started with. I do not know how to describe it but ORANGE (not even ginger). It’s faded copper on bleached hair that I dyed with a tube or “hair bleach blonde.” Confused? So was I, when I realized that the tube of bleach I bought from HBC wasn’t bleach at all. What irks me more is that I had asked the saleslady prior to making the purchase if it was the same thing as the powder bleach; she said yes, obviously. Liar.

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

I was going to bleach my hair forrealz~* yesterday/Sunday (I had dyed it hair bleach blonde Saturday) but I decided to forgo it this time. I figured that my hair was light enough, anyway.

The bottle of Candy Apple Red:

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

I left the dye on overnight (threw an old black shirt over my pillow to avoid staining). It’s conditioning hair dye/semi-permanent hair dye/vegetable dye which supposedly has no harmful chemicals or something. At the very least, it doesn’t b0rk your hair.

Prepare for a buttload of photos that may or may not be repetitive.

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Under fluorescent/bad lighting:

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

LOL cock goes where?!?!?!

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

Special Effects Candy Apple Red

I am in love with this color! I’d like to think it looks better in person because you can’t really see in the photos that it has a lot of pinks in it! I am dreading how it’ll fade on my formerly orange hair, tho.

A few things:

1) I know my tita hair/haircut doesn’t do me any favors. I hate it, too, but at least I got rid of the dry ends.
2) I used about half of the bottle. The dye is really thick and what I did was apply the color with a tinting brush and then comb it through with a wide-toothed comb. I got some on my scalp but it’s not a big deal to me.
3) CAREFUL, these stain like ANYTHING. I got some stains on my bathroom sink which I quickly sprayed with disinfectant before wiping off (it worked). I used rubber gloves but my hands still got stained while rinsing off the dye this morning. It’s kind of rubbing off on my white keyboard and white mouse, hehe.
5) I am shaking my prayer beads that this doesn’t fade in a week.

Other Special Effects colors I got are Blood Red, Cherry Bomb, and Burgundy Wine. I am definitely looking forward to trying them all!

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  • Reply Catherine Jannelle March 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I love love love that color! It looks really good on you. I have Special effects in Nuclear red but until now I haven’t had enough courage to bleach my own hair and dye it myself :P

  • Reply Carina March 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm


    Also looking for dry shampoo! Hope your readers can help you out (so I can get helped out also LOL).

  • Reply Paige March 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    You’re lucky you look good in any hair color!

    • Reply Ela March 14, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      ^ What she said!

  • Reply sanya March 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm


  • Reply Keesh March 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Hey helga, try to find Lolane shampoo at Watsons. :) It does wonders for super dyed hair. :)

  • Reply Carmi March 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I SUPER LOVE your hair Helga!!

  • Reply Janine March 14, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    I LOVE THIS, and I LOVE your cut. Very flattering. (I need some bangs myself, stat.) The last pic of you with the glasses on your head is one of my faves of you ever. In my experience, this stuff doesn’t wash out too quickly, but I also don’t wash my hair every day. It will probably fade to a funky color but it’s easy enough to touch up at least, assuming the dye isn’t hard to get your hands on.

  • Reply Len March 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    The best hair color on you, in my opinion!!! <3

    PS I love yer lacey top :3

  • Reply Anne March 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    3rd-4th pictures are <3 <3 <3

  • Reply Trisha March 14, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    The hair color looks good on you! :)

  • Reply teeyah March 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I can’t imagine that shade on anyone else but you. Ang ganda!

  • Reply Mimi March 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    LOOOOOVE EEEET!! The color’s amazing! Me wants too! But maybe I’ll get purple instead.

    I think I saw some dry shampoos at Beauty Bar.

  • Reply Jean March 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm


  • Reply Xyla March 15, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I love it. :) Really nice!

  • Reply Michelle March 15, 2011 at 3:45 am

    I love the red hair!! My red hair needs a re-dye and will hopefully get to that colour again ;)

  • Reply Stacii March 15, 2011 at 5:36 am

    I love it on you!!

  • Reply Kaye March 15, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Are you using a liquid eyeliner? Or an eyebrow pencil? Cos I am having a hard time using a liquid eyeliner. Eyebrow pencil is easier to apply, but it smudges after a couple of hours. Heh.

    • Reply Helga March 15, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Gel liner!

      • Reply Justine March 15, 2011 at 9:31 am

        Where to get this gel liner? Also, LURRRRVE the red! Big red!

  • Reply Zanne March 15, 2011 at 9:53 am


  • Reply Julie March 15, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Wow that looks good! I wish they sell those locally. About dry shampoo, I hear that corn starch works well and that it tends to be the main ingredient in dry shampoos anyway.

  • Reply jhenny March 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    now THIS is the red i’m looking for!
    great job, helga! :)

  • Reply Trixie March 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo at Rustan’s. I use that and it works like a shiny rainbow.
    The nuffies like your hair btw :3

    • Reply Helga March 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      OEMGEEEEEE, thank yooooou :3

  • Reply Leslie March 19, 2011 at 3:41 am

    I hope you share to us how you put make-up on your face. U soo pretty! :)

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    […] still have Cherry Bomb and Blood Red left to try (plus half a bottle of Burgundy Wine and Candy Apple Red) and some pink and white Decolor dyes (aka super cheap coloring powders) that I got from Quiapo a […]

  • Reply Hannah July 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    That is a lovely color! and i’m impressed as to how soft and shiny your hair still looks, seeing as you dye it often :) did it fade after a week though?

    • Reply Helga July 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm

      Nope! Color stayed for 2 months until I bleached it blonde. It was still very red by then.

  • Reply saku January 10, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Meron dry shampoo sa etude :) hindi po ba uber nakakasira ang pag bbleach ng hair? Kakatakot kasi.

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