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Special Effects Cherry Bomb


I wasn’t planning on dyeing my hair a different color any time soon because I really love being a pearly blonde. However, I can only have the same hairstyle for so long before I start jonesing for a change. Yesterday, I took out a bottle of Special Effects Cherry Bomb that I’ve had sitting in my kitchen cabinet (next to a list of Occupational Health & Safety Technician Jobs) for nearly nine months and took the plunge.

Okay, not really. I was actually a bit hesitant because I know Cherry Bomb is a super intense, loud red and I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. My two concerns were the color not matching my skin tone and… well, I really wanted to keep the blonde! I managed to coax myself into doing it and figured I could go for a tamer pink my mixing Cherry Bomb with white conditioner.

Guess what? I squirted too much of the dye in the bowl. It completely slipped my mind to put in one drop at a time and instead let out a loooong squeeze. I had already mixed in half a bottle of conditioner and the mix was still a vibrant pink! I’m not going to lie: I was mortified!

The color is louder and more vibrant and clownish in person; I don’t know why it looks like a proper candy pink in these photos (auto tone and auto color are the only Photoshopping I did). You can watch this short video to give you an idea of what it really looks like. It’s crazy bright and a real attention-seeker.

The color is sort of growing on me but I’m still going to try to fade it a bit faster (by shampooing and washing my hair with hot water everyday or every other day) to get the pink I want. I’m just not used to this neon-ish color!

I intend to go back to blonde eventually (I still have two bottles of toner and a bottle of Clairol Shimmer Lights coming in) and I’m already a bit scared of getting all this red/pink out of my hair.

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  • Reply TheBadMonkey December 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    It’s actually quite cute (even the super loud version). I love that your recently played tracks are “Cherry Bomb” over and over again.

  • Reply Rachel December 21, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    What lipstick are you wearing here? :-)

    • Reply Helga December 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      Picked it up at Sasa, it’s called Heavy Rotation Milky Color Lips lol. A bit dry :|

      • Reply Rachel December 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

        Do we have Sasa here? No, yeah? :-/

        • Reply Helga December 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

          We don’t :(

  • Reply Jenn December 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Ang ganda niya in natural light! You look like a doll!

  • Reply Kamyl Pilar December 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    I like it! You rock this hue!

  • Reply Krissy December 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    So awesome! Can I borrow your hair sometimes? :D

  • Reply Ela December 21, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    How come you don’t like it? It’s really pretty! :)

  • Reply Ashley December 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Wow I like it! It does look a lot different in the video, but still good.

  • Reply mightyselene December 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    pretty hair!

  • Reply Nix December 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    It looks okay naman. Love the 2nd pic. Yun nga lang parang too loud. Haha. Gonna watch your video now. :D

  • Reply Alex December 22, 2011 at 2:52 am

    The first thing that came to mind was: Nicki Minaj. I find it cute though. :)

  • Reply Camz December 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

    It looks really good on you :) I think it looks better than when you were blonde :)

  • Reply Kalaibibi December 22, 2011 at 11:52 am

    You look like a cotton candy! Kyot. :3

  • Reply Marianne Irish December 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Pretty hair! Looks like candy, so cute!

  • Reply Nicolah December 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I like it a lot. I think it’s cute.

  • Reply annant December 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    it’s like a darker shade of cotton candy in the air! LOL

  • Reply Lai December 26, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    HELGER! I CANT WAIT TO SEE IT COTTON CANDY PINK! i srsly need to get me my pink hair on before june next year comes!

  • Reply Nikki December 28, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Looks awesome! Dyed mine Atomic Pink last May and I LOVED it. Looks like Cherry Bomb and Atomic Pink are reaaally similar. Anyway, I’m sure you’re going to love this too! New hair for the new year! :-)

  • Reply tiff January 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Pink hair really does look good on you. Yes, it’s a little bit too bright but I’m sure, judging by the Flickr photo of your’s, it’s a little more faded by now. Looking forward to see more pictures of your pastel/faded pink now. ;)

  • Reply yaptus January 18, 2012 at 1:22 am

    dyeing my hair atomic pink this week and im barking nervous.. you kinda pulled it off imo~ ^_^ i might just wear hats if i think it attracts too much attention while commuting!

    Now i know Special Effects is too much effective XD

  • Reply Ducky May 1, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    What conditioner (brand) did you mix with the hair dye? I have sfx virgin rose and I want to make it lighter.

    • Reply Helga May 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I just use Sunsilk cos it works for my hair!

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