Once upon a time, there was only one choice for bright colors and that was Manic Panic. Today, many more people are taking the plunge to dye hair blue, pink, or green. That means more companies are willing to make the bright hair colors. Before you choose your hair color, look at this comparison of top bright hair color brands Manic Panic, Beyond the Zone, and Splat.
The most important thing about bright hair color is the color options. You want to wow people with a color no one has seen before, right? The brand with the most color choices is by far Manic Panic. Manic Panic has been making hair color for decades and keep releasing new colors. The brand with the least options is Splat. Splat started out with only a few primary colors but have no developed different shades but not nearly as many as the other two brands.
The second most important thing is whether or not the color lasts. No bright hair color will last a long time without taking extra measures. This comparison assumes you’ve taken those extra steps (leaving color in for hours, washing hair less and in cold water, using vinegar to rinse). With that in mind Manic Panic last the longest with the dark blues lasting longer than any others. My blue lasts over six months. No matter what brand you choose, light colors will fade quicker.
As for Beyond the Zone and Splat, the color will last three months or more with proper care.
Cost is another important factor and it’s one area that Manic Panic fails. Depending on the store, you’ll pay upwards of eight dollars or more for a Manic Panic color. Then you have to pay at least ten dollars for the bleach kit. That’s twenty dollars for six months of hair color. Beyond the Zone costs about six dollars for the color and you need a bleach kit but Beyond the Zone doesn’t make one so you’ll pay for the Manic Panic one.
The cheapest is Splat. Splat comes with the color dye and bleach in one box. It only costs eight dollars at Walmart. It is the obvious choice for people with a tight budget.
One of the biggest complaints about bright hair color is that the color fades to ugly shades. The problem is that this is true for every brand and greatly depends on the color. Splat greens tends to fade a pretty green while Manic Panic greens fade into puke colors. Manic Panic blues fade beautifully and Beyond the Zone reds fade into pretty pinks. Beyone the Zone purples fade into grey-ish hues that some find ugly but I find pretty.
Now that you now the pros and cons of different bright hair color brands you can make the right decision for you. Just remember that dying your hair blue takes much more effort than dying it a normal hair color.