Special Effects Fish Bowl is a fairly bright turquoise. It’s not as vibrant as Shocking Blue or Blue Mayhem, and it fades really quickly. After a week and a half, people thought I had dyed my hair silver. If you only want color for a few days, it’s attractive, but due to its fleeting nature, I cannot advocate its use.
All dyes are applied to bleached hair and left on for a minimum of four hours. I try to avoid shampooing more often than every few days, use a gentle shampoo, and when available, I try to use a Manic Panic colorizing shampoo of the appropriate color in lieu of regular shampoo.
I find that any dye needs to be reapplied at least every two weeks to maintain a respectable hue. There are a few, noted in their posts, which can be extended beyond that because they fade attractively. Applying 1 cup of equal parts vinegar and water after rinsing the dye out does not appear to extend the lifetime of dyes of either brand that I use, but it does rinse out extra dye that isn’t in your hair but doesn’t want to come off in the initial water rinse, thereby making your first shower less likely to leave blue streaks down your forehead and back.
The cheapest place to buy Manic Panic online seems to be Vamp Fangs.
Manic Panic Electric Lava starts out a fluorescent nearly-red and fades to a pretty autumnal variegated orange and yellow, pictured at right. Works well with brown roots growing out, so I often let it go for longer than my normal two-week redying cycle.
This dye glows sort of a neon yellow under a black light.