My first experience with coloring my hair was using Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise mixed with Manic Panic Bad Boy Blue. After it faded, I reapplied with more Bad Boy Blue. I got a bit bored of the color after a while and decided to mix it with Manic Panic Purple Haze at the tips. When /that/ faded, I decided to try Arctic Fox just to see their difference.
Comparison of Manic Panic and Arctic Fox
Both brands are vegan, semi-permanent hair dyes. Manic Panic sells at Php750 per 4oz and Arctic Fox at Php900 per 8oz. Artic Fox is the cheaper option in this case. Artic Fox comes in big bottles while Manic Panic containers are small tubs. The small tubs of MP makes it easier for me to put it on my hair because it eliminates the need for transferring the color to another container. Manic Panic has over 20 colors while Arctic Fox has around 10. Though Manic Panic has a lot more variety in colors that its counterpart, it doesn’t color as brightly as Arctic Fox. But this bright color of AF comes with a price. It also stains a lot more than Manic Panic. So much that it stained my beige nail polish into blue-grey. But it does stay a few washes longer than Manic Panic.
The photo above: Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise and Bad Boy Blue on bleached blonde hair
The photo above is Arctic Fox Aquamarine and Poseidon with a very small strands with Purple Rain on bleached blonde hair.
If you are able to mix your own colors, I would recommend using Arctic Fox. Though its stains more and have less color variety, the fact that it colors brighter than Manic Panic is more than enough reason for me to buy it instead of the Manic Panic one. Another big factor for my choosing Arctic Fox over Manic Panic would be because it is cheaper because I have very long hair and plan on maintaining it as bright as I can.
I bought all my colors from RainbowHead and they are very accommodating with orders and questions.
You can watch How I Dye My Hair WITHOUT Tools here:
Updated March 2017 to add Video Tutorial of Ombre Hair Without Tools