Does Arctic Fox damage hair? Well, I’ve answered this question in my article below. I’ve also explained if Arctic Fox is good for dark hair and how long it lasts on hair. Check it out.
I’ve always loved changing my hair color often. But the issue that always bothers me is “does coloring my hair lead to excess damage?” And the answer, unfortunately, is yes. It does.
However, I’ve been researching different, non-toxic and non-damaging ways to dye your hair frequently. Especially dark hair that might require bleaching first if it were to take a lighter hair color.
I did come across several box dyes that were ammonia-free and PPD-free but they either needed bleached hair as a base, required a developer to work, or contained chemicals that will open your hair cuticles.
But is Arctic Fox one of these dyes? Well, this is what I wanted to find out as I had been hearing so much about this particular brand of dye.
So let’s get down to it and find out if Arctic Fox damages your hair or is it safe for regular use.
First, Let Me Explain What Is Arctic Fox Hair Dye?
Arctic Fox is a type of temporary hair dye which has color depositing properties. It is also called a “direct deposit” dye as it simply coats your hair strands with pigments instead of penetrating it into your hair strands like other box hair dyes do.
For this reason Arctic Fox is considered easy to use and less damaging to hair. It also makes the dye very easy to wash out and will not make it stay on your hair for long.
This is good if you want a temporary hair color that you can remove or change often. But it’s not too good if you’re looking for gray coverage or something more long lasting.
Does Arctic Fox Damage Hair
- To put it simply, no. Arctic Fox doesn’t damage your hair at all as it is a semi-permanent dye. This is because it is a direct deposit or a color depositing dye. Most hair dyes require your hair cuticles to be open so that it can deposit dye pigments deep within the hair cortex.
- Sometimes, these hair dyes contain chemicals (like hydrogen peroxide) that help remove the existing pigment in your hair’s cortex before depositing the new color there.
- This can lead to damaged hair as the open cuticles make hair vulnerable to moisture loss, breakage, tangles and frizz.
- However, Arctic Fox simply coats your hair strands with the pigment present in its formula. The pigments adhere themselves to the top layer of your strands and do not penetrate further.
- This means that Arctic Fox won’t damage your hair by opening your hair cuticles. Also, since the color coats the top of your hair, your strands’ base color doesn’t matter.
- So you can use a color depositing dye like Arctic Fox on black hair/dark hair without bleaching and it will show up.
Does Arctic Fox Last More If You Leave In It Longer
No not really. The back of the packaging says you need to leave in Arctic Fox for around 1-2 hours and that will be enough. And honestly, this has worked for me just fine.
I have also tried leaving in Arctic Fox on my hair overnight (while wearing a plastic bonnet on my hair) and it hasn’t shown much difference in pigment.
However, there are some ways to get Arctic Fox to last longer.
You can always start off by washing your hair with hot water and using a towel to dry it before application of Arctic Fox. This will open your hair cuticles slightly and make the pigment in the dye penetrate your hair instead of just coating the top.
So you can get the color to last longer this way. But be warned, this might lead to sort of frizzy or damaged hair especially if you do it often.
Another way is to use color-depositing shampoo or conditioner. These are just like regular shampoos or conditioners except that they contain added pigment that gives them dye-like properties.
So everytime you use such a shampoo or conditioner, you can make your hair dye last longer.
Is Arctic Fox Good For Dark Hair
Most hair dyes do not show up on dark hair as it requires a “clean”, light-colored base to show all the hues in the hair color properly.
Shades like blonde, ginger, light pink, etc. will get lost and not show up clearly if used on dark hair that is unbleached.
But what about Arctic Fox? Surely, it is a good enough dye for dark hair? Well, the answer is both yes and no.
As I’ve discussed above, Arctic Fox doesn’t send the pigment to replace the one in your hair cuticles, but it simply temporarily coats your hair to make it seem like you have a different hair color.
So theoretically it should work on dark hair.
However, in my experience only the strongly-colored Arctic Fox hair dyes show up on dark hair.
Other hair colors will only appear as an undertone.
For example, if you use a strong color like Arctic Fox’s Phantom Green, Wrath or Purple AF it might show up on black hair and will certainly show up on dark to medium brown hair.
However, if you were to use a color like Frose, Periwinkle or Iris Green, it might appear just as pink, blue and green undertones respectively on black hair. And on light to medium brown hair it will appear as a more subdued version of themselves.
Basically, there are certain Arctic Fox colors that work on dark hair and some that do not.
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Can Arctic Fox Be Used Without Bleaching Hair
Yes of course! Actually, I think this is one of the main reasons Arctic Fox is so popular. As the dye coats the top of your hair strands, you don’t need to bleach your hair to get the color show up on a light base.
But I will be honest, if you’re choosing a very light shade of color like blonde, platinum, ginger, baby pink, etc. you will need light hair to begin with as the pigment in these dyes are not strong enough to be seen through black/dark brown hair.
Colors like neon pink, electric blue, dark red, magenta, etc. (basically those that have stronger pigments) will show up just fine.
So my suggestion is to use one of these colors if you have dark hair.
And if you really want a lighter hair color shade, you might as well bleach it and use a semi-permanent hair dye instead of Arctic Fox.
Will Arctic Fox Bleed and Stain My Skin
Yes, it will. Sometimes Arctic Fox can bleed onto your neck and sideburns if you’re too sweaty. A way to prevent this is to wash your hair thoroughly with cold water after application of Arctic Fox on hair as this will lock in color and wash off any excess that can run.
As for staining your scalp and hands, this really depends on the color of Arctic Fox you’re using. I’ve personally noticed that the colors Ritual (dark purple) and Poison (bright green) stain skin a lot.
How Long Will Arctic Fox Hair Dye Last on Your Hair
On average, Arctic Fox hair dye can last anywhere between 2 weeks to 2 months on your hair. This isn’t a simple answer really as you will find that many factors influence the longevity of hair dyes on your hair including the shampoo you use, the temperature of water your shower in, the nature of your hair dye itself and whether or not you have bleached hair.
If you have dark hair that is unbleached and are using a regular, sulfate-based drugstore shampoo then chances are the Arctic Fox hair color might wash off in just 2-3 washes itself.
However, if you use a color-safe shampoo or go further and invest in a color-depositing shampoo and refrain from using hot water or washing hair too often, then you can make it last up to 2-3 weeks.
And if you have used a very strong Arctic Fox color on light, bleached hair (or naturally platinum hair), then chances are the color can last up to 2 months.
Should I Use Arctic Fox or Manic Panic on My Hair
Both Arctic Fox and Manic Panic are semi-permanent, color depositing hair dyes. They are very similar in terms of ingredients, formula, application, longevity and more. Also, both Manic Panic and Arctic Fox are vegan, non-toxic and conditioning hair color formulations.
However, there are two chief differences between the Manic Panic and Arctic Fox hair dyes. For starters, the Arctic Fox hair dye is more thicker in consistency than the Manic Panic dye which is thinner. Therefore it bleeds less and causes less run down on application.
Also, Arctic Fox hair color is more concentrated than the Manic Panic dye. So it’ll give a more vibrant hair color.
In terms of longevity both Manic Panic and Arctic Fox are the same and last from 4-6 weeks depending on how well you take care of your hair.
Does Arctic Fox Hair Dye Stain Clothes?
Arctic Fox Hair Dye is a semi-permanent hair dye known for its vibrant and long-lasting colors. While it is designed to primarily adhere to hair fibers, there is still a potential for it to stain clothing, especially when the dye is freshly applied and has not been fully rinsed out or dried.
Here are some tips to prevent or minimize clothing staining when using Arctic Fox Hair Dye:
- Wear Old Clothing: When applying hair dye, it’s best to wear old or disposable clothing that you don’t mind staining. Use an old t-shirt or button-down shirt and avoid wearing your favorite or expensive clothes.
- Use Protective Gear: Wear gloves to protect your hands and avoid getting dye on your fingers, which can transfer to your clothing.
- Cover Surfaces: Lay down old towels, newspapers, or plastic sheets on surfaces where you’ll be working to catch any potential drips or spills.
- Be Cautious During Application: Apply the dye carefully to your hair, making an effort to prevent drips or splatters. If you notice any dye on your skin or clothing, wipe it off immediately with a damp cloth or paper towel.
- Rinse Hair Properly: After the dye has processed and you’ve followed the recommended rinsing instructions, make sure to rinse your hair thoroughly in a sink or shower. Ensure that no excess dye remains on your hair before styling.
- Dry Hair Before Dressing: Allow your hair to dry completely before putting on clothing, especially if your hair is still damp from rinsing. Wet hair is more likely to transfer dye to clothing.
- Use Dark Towels: When drying your hair with a towel, opt for dark-colored towels to avoid potential staining of lighter towels.
- Wash Stained Clothing Promptly: If you do get hair dye on your clothing, treat the stain as soon as possible. Rinse it with cold water, then launder it separately to prevent the dye from transferring to other clothing items.
While Arctic Fox Hair Dye is less likely to stain clothing compared to some other hair dyes, it’s always better to take precautions to protect your clothing and avoid any potential staining.
So that was all about Arctic Fox hair dye. It is seriously one of my favorite hair dyes ever as it contains no ammonia or peroxide and is natural and vegan too.
I like that I can change my hair color often (as much as twice a week) with Arctic Fox.
This is a color depositing dye that will wash away easily with warm water and some clarifying shampoo. So you don’t have to worry about living with a hair color you don’t like.
On the flip side, this might make the hair dye unsuitable for people looking for a long-term hair color solution or looking to hide their greying roots.
I also admire most color depositing dye formulas, including Arctic Fox as they aren’t harsh on hair like other semi-permanent and permanent hair dyes.
As the dye coats your hair instead of penetrating it, you don’t have to worry about damage.
This makes it suitable for people with dark hair as well as some of the more pigmented hair dyes by Arctic Fox will show up on black to dark brown hair without the need of bleach.
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