Fox Fam, have you ever wondered how best to use the colors in our UV-reactive line of neon shades? We get all sorts of questions about Electric Paradise, Porange, and Neon Moon, so today we’re going to be answering some of the most common questions you may have about these colors so you can use our UV reactive line like a pro!
What does UV reactive mean? Do they glow in the dark?
UV reactive colors will glow under a blacklight! UV reactive does not mean that they will change color in the sunlight, or glow in the dark regularly. You need a blacklight to activate the UV glow!
How do I use them?
These colors can be applied the same way as any other AF color. They will turn out best on level 8 or lighter hair though, and the UV glow may not be as visible on a darker base. As the color fades out, the UV glow will go with it, so the brighter the color to more visible the glow will be!
If I mix Neons with non-neon colors, will they still glow?
You can mix any shades but in order to preserve the UV reactivity of the color, you'll need to use only a small amount of a much darker color or another neon shade. If you’re mixing a UV reactive color and a regular color or diluter, though, then the UV glow may be affected. The glow is linked to the pigment in the color, so if you’re adding a lot of regular pigment or diluter, the UV reactivity effect is lessened. Most of the time even a half and half mix will mean your glow is barely visible. Limiting the amount of regular pigment you add to just a few drops or so will help preserve as much UV reactivity as possible!
If I use UV reactive colors on dark hair will it still glow?
In general, no. If the actual color of the dye is not visible in your hair, the UV reactivity won’t be visible either. The color needs to show in order to glow. Pre-lightening is usually necessary to get the best results with these shades, but in general, a level 8 or higher base should do the trick for Electric Paradise or Porange! For the most vivid results you'll need platinum hair.
How long will UV neons last?
Our UV reactive shades will last about the same length of time as our lighter colors. With proper upkeep, they will usually last for around 4-8 weeks on lightened hair. As the color fades, though, the UV glow will fade out with it, so the glow will be brightest when the color is fresh! Of course, all hair is different so results will vary from person to person.
@k.v.collective in Electric Paradise.
I want to make a different color UV-reactive by mixing these in. Who should I talk to?
You can make a few mixes that will still be UV-reactive like a lime green (add a few drops of Aquamarine to Neon Moon) but some of the cooler tones are harder to create. That said, always feel free to reach out to us and ask us what our fave mixes are for your desired shade! Catch us on DM's @arcticfoxhaircolor or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org for personalized help. Or you can check out our Fox Fam Facebook group and ask around!