When comparing Special Effects vs Joico's 'Color Intensity', the Slant community recommends Joico's 'Color Intensity' for most people. In the question“What are the best semi-permanent hair dyes for unnatural colors?” Joico's 'Color Intensity' is ranked 8th while Special Effects is ranked 9th.
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Pro Variety of colors
Special Effects comes in 28 fun shades.
Pro UV reactive colors
Some dyes react under blacklight (Atomic Pink , Nuclear Red ,Cherry Bomb, Hi-Octane Orange, Joyride, Cupcake Pink , Bright as F#@$ Yellow, Napalm Orange).
Pro High quality professional product
Pro Color stays for a long time
The color will stay lovely and vibrant for weeks on end.
Pro High End Salon Results
Pro You can learn professional techniques from videos on their site
Pro They make metallic colors as well
Pro Consistency of the dye is easy to work with.
Pro Helps leave hair gorgeously conditioned + amps up shine
Contains the ultra nourishing Kukui Nut Oil.
Pro 2O vibrant intermixable shades last 15 shampoos
When applied using their directions and using Joico's Color Endure or K-Pack Color Therapy shampoo as well as K-Pack Cuticle Sealer and finishing product INtesne Hydrator. You will absolutely see a feel a major difference in the health of your hair.
Pro Guaranteed healthier hair after every color application
Contains K-PAK’s powerful Quadramine Complex®
Con Never fade
I had their atomic pink on the ends of my hair and it tinted any color I put over it pink for six months after I dyed it and that was AFTER diluting it with conditioner.
Con Thick formula
The formula is so thick it’s difficult to apply. Also very difficult to get out of the bottle.
Con Fades quickly
Many of the colors start to fade noticeably after a week or so.
Con Indigo shade cannot be removed
I had my hair bleached then coloured with the indigo shade. I couldn't remove it with bleaching or the loreal colour eraser treatment. There was a green tint to my hair and a lot of damage.