Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink on brassy hair: here’s how your hair is going to look like

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  • If you apply Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink on your brassy hair, you’ll get a coral or pinkish-orange color. It has nothing to do with the pastel pink you expect.
  • The reason is simple. If you want to wear Cotton Candy Pink the way you see it when you open the hair dye bottle, your hair must be bleached almost to white.
  • Pastel fantasy hair dyes can only be applied to very light base colors.
  • So, either bleach your hair or choose another shade that can cover the brassy color.


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You’ve bought the Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink hair dye, and you feel like you’re about to pull the biggest prank of your life. Have you got your hands on it yet?


Good for you. Before you apply it to your hair, let’s imagine your near future for a few minutes.

It’s that future in which you’ll finally wear that pastel pink you love so much.


So,  let’s travel to the moment when you apply Cotton Candy Pink on your hair. 

You’re in the bathroom, making faces because you know this color will go perfectly well with your sunny personality.

You prepare the space very tidy. Hair dye, towel, old shirt, and even your favorite Spotify playlist is playing in the air.


You open the bottle of Cotton Candy Pink hair dye and patiently spread it over your hair from roots to ends.

You wait the 20 minutes indicated by the manufacturer, rinse the hair dye, and dry your hair. However, as the hair-dryer works its magic, something is wrong.

Maybe it’s the artificial light, that your vision is blurred, the steam from the bathroom or…

Wait, what’s in your hair? What’s that orangey coral color?


 Your breathing is more agitated, your heart rate accelerates, and you start imagining how you’ll show up at the office the next day.  When everything around you goes black…you remember.

We were just taking a trip into your near future. The bottle of Cotton Candy Pink hair dye is still in your hand and you haven’t applied it to your hair.


You breathe a sigh of relief. It was just imagination!

Still, you’re anxious.

Why would your hair end up with that hideous color somewhere between pink and orange?


The reason is simple, and it’s related to the colorimetry laws.

The base of your hair is brassy.  When you apply a pastel pink color like Cotton Candy Pink over the orange, the result is a coral or orange-pink color. 


Fortunately, you haven’t applied the hair dye yet, so you won’t waste any time or money.

Also, you’ll avoid having your hair look a hybrid orange/pink color.

Now that you’re calmer, it’s time to make decisions.


The first thing to do is to determine what color you want your hair to be.

Do you want it to be Cotton Candy Pink?

  • Then, you’ll need to bleach your hair so that the base color is pale blonde, almost white.


  •  If you don’t want to bleach your hair, I’m sorry to tell you, dear reader, Cotton Candy Pink is not for you. 

You can’t apply such a light color on such a dark base. As semi-permanent hair color is not applied with a developer, it doesn’t lighten the hair. What it does is form a film of pigment on your hair.


So, what’s your decision? Do you want to wear Cotton Candy Pink in your hair no matter what?

You know the results.

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You need to bleach your hair before applying Cotton Candy Pink to brassy hair

Pink shades as light as Cotton Candy Pink should be applied to extra light, almost white-blonde hair.

Do you remember art classes in school?


Usually, drawings were done on white paper. Sometimes, on colored paper.

When you used watercolors or pink markers, which color sheet made the pink stand out? The colored sheets or on the white ones?


Exactly! Lighter colors always stand out on white sheets. Now transfer that art lesson to your hair.

 To make Cotton Candy Pink look perfect, you must bleach your hair almost to a white sheet. 


Bleaching is a very aggressive process for the hair. So, it works better with healthy hair.

If you notice that your hair is frizzy or feels rough and dry, go to the salon to have it bleached. Also, you can add Olaplex during the process.


If your hair is healthy and it’s been at least three weeks since your last bleach, you can bleach it again. Here’s how to do it.



  • Bleach powder
  • A 30-volume developer
  • Plastic container
  • Hair dye brush
  • Gloves
  • Hair clips


Step by step:

  • Don’t wash your hair for 48 hours before bleaching so that the natural oil of your scalp protects it.
  • Comb and separate your hair into 4 sections. Hold each section with hair clips.
  • In a plastic container, place the bleach powder and the 30-volume developer.
  • Add your usual conditioner to the mixture to prevent hair damage.
  • Apply the mixture from root to tip on each section. When you have covered all of your hair, wrap it in a shower cap or nylon bag to keep the reaction temperature down.
  • LEAVE IT ON FOR 20 minutes. Not any longer.
  • Rinse your hair with plenty of cold water. You can use your usual shampoo to remove any residue of the mixture.
  • Blow-dry your hair with a hair-dryer on medium heat


If your hair has reached a very light blonde 9 or extra light blonde 10, apply Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink.

If there’re still traces of orange or your hair is chicken yellow,  don’t apply the hair dye. In that case, you’ll have one more bleaching session to go before you can apply this special shade of pink. 


While you wait for three weeks until your next bleaching session, you’ll need to repair your hair.


Apply an avocado mask

natural remedy for gray

  • Mash two avocados and add 5 drops of coconut oil.
  • Apply from roots to ends on dry hair and leave it on for 45 minutes.
  • Rinse your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo.


If you apply this natural mask twice a week, your hair will be strong and shiny for the next bleaching.


Use natural oils such as coconut, rose, olive, or sweet almond oil.

adds moisture

  • Always apply it from mid to ends, and avoid the scalp.
  • Leave on for 20 to 60 minutes for best results.
  • Rinse with shampoo


If you repeat this procedure two or three times a week, you’ll notice the change in a few applications. After 3 weeks, repeat the bleaching process.


What shades of Manic Panic can you apply to your orange hair if you don’t want to bleach it?

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Let’s say you don’t want to bleach your hair again as I explained above.

In that case, you have two options.

  • Option 1: apply Cotton Candy Pink anyway.
  • Option 2: apply another shade of Manic Panic

Let’s analyze these options in-depth.


Option 1: applying Cotton Candy Pink anyway

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As I mentioned at the beginning, if you apply the Cotton Candy Pink, your hair will be a color between coral and pinkish-orange. Are you excited about this color?


 If you think you might like this color, you can do a strand test to evaluate what color your hair would be and if you really like it. 


The strand test is very simple.

  • Simply grab a strand of your hair from the back of your head.
  • Apply the hair dye according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Finally, rinse the hair dye out and blow-dry your hair.


At this point, you can evaluate whether you like the color or not.

If you like the resulting color, go ahead and color all your hair. If you don’t like it, you should move on to option 2.


Option 2: applying another Manic Panic shade

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You may not want to bleach your hair again. Alternatively, after doing the strand test, you may find that the Cotton Candy Pink doesn’t look good on your brassy hair. Then, you can choose another Manic Panic shade.


If your hair is brassy, I recommend choosing a color in that range or darker.

Here are some options, but the final decision is up to you.

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 Remember that applying these fantasy colors on almost white hair is different from applying them on brassy hair, as in your case. 

The best tool you have to make sure you like the resulting color is the strand test.

If you like the result of the strand test, you can proceed to color all your hair. If you don’t like it, you’ll have to choose another color.



As fantasy colors are semi-permanent hair dyes, they are affected by the base color of the hair.

This is because the pigments closely adhere to the hair without penetrating the hair core. So, they require an almost white base color.

Cotton Candy Pink is no exception. When you achieve the base you need, you won’t regret the long road you’ve traveled.

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