Punky Color Vs. Arctic Fox: which dye is best for your hair?

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Are you thinking of venturing into the wonderful world of semi-permanent hair dyes?


Well, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Semi-permanent dyes, such as Punky Color and Arctic Fox, have come a long way and are both excellent hair dye options.

Although these products are similar, they do have some differences.


  •  If you’re new to semi-permanent dies, I recommend starting with Punky color. The reason why is simple. This line doesn’t only have hair dyes, but also products that can help you preserve the vibrant color as long as possible.
  • If you have some experience with hair dye, on the other hand, I recommend the Arctic Fox line.



Because after repeated bleaching and dying, your hair might be very damaged or dry.

Arctic Fox dyes are vegan, peroxide and ammonia-free, and even include a conditioner in their formula. So the product nourishes and dyes your hair at the same time.

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Each dye has subtle differences, but those can create major differences in your hair.

And I know, I think I’ve tried almost every semi-permanent dye on the market.

Are you curious which one is my favorite?


I’ll leave you in suspense, and tell you at the end.

 In the meantime, so the wait isn’t as tense as the movies based on Steven King’s books, I’ll tell you everything I know about Arctic Fox and Punky Color hair dye. 

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Next we’ll discuss:

  • Key differences between Arctic Fox and Punky Color
  • Why Punky Color is one of your best options of semi-permanent hair dye.


Are you ready to embark on a journey of hair color that you’ll never want to end?


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Key differences between Arctic Fox and Punky color

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When I first ventured into the world of wild hair color, I had dark brown hair.

As you can image, I had to bleach my hair before I could dye it the colors I wanted. Without bleaching, the turquoise hair dye I chose would not have been nearly as vibrant,  and the emerald green I used later would have looked more like a dull, mossy green.

And, while your hair should be as close to platinum blond to achieve those vibrant colors, the dye you choose is also important.

Bad dye leads to a bad hair color. It’s as simple as that.


The first semi-permanent hair dye I tried was Arctic Fox. And, for my first fantasy hair color, I chose Virgin Pink.

I’ve never really been subtle, and was determined to completely change my look.


  • But from the moment I opened the container, I was a bit disappointed... the color was vastly different from the one shown on their website. 

I should have taken the hint and not used the dye, because I was just as disappointed after applying the dye, letting it process, and rinsing it out.

It was definitely a different virgin pink than what I was expecting.


  • But that’s not all. I also had a lot of trouble applying the dye. While applying hair dye isn’t rocket science, there are a few tricks and tips that can make it easier.

For example, you have to apply the dye evenly throughout every inch of your hair, so it absorbs evenly. But, because the dye had a thick consistency, almost like a hair gel, it was very difficult to evenly distribute throughout my hair.


While my hair didn't come out looking like a zebra print, the color was lighter in places.

Thankfully they were hard to see, so it wasn't a huge deal.

But something caused the uneven color, and I think it was the thick consistency of the dye.


 So, if you choose to use Arctic Fox, make sure to apply it very carefully. As they say, slow and steady wins the race. 

You might be wondering if there was anything positive about my experience with Arctic Fox dye.

Remember what I said at the outset.


  • Arctic Fox includes a conditioner in it’s formula. So, the dye didn’t damage my hair, and it didn’t feel dry after I applied it.

This is why Arctic Fox is a great option if you have damaged or dry hair, although I would still recommend using a deep conditioning treatment before dying it.


  • Another advantage of this product is that it's quite affordable, although you will have to buy it online, as it's hard to find in brick-and-mortar stores.


After my fiasco with Virgin Pink, I decided to give another brand a chance.

This is when I discovered Punky Color, which changed everything I thought I knew about semi-permanent vegan dyes.


When it's best to use Punky Color

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  • Do you have a hard time keeping a semi-permanent dye from fading?
  • Are you tired of having the color rinse out of your hair with every shampoo?
  • Are you a redhead who wants to brighten your natural color?
  • Are you a natural blond looking to try a pastel color?


If you answered yes to any of those questions, you're in the right place. Because Punky Color is the answer.


  • Let’s start with the first question: how does Punky Color prevent its hair colors from fading?

The answer is simple. Punky Color doesn’t only sell dye, but also a product that contains shampoo, conditioner, and pigment depositor all in one, which will make the color last much longer.

I know what you’re probably thinking: “I have to buy dye and a shampoo?” And while you do have to buy two products, it’s better for your hair -and wallet- in the long run.


 Because the color last longer, you don’t have to dye your hair as often. For me, because I had to bleach my hair, this meant the difference between having healthy and damaged hair. 

The longer the color lasts, the less dye you have to apply to your hair. Not only that, but this product has a nourishing combination of vegetable proteins, hydrolyzed quinoa, shea butter and provitamin B5.


  • As if that weren't enough, it can also add some vibrance to naturally red hair. And it's vegan, ammonia and peroxide-free formula won't damage your hair.

Not only that, but this line of products included options for people who might want to try out a pastel shade.

If you're blond, have you ever thought of dying your hair pastel pink? With Punky Color you can try it, and if you don't like it, just wash your hair to remove the color.


  • Punky Color comes with an applicator with a small sponge that makes it easy to apply the dye right where you want it, whether you’re coating all your hair evenly or creating an ombre.


So, which one of these brands would you choose?



  • If your hair is damaged from being bleached or you’re looking for a pastel tone, try Arctic Fox
  • If you want a vibrant color, or to intensify your natural red or black hair, try Punky Color


By now you've probably figured out which one of the dyes is my favorite. It's Punky Color, of course.

It's easy to apply, offers complementary products that prolong the color, and doesn't damage my hair.

What more could you ask for?


Now it's your turn to share: which one of these two dyes would you use in your hair? Would you choose Punky Color or Arctic Fox?

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