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Special Effects Hi-Octane Orange


Be prepared to wear sunglasses with this one! One of Special Effects’ brightest hair dyes. Hi-Octane Orange is an insanely bright red-orange on bleached hair and even better, this hair colour glows under black light!

This is a semi-permanent hair colour but usually lasts several weeks on pre-lightened hair.

  • Glows under UV!
  • 118ml
  • Semi-permanent, long lasting
  • Conditioning colour
  • Not tested on animals
$15.00 (USD)
  • €13.50 (EUR)
  • £11.00 (GBP)
Out of stock
- More expected in 100 years.


For best results, particularly with lighter shades, apply to hair that has been pre-lightened to pale blond. Apply to freshly washed (not conditioned), dry or damp hair. Apply using latex gloves. We recommend using a tinting brush to ensure even coverage. Work the dye into the hair for a few minutes and leave for at least 15 minutes (you may leave this dye on for longer as long as you cover your hair with plastic wrap or a shower cap to prevent it drying out). Rinse with warm water until the water runs clear.

For longer lasting colour, use a shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair.

  • If you have a question about this product, please contact us or ask in our forum.

  • Ingredients ⮣

  • Precautions

    Although these dyes do not contain the harsh chemicals of other dyes such as ammonia and peroxide, there is still a small chance that they could cause an allergic reaction. For this reason it is imperative that you do a strand and sensitivity test before using them. An ingredients list is available above and can also be found on the product’s packaging (ingredients list can sometimes be found under our sticker). NEVER use any of these products on eyelashes or eyebrows.

    As you would expect from a dye these colours can stain textiles, ceramic, wood and other surfaces as well as temporarily stain skin and nails so be careful to cover surfaces and wear gloves when applying the colour. Once used these products may also rub off your hair and skin and onto clothing and bedding. Although this usually disappears after washing it’s worth bearing this in mind. Staining to bathtubs, basins and showers can easily be cleaned using a bleach based cleaning product.

    Do not mix with peroxide.

    Colours may cause permanent staining to bleached or chemically treated hair. Tip: You can avoid staining on your skin by applying a layer of vaseline anywhere on your skin where dye may come in contact.

Reviews of Special Effects Hi-Octane Orange

  • This was an awesome colour while it lasted. My hair was bleached to a yellow blonde and the dye was left on for an hour. I did find it turned out extremely red on me, but was still a very bright colour nonetheless. After a couple of washes it did turn more orangey, but by that time it had almost completely faded out on me, which is quite unusual for SFX in my experience. This colour requires a lot of maintenance, but I think it's worth it if you want a bright red-orange.
  • Hi-Octane is a beautiful color that starts out red if you leave it too long. However, if applied correctly, it should result in a vibrant and long-lasting orange. It usually lasts me a month before turning yellow. I would recommend it to anybody that wants intense and shiny color. I've been told many times that it looks like fire.
  • Next to Directions Fire this looks almost red at first, but close up is a nice bright orange. For a rainbow I'd say to use a more yellowy orange than this one though.
  • This faded to a regular (still bright) orange after a couple of washes
  • I just colored my hair this color today and everyone loves it. I bleached my hair from a reddish brown to a bright yellow with some orange in it. I left the dye in for a little over an hour and it turned out really really orange. It has what looks like some natural high lights of lighter orange in it. I'm in love with this shade. First time coloring my hair an unnatural color, by the way.
  • I used this all over hair that was bleached to a strawberry blonde with about 1/3 to a half conditioner to dilute it, and it still came out very vibrant red to begin with, almost a reddish pink! After the first wash it was noticeably more orange but it's still mistaken for red. The left side of my head is fading a lot faster than the rest, but maybe that's because it was the side it was applied to last. I would recommend using it with napalm orange or a yellow if you want something a little bit less red.
  • SUPER bright. It did come out a bit reddish on me, almost like a neon red-orange. Fading to a more orange color after a few washes, but still very vibrant.
  • It lasted only a couple of washes, wich is really odd for Special Effects. I'm so dissappointed with this one :(

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