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Special Effects Hot Lava


Hot Lava is a fiery orange red shade from Special Effects. This semi-permanent hair colour looks great applied to bleached hair or can be used directly to revive a faded permanent red without damaging the hair.

  • 118ml
  • Semi-permanent
  • 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 Hot Lava

  • This is a very interesting shade. It dances a fine line between natural and unnatural. I've applied this over golden blonde to pale blonde hair and my results were a very pretty, vibrant rusty orange that looked "almost" natural. I have often used this color on streaks when working in more conservative environments. I only gave it a 3 out of 5 since it's most vibrant aspects fade fairly quickly (about 3 weeks or so for me with color safe shampoo, etc.). The huge plus is that it faded to a natural looking "strawberry blonde" color which lasted for at least another additional month before needing to be refreshed. It also never had a stage where it looked weird. A definite plus for me.
  • This colour started of bright red on my purple base but gradially faded to a yellowy orange. The colour has good staying power (even after a month of actively fading it is still pretty orange). The colour it fades in is quite an interesting orange in it's own right and lots of people have thought I dyed it that colour intentionally.
  • My favourite of all the special effects colours. Such a lovely orangey red. It looks like a bright red at first on high lifted hair and fades down to an orange tone. If you keep the colour topped up by adding the special effects to your conditioner and popping it on each time you wash you will keep the colour more vibrant for longer.
  • Love this color so much. It fades into a vibrant, natural red. I don't know how many times people have asked me if it's my natural color with this shade.

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