Sparks Long Lasting Bright Hair Color

I love changing my hair color! I found Sparks after looking into longer lasting bright colors; most bright colors fade after a couple of washes. I started the fall with a dark brown to medium blonde ombre. Then I had an orange-tinted ombre after using the Etude House Bubble Color in Sweet Orange. The Etude House Hot Style Bubble Hair Color was pretty but temporary & it fades.

I decided to use the Sparks Orange Crush without pre-lightening my hair; it didn’t need any more bleach. Sparks is a direct color; it won’t lighten your hair. It just deposits color. Orange Crush is a yellow-based orange shade. This product is highly-staining as a straight dye, so cover yourself and your work area.

My hair is pretty dark in the root & mid-length areas and the Sparks still worked great! Obviously, it is the most orange on the pre-lightened ends but it did nicely color the rest of my hair too. I had read a lot of reviews and applied the color mixed with Shea Moisture Conditioner. This was simply to prevent excessive bleeding & staining of my belongings. Using the color full strength can result in intense bleeding that occurs when the hair is not only wet but dry too; I don’t want my recliners, clothing, hats, or shirts ruined, so I cut it 1 part color to 2 parts conditioner when applying.

Sparks Long Lasting Bright Hair

Sparks Long Lasting Bright Hair

Sparks does not need a developer, it is meant to be applied straight from the tube to clean, dry hair. I used my 1:2 formula & left it on for 1 hour. When I rinsed, I used the Ion Color Defense After Color Sealer (Sally Beauty.) There was no horrific shower staining or need to bleach my tub and I have not stained any towels or clothing since applying the color. I had a little yellow rinse out of my hair the first time I washed it (after the initial application.)

Sparks Long Lasting Color

Sparks Orange Crush

Sparks Orange Crush

Instructions:

  1. Apply vaseline around the hairline (optional–but recommended when using full strength)
  2. Squeeze Sparks color into a plastic mixing bowl. I mixed mine with 2 parts Shea Moisture Conditioner (ie: 1 oz color, 2 oz conditioner.) Do not add any developer, this is a direct dye.
  3. Apply to hair with gloved hands and/or use a brush to apply color. Leave on for 1-2 hours.
  4. Rinse in the shower with cool water (don’t get it all over your kitchen sink/walls/floor/counters) and apply Ion Color Defense After Color Sealer for 2-3 minutes; rinse.
  5. Clean any highly stained areas of your shower with Soft Scrub (bleach.)

Sparks is cruelty-free & PPD free. It comes in a 3 oz. tube ($7-8 on Amazon,) making it very affordable when you factor in the 2 parts of the conditioner I used!

Results & recommendations vary between shades. I have never ventured into purple or green territory but I absolutely love the Orange Crush shade! I would have mixed in some red but skipped it for fear of bleeding/staining. Red hair is gorgeous but fades & bleeds as a rule. The color lasted well for about one month. It would have been longer but I couldn’t bear to wash with cool water when it is below zero here!

I also tried the Sparks Rose Gold shade to fill in my faded orange color. This is a beautiful reddish brown/pink shade that is lighter in pigmentation. It would look best on pre-lightened, blonde hair but it added a nice depth to my orange hair! This color fades a lot faster than the Orange Crush.

Before & After Photos:

Before Applying the Rose Gold

Before Applying the Rose Gold

Etude House Sweet Orange

Etude House Sweet Orange

Faded Sweet Orange

Faded Sweet Orange

After using Sparks Orange Crush

After using Sparks Orange Crush

After Applying the Rose Gold

After Applying the Rose Gold

Sparks Long Lasting Bright Hair Color Video

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