DIY Hair: Arctic Fox Cosmic Sunshine Hair Dye Review

Updated on October 30, 2019
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I love to dye my hair all colors of the rainbow. I love all things vintage, and I enjoy creating art, taking photos, and doing it myself.


Yellow Hair Experiences

I've wanted yellow hair for a long time. I don't even like the color yellow, but for some reason, seeing Lady Gaga with it drove me nuts and I had to try it.

So I did, about two years ago, and I'd call it unsuccessful. My hair was a faded lime green, so I did a light bleaching and applied Manic Panic Sunshine Yellow over top. The result? Highlighter yellow hair. It was gross.

I mean, it didn't look terrible right after dying, but as soon as I shampooed my hair, the color faded noticeably. After one wash! So I gave up on that and went to a lovely shade of orange.

Highliter yellow... Not what I was going for.
Highliter yellow... Not what I was going for. | Source

Preparing to Use Cosmic Sunshine

This time around, I decided to come to yellow from the other side of the rainbow. My hair was red, then orange, and once my orange faded, I purchased a new brand. Arctic Fox Cosmic Sunshine, my savior!

At this point in my hair dye journey, I've decided not to bleach my whole head anymore—I just bleach my dark roots and wait until the overall color of my rainbow hair has faded enough to take a new color. This way, I protect my ends from suffering further bleach damage.

My hair had come down to a nice peachy orange, which I didn't think would look as terrible with yellow dye layered over it. I had used Arctic Fox dyes for the orange, so I figured I'd give their yellow dye a try.

The faded orange before going yellow. I bleached my brown roots and added Cosmic Sunshine on top of this color.
The faded orange before going yellow. I bleached my brown roots and added Cosmic Sunshine on top of this color. | Source

How to Dye Your Hair Yellow


  • Glass Bowl
  • Dye Brush
  • Gloves
  • Butterfly Clip
  • Arctic Fox Cosmic Sunshine


  1. Dump the dye in the bowl, section your hair off (I like to start at the top around my part and face).
  2. Use your dye brush to apply the color to your hair in small sections. Make sure to saturate all of your hair thoroughly, so it's not a splotchy dye job.
  3. Leave the dye in for as long as you deem necessary (there aren't any harsh chemicals like bleach or ammonia, so you're not doing damage).
  4. Rinse with water as cold as you can stand it to prevent the color from bleeding out!

Ho-ly mo-ly Cosmic Sunshine is an AMAZING dye. I applied it to my whole head, let it sit for about three hours, and then rinsed it in lukewarm water without shampooing. It was beautiful. I was in awe. Lookit, my hair!

First day after dying.
First day after dying. | Source
After ~3 washes!
After ~3 washes! | Source

Cosmic Sunshine: 5/5 Stars

I'm giving this dye 5 stars for the following reasons:

  • Bright, vibrant color
  • Fade-resistant
  • Inexpensive and easy to find
  • Added conditioners

So let's go into this. You can see from the above photos that it was vibrant. I start to get really self-conscious when my hair is fading if I know it looks bad. Roots showing, faded color—I just feel like a bum. Cosmic Sunshine left me feeling confident in my hair color for six whole weeks. Seriously—the most recent photo is bellow.


More Articles to Come!

Obviously, I'm about ready to dye my hair again. This time I'll be using Arctic Fox's Phantom Green, which appears to be a dark foresty shade. Keep checking back for more hair dye reviews, and check out my profile for my previous reviews!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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    • a beautiful mess profile imageAUTHOR

      Alex Rose 

      16 months ago from Virginia

      This particular dye is semi-permanent, so it will last for a while. There are always color strippers or bleach that can be used to remove the dye, but I don't think many people would use this dye unless they were certain they wanted yellow hair!

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      16 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Do these dyes remain for a long time?

      Suppose, as an after thought one does not require this yellow colour then can it be removed back easily to get the original hair colour or we have to wait for some time.


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