So I have been debating and hemming and hawing about dying my hair again. I was going to go with Manic Panic again but I decided to try Ion. I didn't lightening it first. And it came out looking good! AJ helped me pick the color I wanted to do purple but he wanted pink, so comprised on fuchsia.
I guess this is my new summer tradition, though I'm very pleased with the color without bleaching it first. I'll see how long it lasts.