How to Dye Your Hair using MANIC PANIC Hair Dye

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Watch our official "How To Dye Your Hair” video to learn how to effectively and safely dye your hair with Manic Panic hair dyes.

Manic Panic’s semi-permanent hair color contains fortified herbal and protein complex, and features no animal by-products. Our Hair Color can be used to achieve vibrant colors on pre-lightened or light blonde hair. Dark colors such as red, purple or green may be used to highlight naturally darker hair shades. It is always recommended you perform a strand test to see how the dye will look on you first.

Manic Panic Hair Color Is Tested On Celebrities, Not Animals!

Manic Panic hair dye does not damage hair and contains restorative properties, acting as a conditioner that hydrates and "fills” processed hair.

Manic Panic Hair Color should be used exactly as supplied and described on the packaging. Do not add peroxide or other permanent hair colorants.

Manic Panic hair colorants may temporarily stain skin and permanently stain the fabric of clothes, towels and bedding etc. Do not use with alkaline based products as these will upset the pH balance needed for maximum absorption of color by the hair. Low pH or non-alcohol hair products are recommended.

Avoid contact with eyes and do not use Manic Panic Color for eyebrows or eyelashes. If contact with eyes occurs, rinse out with warm water and contact a doctor.

Please Note: Not for internal use, avoid ingestion. Keep out of the reach of small children. For the best results, please use on porous, bleached, tinted or naturally light blonde hair. When applied to darker untreated hair, results may vary depending on hair shade and texture.

These Are The Things We Recommend To Do Before You Dye:

A Patch Test:
Before applying Manic Panic Hair Color, perform a patch test first. This is to test for an allergic reaction.

  • Choose a small area of skin roughly the size of a penny for the test, preferably somewhere discreet such as behind the ear or in the inner fold of your elbow.
  • Wash the test area with water and soap and dab dry with a clean towel.
  • Place a thin coating of your chosen Manic Panic Hair Dye upon the test area.
  • Allow the dye to dry and leave it undisturbed and uncovered for 24 hours.
  • Examine the test area for any signs of irritation. If there is a negative reaction, then the product should not be used by that person under any circumstances.


A Strand Test:
Perform a quick strand test to ensure you get the desired results. Apply a small amount of colour to a discreet section of hair before attempting a large amount.

Pre-Lighten Your Hair:
So that your hair color is as bright as it appears in its jar or on the color swatch, it’s necessary to pre-lighten your hair. If you’re going for light or pastel shades, this is essential. Use our Manic Panic Flash Lightning Complete Bleach Kit. Follow the instructions on the packaging and make sure to wash and rinse out all bleach residue with shampoo, as this can prevent hair dye from processing correctly.

Wash Hair With Deep Cleansing Shampoo: Ensure your hair is squeaky clean before using Manic Panic Hair Color. Do not use conditioner as this will prevent the dye from taking to the hair. Make sure your hair is thoroughly dried too.

Protect Yourself:
Wear protective rubber or plastic gloves when applying any hair color products, including lightener. Use petroleum jelly or baby oil around the hair line and over the tips of your ears to prevent color staining.

Get Your Color On!

1. Apply To Dry Hair
Empty the desired amount of Manic Panic Hair Color into a plastic bowl (approximately half a jar for short hair, a full jar for longer locks).

Using a tint brush, apply the hair color, starting half an inch from the scalp and working it evenly through, all the way down to the ends. Then, from the nape of the neck where the hairline begins, work upwards through the hair. Make sure all of your hair is saturated with color.

2. Comb Color Through Until Frothy:
Once the hair is frothy, this indicates that the dye has been thoroughly absorbed. Lighter shades of Manic Panic Color may need extra combing to achieve maximum penetration and longer lasting color.

Leave the dye on for at least 30 minutes or longer to process. At room temperature, 30 minutes is the average time for Manic Panic Hair Dye to process. Infra-red heat lamps can reduce processing time by about 5 to 7 minutes and can help towards deeper coloration. For resistant hair it’s advised you cover the hair with a plastic cap and leave for an hour or longer to process.

3. Rinse Hair With Cool Water, Away From Face:
No after-treatments are required with Manic Panic Hair Color products.

4. Keeping It In: Manic Panic semi-permanent hair color is made from vegan friendly ingredients and uses no animal products. It coats the hair follicles best when used on porous hair, such as that which has been bleached, lightened or processed. Results may vary depending on the condition of the hair when dyed.

Manic Panic hair dye contains no harmful chemicals and acts as a conditioner, hydrating and treating the hair. Shampoo, extensive exposure to sunlight, swimming and hair spray can all cause hair color to prematurely fade. It’s recommended you wash hair in cool water to prevent this.

A trick to help prolong color vibrancy is to rinse hair with a mixture of white vinegar and water in equal parts immediately after coloring. Comb through and allow to sit for up to two minutes, and then rinse out thoroughly. This raises the pH level of the hair, leading to greater color permanence.

For 30% longer lasting hair color, use the Manic Panic Amplified range!

Getting It Out:
Pre-packaged hot oil treatments may be used to speed up hair color removal. Follow instructions on the packaging when using and apply shampoo without water. Add water gradually, washing and rinsing until all the oil is removed. When using non Manic Panic lightening and color removal products, consult the manufacturers for guidance on use, or contact a professional hair stylist. For more information about using Manic Panic products, please feel free to visit our FAQ's Glossary.


Check out one of our fave Manic Panic® Dyehards, Lauren Calaway, as she gets all dolled up using our Glamnation® cosmetics & shows us how to apply Electric Amethyst to her hair the right way after bleaching with Flashlightning