Manic Panic® University: Hair Color 101

COLORING TIPS: Tish's Do or Dye's

  • The Eleven Commandments
  • Testing
  • Dyeing
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Neatness Counts
  • Advanced
  1. tishAlways remember to do a test strand and patch test before lightening and dyeing.
  2. When mixing MANIC PANIC® Hair Colors together always do a test strand first!
  3. Always wear protective coloring gloves.
  4. Apply petroleum jelly or a thick conditioner around your hairline to avoid staining skin.
  5. Wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.
  6. Lightening with MANIC PANIC® Flashlightning® Kit works best on hair that has not been washed for a few days. Your body’s natural oils will help hydrate hair.
  7. Lay an old towel or newspaper down on floor and around the sink where you are coloring to avoid staining carpets, floors, and sinks.
  8. Use mirrors for even application if you can’t find someone to help you apply MANIC PANIC® hair products.
  9. Do not get in the shower! Rinse hair away from face, preferably in a kitchen sink to avoid staining white tubs and your skin.
  10. Always use cool/cold water when rinsing out MANIC PANIC® Hair Color.
  11. We recommended you don’t shampoo or condition for at least a week after you dye.

Hair Color Patch Test:

A preliminary patch test should be conducted before Manic Panic® Hair Color is applied.

  1. Select a small test area, about the size of a quarter, behind the ear or in the inner fold of the elbow.
  2. Wash the test area gently with a mild soap and water. Dab dry with a clean towel.
  3. Cover the clean test area with a thin coat of the specific Manic Panic® Hair Color.
  4. Allow the test area to dry. Leave it uncovered and undisturbed for 24 hours.
  5. Examine the test area carefully. If there are any signs of irritation then under no circumstances should the product be used on the person tested.

Strand Test:

    1. Wear protective gloves.
    2. Choose a hair strand that is behind the ear. You want it to be visible enough to see the results but in a place you can hide it if you are unhappy with it.
    3. Pin the excess hair away from the strand.
    4. Using gloved hands apply a “dime size” amount of Manic Panic® dye or Flashlightning® to the hair strand.
    5. Follow instructions on jar/box for processing time.
    6. Remove dye with cold water.

Manic Panic® Hair Color works best on pre–lightened hair.

To achieve best results with MANIC PANIC® Hair Color it is necessary to pre-lighten the hair. If you are going for a lighter color or a pastel shade, it is essential to lighten the hair to a light blond/level 9 and tone with Virgin Snow™ White Toner.

Lighten your hair using MANIC PANIC®FLASHLIGHTNING® Complete Bleach Kit and follow all the instructions in the kit. Make sure you have thoroughly shampooed all of the lightener out of your hair; bleach residue left in the hair can prevent MANIC PANIC® Hair Color from processing properly.

If you are dyeing with MANIC PANIC® Hair Color after you have lightened your hair there is no need to condition. MANIC PANIC® Hair Color acts as a filler and will hydrate your hair.

Manic Panic® Dyeing Instructions:

  1. Shampoo hair thoroughly using a deep cleansing shampoo. Rinse completely to remove all residues. Make sure hair is squeaky clean. Towel dry hair or blow dry to remove excess water.
  2. Protect. Wear protective coloring gloves for application. Apply petroleum jelly or conditioner around hair line and on ears to prevent color from staining skin.
  3. Apply dye to dry hair. Empty desired amount of dye into a plastic bowl (1/2 jar for short hair, full jar for long hair)With the aid of a tint brush or a gloved hand, apply color beginning from 1.2 inch away from the roots to the ends of the hair. Be sure to apply evenly to the hair strands.
  4. Comb dye through hair until it becomes frothy. This indicates that it has been thoroughly absorbed. Lighter shades of MANIC PANIC ® Hair Color may require more combing to obtain maximum penetration and a longer lasting effect.
  5. Processing time: Leave color on hair for at least 30 minutes. Manic Panic® Hair Color will process fully in 30 minutes. These results can vary from person to person. For resistant hair, it is advisable to place a plastic cap on the hair, and leave on for 60 minutes or longer. Applying heat from a blow dryer for 5-10 minutes will intensify color and help to open the cuticle of your hair shaft. This will allow MANIC PANIC® Hair Color to absorb better and last longer.
  6. Rinse hair in cool water thoroughly, away from face until the water runs clear. Do not rinse hair while showering! Towel dry and style as usual!

To prevent color bleeding make sure hair is completely dry before sleeping.

Long Lasting Color:

A Pro trick to making your MANIC PANIC® Hair Color last longer is to rinse your hair with white vinegar immediately after dyeing. This raises the pH level of the hair dye and gives it more permanence.

Here's how: Rinse out Manic Panic® Hair Color with cold water until the water runs clear.

  1. Mix equal parts of white vinegar with water, try a half a cup of each and put in a bowl or cup.
  2. Pour on the vinegar and water mix.
  3. Comb through your hair.
  4. Rinse it out with cold water.

“For color maintenance I recommend washing hair only once a week and only use shampoo when ABSOLUTELY necessary.” — Tish

Achieve an Even Base Color for Manic Panic® Hair Color

Manic Panic® Virgin Snow creates an even base for the color, makes the desired color more true to the hair color as it appears in the jar, and can prevent the color from fading to an unexpected shade.

  1. Use our Flashlightning® bleach kit and lighten hair to a pale blonde.
  2. Remove bleach from hair with warm water and a deep cleansing shampoo.
  3. Towel dry or lightly blow dry hair to remove excess water.
  4. Apply Manic Panic® Virgin Snow.
  5. Leave on for at 30 minutes to an hour to tone orange and yellow tones out of hair.
  6. Rinse hair with cool water.
  7. Dry hair and apply your favorite Manic Panic® Hair Color,
  8. Leave on r until desired shade is reached,
  9. Rinse with cool water until water runs clear.
  10. Dry hair and style as usual!

Avoid Color Staining on Skin and Hair

Apply petroleum jelly or a thick conditioner around the hair line before coloring. This will help protect the skin from staining. If you are doing several different colors or only want the Manic Panic® Hair Color in a selected area, apply the conditioner to the areas you want untouched. This will act as a “color blocker” and keep the surrounding areas “color free”.

Removing Color from Skin

  • Use Manic Panic® Dye Away hair color removing wipes
  • Rub toothpaste on the stain with a toothbrush and watch it disappear
  • Mix equal parts of baking soda and dish soap, rub on the stain with a toothbrush or fingers
  • Purchase a salon professional color remover to keep on hand
  • Rub Dawn Dish Soap on with a sponge and watch the color disappear!

Try to stay away from rubbing alcohol because it can dry out your skin but if you don’t have a choice just apply a small amount to a cotton ball and dab on. Make sure to apply lotion afterwards!

Removal of color

  • Hot Oil treatments
  • Alcohol based hair products such as hairspray, gel, or mousse
  • Washing hair with harsh shampoos such as Anti-Dandruff, Clarifying, Deep Cleansing or All Purpose
  • Exposure to water and sunlight will result in a gradual fading of your MANIC PANIC® Hair Color
  • Swim in a swimming pool, the chemicals in the water will help fade the Manic Panic Hair Color
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda into your shampoo, gently knead in to your hair then rinse with warm water.

Some darker colors may leave behind a slight tint or take more time to fade than some of our lighter colors.

The removal of hair color and fading results vary from person to person.

Consult with manufacturers of any outside lightening and color removal products before attempting their use or get the advice of a licensed hair stylist

Last Resort Soap Cap

When all else fails, here is a trick that our very own Dyehard Gooby and her hair stylist use to remove that last bit of unwanted dye. It is always best to seek help from a licensed Hair Stylist (Please read all instructions carefully!):

Mix in a color bowl:

  • 3 tbs Developer
  • 2 tbs Lightener/bleach
  • 2 tbs clarifying shampoo
  • 2tbs conditioner for dry hair
    1. Put a pair of coloring gloves on.
    2. Apply mixture to wet hair stopping about 1 inch away from your roots.
    3. Work quickly and begin kneading the mixture into your hair starting from the ends to your roots,
    4. Work mixture in to hair for 5-10 minutes.
    5. Rinse mixture out with warm water.
    6. Shampoo and deep condition

    Remember to check hair frequently; while a “Soap Cap” is diluted a person’s hair is most fragile when wet and the processing time can vary from person to person. It’s always best to seek out a professional hair stylist for color removal.

Rockabilly Blue Hair Color Tips

Manic Panic® has just released Rockabilly Blue Hair Color for our 35 year "Manniversary.” It is our highest pigmented hair color and should be used sparingly. Here are a few tips to “Rock” this color:

  • Always wear protective coloring gloves when applying and rinsing color out
  • Make sure to use petroleum jelly or a thick conditioner around the hairline and ears to prevent any unwanted staining
  • Apply to dry hair sparingly, this color is so strong you won’t need a lot
  • Comb through to make sure it is applied evenly
  • Let process until hair color dries, this will prevent any unwanted bleeding
  • Put on protective gloves
  • Do not Rinse hair in the Shower. Rinse with cool water away from the face!!
  • Rinse until water runs clear, this may take some time but it’s worth it
  • Once water runs clear, apply a thick conditioner to hair and rinse again until water runs clear

Rainbow Dip Dye

For this process we recommend having someone assist in the dyeing process or visiting a professional stylist.

  1. Start with Electric Banana®. Apply in the middle of the section. This will be the largest section. (use to blend with other colors).
  2. Apply Pillarbox Red starting on top of the yellow, about 2 inches and blend into a small section of the yellow. Overlap small section of Pillarbox Red onto the Electric Banana®. Use gloved finger to blend red and yellow in this section to make orange.
  3. Apply Shocking Blue beneath the Electric Banana®. Overlap small section of Shocking Blue onto the Electric Banana®. Use gloved finger to blend blue and yellow in this section to make green.
  4. Apply Purple Haze® beneath the Shocking Blue. Stop 1 inch away from the ends.
  5. Apply Hot Hot Pink to the space left at the ends and above the Pillarbox Red.
  6. Make sure all colors are blended evenly.
  7. Gently comb through on both sides.
  8. Let process for one hour. Use heat if applicable. For best results wait until color dries.

When ready to rinse wear gloves, try to hold hair flat under cool water to wash. Start from the ends and slowly move up until water runs clear. This will keep the colors from blending into each other.

two-tonedTwo-Toned Manic Panic® Hair

Use a comb to part a horizontal line around the center of your head (from ear to ear).

  1. Pin the top section separate from the bottom with clips.
  2. Apply the Manic Panic® Hair Color on the top section first, making sure you don’t get any color on the bottom half.
  3. Wrap the top half with a plastic cap to protect it from bleeding.
  4. Apply Manic Panic® Hair Color to bottom section.
  5. Wrap with plastic cap or clip away.
  6. Let color process for 1 hour.
  7. In a sink carefully rinse, away from your face, color from top section first with cool water until the water runs clear.
  8. Rinse bottom section following the same instructions.
  9. Dry hair and style as usual.

If possible have a friend help or visit a professional stylist

stripesTish’s Horizontal Stripes

Use a Manic Panic® Flashlightning® Kit to pre-lighten your hair.

  1. Using a color brush, carefully paint horizontal stripes of alternating Manic Panic® Hair Colors of your choice.
  2. Leave color on hair for several hours or until the color dries. This will minimize color bleeding.
  3. Rinse hair with cold water

Visit a professional stylist for this look or have a friend help apply the dye; Tish’s hubby helped her!

Dying Without Pre–Lightening

without pre-lightningYes, it is possible to love and enjoy Manic Panic® Hair Color without pre-lightening your hair! Manic Panic’s darker High Voltage Classic Cream and Amplified colors can work on hair that is not lightened.

We recommend After Midnight®, Enchanted Forest, Fuchsia Shock®, Green Envy, Hot Hot Pink, Infra Red, Pillarbox Red, Purple Haze®, Raven, Rock’n’Roll Red, and Vampire Red.

  1. Wash hair with a deep cleansing shampoo, do not condition.
  2. Dry hair with a blow dryer to make sure the hair is extremely porous and to remove excess water.
  3. Apply Manic Panic® Hair Color.
  4. Wrap hair in a plastic cap.
  5. For best results sit under a hair dryer for part of the processing time. This will help open the cuticle and allow the Manic Panic® Hair Color to penetrate the hair strand.
  6. Leave on for at least an hour. The longer the better — it will do no harm!
  7. Rinse hair away from the face with cold water until the water runs clear.
  8. Towel dry and Style as usual.

Enjoy your new hair color!!!

pastelPastel Hair

Celebrity Stylist Orlando Pita, as seen in the article in The New York Times, created beautiful pastel hair colors for the article Easter Bonnets. It features models sporting all over pastel locks in gorgeous shades of Manic Panic® Electric Banana®, Cotton Candy Pink, Bad Boy Blue, and Lie Locks.

Here is how he did it:

  1. Pre-lighten hair to the lightest blonde, we recommend our 40 volume Flashlightning® kit. (This should be done gradually in order to preserve hair condition.)
  2. Rinse lightener out of hair with shampoo and warm water, do not condition!
  3. Dry hair completely.
  4. Tone hair with Amplified Manic Panic® Virgin Snow toner in order to have a white base. (Hair must be white to achieve a pastel, if it has too much yellow you will end up with a dirty pastel!)
  5. Leave Manic Panic® Virgin Snow in for at least an hour or until white is achieved.
  6. Remove with cool water and dry hair completely.
  7. Next you will need to create your pastel.
  8. Start by mixing equal parts of Manic Panic® Virgin Snow and the desired Manic Panic® Hair Color.
  9. Perform a Test Strand before applying to check the ratios. If you don’t have any leftover Virgin Snow Toner you can use a thick white conditioner to dilute the color. This may take a few try’s to achieve the color you want.
  10. Once you have created the correct mixture apply color all over hair.
  11. Comb through hair until Manic Panic® Hair Color becomes frothy to make sure it is evenly applied.
  12. Let process for at least 1 hour. The longer you leave Manic Panic® Hair Color on the more it will absorb and hydrate your hair. (For best results apply heat with a blow dryer for 5-10 minutes.)
  13. Once desired color is achieved rinse Manic Panic® Hair Color from hair with cold water until water runs clear.
  14. Dry hair and enjoy your Easter bonnet!

Tish’s Trick: Mix a little color in with your conditioner to freshen the color after when you wash your hair.

Highlighting

    1. Comb hair free of all tangles and knots.
    2. Have pre cut foils on hand about 4 inches wide 8 inches long (depending on hair length).
    3. Use clips to section hair into manageable sections.
    4. Use foiling comb or end of tint brush to make a horizontal parting and slice it in half. The section should be thin enough to see through.
    5. Take foil and fold 1 inch around your tail comb and put it underneath the section you have for highlighting.
    6. Once it’s secure, use your color brush to apply lightener.
    7. Start in the middle with a heavily saturated brush. this will insure the foil sticks to the hair and does not slip.
    8. Remove comb from foil.
    9. Using your extended thumb and index finger hold foil in place and evenly saturate hair strand.
    10. Repeat steps until all highlights are finished.
    11. Leave lightener on for recommended time (varies from person to person).
    12. Once desired blonde is achieved remove foils and shampoo lightener from hair with warm water.
    13. Towel dry hair to remove excess water.
    14. Separate sections of blonde from the rest of hair.
    15. Apply Manic Panic® Hair Color to these strands and isolate with foil.
    16. Let process for 30 minutes to an hour.
    17. Rinse each foil separately with cool water to avoid color bleeding

dreadsColoring Dreads

Depending on the length and thickness of your dreadlocks, you may need a few jars of Manic Panic® Hair Color.

  1. Make sure to wear gloves.
  2. Section dreads.
  3. Saturate each dread heavily with a color brush or your gloved hands (about a third of it soaks into the dread).
  4. Wrap each dread with foil to avoid color bleeding.
  5. Leave on for at least 1 hour.
  6. Rinse carefully with cold water until the water runs clear; do not use shampoo, as this will pull the color out.
  7. Carefully blot each dread with a towel.
  8. Make sure each dread is completely dry before going to bed or wearing a hat.

Rainbow Tips

  1. Take ends of hair and gather small sections in to small ponytails.
  2. Pre–lighten the ends of ponytails and isolate with foil.
  3. Follow instructions and leave on until a light blonde is reached.
  4. Do not remove ponytail rubber bands, wash lightener out with warm water and shampoo ends.
  5. Dry ends with towel and blow dry.
  6. Using several different Manic Panic® colors, we suggest Manic Panic® Hair Colors Electric Banana®, Hot Hot Pink, Shocking Blue, Electric Lizard, and Purple Haze® to create a fun, multicolored rainbow.
  7. Using gloved hands and tint brush alternate colors on each ponytail end.
  8. Isolate with foil to prevent color bleeding.
  9. Let process for 1 hour.
  10. Wash each pony tail individually with cool water until water runs clear.
  11. Remove pony tail rubber bands and dry hair completely

If you have a Tip or Trick you think should be included, please e–mail it to Gooby the Webmistress.

For further information check out How to Dye, the FAQs according to Snooky, or get advice from real Dyehards® in Hair Color in Action.

You can also contact Tish & Snooky's® MANIC PANIC® NYC at (718) 937–6055

 

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