How To’s& Tips

Want to know how to get the head-turning hair color you see on today’s hottest celebs and influencers? Of course you do!

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We’ve got answers! Whether you’re a hair color virgin or a total Dye Hard, we’ve got all the pointers you need to get the Instagram-ready color of your dreams.

What Makes Manic Panic So Special?

Because we’re the OGs in colorful vegan and cruelty-free hair dye. But if that’s not reason enough, our hair colors are free of harsh chemicals and fortified to condition your hair while you dye. With each Manic Panic® color, you can get the DIY look without the damage. That’s color without compromise!

Why Do I Need To Do a Patch/ Strand Test?

Before dyeing your hair, you should perform a patch or strand test with your dye or bleach to make sure you don’t have any allergic reactions. You can also see if you like the color before dyeing all over!

Do I Need To Bleach My Hair To Use Manic Panic Dyes?

Yes and no. Some of our colors (especially neons, UVs, and pastels) work best on a pre-lightened base. If you want our signature intense color, we recommend lightening your hair to at least a level 7+ blonde. But we also have colors that give gorgeous colorful tints to dark hair. Each product on our website comes with hair swatches so you can see before and after results on light and dark hair.

Why Did My Blue Hair Dye Turn Out Green?

Your base color is SUPER important since it affects the appearance of tones. If you apply blue pigment on top of a yellow-toned blonde, the results can veer toward a more teal or green hue. The whiter the hair, the truer the color tone. Before you color your hair blue, watch a tutorial by Mykey O’Halloran on how to avoid green tints!

How Long Do Manic Panic Colors Last?

Our semi-permanent formula lasts for about 4-6 weeks. But stronger formulas (like our Amplified collection) last longer because they contain 30% more pigment. If you want to fight the fade for longer, we have color-safe shampoos and conditioners made specifically to maintain our hair colors. Use cool water when shampooing and try to wash hair only once a week (the more you wash, the faster the color fades). We also have dry shampoo to keep your color fresh on days when you skip a wash.