Manic Panic instructions

Manic Panic instructions? (How to use)

​It’s important to watch our Manic Panic instructions video before getting started with dyeing your hair. We make sure that you’ve completed all necessary steps, and have as little downtime as possible.

In addition to this guide, please also keep in mind that all Manic Panic hair dye products come with instructions on how to use them.

Get expert advice and complete step-by-step tutorials on the best way to create a Manic Panic home hair dye experience.

What you will need to dye your hair with Manic Panic?

With further ado here are our steps for using Manic Panic hair dye. You will need:

  • I recommend choosing a Manic Panic colour beforehand, so that you know what to use.
  • A hair dye tint brush
  • A hair dye mixing bowl
  • A pair of vinyl gloves
  • Any old T-shirt or towels that you don’t mind getting messy

How to dye your hair with Manic Panic?

To make sure my dye lasts, and to avoid any transfer onto clothing, I always towel dry my hair before I begin.

Put enough Manic Panic Hair Colour for your hair colour needs in a plastic mixing bowl, this amount varies by the length & thickness of your hair.

Section your hair into even parts and then work on them one at a time.

Use a tint brush to apply the hair colour. Brush it evenly from about half an inch away from your scalp until you get to the tips of your hair.

Begin at your hairline and work upwards through the strands of hair. Ensure you get each strand fully saturated with colour.

Comb the hair until it is filled with froth. The presence of froth is a sign that the dye has been thoroughly absorbed.

Lighter shades of Manic Panic hair dye may need extra combing to fully cover the hair. This is because they may not penetrate deeply into the strands as easily.

How much Manic Panic hair dye do I need?

Our hair dye is sold in 1/2 oz. bottles, so if you want to dye your hair a medium shade of red, you would need 2 bottles of Manic Panic. If you want to go darker or lighter, you’ll need more or less accordingly.

There are many factors that affect how much hair dye is needed for different shades. For example, the amount of time it takes for the color to set will be different depending on the shade and how porous your hair is. The more porous your hair is, the more likely it will take in color and hold it longer.

For lighter shades like baby pink or grapefruit, you may only need one bottle of Manic Panic Hair Dye. However if you’re looking for a darker shade like black cherry or blueberry.

How long should I leave Manic Panic hair dye processing?

We recommend leaving Manic Panic hair dye in for 30 minutes to achieve the desired color on the packaging. The dye will take around 15-30 minutes to process.

At room temperature, the average processing time for Manic Panic hair dye is 30 minutes. Penetrating the hair cuticle beforehand can help to increase the dye’s absorption.

We advise you to use a hairdryer to apply heat to your hair while applying the color so that this will open the strands and make it easier for the color molecules to penetrate.

First rinse with cool water, then gently comb through your hair. Rinse away from the face to avoid getting water in your eyes.

With Manic Panic semi-permanent hair dye, you don’t need to do anything else afterward. The semi-permanent conditioner is included in the formula so your hair won’t dry out and cause split ends.

How easy is it to apply Manic Panic hair dye?

It is not difficult to apply Manic Panic hair dye. It comes in a variety of colors and the process is easy and straightforward.

The first step is to wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner, then towel dry it. Apply a generous amount of dye on the hair using a tint brush or applicator bottle.

Then, cover your head with plastic wrap or an old t-shirt to protect it from the color. Keep it on for 30 minutes, or until you get the desired result. Rinse with cool water and shampoo again to remove any leftover residue from the dye.

How often can i use Manic Panic hair dye?

Manic Panic hair dye is a semi-permanent hair dye. This means that it will change your natural hair color and make it last for a long time.

There are no specific instructions on how often you can use Manic Panic hair dye, but the company recommends that you should wait at least four weeks between each application.

Tips for using Manic Panic

We can’t stress this enough, but always follow the instructions and advice before applying hair dye to your own hair.

Don’t add peroxide or permanent hair dye to your Manic Panic. You should use the product as directed on the packaging.

Keep treatment away from eyes and avoid contact. Rinse with warm water if eye contact occurs. Put some Vaseline around your hairline to avoid accidentally dappling it with your new hair colour.

Gather old clothes and towels, to be safe. Safety precautions might also include covering the floor or furniture if you’re worried about spillages.

If you have experienced any sort of dye spill, we’ve got the perfect product to help! Manic Panic Dye Away Wipes will not only remove and fade the dye right onto your skin.

For best hair color results

For the best result when dying your hair with Manic Panic, you need to do it on porous, light blonde hair.

Hair dye comes in many different vibrant colors. In order to get the best effect, you should follow the recommended lightning color for your desired shade, as it will not work properly otherwise.

We hope you’ve sorted through your hair colour to find a shade that suits your needs. Make sure you check out our guide on How to make Manic panic hair dye last longer in order to enjoy those gorgeous results for a long time.

Frequently asked questions

Do i shampoo after Manic Panic?

No, you don’t need to shampoo after Manic Panic.

In order to avoid any damage to the hair, it’s advised that you use a conditioner after using Manic Panic.

Should you use Manic Panic on clean or dirty hair?

This is a common question that people ask. But the answer is not so simple.

There are many factors that determine how well the Manic Panic will work on your hair. The most important factor to consider is whether you have clean or dirty hair.

Dirty hair has oils, dirt and other substances which can prevent the color from sticking to it properly and make it fade faster. Clean hair doesn’t have these substances and should be easier for manic panic to take hold of.

The amount of time you leave the manic panic on your hair also determines how well it will work on your hair color, as well as how vibrant the color will be in the end result.

Do you apply Manic Panic to wet or dry hair?

This is a question that has been asked by many people who want to use the product but don’t know how. It’s important to note that it is not recommended to apply Manic Panic on wet hair.

It can cause your hair to become dry and brittle and will affect the color of your hair. You should only apply it when your hair is completely dry.


Manic Panic is a semi-permanent hair color that was created by Eileen Bellomo. It is a vibrant hair dye that can last up to six weeks. The instructions for Manic Panic are as follows:

Step 1

Make sure your hair is clean and dry.

Step 2

Apply the Manic Panic Semi-Permanent Hair Color to your hair with an applicator bottle, brush or comb.

Step 3

Wait for 30 minutes for the color to develop and then rinse it out in the shower or with a bowl of water.

Step 4

If you are not happy with the color, you can wash it out after 30 minutes and reapply it until you get the desired tone.

Step 5

Let your hair air dry or blow-dry to finish drying.


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