Manic Paanic Hair Color

Updated on January 23, 2011
D.S. asks from Phoenix, AZ
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i want the manic panic semi hair cream but i dont want to bleach my hair. i have really dark hair do u have any idea how i would do something about it. i was wanting a blue violet color im like really excited to get it. im only 12 n my mom wil not be proud if i hav to bleach my hair so if u have tips respond bk asap thnks!!!!! :)

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answers from Seattle on

I used to use manic panic ... full rainbow spectrum - Red to Purple & everything in between all the time. My favorite for my coloring was cherry blossom pink and lavender. I'll still occasionally add streaks, just for fun. But I can also get away with it since I'm married to a musician ;)

Here's the plain truth: if you don't bleach your hair, it won't come out colored correctly. Blue violet on dark hair will come out shiny blackish with bule/purple highlights.

Tip 00 : GET YOUR PARENTS OKAY. Trust me. OTW, they'll just make you dye it back, and it will be lousy/ pointless.

Tip 1 : YES, you have to bleach your hair unless you happen to be light blonde.

Tip 2 : Start out with a SINGLE strand, and do it up frontish or on the sides where you can see it, but not top hair. Pick the strand, about the width of your finger. Rubber band it. Now tie up the rest of your hair. Bleach that strand according to instruction. Then add the manic panic according to instruction. Once you get an idea about how long you have to leave it on to get the color you want, you can do multiple sections at a time. BUT IT ALWAYS LOOKS BETTER to be adding more sections slowly, then to do a whole bunch at once.

Tip 3: IT IS WORTH IT TO HAVE IT PROFESSIONALLY DONE if you want more than colorful highlights (as in all over color). Very few salons will do "rocker" or "punk" coloring. It is 100% worth your time and money to do so. Otherwise you can end up with half melted, fried, or "straw" like hair, and the color will be very, um, variable.

Tip 4: Certain colors last longer. Reds and blues last the SHORTEST amount of time (because the color molecules are smaller and wash out of the strands the fastest) and black lasts the longest (it's almost impossible to remove black hair dye... it comes out a mottled orangey black mess if you try) because black has the fattest molecule. There are certain things you can do to have the color last longer. NO GLYCERINE in your conditioner is #1. Nearly all conditioners have glycerine. The only ones that don't tend to be the ones specifically made for color treated hair. #2 be prepared to retouch your hair on a regular basis. With certain blues and fire engine red that can mean on a weekly, or every other week basis. You don't have to rebleach your hair, just add more of the pigment.

Tip 5 : Vaseline & Showercaps. When you're adding streaks to your hair, take the ponytails of the to be streaked areas and poke them through holes of a cheap shower cap. You'll look ridiculous. BUT it keeps the rest of your hair from getting splashing, spotted, and dripped on. Vaseline is for the line of your face around your hairline. Very little looks stupider than if you dye a portion of your face or neck on accident. Separate out the strands. Poke them through the shower cap. Tuck in any "esacpe" hairs. Take vaseline and wipe about a 1" line all the way around the edge of the showercap / along your hairline on your *face & neck* (not in your hair)

Tip 6 : They dye will stain towels. If you don't want to get yelled at.. make sure you're using old, raggish towels.

Tip 7 : If you're doing ANY areas near your eyes (bangs, etc.) wear swim goggles. You'll look even stupider as you are in the process of dying your hair, but they keep you from going blind if you get any drips in your eyes.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Oh my...this brings back memories. Manic Panic was my first dye experience. Bright blue. Loved it. I even liked it when it faded to green. The thing is I had light brown/dark blonde hair, and it still wasn't as vibrant colored. I bleached my hair and got the color I was looking for. I tried a lot of the colors, and all came out with bleaching my hair first.
Read Riley J's post carefully, she's given you a lot of great info! =)

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Talk it over with your Mom and see if she is up for you bleaching a few strands throughout your hair and then use the manic panic on top of it. You can use a highlighting cap first to bleach the strands and then go over it with the manic panic using a highlighting brush ( you can buy the necessary tools at a beauty supply store- like- Sally's). Blue looks awesome with dark hair and this way you are able to have a vibrant blue color that will look HOTT! and you won't destroy all of your beautiful hair! Think about it!
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answers from Dallas on

you would have to bleach it out for the color to stand out. You don't have to bleach it white just bleach it long enough for your natural color to lift. Or you can try a different product. I believe Rusk makes wild colors and it is a one step process no bleaching required.


answers from Rochester on

When I was a teen I used Manic Panic all the, does that bring back memories! Gosh, I feel old now. 30.

It really won't do much on dark hair, and it doesn't last long...if you want the color to pop, you have to bleach your hair. Unfortunately, bleaching your hair ruins it, and the color STILL won't last long, and you'll end up with a washed out color you won't like and then the roots will grow out and it just won't make you happy.

But, I think everyone who WANTS to should do it at least once in life! It's fun! (God knows my hair has been every color under the rainbow, and sure, I used to be a punk too, but now I'm a very conservative stay-at-home mom.) It won't hurt you...but you better okay it with your mom. Don't do it behind her back...she remembers your first haircut, I guarantee it, and you don't want to make her sad. See if you can get her to agree.



answers from New York on

I blue violet is my favorite color but I have never tried it as a hair color. I have brown hair and have tried semi permanent colors that are a few shades darker or more reddish. With my coloring very dark brown looked good and jet black looked fake. In my hair semi permanent dye faded in a month or so, like described on the box. My friend who is blond had her hair stay "Apricot" for quite a while (much longer than a month) with the same dye. My aunt has dark brown hair and has tried numerous colors. Plum dye over dark brown didn't really show on her. If you looked closely it was like purple highlights.

I would talk to your mom and a hair dresser (or someone with a lot of hair dying experience). My mom did let my sister experiment with some fairly natural looking hair colors when she was 12. My mom figured it was better to let her try it with permission than wait for her to something more dramatic on her own.

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