Oh how can I express my amount of hate for Manic Panic hair dye? For a long time, it was the only stuff available to me, until the stores around here started stocking Special Effects, which is leaps and bounds better than Manic Panic.
With Manic Panic, I had to reapply some color after every single hair wash. I tried five different colors and the only one that would ever stay for a decent amount of time was the red. The cupcake pink never ever showed up, even if I left it in for hours.
Some of the dyes were really watery too.
The only upside to Manic Panic is the packaging because I can dip the brush in the jar and get as much as I want as opposed to squeezing the dye out and getting random amounts.
Never again, unless it's a last resort.
Very, very, very drying! I used Vampire Red, I love the color but I hate how my hair felt afterwards. I'll stick with Beyond the Zone.
I have been using Manic Panic Vampire Red for about five years. I adore that unnatural red color that it gives my hair. I color my hair a permanent burgundy to darken my naturally blonde hair and then about a week later put the Manic Panic on. It lasts about three weeks with very attentive care (i.e. only washing every other day with cold water, conditioning frequently, limiting styling products). I repeat the manic panic at the three week mark and then give my hair a one week break before repeating the entire process to touch up my by now blonde roots. I have never had my hair break, "melt", or any of the other horrors a previous poster mentioned regarding using Manic Panic with permanent hair color. The stuff is certainly messy, but after a few applications you'll be old hat and your bathroom, forehead, ears, hands, and nails won't be vampire red.
I have used this product several times as it is relatively easy to come by (they sell it at drugstores near me). I have used: Wildfire (excellent colour), Pillarbox Red (came out more pink than red, but it was kinda mixed with the Wildfire leftovers), Aftermidnight Blue (I LOVED this colour...it faded to a beautiful peacock blueish green I got so many compliments...however it is really hard to get rid of, even with bleach) and Hot Hot Pink (LOVED this colour too...wore it to banquet....it fades patchily though). Next I am set to try some streaks of Atomic Turquoise! I can't wait.
I also tried Cotton Candy Pink and I was severly dissappointed. You really need to bleach your hair to a white shade if you want that colour to show up at all.
Some of the colours are so pigmented that I even diluted them with conditioner and they still make my hair vibrant. I love manic panic. I haven't tried other brands, but as long as I am going to do any fun colours I will probably do MP. :)
I've only tried three colors by Manic Panic before switching to SFX.
Wildfire: A gorgeous brilliant red. Problem is, I had to touch it up every other week to keep it from becoming a splotchy orange.
Ultraviolet: Depending on lighting, it can be a gorgeous inky blue or purple. Fades even FASTER than Wildfire, though, and not even to a splotchy orange.. Just to some kind of dead-looking grey.
Enchanted Forest: THIS color, however, is amazing. I left it in for an hour and it didn't even fade except for at the tips for a month and a half! It's a beautiful green with a little blue in it and it stays surprising long for Manic Panic. My favorite Manic Panic, definitely, and even though I'm currently using SFX, I'm most likely going to come back to this color.
Complete waste of money. I've tried several shades, and they either did nothing at all, or gave just a tiny tinge of color that faded out after one or two shampoos - and that's applied to pre-bleached hair! I'm a long-term veteran of nontraditional hair colors, and I've tried most the brands on the market at one point or another. Manic Panic is the worst hairdye product I've ever used, and that includes the time I dyed my hair with Kool-Aid. If you want good, vibrant, funky colors, try Special Effects or Raw.
Ive been using this stuff since grade 7 and I guess i never grew out of it. theres just so much you can do with these dyes, you can never run out of ideas. I really love how you can mix and match colors too. my favorite is the UV. its soo vibrant and pretty when its freshly done. the next one I want to try is the hot hot pink:D
I have recently started to dye my hair partially in red and loves Manic Panic dyes in Vampire Red and Hot Hot Pink (both in amplified formula). I usually use Vampire Red 90% then the rest Hot Hot Pink, mixing both. It is so much fun to mix different colors to achieve your desired color and I totally enjoy this experimental process. The next idea is to mix Vampire Red and some reddish purple, or some Infra Red to push red color. Anyway, I have not used other brands of crazy hair colors, such as, highly popular Special Effects dyes; but, I am pretty satisfied with Manic Panic because it comes in great range of colors, and it does NOT really stay too long, which is convenient for me to try new shades. Bleaching is required to achieve head-turning vibrant colors, but personally I find the use of semi-permanent dyes much more cost-effective and healthy for the hairs and scalp in the long run than using permanent dyes. The best part of using the MP dyes is that it helps to show my own individuality. I am in my 30s and neither punk nor goth--but having these bright red streaks on my hair adds so much fun to my life! I keep receiving compliments from so many people (while I shock some definitely--and it's okay ;-)). Oh, as a tip, I recommend to have a COOL HAIRCUT which highlights your very cool hair color/colors. Yeah, it is not cheap to keep a good hairstyle; but, a cool haircut really accentuates and multiply the awesome effects of these crazy hair colors, I think.
I have been using Manic Panic dyes for over 15 years now and I love them. The big difference in making them last longer is prebleaching to a pale yellow and then applying the dye on dry hair. Bag it and leave it on over night! The next morning, rinse with warm water and condition. DO NOT SHAMPOO! I have and will continue to be a Dye Hard! :)
I guess I'm in the minority here when I say I love Manic Panic. I use Cotton Candy Pink for highlights in my unlightened brown hair, and Ultra Violet for tips, and while it takes a few days for the colour to really come out, it looks great and has lasted quite a while. I like the packaging, so far, one jar has lasted me a full head covering and quite a few highlighting/tips. I leave it in for at least two hours, wrapped in aluminum foil, blowdrying it occasionally and wash it out using warm/lukewarm water and slathering conditioner on it. The colour hasn't bled at all and hasn't stained anything. My only complaint is the price.