If you haven’t already, we recommend watching our comprehensive video tutorial on how to dye hair with Manic Panic.

Before you begin, make sure you have completed all the steps in our Before You Dye hair dye guide.

As well as this guide, please note that all our hair dye products come with instructions on how to use Manic Panic. Combine a wealth of hair dye knowledge to ensure a top home hair dye experience.

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

  • A tub of your chosen Manic Panic colour
  • A hair dye tint brush
  • A hair dye mixing bowl
  • A pair of vinyl gloves
  • Any towels or old clothes (that you don’t mind getting messy!)

Dyeing Hair with Manic Panic

  1. First of all, it’s important to always apply the hair dye to dry hair. We recommend you towel dry any wet hair before starting the dyeing process.
  2. Empty the desired amount of Manic Panic Hair Colour into a plastic mixing bowl (approximately half a jar for short hair, a full jar for longer locks).
  3. Using a tint brush, apply the hair colour, starting half an inch from the scalp and working it evenly through, all the way down to the ends.
  4. Then, from the nape of the neck where the hairline begins, work upwards through the hair. Make sure all your hair is saturated with colour.
  5. Comb the colour through until frothy. The frothiness indicates that the dye has been thoroughly absorbed. Lighter shades of Manic Panic Colour may need extra combing to achieve maximum penetration and longer-lasting colour.

How Long To Leave Hair Dye Processing

We generally recommend that you leave the dye on for at least 30 minutes or longer to process.

At room temperature, 30 minutes is the average time for Manic Panic Hair Dye to process. Opening the hair cuticle can help the colour to better penetrate the hair strand while it develops. We recommend using a hairdryer to apply heat to your hair to help open the cuticle during processing time. 

Once your time is up, you should rinse your hair with cool water. Ensure that you rinse away from the face and are gentle with the hair itself.

No after-treatments are required with Manic Panic Hair Colour products. The semi-permanent hair dye conditions as it colours so you won’t need to worry about your hair becoming dry and causing split ends.

Extra Tips for Using Manic Panic

We can’t stress this enough, but always follow the included instructions and check all advice BEFORE applying the hair dye yourself.

  • Do not add peroxide or other permanent hair colourants to your Manic Panic mix. In order to work successfully, the Manic Panic hair colour should be used as supplied and described on the packaging.
  • Avoid ingestion, contact with eyes and do not use Manic Panic Colour for eyebrows or eyelashes. If contact with eyes occurs, rinse out with warm water and contact a doctor.
  • A neat trick is to use Vaseline to avoid applying hair dye to the skin and scalp around your hairline.
  • Prepare to get messy! Ensure you have old clothes and towels you don’t mind getting dye on. You could also consider covering the floor or furniture in case of spillages.

Uh oh! Have you experienced some hair dye spillage, staining or colour mishaps? We have a guide for that. See our removing hair dye stains guide for how to remove stains from skin, surfaces and more!

For The Best Hair Colour Results

For the best results with Manic Panic hair dye, make sure to use on porous, bleached, tinted or naturally light blonde hair. Each hair dye colour has a shade it recommends lightening to before applying. If applied to darker untreated hair, results may vary from the colours pictured.

Now you’ve sorted your colour application, you’ll want to know how to make your stunning new look last. Make sure to check out our full guide on how to make hair dye last longer.