Manic Panic Colors 101
With an incredible range of colors and products that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, Manic Panic semi-permanent hair dye is one of the most popular brands for getting bold hair color looks. But with so many shades to choose from, you might be feeling overwhelmed in deciding which Manic Panic color is right for you. Our Manic Panic colors guide will give you a rundown of some of the brand’s best-loved shades along with gorgeous examples of women who have used the product. Keep reading to see some of the best Manic Panic looks and to learn everything you wanted to know about the favorite hair dye of everyone from punks to fashionistas.
1Manic Panic Red – Vampire Red Manic Panic
Vampire Red is an intense, rich shade that looks incredible on medium and dark skin tones. If you’ve bleached your hair before applying Vampire Red, expect a very bright color that is far more vivid than any naturally red hair. Some users with hair that’s been lightened beforehand even get a pinkish tinge with this shade. For brunettes who want to try a Manic Panic shade without lightening beforehand, this shade is a great choice that will still yield vibrant color results. Some of the most common comparisons are Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and Rihanna’s luscious red-haired looks. Vampire Red is bold and unmistakable even without lightening beforehand, giving you color that’s anything but subtle.
2Vampire Red on Unbleached Hair
For a dark style that will have your hair looking like lustrous red velvet, try Vampire Red over unbleached brown or natural blonde hair. This is a perfect look for a first experience with Manic Panic color or for anyone looking for a color that’s a little more low-key than something like blue or green.
3Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink
For a hairstyle that’s soft but impressive, Cotton Candy Pink is the perfect girly shade. On bleached hair, this product comes out as quite vibrant, and definitely more saturated than a pastel pink. Although most users love their initial look with this shade, it tends to be one of the fastest fading Manic Panic colors, even on porous recently bleached hair. Because the color isn’t dark to begin with, faded Cotton Candy Pink may begin to look orange as your bleached hair begins to show. Manic Panic’s easy apply color isn’t difficult to refresh frequently, but you should factor the cost into your decision before choosing this look.
4Manic Panic Cotton Candy Pink
Cotton Candy Pink can also be used to create a subtle rose gold look on hair that’s already a golden blonde shade. Use conditioner to dilute the Manic Panic color, and check your strands every 10 minutes until you’ve reached your desired shade. We love how soft this look is, and it’s perfect for a low commitment introduction to Manic Panic color.
5Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink
Hot Hot Pink is great for an intensely feminine look that’s much darker than Cotton Candy Pink. If you want a vibrant pink without bleaching your red, blonde, or light brown hair, this shade does an impressive and vibrant job.
6Manic Panic Purple – Manic Panic Purple Haze
Purple Haze is an intense color that comes out as this bright violet when used over bleached hair. We absolutely love this shade on women with olive complexions or on anyone with yellow undertones in their skin, and helps to bring out both green and brown eyes. Royal purple is a great way to describe this color. It looks regal when worn with gold accents, but can also feel mystical when paired with an edgy wardrobe and crystal pendant accessories.
7Purple Haze Manic Panic
As Purple Haze fades, it will turn into a silvery lilac color. This can be annoying if you were hoping to keep a very saturated look for a long time, but getting a trendy lavender look may be a bonus for some users.
8Manic Panic Blue – Voodoo Blue Manic Panic
An intense blue that’s got a hint of turquoise, Voodoo Blue has become one of Manic Panic’s most sought after products for wearing your hair in a cool color. On bleached hair, Voodoo Blue is one of the most dynamic shade in the Manic Panic arsenal, working well against fair, medium, and dark complexions. This also happens to be one of Manic Panic’s longest lasting colors, and it’s a great choice for anyone who wants a turquoise look that won’t immediately fade to green.
9Voodoo Blue Ombre
Many people use Manic Panic for all-over color application, but it can also be used to create incredibly chic looking highlights. This Voodoo Blue ombre against natural black hair is one of the most sophisticated uses of a Manic Panic color, and will continue to look great even as the dye fades.
10Manic Panic Shocking Blue
Shocking Blue is Manic Panic’s truest blue shade, making it a nice choice if you’re after blue hair that doesn’t have purple or green undertones (but beware that using Shocking Blue on orangey hair can give you a green look). The rich jewel tone of this shade looks really nice up against darker base colors, and is a great shade of blue for anyone with lighter skin who doesn’t want to look pale or washed out. Shocking Blue is a fairly long-lasting shade, and it fades out nicely to a baby blue color when used over bleached blonde hair.
11Manic Panic Shocking Blue
Shocking Blue also looks great against natural brunette base colors, and can be used sparingly like in these highlighted bangs. Shocking Blue can tend to look murky when used on unbleached hair that’s medium or dark brown, but pre-lightening creates this beautiful shade of royal blue.
12Manic Panic Rockabilly Blue
Rockabilly Blue is Manic Panic’s version of a blue/purple hybrid. The name and color of the bottle can be misleading to anyone who was hoping for a true blue shade (we recommend Shocking Blue on bleached hair for a more primary blue look). Rockabilly Blue also tends to fade out quite quickly, and can have trouble adhering to strands, even ones that have been bleached beforehand. So if you’re looking for a quick blue experiment this may be the color for you, but a true blue or more long-lasting color can be achieved with either Shocking or Voodoo Blue.
13Rockabilly Blue Ombre
Although Rockabilly Blue tends to fade quickly, it’s a gorgeous choice against medium brown and golden skin tones. If you’ve already implemented a Co-wash haircare strategy on your natural hair, Rockabilly Blue will stick around longer than on hair that’s traditionally shampooed. If you want a bold color like Rockabilly Blue without damaging your natural hair with bleach, you can apply Manic Panic color on human hair extensions before installing them.
14Manic Panic After Midnight Blue
The darkest and sultriest of all Manic Panic’s blue shades, After Midnight is perfect for getting in touch with your goth-glam side. If working with unbleached brown hair, expect this shade to look very dark when initially applied, to the point that some describe it as blue-black. For a deep sapphire blue like the pictured style, use After Midnight on hair that’s bleached or naturally blonde, and watch it fade to a brighter electric blue after several washes. Some people with hair that’s been dyed permanently black like to use After Midnight to create a blue-black sheen on their hair, but it can wash out quite quickly when being applied over a permanent color.
15Manic Panic Peekaboo Green Envy
Green Envy is Manic Panic’s most true green shade, and a great choice to use for all-over color or some sneaky peekaboo highlights. Bleaching is required to achieve the vibrant results pictured here, but this look proves that a little green color goes a long way.
16Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise
For light turquoise hair that’s the stuff of cartoon characters and magical mermaids, Atomic Turquoise is undoubtedly one of Manic Panic’s funnest shades. Unlike some of the darker options, this is one of the colors that should really be used on bleached hair for best results. It can look dull and murky on hair that’s anywhere from dark blonde to medium brown, and won’t show much at all on anything darker. Because your hair will be quite light after Atomic Turquoise is applied, the fading process can happen quite quickly. In many cases Voodoo Blue can be used to create a style that starts out as darker turquoise but will eventually fade into a color that’s very similar to Atomic Turquoise.
17Atomic Turquoise Unbleached Hair
This is an example of what Atomic Turquoise looks like when applied directly over unbleached medium brown hair. It’s quite different from the pre-lightened style, but creates a dark greenish brown palette that’s an interesting blend of natural shades and a dark, gothic vibe. Give it a try if you want to turn your hair into a darker greenish brown, but be aware that shades like Enchanted Forest and Green Envy will reveal very similar results.
18Manic Panic Ultra Violet
True to its name, Ultra Violet is a straight-up shock of bright violet that’s one of the most fantasy-inspired of all Manic Panic shades. It works as a dramatic color against fair complexions, but also looks incredible on women with darker skin that has golden undertones. Like most purple dyes, Ultra Violet tends to fade quickly, but turns into a greyish lavender shade that can look quite chic. So if your heart’s desire is an incredibly intense purple, be prepared to reapply Ultra Violet on a regular basis. Nourishing Manic Panic won’t damage your hair, but frequent reapplications could end up costing more than you’d like.
19Diluted Ultra Violet Manic Panic
Although this Ultra Violet style is still very intense, it’s been slightly softened by diluting the dye with conditioner before applying. This is a good strategy to use with darker Manic Panic colors, and can help to stretch your product out longer. Applying a less saturated dye means your color may fade quicker, but you can use your leftovers to frequently refresh your look.
20Manic Panic Enchanted Forest
If you thought Manic Panic was only for teenage hair experiments, Enchanted Forest is the shade to change your mind. This deep dye is more of a blue-green shade of teal than a pure emerald green, making it perfect for creating an ultra trendy teal masterpiece. Applying Enchanted Forest over medium or dark brown hair will give you a very dark color that looks more green than teal, but this approach tends to fade out quite quickly, and can leave you left with a muddy looking mane until the Manic Panic washes out completely.
21Enchanted Forest Manic Panic
If you want more blues to show in your Enchanted Forest style, use this shade over hair that’s been bleached to a very pale blonde. This dark teal look is one of the biggest emerging trends in bold hair colors, and looks gorgeous on an impressively wide range of skin tones.
22Manic Panic Purple – Electric Amethyst
Electric Amethyst is a gorgeous shade of intense lavender straight out of the tub, making it a good choice for anyone who doesn’t want to start with a darker purple that will eventually fade to lavender. Anyone with a very pale complexion can pull this color off beautifully, but it also looks incredible against darker skin tones.
23Manic Panic Silver – Blue Steel
For a lovely silvery hair that’s the perfect blend between futuristic and antique, use Manic Panic’s Blue Steel. To get a style that’s more silver than grey, we recommend using Blue Steel over hair that’s been bleached and toned. If you want less of a blue tone in your style, dilute Blue Steel with conditioner.
24Manic Panic Grey – Blue Steel
Blue Steel can also be used undiluted on bleached hair to achieve this striking blue-grey style. Most users report having a fairly blue looking style that eventually fades out into more of a medium to light granny grey.
25Manic Panic Grey
Feeling adventurous? Another way to get grey locks is to mix Raven with Manic Panic Pastelizer or conditioner before applying it to hair. You’ll only need a very small amount of Raven color to achieve this look (think a few drops for several ounces of conditioner), but you should be working with hair that’s been toned close to white to achieve this edgy gun metal grey color.
26Manic Panic Grey – Amethyst Ashes
Amethyst Ashes is one of Manic Panic’s newest colors. This incredibly chic purplish grey shade is a limited edition color that won’t be around for long. While Amethyst Ashes looks quite purple when it’s first applied, washing will see this color fade nicely into a tinged grey, especially when applied over very pale hair that’s been toned.
27Get White Hair: Manic Panic Flash Lightning + Virgin Snow Toner
Impossibly beautiful white blonde hair can be yours with Manic Panic’s Flash Lightning kit and Virgin Snow Toner. Once you’ve bleached your hair to a pale yellow, Virgin Snow uses purple tones to counteract any brassy hues that remain. For best results, leave toner on for as long as possible, keeping in mind that Virgin Snow (or any other toner) won’t leave you with white hair unless your strands were already sufficiently lightened. Dark hair often requires more than one bleaching session before it can be toned into a white blonde style, meaning you may have to spend a few weeks with an orangey in-between shade. Take extra care if you decide to use the Flash Lightning kit with 40 volume developer, as this creates a strong bleaching product with more potential to damage your hair.
28Where to buy Manic Panic
Luckily for you, Manic Panic’s popularity mean it’s not hard to find at a variety of retailers. Some of the most well-known carriers include:
- Sally Beauty
- Hot Topic
Because Manic Panic has a wide range of products that come in over 40 different colors, your nearest drug store or beauty supply shop may not carry the exact product that you’re looking for. If you’re after something specific, check online with one of the above retailers, or head to Amazon , where just about every Manic Panic product is available.
29How to use Manic Panic
Manic Panic’s semi-permanent colors are easy enough to use, and you’ll feel like a pro after one or two applications. To apply Manic Panic hair dye, follow these steps:
For incredibly vibrant Manic Panic color, you’ll need to bleach your hair beforehand. You can use Manic Panic’s Flash Lightning Kit (it comes with bleach, developer, gloves, mixing tub, and tint brush) or another lightening kit.
- Mix bleach and developer together, then apply bleach to all sections of hair that you want to have a bright Manic Panic color on. Check your hair every 10 minutes, and rinse bleach when hair has been lightened to a pale yellow or after 60 minutes, whichever comes first. After bleach is washed out, thoroughly dry your hair.
- Before opening a tub of Manic Panic color, thoroughly prep the area to prevent staining. This dye can stain your skin, clothes, and surfaces like bathroom counters and walls. Apply petroleum jelly to your hairline, ears, and neck to make it easier to remove excess dye from your skin.
- Apply Manic Panic straight out of the tub, liberally covering any part of your hair that you want to color.
- Once you’ve saturated your hair with Manic Panic dye, leave it on for as long as possible. We’d recommend at least an hour, but longer times will almost always yield brighter results. Because Manic Panic is a semi-permanent conditioning color, the only potential danger with leaving this dye on longer is in the surfaces you might stain. We recommend covering your hair with a plastic cap, and using old towels to cover any nearby surfaces.
- After your chosen length of time has elapsed, rinse your hair using cool or lukewarm water. For more vibrant looks don’t shampoo your hair right after application, as this can cause your fresh color to fade.
- Congratulations! You’re now the proud owner of a bold Manic Panic style.
30How long does Manic Panic last?
Manic Panic’s color can last anywhere from 2-6 weeks, depending on a few factors.
Bleached vs virgin hair: Expect color to last significantly longer on bleached hair that is porous and ready to soak up Manic Panic color.
Washing: Each time you wet or shampoo your hair is an opportunity to lose some of your color. For longer lasting looks, wash your hair less often, with sulfate free shampoo in lukewarm or cool water.
Manic Panic Shade: Different Manic Panic shades appear to last for different lengths of time. Our above reviews aim to give you a general idea of how long these shades last, but remember to factor in individual differences.
Manic Panic Product: Manic Panic’s colors come in the original High Voltage Classic Cream formula and a stronger, longer-lasting Amplified Formula. If your ultimate goal is vibrant, long-lasting color, it’s worth shelling out a few extra dollars for the Amplified dye.
Remember that if your color is fading, applying more Manic Panic dye (either on its own or diluted with conditioner) won’t cause any damage to your hair.
31Manic Panic on Dark Hair
If you want to add a subtle sheen to your dark hair, applying Manic Panic without using bleach is a definite possibility. Your color won’t be intensely vibrant, but can still turn heads. We recommend going for darker shades, as lighter ones might not show up at all on darker strands.
Some of our favorite Manic Panic colors for applying over dark hair are:
- Vampire Red
- After Midnight blue
- Enchanted Forest
- Hot Hot Pink
- Purple Haze
32Manic Panic Color Chart
For extra help in figuring out how Manic Panic will look over your current shade, this color chart provides swatches of what Manic Panic will look like over bleached, dark blonde, brown, and dark brown/black hair.