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      02.12.2012 12:37
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      Funky cruelty free products to have fun with

      Cost around £8.70

      After many years of being totally bored with my hair I decided to do something funky with it. Many of my friends had recommended Manic Panic to me so I decided to give it a go.

      One of the main reasons that I chose it was because it is vegan, so no animal ingredients and not tested.
      The other reason was the huge selection of colours.

      These are semi permanent hair colours.

      I went for my two favourite colours pink and purple. Purple Haze and Hot Hot Pink were the shades that I chose.

      The ordering process was very simple and the website has lots of photos, you can pick the colours you have chosen to see photos of people that have used them and if they bleached their hair first which is very helpful.

      I decided to bleach mine first and this only took about ten minutes. Then it was time for the colour which I had my partner do because I was using two different ones. Easy to apply with a brush, but be sure to wear gloves and wear clothing that you won't mind getting stained. I left mine on for around 20 minutes and the colours came out exactly as I hoped they would. (see photo) There was no irritation to my scalp at all, it was a little messy but isn't all hair dyeing? When we rinsed it off the colour seemed to be running purple forever and this was the same after every shampoo. If like me you like to wash your hair while in the bath I suggest you do it last and use a jug or shower or you will be sat in a purple bath. Also watch your clothes because the colours will stain it.

      I did use the recommended shampoo and conditioner on my hair and tried not to wash it too often, however after a week I had lost somet of the purple, within two weeks it had all gone. The pink however still there 2 months later and has not faded at all. Not sure if this was due to my hair condition or the dye itself, so plan to try different shades. (I want rainbow hair)

      I would recommend Manic Panic, just remember that they will only last a few weeks, they are not permanent. The good thing about that is that you can play around with the colours as often as you like. Can turn into an addictive hobby though :)

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        02.07.2011 12:50
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        buy this product for effective hair colour

        THE COMPANY

        Manic panic is a store that stared out in New York run y two people named Tish and Snooky in 1977. Manic panic is one of the leading hair dye suppliers in the world. This brand is mainly aimed at goths and punks selling hair dye, make-up, nail polish, false eyelashs.

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        - All Manics products are suitable for all vegans
        - All products are name with 100% synthetic ingrediants not containing anything to dow ith animals
        - They are against animal testing.

        THE PRODUCTS.


        This is truely an amazing product indeed.
        Being me i get extremly bored with the same old same old, been dyeing my hair since i was about 10 now and never found any brands abnormal colours have worked.
        Pre lightneing your hair is recommended but i full on bleach mine to get the beest outcome these outrasges colours are supposed to last for about a month at the most [aprox 12 wash's] my hair without topping up the colour lasts about 3 months [aprox 40 wash's] if you find that you wash you hair everyday and you don't want the colour to fade easily, try washing your hair every otherday and using dry shampoo on the other days.

        Manic panic has a massive range of colours to choose from and are really beautiful and stunning on certain skin complextions.
        Reasonably prices at just under a tenner, this has a screw top lip so if you don't use the whole pot, you can just put the lid on and save for your next top up!
        I have nothing bad to say about this product, i go crazy with them and the white toner dye is perfect for a base after bleaching your hair and especially if you're looking to dye your hair grey.

        This does have a bit of a funky smell, it's a bed of roses compared to perming or bleaching smells, this only takes about 15 minutes to dye your hair so the smell doesn't linger around for long.

        manic panic website - £8-£10
        ebay - £6- £8

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          30.05.2011 15:24
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          I think it's worth a try if you are willing to follow instructions exactly. Don't expect miracles.

          So I know that before applying any exotic hair color, you MUST bleach your hair. However, some users on different forums, and even on the Manic Panic website itself, said that they had results with unbleached hair and a dark color. I have medium, maybe a little dark, brown hair and purchased ManicPanic Midnight Blue to see if it would work on my unbleached hair.

          The product comes in a little round jar. I have slightly below shoulder-length hair, and this was enough for a complete application, with a little bit left over. The instructions say to apply, then brush through until it "foams", which I did. The color was a nice, dark blue verging on purple straight out of the jar, and it smelled ok. I let the product set for maybe an hour, and then rinsed.

          The result? The dye stained everything. My sink and shower were a bright blue that took a while of scrubbing to remove. My hair, however, had only the lightest tint of blue in areas where the color was lightest, and this was gone after a couple of washings.

          However, I'm not ready to give up on ManicPanic yet. It did, after all, dye my hair a little bit, which is pretty impressive on unbleached hair, and the application was fairly painless. I may try again with the little product I have left. For now, however, I would not recommend this product unless you are willing to bleach your hair.

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          14.05.2011 00:46

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          A great choice of colours, but my experience with this dye wasn't great

          Last summer, back in the days when I had bleach blonde hair, I dyed my hair 'Electric Banana' yellow when I went as Lady Gaga to a fancy dress party. I bought one tub to cover just the bottom layer of my hair, so probably about half a head of hair. Considering my hair was bleached, I thought I'd have no problem with the hair dye holding. But this wasn't the case. The dye came out very patchy and streaky; only sections of it had dyed and the shade of yellow was uneven throughout. I was really disappointed and had to make a last minute dash to a local store to get yellow hair spray in time for the party.

          However, the dye was very persistent and decided not to wash out for the next three weeks after the party. I grew to like the colour once it had faded slightly and a few weeks after I decided to dye it again. The complete opposite happened this time! The hair dye held so well, to the point where the colour was so much more intense than it had been on the packet. It was closer to green than yellow. Once again, I struggled to get the intense hold of the dye to loosen its grip and I was stuck with close to green hair for a few weeks. Overall a disappointment.

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          25.01.2011 01:10
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          A good hair dye if you're in love with the colours they offer, but you'll need to reapply a lot.

          **Note: Some wording here is the same as in my other hair dye reviews because the information is just as relevant for this hair dye as those. There is specific information about Manic Panic hair dye below.**

          I've tried four brands of bright hair dye, each several times over the last decade, and would place them thus:

          Effectiveness: 1) Special Effects 2) La Riche Directions 3) Manic Panic 4) Stargazer

          Colour Vibrancy: 1) Special Effects 2) Manic Panic 3) La Riche Directions 4) Stargazer

          Colour Duration: 1) La Riche Directions 2) Special Effects 3) Manic Panic 4) Stargazer

          Price: 1) Stargazer (there's a reason) 2) La Riche Directions 3) Manic Panic 4) Special Effects

          First of all, you have to be aware that dying your hair with this sort of product can get messy (you WILL get stains on your clothes/skin/bathroom if you're not careful) and the tubs themselves do not usually come with gloves or applicator brushes, so you'll want to stock up on those.

          To apply, you effectively paint your hair. You will need rubber gloves and a steady hand, as if this gets on your skin it will leave a stain for about a week or so. Dry, clean hair is best for dying, and on no account should you dye your hair with this hair dye when it is wet or even damp as the colour will be very streaky and uneven when complete. Then, as I said, you leave it on for however long you feel you need for your particular hair kind. Manic Panic advises 30 - 45 minutes, but this length of time will mean that the colour won't last for very long in your hair.

          The dyes themselves advise you to leave them on for 45 minutes, but seeing as there is no bleach or ammonia product here, most people will advise you to leave it on a little longer. I have left mine on for hours and hours at a time, and never suffered any ill effects because of it. I personally apply mine in the morning (on a weekend preferably!) and then leave it on for the entire day, around 12 hours. The dye dries on my head and eventually goes hard so that when I touch it, my fingers remain clean. That's when I know that I will get a great colour out of it. I do not advise this yourself, as it is not what Manic Panic recommends, but I will say that this is what gets the best colour for me, so maybe you should experiment with what works best for you.

          However, you can definitely get gorgeously bright colouring if you bleach your hair first. Jerome Russell B-Blonde is my favourite brand to use. Not necessarily that kind to hair, but really sucks the colour out like nothing else I've used. :)

          The great thing about this brand is that it's completely vegan and lovely and ethical, which should always be a consideration with beauty products in this day and age. And, if you're the sort of person who changes their hair colour regularly, then this is probably one that I would recommend to you over other, more permanent semi-permanent hair dyes. I know that sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, but some "semi-permanent" hair dyes are basically wash in-wash out, and while Manic Panic certainly isn't that (and there's a BIG leap between this and Stargazer, which I wouldn't buy again if you paid me) it doesn't last as long as La Riche Directions, for example.

          When applying this brand, I really didn't like the texture. It seemed very oily, and a little greasy when applying. It's definitely more liquidy than other brands like Special Effects, so you really can't be too careful when applying it, and you definitely need completely dry hair. However, when washing this one out, it turned kind of foamy and moussey, and left my hair looking a lot softer than I expected.

          I've given this hair dye 3/5 stars because it didn't last particularly long for me, but the time that it did last for, I had really great colour. And it didn't fade to a dingy version, it faded to a colour that was still pretty cute. The pot is also slightly bigger than Directions, so you get a little more, but then again, they're also a bit more expensive generally. It's also not one that works that well without bleaching, so you do have to spend a little bit more money on that. Which also means that doing your roots is a bit of a fiddly job each time, because this just doesn't take too well to unbleached hair.

          Basically, the cost adds up a little bit with this hair dye, but the colour you'll get will be a really great one, and it will leave your hair looking fantastic, even if it's not for very long. Still, I would recommend La Riche Directions over this hair dye unless they loved the Manic Panic colours.

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          28.11.2010 23:30

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          I have been dying my hair for years. This hair dye is so awesome. I love that the product is vegan! I've tried most of the colors they offer and they've all come out in such stunning shades. The colors are so lush and rich. I recommend leaving it in for 2-3 hours if you have the time (overnight, with a showercap on while you sleep is even better!). The great thing about this stuff is that there are no side effects to leaving it in for a longer processing time. Then, I rinsed the dye out (with cool water) and the color came out really bright! Be patient, and the color should last 2 months no problem. I recommend this item for anyone!

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          17.01.2010 10:35
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          Not wild, but still lovely, unusual colours without ruining your hair with bleach. I love the stuff.

          Ok, this is for those of you out there who want a bit of colour, a bit of craziness, but are not yet brave enough to do the bleaching thing.

          Most people who rave about Manic Panic hair dyes are the ones who are brave enough to bleach their hair first to get the desired, bright effect. But, there is a more subtle hope for those who, like me, would prefer to keep their hair natural. Obviously you won't get an intense, in your face kind of colour, but if you choose the right shade, and you're willing to put a little bit of effort in, you may end up with a glossy, groovy coloured shimmer that looks amazing as soon as you step into the sunlight or under a light.

          My hair is naturally dark brown, and in quite good condition, it tends to be a little dry on the ends, but generally it's fine. This, however, is not a good thing for bright Manic Panic colours, the more porous your hair is, the better the colour coats your hair, it does still work on me though. This is what I do:

          First I wash my hair in cheap washing up liquid. Yes, you heard right. I don't think there's any need for expensive clarifying shampoos, cheap liquid strips your hair of all the glossy products that can coat it, and gets the cuticle much more 'roughed up' so the colour will stay on it better.

          I then dry my hair and apply the Mani Panic cream. I always make sure every little bit is soaked in it, and then put a bit extra on to make sure. My hair is just below my shoulders and I get through approximately 3/4 of a tub each time, usually doing it about every three weeks, which works out about £2.50 a week (a pot is usually about £10). The cream soaks into your hair after a few minutes of working it in, so if you have a lot of surplus sort of sitting on top of your hair then it is probably going to waste.

          Next I wrap my hair in a plastic shower cap and leave it for hours and hours and hours! The longer the better seems to be true. Whenever I get the chance, or remember, I blast my head with a hot hair dryer to keep the hair cuticle open and keep it all moist.

          When I can't stand it anymore, usually after about 6 hours or so, I rinse it out with tepid water- hot water will cause you to lose more colour. This can take a long time, and to be honest I've never really got it to run clear for the first few washes, so it depends on how worried you are about getting caught in a shower and having a pool of purple round your collar as to how long you persevere with the rinsing.

          After the rinse I apply a really good moisurising conditioner, to make up for being cruel to my hair with the washing up liquid, and leave it to dry naturally if I can. The colour seems to last longer the cooler you can keep your hair. You need to keep it out of the sun for long periods too, it fades it suprisingly quickly.

          Obviously this isn't going to give you a shocking colour, but it can give you some gorgeous shades, and I've had lots of compliments and people asking me about my hair since I've been using it.

          Like I said, I have dark brown hair and the colours that seem to work best for me are Vampire Red and Purple Haze. Anything that looks dark and rich in the pot is likely to leave a good glimmer on your hair, except, in my experience, any of the greens, which don't seem to really shine through at all.

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          03.12.2009 22:14
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          A fab product when used correctly

          Manic Panic Hair dye was the third brand of "alternative" colour dye I used and have had mixed results with it.

          The brand has been around since the late 70's and their hair-dye is semi-permanent,comes in a wide variety of colours & shades and is completely vegan friendly. Dye's come in a tub, the size of which will do about half a head of long hair, so for accurate applications you'll need a tint brush. You can also get an Amplified version which claims to last for longer than the standard dye.

          The price of a tub varies from about £7 for the standard dye to over £10 for the Amplified variety.

          To get a colour closest to the indicated dye colour your hair needs to be bleached first, preferrably to as near white blonde as possible. This will give the best colour results.

          I tried their "Pillarbox Red" the first time I dyed using MP. My hair was just about shoulder length and the underneath was bleached to a honey-blonde colour. I used about 3/4 of a tub and the colour came out pink! I was quite happy with the colour, but if you'd been wanting bright pillarbox red it would've been disappointing.

          I'm sure this was mainly because I hadn't bleached my hair enough, as the next time I used MP I did my whole head: the top half was "Tiger Lily" orange and the underneath "Raven" I ensured I bleached my hair using the right volume of bleach, applied the dye and left it for well over an hour and the results, wow!

          My hair was bright orange on top and pitch black underneath! Lovely colour result.

          Both times I used the dye the colour stayed as bright as the first day for about a week and half before starting to fade out.

          As the dye is semi-permanent it gives a good conditioning effect to the bleached (and damaged!) hair underneath for the first couple of weeks, but as with all dyes, when it starts to fade you really need to condition it well or else your hair ends up straw-like, not a good look!

          One tip I do have if you decide to use this dye is to have a spare tub handy, and use a small amount mixed in with your shampoo everytime you wash as it keeps your colour fresher for longer :)

          I've also dyed my sisters hair using MP. We used "Vampire Red" over her natural dark brown hair colour and it gave a lovely glossy effect with tinges of red when the light hit it! Ok, so it wasn't the bright red of the tub, we knew that when we tried it out, but it's fun to experiment and the result was gorgeous!

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          19.11.2009 17:28
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          personally - i'd go with Special Effects

          ok so, i like bright hair and have had bright hair for YEARS now. when i started out i had heard good stuff about Manic Panic so, i picked up some from a shop near me. i hadn't tried anything else and i'd heard good stuff about it so why not eh?
          i think it cost me around £6/£7 for a pot of this stuff. I went for Cotton Candy pink. My hair was already bleached up (almost white but not quite) so, hearing the good stories i went for this. I used 2 pots of the stuff and still needed more and my hair at the time (long time ago now!) was just below my shoulders.

          I was not pleased with the results at all. For all the product i had used on it, all i got was a horrible washed out pink look - which was not what i was going for.

          You don't seem to get a lot in a pot with this stuff. it comes in a jar container so i found it quite hard to actually get it out the pot and after much thought i opted for a dye bowl and brush. This experience it wasn't that vibrant on my hair. I let it develop for the given time on the pot then some and still... next to nothing and with at least 2 pots of product you'd think it would do something!

          this is just personal experience but from then on I have used Special Effects Dyes as they are SO bright it's unreal.

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            03.10.2009 23:02

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            A good overall product and definatly gives a fantastic head turning result

            I woke up one day day and suddenly decided i wanted neon yellow hair. I had heard many great things about Manic panic and decided to go with the shade "electric Bannana". It was fairly cheap at £4.50 and came in a well sized sturdy fashionable pot. A little goes a long way.
            Manic panic is semi permanent and vegan. It comes in a rainbow of colours.
            I didnt seem to much of scent but was quite watery consitency and dripped easily. The product itself is put onto dry hair then washed off after developing. To get the vibrancy of manic panic its recomended that its put onto light hair.

            I put it onto light brown hair but it showed up well and stayed for a good 8 weeks with frequent washing. It didnt damage the hair at all and doesnt wash out too much while shampooing. As for availabilty in Uk it can be quite hard to find but can be found in alernative shops and online

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            29.04.2009 15:49
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            Great if you have light/bleached hair and want to try a bright colour for a week or so.

            I decided to buy some Manic Panic hair dye because it's completely vegan - no animal ingredients and no animal testing (one of their slogans is "tested on celebrities, not animals!"). Plus they produce so many wild and funky colours which other hair dye companies don't even dare to think about!

            I wanted some green streaks in my hair so I bought a tub of Green Envy, part of their classic cream formula semi-permanent hair dye. It cost £7.99 from an independent cosmetic store in my local town centre (Middlesbrough) which is about the average price. You can also buy it online from various alternative websites.

            I have very long dark hair and the tub says that the colour works better on lighter hair but as I didn't want to bleach my hair I thought I'd give it a go anyway. If I was dying the whole of my hair instead of just streaks I'd probably have used two or three tubs.

            The application was just as easy as any normal hair dye. Manic Panic doesn't come with gloves so you have to buy your own and I would definitely recommend using some as it can stain your skin quite easily. It didn't make my head itch or sting like some harsh dyes can, it didn't smell too bad and it didn't feel sticky.

            I left it on for 45 minutes and the result was noticeable darker strands of hair with a slight hint of green but not as bright as I'd hoped it'd be. The colour only stayed on for 2 or 3 washes which was disappointing too but the colour didn't seem to rub off onto towels or pillows which is reassuring.

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