Phoenixx Rising Manic Panic Hair Dye Guide

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Phoenixx Rising Manic Panic Hair Dye Guide!

As requested by our buyers, here is a guide to choosing and using Manic Panic Hair Dye. We love selling this dye on the  Phoenixx Rising eBay Shop as the results are fantastic and bright, and the whole Manic Panic range is free from animal testing and vegan friendly - guilt free tools for looking good! Manic Panic was established in 1977, so you can trust that you are in good hands with their products.

Before you start

When using any of the following products, always carry out a skin sensitivity & hair strand test even if you have used the product on previous occasions, full details on how to carry out tests are provided in the instruction booklets. Please read instructions thoroughly before use and keep out of reach of children.

As with all semi permanent dyes, Manic Panic dye will always work best on pre-lightened or bleached hair. For best results on virgin or untreated hair, pre-softening the hair will often allow the colour to penetrate better. The swatch colours shown are for results on pre-lightened or bleached hair, and Manic Panic have developed bleach kits to aid optimal results. Manic Panic Hair Bleaching Kits have been specially formulated to condition and help protect your hair while you lighten, both of these kits are available for sale in our eBay shop  click here to see our Bleaching Kits.

Full instructions for application are provided with these kits. If you have very thick or longer than shoulder length hair you may require more than one kit for full application. They can be used on but may not be suitable for very dark brown/black hair – always complete a strand test to determine results.

If your hair has been previously bleached, lightened, spray lightened, or coloured using metallic salt based products or henna - do NOT use this product. Furthermore if you have bleached, tinted or permed your hair recently this product may not be suitable for further lightening. We would always advice to check with a professional before undertaking any further bleaching or colouring of the hair.

Colouring the hair

Remember to stick on an old tshirt and wear rubber or plastic gloves when applying the hair colour. To avoid staining of the forehead, use vaseline, petroleum jelly or baby oil around the hairline. As with all hair colours, we advise a swatch test first to determine end results.

We love choosing a new colour, and Manic Panic have dozens to choose from,  click here to see the full range of colours available. All Manic Panic colours can be mixed to allow the you to create your own limitless shades and designs to suit your individual desires, the only limit is your imagination (sounds cheesy, but true!)

Next, you need to shampoo and towel dry your hair ready for dye application. we would recommend shampooing the hair with a good PH balancing shampoo, this will give the hair the correct acid balance, allowing Manic Panic hair colour to achieve the best results. Do not use a conditioner before applying the dye, as this will effect the dyes effectiveness on your hair.

Manic Panic dyes come ready mixed for direct application to the hair. Apply the Manic Panic to the hair, enough to cover it all over, avoiding the scalp (this dye will not damage the scalp as it doesn't contain any harmful chemicals, but it will help you avoid having a colourful scalp to match your hair!) Comb the dye through your hair to ensure even and through coverage. 

Leave the dye on your hair until it dries to avoid any unwanted drips or "bleeding" of the hair colour on to other hair and skin. A plastic cap will contain the heat on the hair helping to achieve a better result and avoid any dye on clothing/household items/pets (?!) etc. When processing time has elapsed, rinse the hair thoroughly away from the face with cold water until all the residue dye has been removed, ideally until the water runs clear. Once water runs clear, apply a thick conditioner to hair and rinse again until water runs clear. Et voilà!


Remember to use a good colour care system for washing your hair to maintain your colour. You should avoid using any anti dandruff or "baby" shampoos,  as they can remove colour more quickly. Do not over wash hair, as this can remove colour more quickly. A little dye added to your conditioner and used when you wash your hair can help top up your colour in between dying sessions, also rinsing your hair in cold water after conditioning closes the hair cuticles and can help maintain colour for longer.

Removing dye

Where dye has come into contact with the skin, you can remove any staining by trying of of the following methods:
Face wipes (tea tree oil wipes work best), astringent, toner or skin cleanser, nail polish remover/alcohol/medical swabs (avoid eye area completely), bicarbonate of soda, lemon juice, milk on cotton wool pads, toothpaste & also shaving foam have been known to help remove some dye stains on skin.

Where dye has come into contact with bath, shower and other surfaces, you can prevent/remove any staining by trying of of the following methods:
Spray sink or shower surfaces with a spray cleaner prior to rinsing dye out of the hair to help prevent any dye staining. Where dye comes into contact with these surfaces, clean them as soon as possible, dye is easier to remove when wet. The best product for removing any staining is a general household cleaners - ensure to follow the manufacturer's instructions fully. Cream based cleaners are the ideal for removing stains. You can also use try glycerin soap, baby wipes or milk on cotton wool.

Wash any stained clothing/fabrics as soon as possible. Spray dye stains as soon as possible (immediately is best) with hair spray and launder as normal to prevent stains from setting. It is advisable to wash clothing with dye on separately from other washing though dye should not transfer to these.

As for stripping the colour out of the hair itself, shampooing the hair as much as possible can help. Rinsing the hair in hot water after shampooing leaves the hair cuticles open and will fade the colour faster. Using some anti-dandruff shampoos or clarifying shampoos will fade colour faster. Colour strippers can be used, though these are designed for use on permanent hair colours they will remove some semi permanent dye.
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