Manic Panic (and RAW) Hair Dye Review
Since last November, I've been on a year-long rainbow-haired journey - which includes a head full of teal, turquoise, blue, purple, pink, and red. Let's travel back in time and review the year's hair dyes.
Manic Panic Bad Boy Blue: A Failed Experiment
I messed up my experiment with Bad Boy Blue, and thus won't be able to give a complete review of this color. However, maybe you can learn from my mistakes.
This was my first attempt at colorful hair, and my star-studded dreams of looking like Katy Perry failed miserably. If you read my last Hub on how to bleach dark hair, you'll see why.
My hair was so stubborn, and I couldn't figure out how to get it to bleach properly. I was so ready to have my bright blue hair that I gave up on the bleach and dyed it anyway! It was a terrible mistake.
To achieve the Bad Boy Blue look, you need absolutely platinum blonde hair. My hair was only platinum at the roots, and it got yellow and orange and brown the further down on my scalp it was. Basic color theory should have stopped me from using the dye - but I was getting antsy. I dyed my hair, and what came out was an icky, dirty teal.
The parts of my hair that had bleached properly looked awesome! If you have had success with this dye, please send photos and a review of your own!
Manic Panic Shocking Blue--Five Stars!
After my last hair disaster, I decided to get the bleaching process right. I bleached my hair to a platinum blonde, and then used Manic Panic's Shocking Blue hair dye. I left it in my hair for about 4 hours, and when I washed it out, it was perfect!
Shocking Blue was by far my favorite dye - it was like getting three dyes in one! It started off as a brilliant deep blue, and as it faded, purple streaks started showing up. At one point, it was a gorgeous combination of blue, purple, and pink. Eventually, all of the blue faded out. Before I went on to test my next dye, my hair was almost completely baby pink.
While at a march in DC, I ran into another girl with technicolored hair. Hers looked similar to mine, and it turns out we both used Shocking Blue! Apparently, the hair dye was just magical.
Shocking Blue Fading Piecewise to Pink
Manic Panic Ultra Violet--Four Stars!
I applied this dye immediately after the last photo in the last section. At the beginning it ended up looking just like the Shocking Blue, and I was disappointed, because I was looking forward to having bright purple hair.
As I washed the color out over the next few weeks, the purple became more visible. It got to be such a pretty lavender tone, and my pinks started coming out again.
This dye was not my favorite, but it was by far not the worst. I didn't get to see the full extent of the fading process, because I got a new job that required me to be normal-looking. I threw on some conventional auburn hair dye, and it covered up the purple wonderfully.
Manic Panic Ultra Violet Fading to Lavender
Manic Panic Pretty Flamingo--Just One Star
I don't know if I got a bad batch of this stuff or what, but it did NOT work at all the way it was supposed to. I even tried multiple times.
Initially, my friend had purchased Pretty Flamingo to do a dip-dye on her hair. She bleached her ends, and the dye was so faint that you could barely see it. She gave me the dye for my own experimentation.
WhenI had to dye my hair a natural ginger red for my new job, my hair was still bleached blonde underneath, and eventually the red all washed out and I was left with light blonde hair. I decided it was time to experiment with Pretty Flamingo!
I painted up and foiled a few sections of my hair, leaving the dye in overnight. I ran over the tin foil with a straightener several times, as heat tends to bring out the color more. The next morning, I washed it all out and the results were pathetic. As in my friend's experiment, you could barely see the color.
I had seen photos of how Pretty Flamingo is supposed to look on their website, and mine was nothing like it.
Manic Panic Atomic Turquoise--Five Stars
I didn't do whole-head dying with this color - again, I have that fancy job now. I tried to do streaks that wouldn't get me into trouble! My hair was blonde when I did my turquoise streaks, and it turned out wonderfully. See my lovely streaks! My roots were absolutely horrible, hence the half-face photos
Below is how it looked after a few washes - the color started to blend a little into the rest of my hair. The best way to prevent this bleeding is to wash using ice-cold water!
RAW Crimson Red and Manic Panic Vampire Red--Five Stars!
I had never really foreseen myself doing bright red hair, but I do get very impulsive. To get to my decision to use Crimson and Vampire Red, let's take a trip through history.
After my teal streaks, my roots were so awfully brown. I didn't want to bleach again, so I decided to use a normal hair dye, a natural-looking red, over my blonde hair. I knew the color would fade over my blonde ends, so I dyed it ombre-style to make the dark roots and light ends grade into each other.
I really loved the ombre, but after a few months of it, I got extra impulsive and impatient. I decided to chop my hair off and go chin-length! After two weeks of my short hair, I stopped at Hot Topic. The sales girl there convinced me to purchase RAW's Crimson Red and Manic Panic's Vampire Red.
I've been using these two differently than the other kinds of Manic Panic dye - instead of putting the color onto dry hair, I'm mixing it with my conditioner each time I shower. I use equal amounts of each color with a bit of conditioner, mix it all up, slap it on, and wait a few minutes before washing it out. The waiting time gives me a reason to shave my legs in the winter.
The colors look great together - RAW's Crimson Red is a little brighter, if you're going for that. Vampire Red is darker and deeper, and they both blend so nicely on top of ginger hair!
Manic Panic Shocking Blue and Cotton Candy Pink Mix -- Three Stars
I used two MP colors to make a lavender, as shown in the video below. I loved the color as it first showed up, but it faded very quickly. And honestly, I only washed my hair twice before it turned pink.
Manic Panic Purple Haze -- 4 Stars
Below is a video of my second attempt at purple hair - using Manic Panic's Purple Haze dye. I applied it over a light, salmon-pink hair. The attempt gets 4 stars - I loved the color immediately after dying, but it faded fairly quickly. That may have been due to the sheer number of times that I've dyed my hair, but still. It was a nice color, just wish it had lasted longer.
More Bleaching and Coloring!
If you're looking to do something with your hair, you should definitely take a look at some of my other articles. Learn how to take care of bleached hair, and how to grow out bleached hair! If you haven't bleached it yet, try out this ombre DIY! And, better yet, if you're searching for colors to dye your hair and you haven't found one yet, check out one of these five gorgeous pastel hair colors.
I've also just posted a new article - this is for those of you who know what colors you want, but need some ideas on how to do it. Read about 10 ways to dye colorful hair!
Have you used any of these Manic Panic colors? Which was your favorite?
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