Directions for Application of Manic Panic Semi Permanent Hair Dyes

Are you wanting to dive into the crazy and colourful world of Manic Panic Semi-Permanent hair dye but not too sure on how to go about creating bold and beautiful hair the right and safe way? Don’t worry you’ve came to the right place! Our little Manic Panic How To Hair Guide will help you from start to finish, the do’s and don’ts and everything you need to know how to apply your hair dye effectively and efficiently! So let’s get started…

Am I okay to use the Manic Panic Semi Permanent Hair Dye? Or am I allergic?

Now before we get too excited to the actual dying of the hair, ALWAYS double check with the Ingredients of a product to ensure you won’t take a reaction or are allergic to any of the ingredients:

Manic Panic Classic - Semi Permanent Dye - Ingredients

Ingredients will vary depending on the colour however the base ingredients on all colours are as follows:

    • Aqua (purified water, eau, aqua)
    • Cetearyl Alcohol
    • Stearyl alcohol
    • Centrimonium chloride
    • Propylene Glycol
    • Aloe Barbadensia leaf
    • Methlchloroisthiazlinone
    • Methylisothiazolinone

Manic Panic - Amplified Semi Permanent Dye - Ingredients

Ingredients will vary depending on the colour however the base ingredients on all colours are as follows:

    • Aqua (water, eau, aqua)
    • Guar
    • Hydroxypropltrimonium chloride
    • Cetearyl Alcohol
    • Celereth-20
    • Stearalkonium chloride
    • Stearyl alcohol
    • Cetyl alcohol
    • DMDM Hydantoin
    • Formic acid
    • Propylene Glycol

Manic Panic are also proud to share that all of their products are Cruelty Free, Not Tested on Animals, Vegan and Vegetarian- woohoo!

All Manic Panic Semi Permanent Dyes are ammonia and PPD free. The dyes are conditioning and will cause NO chemical damage to the hair.

Which Type Of Manic Panic Semi Permanent Dye is for me?

There are two types of Manic Panic Semi Permanent Dye which you can choose from. The Classic Range, which provides a vibrant and colourful hair colour that can be washed out in around 4-6 weeks, whereas the Amplified Range, provides a much stronger and more intense colour that lasts up to 8-10 weeks. Both Ranges have over 30 colours to choose from! So if you want to stand out from the crowd or just change up your hair colour ever so slightly, you have a Manic Panic Semi Permanent Dye to suit you and your hair needs!

Do I really need to do a Patch and Strand Test?

Yes! With your Manic Panic semi-permanent hair dye, it is really important that you take a patch and strand test before applying the dye, this will allow you to find out if you are allergic to the dye and if the colour will take to your hair. Everyone's hair is different and each strand of hair can be different colours. Its better to be safe than sorry or end up with a hair dye nightmare!

Patch & Strand Test

  • This product contains ingredients that may cause skin irritation. It is advised before use to do a patch test.
  • Take a small amount of dye and apply to the skin at the back of the ear or neck where it cannot be seen!
  • Leave for a few hours, wipe off and ensure no skin irritation- If you develop any irritation or feel unwell after the patch test, do not use the product.
  • It is also recommended to do a strand test before using the colour to monitor the shade result
  • Easiest way is to cut a small section of the hair underneath, where it is not seen and apply dye as normal
  • If at any time the dye comes in contact with the eyes, wash with warm water immediately. If any irritation persists seek medical advice.


  • Store in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Always try to pre lighten or bleach hair before applying the Manic Panic Dyes to ensure the best results, the Manic Panic Flash lightning 30 vol or Manic Panic Amplified Flash lightning 40 vol bleach kits are perfect for this.
  • Wear protective plastic gloves for application- some of the dyes may stain hands!
  • Always do a preliminary strand and patch test to ensure no allergic reaction.
  • Avoid eye contact!
  • Should colour enter the eyes, rinse immediately with water.
  • Use petroleum jelly around hairline, ears and neck to help protect your skin from getting stained!
  • Wear old clothes that you don’t mind being stained and use towels also you don’t mind getting stained!
  • Use Low pH or non-alcohol hair products and shampoos are recommended.


  • Do not mix with peroxide or any other permanent hair dye.
  • Do not use on eyelashes or eyebrows.
  • Wash your hair in warm water-only cool to help preserve the colour!

How To Apply Manic Panic Semi Permanent Dye

  1. Shampoo hair using a deep cleansing shampoo, apply to freshly washed dry hair
  2. Empty desired amount into colouring bowl, apply evenly with a tint brush
  3. Do not apply to scalp, but half an inch from scalp, soak hair thoroughly, comb colour evenly through the hair until it becomes frothy
  4. Cover hair in a plastic cap and leave on for 30 minutes. For added intensity heat may be used.
  5. Rinse hair in cold water thoroughly away from face and body until it runs almost clear

To help maintain your Manic Panic Semi Permanent Dye Colour, here are a few handy tips, to ensure your hair is looking its very best.

  • Always use LOW HEAT settings on your hair tools and hairdryers.
  • WASH your hair as little as possible.
  • ALWAYS use a sulphate free shampoo. “Colour Safe” shampoo is NOT recommended.
  • Use trusty DRY SHAMPOO in between washes to help maintain freshness and colour.
  • AVOID chlorine and salt water.
  • Now onto the fun part! How to apply your Manic Panic Semi Permanent Dye, follow the easy guide below as well as a YouTube video showing you Step by Step on how to apply the dye by manic panic’s very own Tish and Snooky -the co-founders and owners!


    At GStores, we are not trained hair professionals and these pages should be treated as a guide only based on the manufacturer’s instructions. If in any doubt, consult a hairdresser or qualified professional.

    Please check information on packaging, all ingredients and information are correct at time of writing.