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After Care

How to achieve long-lasting colour.


Aftercare Do’s & Don’ts

To extend the life of your colour, and have it last as long as possible we recommend the following after-care precautions:

  • DO use a sulphate-free shampoo
  • Do NOT use deep cleansing or anti-dandruff shampoos
  • DO add of your Manic Panic™ Colour to your conditioner ( 30:70/40:60 ratio)
  • DO space out your regular washes (use a dry shampoo in between)
  • Do NOT wet hair in chlorine/salt water
  • Do NOT expose hair to prolonged sun-exposure

Long Lasting Colour

A DIY trick to making your MANIC PANIC™ Hair Colour last longer is to rinse your hair with white vinegar immediately after dyeing. This raises the pH level of the hair dye and gives it more permanence. Here’s how:

  1. Rinse out Manic Panic™ Hair Colour with cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Mix equal parts of white vinegar with water, try a half a cup of each and put in a bowl or cup.
  3. Pour on the vinegar and water mix
  4. Comb through your hair.
  5. Rinse it out with cold water


What is a Sulphate-free Shampoo?

Sulphate-free shampoos are shampoos which are free of Sodium Lauryl & Ammonium Lauryl Sulphates, and any derivatives thereof.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate (ALS) are additives found in nearly all of your everyday supermarket shampoos.
Known as surfactants (in more basic terms, the ‘cleaning portion’ of the formula) these chemicals are responsible for removing grease and grime from your hair, as well for the lathering effect of shampoos.

These chemicals, which are also found in dishwashing and laundry detergents have been reported by the ‘Journal of the American College of Toxicology’ to not only be damaging to your hair, but also your health.

There are a number of issues with Sulphates as a shampoo ingredient:

  • It can lead to hair thinning and hair loss.
  • It can aggravate acne and can act as an irritant to the skin.
  • It you do keratin hair straightening treatments , it will decrease the length of time that your treatment remains active.

In this health-conscious age, where most of us have colour-treated hair in one form or another, many are investing in slightly more pricey sulphate-free hair care to ensure a healthier scalp and body with the added bonus of hair colour retention and brilliance.


Do or Dye

Tips & Tricks to assist you in your Colouring process

  • Avoid Colour staining on Skin & Hair
  • Apply petroleum jelly or a thick conditioner around the hair line before colouring. This will help protect the skin from staining.
  • If you are doing several different colours or only want the Manic Panic™ in a selected area, apply the conditioner to the areas you want untouched. This will act as a “colour blocker” and keep the surrounding areas “colour-free”.

Avoid Bleeding when Streaking/using more than one Colour

  1. Section hair you wish to colour, and clip unwanted hair out of the way.
  2. Apply colour to desired section and wrap tightly in foil.
  3. Keep separated sections wrapped in foil throughout entire processing time, applying heat onto foil.
  4. Remove darkest colour’s foils first and rinse until water runs clear.
  5. Remove second colour’s foils and rinse until water runs clear.
  6. Continue this process until all foils are removed.

How to achieve an even base colour for Manic Panic™ hair colour

Manic Panic™ Virgin Snow™ creates an even base for the colour, makes the desired colour more true to the hair colour as it appears in the jar, and can prevent the colour from fading into a colour untrue from the desired shade

  1. Using a bleach kit, lighten hair to a pale blonde
  2. Remove bleach from hair with warm water and a deep cleansing shampoo. Any bleach residue will prevent the Manic Panic™ Colour from processing correctly
  3. Thoroughly dry hair
  4. Apply Manic Panic™ Virgin Snow™
  5. Leave on for an hour or more, applying heat from a hair dryer throughout the processing time to tone orange and yellow tones out of hair
  6. Rinse hair with cool water (no shampoo or conditioner)
  7. Dry hair thoroughly and apply your favourite Manic Panic™ Hair Colour
  8. Leave on for an hour or more, applying heat from a hair dryer throughout the processing time.
  9. Rinse with cool water until water runs clear (no shampoo or conditioner)
  10. Dry hair and style as usual!
  11. Do NOT wash hair within the next 48 hours.


Removal of Colour

The following products and processes aid in fading Manic Panic™ colours. Either avoid these, if you wish for your colour to last, or make use of the following to more quickly remove your colour. Some darker colours may leave behind a slight tint, or take more time to fade than the lighter pastel colours. Removal of hair colour and fading results vary from person to person.

  • Hot Oil treatments
  • Alcohol based hair products such as hairspray, gel, or mousse
  • Washing hair with harsh shampoos such as Anti-Dandruff, Clarifying, Deep Cleansing or All Purpose.
  • Prolonged exposure to sun.
  • Exposure to chlorine/salt water.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda into your shampoo, gently knead in to your hair then rinse with warm water.
  • Crush a handful of Vit C tablets to a fine powder and mix into a strong Anti-Dandruff shampoo. Apply to dry hair and leave to process for 30min-1hour. Wash hair with Anti-Dandruff shampoo.

Last Resort Bleach Bath

When all else fails, here is a trick to remove that last bit of unwanted dye. For this process it is always best to seek help from a licensed Hair Stylist:

*Please read all instructions carefully

Mix following ingredients in a colouring bowl:
2 tbs Bleach Powder
3 tbs Developer
2 tbs Clarifying Shampoo
2 tbs Conditioner (for dry hair)

  1. Put a pair of colouring gloves on.
  2. Apply mixture to wet hair.
  3. Work quickly and begin kneading the mixture into your hair starting from the ends to your roots
  4. Work mixture in to hair for 5-10 minutes
  5. Rinse mixture out with warm water
  6. Shampoo and deep condition

** Remember to check hair frequently! While a “Bleach Bath” is diluted a person’s hair is most fragile when wet and the processing time can vary from person to person. It’s always best to seek out a professional hair stylist for colour removal**