Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Manic Panic Vampire Red Hair Dye (cruelty free AND vegan)

I've gone red for Christmas! (Admittedly I do this almost every single year without fail- it's just so seasonal!) Anyway, I just had to put up a quick review of this Manic Panic hair dye as it's without a doubt the best dye for achieving vibrant colour that I've ever used and it's 100% cruelty free and vegan to boot! 

What is 'Manic Panic' ?

Manic Panic is a semi-permanent hair colour designed to add vibrant bold colour to bleached hair. However for those of us who aren't naturally blonde or willing to bleach their hair, there are a few of their shades that will still show up gorgeously on dark locks: Vampire Red (My personal favourite), Infra Red, After Midnight, Enchanted Forest, Green Envy, Purple Haze, Hot Hot Pink, Raven and Shocking Blue. Even better is that Manic Panic Hair Colour, unlike harsh chemical dyes (think L'Oreal, Garnier, Nice 'n' Easy) is conditioning and gentle on the hair; fortified with a herbal and protein complex. Meaning it can be left for up to three hours on the hair to achieve intensely bright colours without any damage!

I think the results will do all the talking but here are some points I must mention:

  • I used the 'Amplified' version of Vampire Red which has a stronger formula and lasts 'up to 30% longer'
  • This stuff STAINS. I guess it's a good thing as you know it's going to stick to your hair but it'll also stick to your counters, your sink, your bath, your floor, your face, your scalp, your hands and so on. My advice: just cling film it all. Just cling film everywhere. Or newspapers. And for goodness sake make sure you wear gloves! (That goes for rinsing too)
  • Once I'd applied about a whole tub (my hair is fairly long) to every inch of hair I could see I piled it on top of my head, wrapped it in cling film and left it on for approximately two hours. I'd recommend doing this to prevent any accidental dripping or staining and also it prevents the colour from oxidising so you end up with a more intense red.
  • I also applied heat every now and then using a hair dryer as Manic Panic suggest doing this to achieve a brighter colour.
  • My hair colour has lasted about ten days now and is still as bright as when I first dyed it which in my experience is a pretty good result for red hair dye. (Which is notorious for fading FAST)
  • However, a big downside is that my hair is still 'bleeding' (not actual blood) meaning every time I wash it I have pools of red water at my feet and red stains on my hair towels. (You're going to want a set of old towels you don't mind staining for a couple of weeks after dying your hair)
  • BUT on the plus side, this is definitely the reddest my hair has ever been and I think that's mostly due to the fact that I haven't been dying it with chemical dyes for a long while so it was like dying virgin hair again. I most likely did have henna still left in from September (read Henna review here) however from my experience I would say that Manic Panic and Henna seem to work fine together, I've had no unwanted colour nightmares that you might expect from mixing Henna and chemical store dyes together.
  • One tub of Manic Panic is about £10.00 and I usually buy mine off of Amazon as you can usually get good deals on there!

Overall though, I LOVE this dye, if you're a brunette and looking to go red I couldn't recommend it more highly. It will definitely do the job. It's kind to the animals and kind to your hair, what's not to love! Well, I think I've covered everything there but if you have any questions or thoughts please please feel free to leave a comment below and I'll try and answer as best I can or check out Manic Panic's FAQ. Personally I love this dye ... it may be messy but it achieves such a gorgeous colour that's so worth it!


                       Before                                    After (In sunlight)                            After (Indoors)


  1. You have such lovely hair! The color looks completely gorgeous on you :)

  2. Hi Kaya thanks so much for taking the time to comment! Thank you very much I do love being red at Christmas! xx

  3. looks lovely, i use their blue dye from time to time :)

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

    1. Ahh thank you! :) I would absolutely love to try blue! I haven't found a shade that will show up as brightly as I would like on my dark hair yet but maybe I will give the manic panic a shot! Thanks for commenting :)

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