Manic Panic vegan and cruelty-free hair dye is an iconic product that dominated the New York punk scene long before it became a regular staple at the likes of Hot Topic, Spencer’s Gifts and Sally’s Beauty Supply. In 1977, Bronx-born sisters Tish and Snooky opened their punk-style boutique in New York City. While the store initially had a cult-following by the first generation punk scene, by the 1990s it was hitting the mainstream fashion scene. While Manic Panic does offer a cosmetic line, it is best known for its wild, vibrant hair dyes.
Manic Panic cruelty-free and vegan hair dye is not so by accident. In the early days the store had a resident cat, Mr. Kitty, who happily welcomed the store customers. Tish and Snooky established themselves as animal lovers from the beginning and they won an award from PETA for their vegan hair color. The hair color is all semi-permanent, which means that it is free of ammonia and peroxides contained within permanent hair color. Manic Panic hair color is fortified with nourishing herbs and protein complex. Whereas permanent dies penetrate the hair, Manic Panic sits on top of the hair.
Manic Panic’s classic hair dye line is a cream-based hair color that comes in 28 bright colors in shades of blues, greens, purples, reds and pinks. The company mentions repeatedly that for a rich shade, true to the color in the jar, you will want to lighten your hair first. For this they offer two Flashlighting bleach kits, in different strengths depending on your needs. They also offer a dye called “Virgin Snow”, which is a a white toner for bleached hair. This is for hair that is already bleached as light as it can possibly go and it will remove yellow/red tones that can be in hair after bleaching. It will leave a stunning sterling white color behind that is sure to turn heads. Again, if you want to dye your hair without lifting color or penetrating the hair shaft, just use the gentle, semi-permanent color.
For those who are looking for a slightly longer-lasting color, Manic Panic offers their “Amplified” hair color which lasts 30% longer than their classic dye. The Amplified line comes in 14 shades of red, green, pink, purple and blue. And for those who love the idea of the bold Manic Panic colors but don’t want to commit, they have a few different lines of clip-in temporary hair extensions in a variety of bright colors and patterns, in synthetic or real human hair. On a note unrelated to beauty, but noteworthy to those who are vegan and cruelty-free, Manic Panic also sells a line of vegan, cruelty-free “feather” boas. Something fun on which many who are living the cruelty-free and vegan lifestyle miss out!
To learn more about Manic Panic vegan and cruelty-free hair dyes, visit their website. (link)