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Manic Panic Semi-Permanent Color Cream, Infra Red

Phthalate, Toluene and Formaldehyde free formula! About Manic Panic: It all began in 1977 when two Bronx born sisters Tish and Snooky, at the time singers in the original Blondie lineup, added some extra ambition to their rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. They gathered up some of their clothing designs and with a $500 loan from their mom and opened America’s very first punk-style boutique on N.Y.C.’s infamous St. Mark’s Place. Mom coined the name “MANIC PANIC” as her two daughters rocked by night and became business proprietors by day. New York had never seen anything as cool as MANIC PANIC. The store catered to the punk rock and alternative crowd with hipsters coming from all over the world to shop, see and be seen there. The original MANIC PANIC boutique became an icon of “first generation punk.” Tish and Snooky introduced their customers to MANIC PANIC hair dyes in every color of the rainbow with matching wild colors for lips/nails/eyes. MANIC PANIC hair color and cosmetics’ popularity soared in the late 80’s and the sisters began distributing their line on a small scale right out of the little store. The same people who laughed at the MANIC PANIC look in the 70’s began clamoring for it in the 90’s as Tish and Snooky watched their hair dye worn proudly by high fashion models and celebrities of all kinds. Suddenly MANIC PANIC exploded in the magazines, television, major motion pictures adios tiny shop, hello huge warehouse! Tish & Snooky’ s MANIC PANIC N.Y.C. remains the leader in counter culture hair color and cosmetics. We see MANIC PANIC hair color on celebrities and on people of all ages, from all walks of life. Today people are conscious about their environment and the products they use. Tish & Snooky’ s world famous hair color is vegan and received an award from the folks at PETA. The entire MANIC PANIC line is cruelty-free.

Key features

  • Ready to use, no mixing required
  • Fades gradually with each shampoo
  • Gives highlights to darker hair
  • Vibrant, electric colors

Honest reviews


Gorgeous Color–but an Atrocious Mess

The color is beautiful, but the dye gets EVERYWHERE. It will stain everything, and even though the stain will fade it will take some scrubbing.

Patsy Weleetka, OK

knock out Red!

I have used a million different colors and brand of hair dye on my hair over the years to achieve a killer shade of red, most came out too dark, or after a wash or two they have just faded to an average shade of Auburn.Infra red has , by and large , given me the desired shade of noticeable red i was looking for. It comes out (on light hair) a stunning crimsonred, and the best part of using manic panic is, itsso gentle! I dont want to put anymore harmful chemical dyes in my hair anylonger so this will bemy new shade , and i want to support thiscompany for putting out a safe product (noanimal testing either, so double plus! )My only warning is, make sure you safeguardyour bathroom when applying this rockin shadeand when washing it out.I wasnt as careful as i normally am when iwashed it out , (my shower and tub/ walls are allwhite) so it looked like a crime scene in thereafter i was done washing it out, lol.It does come out if you’re tenacious in yourcleaning practices, but just be careful with it,and you’ll have no worries.P.s. i am typing this from my phone, please excuse any typos. 🙂

Jewel Harrisburg, MO

Damaged my hair

I would not buy this product again, it severly damaged my hair. Though it did make my hair a nice red color that lasted a good amount of time (it also didn’t bleed), it did start to fade too fast for my liking, leaving it a rusty orange color after about two weeks.

Geneva Breda, IA


I used it over the blue I already had in my hair so I probably haven’t seen the fullness of the color. But what I did see I liked

Carmella Kilsyth, WV

Red Velvet

This is one of the darkest reds that Manic Panic creates. It’s gorgeous. I only wash my hair 2-3x a week and when I do I mix some of the dye with my conditioner and it keeps the color from fading. I also useTressa Watercolors Shampoo – Fluid Fire 8.5 ozto help keep the color saturated. I’ve kept this color 8 weeks so far.Update: I tried Vampire Red because the swatch at my Sally Beauty Supply shows a much more dark purple-ish color than the swatch for Infra Red. It’s not. Vampire Red has a fuchsia base which can get you a very bright red on bleached hair. I’m going for a deep jewel red that’s not burgundy (I’m pale) and can squeak by in a business casual workplace. Infra Red has been perfect.I also tried Rock & Roll Red which is more of a Crayola red and does not have a fuchsia base. It appears true red but is a bit warmer and has some orange in it. It’s also very bright on bleached hair.I have dark blonde hair that was previously a level 9 blonde and I had it professionally dyed red (level 6Rr) but the color was fading even with the Tressa shampoo. Letting the Infra Red sit for 25-30 minutes on my roots (and the rest of my hair just for the heck of it) keeps my roots matching the rest of my hair perfectly. Since I try to look pulled-together for work, I deal with my roots every three weeks or so, even though they’re not very noticeable yet.

Terri Wappapello, MO