Manic Panic is a global hair color and cosmetic company that began in New York City as the brainchild of punk-rock singers (and sisters!) Tish and Snooky. As vocalists in the original Blondie lineup, they decided to open up America’s very first punk-style boutique, Manic Panic, which catered to the punk and alternative rock crowd. It was there that the sisters introduced their brand’s wildly successful colorful hair dyes and cosmetics, now beloved by your favorite celebrities.


Though primarily known for their amazing hair dye products, Manic Panic actually began in 1977 as a “punk rock boutique.” It was founded by sisters Tish and Snooky Bellomo, backup singers from the rock band Blondie. But from there, it has evolved into an alternative hair, makeup, and fashion accessories company. This has earned it the support of notable musicians such as Nicki Minaj, Hayley Williams, and Lady Gaga.

But what has really given Manic Panic its reputation is the brand’s exciting selection of alternative hair coloring. This includes colors like yellow or violet, to more unique shades like Enchanted Forest and Electric Lava. The brand has even been credited by an MTV documentary with popularizing the trend of men and women wearing a variety of hair colors. Indeed, the brand has offered artists and regular consumers a way to stand out from the crowd. What’s more, Manic Panic’s award-winning range of vibrant hair color prides itself in using only cruelty-free, vegan ingredients. This has helped them win a PETA Award for Best Cruelty Free Hair Product twice. Recognitions like these have helped raise the brand’s profile even further.

If hair color isn’t your thing, Manic Panic also happens to sell other products that are intended for consumers wanting a punk or goth look. These include nail polish, vegan accessories, and various makeup basics. But beyond the underground and indie art scenes, Manic Panic has also seen success in the world of high fashion. As a matter of fact, designers like Zac Posen and Oscar de la Renta have sent their models walking down the runway donning the brand’s vibrant shades.

After forty years in the business, Manic Panic is now an industry leader and a cutting edge retailer in alternative hair color. With their unique vision, innovative approach, and always-trendy style, this brand will remain fashionable for the foreseeable future.