So a lot of you might not be super interested in this post, but I’ve been getting a lot of questions on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and YouTube about how I dye my hair pink, so I decided to do a quick video…which Dr.Meemersworth photobombed…about how I dye my hair! You get to see me makeup free and in a shower hat! YEAH!

I colour my own hair because there is no salon or store in Korea that offers the colour pink. I bring my own giant supply of Manic Panic with me, which is a semi-permanent vegan based dye, which isn’t made with hair damaging chemicals. I use three different colours and I mix them to get the colour I want.

My main base colour is Cotton Candy Pink, and then I add either Hot Hot Pink which turns out kind of fushia, or I add Red Passion which give me more of a strawberry pink.

Manic Panic in Korea

Manic Panic in Korea

The only downside to using Manic Panic is you need to lighten your hair if you want it to look really intense. So, I did lighten my hair before I applied the pink several months ago, but I did it underneath my top layer of hair so that A) no one could see the colour change of my roots growing back and B) I wouldn’t have to keep bleaching it.

One thing I didn’t mention in the video is that stripping you hair of its colour (aka bleaching it) is not a common thing in Korea and you will not be able to go to your local Korean hair salon to have it done. I mean, you could, but you’ll probably end up with fried hair that hasn’t been toned, which means your crispy white blond will slowly turn orange. Don’t do it!!! Do you hear me!!! Unless you have a recommendation from someone who actually had their hair bleached at that salon, DO NOT DO IT! Trust me, I’ve witnessed many of my friends chopping off their hair after having it fried.

It takes a bit of searching to find a good location. There are some locations in Itaewon (an area near the American army base that’s a hub for foreigners) but I personally use a hair salon in Hongdae. It’s called Hair and Joy and the hairdressers that work there trained and lived in England, so they understand the subtle differences in foreign hair and how to strip colour properly. I don’t know about their hairstyling because I go to a Korean salon called Juno Hair, you can check out the video here.

So that’s about it! Check out the video to see the colour mixing process and to see Dr.Meemersworth scale the mountain which is Simon’s leg. Ouch.

  1. Wow~
    I like your hair and want to dye like your hair

  2. Try “Special Effects” hair dye. its basically Manic Panic on steroids. It will never wash out. EVER. You have been warned, but educated!

  3. So I can read that it says “GLOW”…does that mean your hair glows in the dark, Martina? XD

  4. With Meemers’ spots, she totally reminded me of that movie Kungfu Panda… or just pandas in general… even though I they probably don’t climb bamboo trees… MEEMERS IS CUTE ♥

  5. Where do you get Manic Panic? I’ve never seen it in Canada. Is it Korean product? If it is, where can I get it? Or if it is from Canada, where in Canada can I get it? :)

  6. Your so prettyyyy~~♥ i wanna die my hair like yours. haha.

  7. Hi. When you say lighten, do you mean bleach? Because if you can get such a great colour without bleaching then it’s genius. Lol.

  8. your hair is gorgeous!!! and i wash my hair with ice cold water as well.warm for my body and cold for my hair.aaaaah! lol.

  9. Awesome ^_^

    Meemer’s attacking Simon’s legs was awesome too, haha…

  10. Hi Martina, one quick question: you said you brought the dye to Korea, so im assuming from Canada? I live in Canada too so I was wondering where could you get the manic panic dyes in Canada? (at least ive never seen them in Shoppers or sth…)

    (hearts for meemers kkkkkk)

  11. Could you do a hair demo of all your awesome hair dos? I know how to french braid, make a bun, and pony tails. However I love your hair do ups that looks so like 40’s. I don’t think I could manage Dr. Meeneworths. hehe

  12. Hi, i’m wondering why after dyeing your hair makes it dry. is there some kind of chemical or something? b/c I dyed my hair in boston

  13. They say it is ”natural” but still, Manic Panic is made of metalic pigments which still causes damages to your hair. But oh well, it is impossible to change our hair color without damaging it. It looks great btw!! :)

  14. i have a question :D i have natural black so can i just dye my hair pink or do i have to bleach my hair first ?

  15. I laughed so hard at the sight of Dr. Meemersworth climbing up Simon’s leg that I actually damn near pissed on myself. No, really. I truly did almost pee on myself. I ran to the bathroom still laughing.

  16. Hi Simon and Martina,
    Your little Miss. Meemersworth is so adorable. I just have to share with you though that as she gets bigger so will her claws. When she climbs Simon’s legs she looks so cute! Her little round face looking up into yours as she dares the heights of Simon. The sheer adorableness of this will change though as her claws get bigger and longer. In just a few months when she tries to climb you, you will react in a much less positive way. Instead of cuteness you will experience pain. Now is the time to gently teach her that she shouldn’t climb you. When she tries to do this, gently put her down and say no. When she comes up to you and looks up and meows, reward her by picking her up. She will learn that she can get positive attention this way. Truly, an adolescent cat that climbs you is not desirable and it’s really hard to change that behavior after it’s been learned. Wishing you all the best!

  17. Have you ever used Punky brand hair dye? Good stuff.

  18. that is soooooo cooool!!!!!!>< i wanna do mine to :(

  19. 1:22 was like, “Cliffhanger sequel! Starring Dr. Meemersworth!” Does someone need 127 hours… in time out? (Guys please stop me now.)

    On another note… is that a bottle of Calgon body spray I see on the shelf? CALGON TAKE ME AWAYYYYY

  20. I remember watching ya’ll’s videos at the beginning…like old videos and Martina’s hair was SUPER straight….like perm straight….so my question is (Martina) did you ever perm your hair and would you recommend it? Like what are the pros and cons?

  21. Watching this reminded me of T.O.P.’s hair which then reminded me of G.D.’s hair which lastly then reminded me of Spudgy’s hair… O-o Maybe you guys should dye Mr.M’s hair so you could be a very “colorful” family….

  22. spider cat, spider cat does whatever a spider cat does.
    Can she swing from a web no she can’t shes a cat
    look out here comes spider cat

  23. How often you have to do the lightening and how often do you put the color in? Great video~! I’m going lavender next year when I hit my big weight loss goal and this helped. I want to get all my crazy colors out before I ship off to Korea ><!

  24. Oh martina, you look pretty awesome .<

  25. Question; Do u guys know all the members of Exo yet? If so who is ur bias and y?
    Bye the way love the color Martina and Dr.Meemersworth is just so cute!
    Eat Your Kimchi figting!

  26. Soo… Will Dr.Meemersworth have pink hair like her mom one day?

  27. I’m guessing that Simon is closest thing Meemers has to a tree…

  28. Wow, Simon’s an artiste with that tinting brush. (and Martina, your hair looks awesome; that shade of pink really complements the blonde.) :)

  29. Memers is trying to climb mount simon :)

  30. I think I need to see more meemers. If I don’t..I might……OOOOOOF. /dramaticcalapseofdeath

  31. How often do you dye your hair? Every couple weeks?

  32. Be careful with Dr.Meemersworth habit of climbing up your legs :) – my cat used to do that when she was little. Now she is really big and really fat. And she still sometimes does it :P IT ISN’T FUN ANYMORE xD

  33. i have a question!:3 you know how kpop idols dye their hair a lot, like some idols get those platinum blonde color, do they even get them bleached or do they use a special hair dye? i saw an episode of B1A4’s sesame player and gongchan had platinum blonde hair in a few hours.. i wonder if it was bleach because as far as i know if you bleach your hair from black it would go ginger-y..
    by the way dr. meemersworth is so freaking awesome!

    • Well actually i am asian, and its how long you keep the bleach in and the way you do it. like some parts are ginger and some are blonde. I’m not sure about special hair dye, but im sure there’s something out there for theres virgin snow manic panic

      • nonono~!! dont do that~! if you leave bleach in for too long your hair is going to fall out.
        my first tip: always visit the hairdresser~! ALWAYS!! (at least if you dont want to mess up your hair).
        second: usually they first bleach it and than they use a dye called “manicure” (jupp like the nailpolish thingy). I live here since quiet a while and I always get my hair died with it. since I am already kinda blondisch I dont need the bleech (i go for cherry which many people tell me they like it on me). it is kinda like manic panic or other “dyes” so not actually dye but a color mix which stays in your hair well and keeps there a while. i dont know about manic panic, but manicure i only need to refresh every 4-5 or 6 month~ (and only because its crowing out..^^;)
        the think with this “dye” is, once you choosed your color you have to wait till its completely grown out you can change to an darker color of manicure but no normal hair dye and you get go light after it. if you use normal hairdye over it it will shine though

        ps: keeping the bleach in as long as possible is not that big a deal or problem with asian hair since its a lot stornger and thicker than western hair, so be carefull please~!

    • The general reason your hair would go orange/ginger if you bleach it from black is if the black is a dye, not your natural colour.
      There’s a chemical in most dark (not only black) dyes that don’t mix so well with the bleach/hair lightner and will turn an orange colour instead of the nice blonde you’re looking for.
      That chemical isn’t in most light colours or COLOUR colours, which is why, if you bleach from them, it doesn’t have the same effect.

      Plus, if you get a really good dye, you can actually dye your hair blonde straight from black. It doesn’t work fully on most people but on some lucky people and with really really good dye, it works fine.
      I’d imagine that the hair stylists of idols will be able to get their hands onto the good dyes needed so idols may dye their hair blonde instead of bleaching. Doing that is obviously also less damaging than bleaching as regularly as they appear to do.

  34. Not going to lie, I was mesmerized by your hair flip, Martina. :O You hair is so… luscious and smooth. What-what for Simon! Way to help yo woman! (Why do I turn ghetto when I speak to Simon??) Hood 4 LYFE.

  35. I got my hair dyed light pink underneath at Juno Hair in Hongdae. Since my hair was too dark, the lady there just dyed it a light blonde at first (not bleach) and then did the pink color. She even offered to do a treatment that would prevent my hair from getting too damaged, but I didn’t have enough money haha. Just an fyi :)

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