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How Martina Dyes Her Hair Pink

July 31, 2012

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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.

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  1. Climbing Mt.Simon!!!!!!

    4 years ago
  2. 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.

    4 years ago
  3. 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 :)

    4 years ago
  4. I see some Harajuku lovers perfume!!!! XD

    4 years ago
  5. Martina!!!!! I Want to know if there are other colors i can use, cause im thinking of dying my hair purple, but i cant find and good not-harmful-for-the-hair kind .-.
    so~~~ are there any purple dyes for Manic Panic? :)
    and it would be awesome if the color was flashy :D
    and Thank you~~!!!

    4 years ago
  6. Another hint is if you do a quick rinse with 50/50 (Vinegar and water) it helps set it really well too when you are using non-permanant dye.

    4 years ago
  7. agreed 1000% :D I wish Martina&Simon did a compilation video of funniest climbs/jumps/huntings/clingings/sleeping/eating/whatevah-cutesies she comes up with, cause it would cure world’s depression and Meemers could really be world’s awesomest doc *winkwink*

    4 years ago
  8. we use the same product :) im use the hot pink

    4 years ago
  9. WOW! I was just thinking about this! I was going to dye part of my hair pink but they said it would run so i was going to ask you but here it is so, yay :) I actually thought you had it done professionally.

    4 years ago
  10. I think she said she brings a giant supply herself (from Canada I assume).

    4 years ago
  11. m

    Simon, are you wearing skinny jeans? Is that the effect on Korea on your fashion sense?:) …great tl;dr question!How did living in Korea affect your fashion sense?pics for proof!! ^______^v

    4 years ago
    • That’s more like hipster fashion sense. Thankfully he’s not in North America or he might have had a handlebar mustache or those black ear inserts at some point in the past 3-4 years (the barista at my local independent coffee shop has both, plus facial piercings, plus skinny jeans, plus full sleeve tattoos). We must thank Korea for sparing us that experience. BTW, speaking of Simon-style, I was standing in front of Threadless Headquarters a couple of days ago. I could imagine him running joyfully through their hallways.

      4 years ago
  12. please don’t punish mr.memersworth by dying his fur…he is too cute..but i bet no harm to try..hahahhahah

    4 years ago
  13. such hardwork to achieve such prettyness! i wanted blue hair once but it ended up green. baaad bleach job. at the salon =.=

    are you guys gonna give dr meemers some colour as well?

    4 years ago
  14. Order directions or punky colours, I dye my hair lilac(violet diluted with a thick white -cone free conditioner). It last SO much longer than manic panic. A friend of mine dyed her hair pure violet with manic panic, not diluted and it washed out on 3 weeks, she`s blonde again but my lilac hasn`t budged!

    4 years ago
  15. I think, it’s the right time to order manic panic for myself!

    4 years ago
  16. But if Koreans don’t bleach their hair how do they get it blonde (white) when their natural color is black? I even had to bleach when I wanted my highlights a bit lighter and I didn’t even go from black to white.

    4 years ago
  17. LOL Dr.Meemersworth is sooo cute^^ But I guess I would shock my mom with pink dyed hair… she gets a shock just from bb cream…

    4 years ago
  18. I saw you were wearing your awesome Eat Your Kimchi shirt and I was wondering if mine hasn’t arrived yet and I live in Australia should I keep waiting or should I worry that something went wrong with the order?
    Meemers is so cute! *Dies from cuteness* And Martina, your hair looks so lovely and soft at the end! I’m jealous

    4 years ago
  19. Martina your eyes are so so beautiful ! I wish i can meet you guys… somedays …

    4 years ago
  20. Ouuh, Simon is a pro in hair dying :)

    4 years ago
  21. Dark colors arent too bad on dark hair though. Unless your hair is black, then the only good it poses is when the light hits it. My hair is a medium to dark brown color and I use the various shades of purple from manic panic and from splat.

    4 years ago
  22. Or maybe they’re made of rubber. Possibly magic. I don’t know these things. I just know that they were pretty great when I was using them. Might go back since catface has decided to scratch things and make angry faces if I try to do silly things like sleep or ignore him.

    4 years ago
  23. I have a quick question about when you started to dye your hair. Were you still working at your school in EPIK and did they make a big deal about it?

    4 years ago
  24. AWESOME!!!! I saw a Pretty Flamingo shade in ManicPanic’s site. Have you tried that shade? I think it looks awesome~

    4 years ago
  25. Martina you have such great hair, I’m jelly~ But it’s so pretty! I should try it :D

    4 years ago
  26. I finally had a 5-week holiday recently, so I thought I’d celebrate by dying my hair bright red.
    Went to the shop, bought a box of temporary hair dye – only to find out, when I got home, that I had to bleach it first D:
    But I can’t do anything permanent to my hair because of my job, and I misplaced the receipt, so…..the hair dye is still sitting on my shelf forever reminding me of my stupidity.
    The End.

    4 years ago
  27. I miss dying my hair, I use to have pink, purple, and blue…..stupid job. *pout* (as you can see I am reluctant to change my pic)

    4 years ago
  28. Although this was about dying your hair… I had to replay just for Dr. Meemersworth… But talking about the actual comment, I will do this when I go to Korea and want to dye my hair :]

    4 years ago
  29. Nic

    So nice of Simon to help :D

    4 years ago
  30. href=”http://hairandjoy.com/?page_id=8″>Hair?
    What an interesting shop name. It almost looks like a url……….or maybe that’s just me :p

    4 years ago
  31. i like bleaching my hair.it a copper blondeish color at the moment. all you have to do though is keep your hair moisturized if you dont your hair will dry out and start falling out. the longer you keep the bleach in the lighter it becomes. quite easy

    4 years ago
  32. Meemers! what were you doing? lol.. is it because Spudgy didn’t want to play with you that’s why you wanted to play with daddy’s leg?

    4 years ago
  33. Wow this is awesome! I would totally do it if it didnt mean no jobs xD hahaha

    4 years ago
  34. lol memersworth vs. DOTHRAKI MAN WARRIOR *echos*
    anyways i dye my hair the same way u do Martina except the foil gets a bit in the way and slips -_- how should i fix this!? (I have long hair, its like urs but a little bit more past the shoulders)

    4 years ago
  35. Tam

    Woops, commented before reading te blog. Mah bad.

    4 years ago
  36. wow that nice i love how bright the pink color is in your hair… i actually buy turquoise manic panic and i´m still waiting for it.. but because i have black hair i need to use bleach T-T but i hoping for the best…

    4 years ago
  37. Tam

    FYI. If you have dark hair, you’re gonna have to bleach it first!

    4 years ago
  38. one day when i quit retail hell, I WILL have blue hair again…until then I’m stuck with my blah hair T_____T

    4 years ago
  39. Haha, thanks for the video…. but I totally loved your kitty attach/king Simon!

    4 years ago
  40. I love manic panic! I just did my ends blue

    4 years ago