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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. So I’ve always gotten my hair dyed professionally and I never do it myself cause I feel like I will literally destroy it. I’ve been reading your blogs about the Juno hair salon and stuff but all of this seems to be from several years ago so I was wondering if there is anything new about the topic? Like do you know if they are good with coloring hair? Do they offer pink now? (My hair is currently pink and fading quickly and I usually bleach it). I really want to find a place that can help me maintain my hair well~~

    8 months ago
  2. Wow~
    I like your hair and want to dye like your hair

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

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

    4 years ago
  5. 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 years ago
  6. 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? :)

    5 years ago
  7. Your so prettyyyy~~♥ i wanna die my hair like yours. haha.

    5 years ago
  8. Simon = best husband ever :)

    5 years ago
  9. 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.

    5 years ago
  10. 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.

    5 years ago
  11. Awesome ^_^

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

    5 years ago
  12. its so pretty! :)

    5 years ago
  13. 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…)

    Thx!<3<3<3
    (hearts for meemers kkkkkk)

    5 years ago
  14. 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

    5 years ago
  15. 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

    5 years ago
  16. 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!! :)

    5 years ago
  17. 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 ?

    5 years ago
  18. YAY!!!!!

    5 years ago
  19. 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.

    5 years ago
  20. 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!

    5 years ago
  21. Have you ever used Punky brand hair dye? Good stuff.

    5 years ago
  22. that is soooooo cooool!!!!!!>< i wanna do mine to :(

    5 years ago
  23. 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

    5 years ago
  24. 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?

    5 years ago
  25. 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….

    5 years ago
  26. 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

    5 years ago
  27. 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 ><!

    5 years ago
  28. Oh martina, you look pretty awesome .<

    5 years ago
  29. 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!

    5 years ago
  30. Soo… Will Dr.Meemersworth have pink hair like her mom one day?

    5 years ago
  31. Dr.Meemersworth is a ninja! XD

    5 years ago
  32. I’m guessing that Simon is closest thing Meemers has to a tree…

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

    5 years ago
  34. Memers is trying to climb mount simon :)

    5 years ago
  35. I think I need to see more meemers. If I don’t..I might……OOOOOOF. /dramaticcalapseofdeath

    5 years ago
  36. How often do you dye your hair? Every couple weeks?

    5 years ago
  37. 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

    5 years ago
  38. 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!

    5 years ago
    • 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

      5 years ago
      • 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~!

        3 years ago
    • 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.

      5 years ago
      • please read mu other comment too~ just wanted to add: many k-pop people go to “red carped” which is a famous hairstylist here in seoul (but one basic treatment costs over 100$… BASIC)

        3 years ago
  39. Climbing Mt.Simon!!!!!!

    5 years ago
  40. 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.

    5 years ago
  41. 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 :)

    5 years ago
  42. I see some Harajuku lovers perfume!!!! XD

    5 years ago
  43. 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~~!!!

    5 years ago
  44. 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.

    5 years ago
  45. 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*

    5 years ago
  46. we use the same product :) im use the hot pink

    5 years ago
  47. 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.

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

    5 years ago
  49. 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

    5 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.

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

    5 years ago
  51. 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?

    5 years ago
  52. 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!

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

    5 years ago
  54. 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.

    5 years ago
  55. 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…

    5 years ago
  56. 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

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

    5 years ago
  58. Ouuh, Simon is a pro in hair dying :)

    5 years ago
  59. 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.

    5 years ago
  60. 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.

    5 years ago
  61. 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?

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

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

    5 years ago
  64. 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.

    5 years ago
  65. 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)

    5 years ago
  66. 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 :]

    5 years ago
  67. Nic

    So nice of Simon to help :D

    5 years ago
  68. 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

    5 years ago
  69. 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

    5 years ago
  70. 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?

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

    5 years ago
  72. 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)

    5 years ago
  73. Tam

    Woops, commented before reading te blog. Mah bad.

    5 years ago
  74. 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…

    5 years ago
  75. Tam

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

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

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

    5 years ago
  78. I love manic panic! I just did my ends blue

    5 years ago