I am no stranger to experimenting and dyeing my own hair – in fact, one time I covered my whole head of hair in a bottle of bleach and turned it rusty orangey blonde – that was SO not a good look on me and it totally damaged my hair.  Anyway, I have been dying (pun intended – gosh, I am SO funny!) to change my hair colour for a while and I was torn between light brown or fiery red.  And in the end, I decided that I would go brown first and then later, change it to red.  So instead of seeking professional help, I headed to my local chemist and bought the cheapest hair dye on offer, which happened to be – Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse – at half price…which, unfortunately, turned out to be the only good thing about it.  What happened?  Read on for my review.

Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse in blonde

What Schwarzkopf Say

Our first permanent colouration as a foam.
Intensive, longlasting and glossy colours with perfect grey coverage.
Easy and even application thanks to mousse.

Are You Blonde?

First of all, you may be wondering why I purchased the Pearl Blonde shade from the Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse range because my hair is not at all blonde, but more of a deep dark brown black colour with subtle highlights – “Is she nuts?”  No, dear readers, I am not nuts!  I assure you that I have an extremely valid reason for this.  Like I mentioned before, I have used DIY hair dyes multiple times and I know (or at least, I think I do) which colours work on my hair.  Buying a brown shade will not make my hair go brown so I have to buy a blonde shade to go brown – trust me!


What’s In The Box?

Schwarzkopf, hair dye, mousse, Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse

It was easy to make the formula.  Pour the Colour Gel into the application bottle and screw it shut with the foam pump and turn the bottle upside down.  And we’re ready to go…

Please note :-

1) I never ever use the gloves that DIY hair dyes provide – they are shockingly bad quality and ill-fitting!!  I’m a dentist so I have a small stash of gloves which fit my hands perfectly.
2)  DIY hair dyes always recommend patch testing – but erm, I always ignore them.  I am rebellious like that!  😛

My Opinions

Application started off in a careful manner – I sectioned my hair and meticulously applied foam from root to tip – but then after 10 solid minutes of doing that, I got bored and just went batsh*t crazy with the foam – as can be seen in the above photo.  The whole process took me over 20 minutes!!

Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I am a foam-lover!  This was my first time dyeing my hair with foam but it may be my last.  It took foreverrrrr to finish the bottle of foam and my finger was getting tired from pressing down the foam pump.  I was also unsure whether my hair was evenly coated with the foam – my hair didn’t get wet but it was semi-wet and rubbery in texture.  What annoyed me the most about the foam was that towards the end, the foam started emitting tiny bubbles from the pump when I pumped it and it flew and settled around my bathroom in random places.  Not good!

Processing time was 30 minutes – but the paranoia inside me wonders if it matters that it took me 20 minutes alone to apply the foam colour…?  (From previous experience,normal liquid or gel colourants take me 5 minutes maximum to apply.)  Anyway, after washing off the foam and conditioning my hair, I looked in the mirror to find…my hair colour showing not much difference AT ALL!  There are some patchy brown hairs here and there but nothing obvious.  To add to the disappointment, my hair was not shiny nor glossy and felt dry and rubbery.

Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse

What I Like About Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse

  • Easy to make the formula
  • Smell was not overpowering

What I Dislike About Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse

  • Long application time and finger got tired from using the foam pump
  • Foam bubbles flying off to random places
  • Hair did not feel soft and tangle-free from using the conditioner – in fact, it’s been a few days now but every time I wash my hair, it feels all sticky and rubbery when I shampoo it (and it was NEVER like this before!!!)

Foam colourants have become popular in the DIY hair colour Western market.  Being a seasoned DIY hair-dyer, I was disappointed to find that Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse did nothing for me and made the condition of my hair worse.  Sighs.  Maybe it works better on non-Asian hair?


 Do you dye your own hair too?  Which brand do you go recommend?

20 Comments on Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse – Review & Pictures

  1. Beauty Snippets
    18/07/2011 at 4:13 pm (6 years ago)

    I like Asian hair dyes as I feel as though they are much more catered to our dark hair.

    Over the years, I have used & wasted so much money on supermarket hair dyes that going the Asian hair dye route was the only option.

    • Ling Tung
      18/07/2011 at 10:50 pm (6 years ago)

      @Beauty Snippets, It makes sense really. Asian hair dyes for Asian hair. Western hair dyes for Western hair. DOH! But I’ve never used an Asian hair dye before…maybe it’s time…?? 🙂

  2. domncroxd
    18/07/2011 at 4:21 pm (6 years ago)

    i had to rub my eyes…you’re right about buying blonde in order to go brown.

    • Ling Tung
      18/07/2011 at 10:50 pm (6 years ago)

      @domncroxd, Totally! The colours on the boxes lie! Brown does not make my hair brown…only blonde works 😛

  3. Michelle
    18/07/2011 at 4:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Wow, this sounds terrible 🙁 thanks for the review ^^

    • Ling Tung
      18/07/2011 at 10:53 pm (6 years ago)

      @Michelle, 😉 Actually I read other reviews too and it worked quite well in some…but then was terrible on another Asian girl’s hair – maybe it’s an Asian thing???

  4. jescee
    18/07/2011 at 5:40 pm (6 years ago)

    the loreal brand is way better it actually gets to become a lather which is what this type is suppose to do i have tried both brands and my hair ended up same with this brand so i suggest trying loreal 😀

  5. Vintage Makeup
    19/07/2011 at 4:48 am (6 years ago)

    I don’t dye my hair. It’s too bad it didn’t work or really do anything. Do you plan on trying more? 🙂 I’m interested to see your results.

  6. Lilpil
    19/07/2011 at 7:58 pm (6 years ago)

    You are brave Ling – I have done diy hair before but was never happy with the results so now enlists the help of the pros…. the can see the back of my head better 🙂

    • Ling Tung
      19/07/2011 at 8:11 pm (6 years ago)

      @Lilpil, Who knew dyeing your own hair was so difficult? But yeah, I bought a cheap deal thing for hair…but can’t get seen till September!!! :S Yikes!!

  7. Gabs
    28/07/2011 at 3:15 pm (6 years ago)

    What would happen to my hair if I use Asian hair dye and I’m not Asian?

    • Ling Tung
      28/07/2011 at 5:49 pm (6 years ago)

      @Gabs, LOL, that’s a funny question!! But I imagine it would still be okay to use… I mean, all the hair dyes I use have been for the Western market and I’m Asian… Hmmm…?? Let me know how you get on with it!

  8. Gabs
    29/07/2011 at 12:06 am (6 years ago)

    I am very tempted to try. I think it might give me a more intense color. There are no stores around me that sell Asian hair dyes, but I will be going to San Jose this weekend and they have Japan Town. If it’s anything like San Francisco’s Japan Town, it will just be a bunch of Japanese stores. I can’t wait to try it out 🙂

    • Ling Tung
      29/07/2011 at 10:33 am (6 years ago)

      @Gabs, Japan Town sounds amazing! Let me know how you get on with it 😉

      • Gabs
        01/08/2011 at 4:57 pm (6 years ago)

        @Ling Tung, I ended up researching this question and decided not to buy it. I read Asian hair dye too harsh to use on thin hair and it really damages it. Waaah, I have really thin hair so I don’t want to risk it. Oh well 😛

        • Ling Tung
          02/08/2011 at 2:15 am (6 years ago)

          @Gabs, Nawww, really? Oh well, never mind, I’m sure you can find a suitable alternative 😉

  9. HC
    17/08/2011 at 5:49 am (6 years ago)

    Coz we have dark hair the colour won’t show unless you bleached it. We have to go to shades that are not too bright so that we can see a difference. So say the hairdresser who did my hair. =)

    • Ling Tung
      17/08/2011 at 3:10 pm (6 years ago)

      @HC, It is true!!! How sucky is that?! – anyway, what did you do to your hair? I wanna see 😀

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