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How To Trim Your Own Hair & Colour It Like A Pro

How to Trim Your Own Hair & Colour It

Before I went on holiday, I had been suffering from consecutive bad hair days.  I blamed the baby.  { I blame everything on my poor baby! => first sign of a bad mother 😛 }  Anyway, to combat this, I decided to give myself a DIY hair makeover.

DIY hair makeovers are fantastic for new mummies like me because :-

1.  It means you don’t have to find a babysitter or take a cranky baby to a hair salon.
2.  You can save money.  Nappies are expensive and babies pee / poo a lot.
3.  It beats having to do housework when the baby is napping.

For my DIY hair makeover, I gave myself a trim PLUS coloured my hair.  It was super easy and here’s how I did it with some helpful hints for you to attempt your own DIY hair makeover.


Touching Up My Redhead Roots

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I’ve had no regrets since I became a total redhead in January when I was holidaying in Hong Kong.  If you’re in HK and you’re looking for a hairdresser in the New Territories, I HIGHLY recommend Kay from Hair Q in Tai Po Plaza who is MAGIC!  I’ve had my hair cut by him twice and it looks amazing when I step out of the salon and it still looks amazing 2.5 months later when it’s grown out with lots of lovely layers and natural volume.  Unfortunately, my hair style might still look good, but my roots were raging to be done a few weeks ago.  Not to worry as I had anticipated this by purchasing L’Oreal Paris Excellence Fashion P66 Intense Spicy Red before I hopped on the plane back to Melbourne.  Here’s how I got on…


Review of Liese Bubble Hair Color in Chiffon Beige with Before & After Photos

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I’m not a stranger to DIY home hair dye in mousse formulation {review of Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse}.  But I am a stranger to Japanese DIY hair dye!  I bought Liese Bubble Hair Color in Chiffon Beige back in January at SASA but I finally cracked it open last week and here is how I got on.

About Liese Bubble Hair Color

  • It is made in Japan and appeals to young girls with its cutesy packaging.
  • Comes in 10 shades : Sweet Pink, Cassis Berry, Mocha Orange, Milk Tea Brown, Marshmallow Brown, Glossy Brown, Chestnut Brown, Dark Chocolate, Ash Brown and Chiffon Beige.
  • As it is an Asian product, don’t expect to see this in your local drugstore (unless you live in Asia, DUH!)
  • As for price, I bought this in Hong Kong for around $75 HKD – and it’s Hong Kong so there’s always some fantastic deal on

What’s Inside The Box?

  • Solutions 1 & 2 with foamer cap
  • Pair of gloves – which were surprisingly good fit
  • Hair lotion 4ml – this was far too measly!
  • Patch testing kit – loved this idea; even though I didn’t patch test!  Naughty me!
  • Instruction sheets in Japanese with English translation

How To Use Liese Bubble Hair Colour

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It was very easy.  Pour Solution 1 into Solution 2.  Mix it together.  Screw on foamer cap and squeeze the bottle to dispense foam – compared to the Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse, this was a breeze to dispense with no flyaway foamy particles at all.

There is no need to wash hair beforehand – yay!  And it’s simply covering all your hair with foam and massaging it along the way.  20-30 minutes later, rinse, shampoo and use the 4ml of hair lotion – which was not enough to cover half my hair, so I topped it up with another intensive hair conditioner.

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I did have relatively high hopes after looking at the shade guide, but this is how my hair turned out…

Before & After Photos Of Liese Bubble Hair Color In Chiffon Beige

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It’s not a drastic change.  There isn’t a noticeable difference unless I’m under bright lighting.  I went from dark brown/black to lighter dark brown/black.


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Strong hair dye smell which made my eyes water like crazy, not much difference in terms of colour, not enough hair lotion, hair ends feel like straw (and they didn’t feel like that before)


To be honest, I cannot blame Liese Bubble Hair Color for a disappointing result.  It’s my hair.  I have thick strands of hair which can withstand a lot of chemicals.  Every hairdresser tells me the same thing!  When I go for salon hair dye or salon hair straightening, it takes double the time for the chemicals to do their thang.

Apart from the crazily strong eye-watering smell and stingy amount of hair conditioner, I liked everything about Liese Bubble Hair Color from its cute wee patch testing kits to its easy dispensing skills.

DIY home hair dye kits are great to save the pennies.  If you fancy trying out a foam formulation and you have easily-dyeable hair, I would happily point you in the direction of Liese Bubble Hair Colors.


Have you tried Liese Bubble Hair Colors before?  How did you find it?  Or have you got a DIY hair dye disaster story you want to share?  Spill the beans please!

Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse – Review & Pictures

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?

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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.

Check out the before and after pics