What do you think about “mousse” hair dye? Are they better than DIY home hair colour? – Rowena
It’s very subjective: just like some people prefer compact over liquid foundation, or saying ‘aubergine’ over ‘eggplant’, or eating spaghetti with a chopstick rather than a fork, some prefer mousse over traditional crème hair dye.
My opinion is that when something appears to be easier and work better than its predecessor, well, it’s usually worth trying.
Mousses, for the record (or CD or MP3) are definitely the Big Thing in at-home colouring at the moment, for those who have missed the many magazine pages and sandwich boards and blimps advertising them.
And why? Possibly because they are SO FOOLPROOF TO APPLY. And herein lies the main advantage of mousse hair colour over traditional dyes – it is almost impossible to mess up, which is not a term I usually associate with home hair colour. Any dingus can do it! Even me dingus!
You just apply it like you would your shampoo and then, with your magical mousse mittens, massage it through all over. The result is thorough coverage; it’s non-patchy and spreads super evenly, so application is crazy easy. Plus, it’s non-drip, and therefore non-bathroom/clothes ruin. It basically behaves like a stain on your hair, and is a very smart way to maintain colour, or refresh between salon visits for very few clams.
(Fun tip: Try not to dye your hair more than two shades darker than your natural colour. Won’t flatter your eyes and skin.)
Two permanent mousses on the market that are supposed to be great (I use semi-permo, not permo so I haven’t tried them personally) are John Frieda’s Precision Foam Colour (there are 26 shades – here’s a helpful guide – I gave mum the 8N and she is incredibly smitten with the colour and the application. Look, anything that gets her off her Sun-In is good, but this was an unprecedented result) and also L’Oreal’s Sublime Mousse Colour, which, from all accounts, offers a very impressive, (“shimmering”) finish in 12 shades. Delicious Light Brown would be top of my list.
They are both excellent for grey coverage, before you ask. And no, they are not edible, before you ask that. That’s another kind of mousse.