Review of the Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse Foam Lightener 1200
Background and Important Information
The Schwarzkopf product page for this lightener states the following: "Our Intensive Lightener permits an intensive lightening up to 6 levels and is suitable for medium blond to light brown hair. Its specific characteristic is the easy and even application."
I purchased this product because I wanted to home dye my hair to a bright pink colour, and I needed to lighten my very dark brown hair (pictures included below).
I purchased four bottles of Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse Foam Lightener 1200 for £12 on Amazon (not including postage and packaging). I bought four because I have quite long hair, so I knew I would need to use two bottles per lightening session. My hair is also very dark, so it would require two lightening sessions to get the colour that I wanted, which is why I bought two more bottles for a total of four.
Before I Used Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse Foam Lightener 1200
The First Lightening Session
I applied the foam as per the instructions on the box:
- I poured the appropriate gels into the applicator.
- I turned the applicator bottle upside down two to three times to mix everything thoroughly.
- I pumped the foam directly onto my (gloved) hand.
- I applied the foam to my dry (not pre-washed) hair.
- I applied it to the roots initially. Then I distributed the foam along the lengths of my hair and the back of my head.
- I thoroughly massaged the product into my hair until my whole head was covered.
- I covered my head with a shower cap and left it to process.
- I rinsed thoroughly with warm water.
- I applied the conditioning mask that came with the box.
The application process was very simple and easy to follow. I performed a patch test before doing my hair and had no burning or unpleasant sensations at all during the process. During the initial application, I didn't really notice anything happening straight away, and I was quite nervous as to what would happen when it was processing in my shower cap.
When I rinsed my hair out, it was quite dry, as expected. The conditioner that came with the box was very helpful and made a big difference, but care must be taken to ensure that you keep on conditioning it to help the hair get back to its shiny and vibrant old self.
I was very surprised with the results. I was honestly expecting to just go orange, but instead, I had a brassy yellow (with some orange-y tints). I actually loved the look, and I was very happy to go out to social events with my hair that colour while I waited two weeks before I did the next lightening session.
Below is a picture of my hair after the first lightening session in both natural light and artificial light for comparison.
My Hair After The First Application of Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse Foam Lightener 1200
The Second Lightening Session
I waited two weeks between the first and second lightening sessions in order to give my hair time to heal. This way, it would not be damaged by the second lightening process.
I followed the exact same process as I did the first time, and once again, there were no issues. It was quite a simple process.
I was curious as to how much lighter the foam would be able to make my hair. I was expecting it to just simply remove the orange tones and some of the brassiness. Once again, I was pleasantly surprised! The roots where I had applied foam more liberally were almost white, and I was very happy with the light blond colour.
Below are two images of my hair in both natural and artificial lighting after the second lightening treatment.
My Hair After the Second Application of Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse Foam Lightener 1200
Other Points to Note
This was the first time I had ever done any at-home hair treatments, so I was quite apprehensive. However, the ease and simplicity of this process was reassuring.
It should be noted that I used a pink towel around my shoulders to protect my clothes, and at one point, a blob of foam fell onto the towel without my awareness. By the time I noticed it and washed it off, that spot had become slightly discoloured. So make sure to keep this product off important fabrics when you use it at home, and definitely use gloves when applying the foam.
A Recommended At-Home Lightener
In conclusion, I absolutely recommend the Schwarzkopf Perfect Mousse Foam Lightener 1200 if you are looking to go a few shades lighter. The fact that I had to use four bottles due to the length and colour of my hair has in no way dissuaded me from doing this again, because the cost of four bottles is about a quarter of the price I would have had to pay to get it lightened at a salon.
I am definitely a convert to at-home lightening now. I was very happy and satisfied with the results from using this product, and I will definitely use it again the next time I want to lighten my hair.
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Questions & Answers
I bleached my hair recently, and it had already been lightened to a medium Ash blonde, but it grew out about 3 inches since, so I bleached it again. The roots turned light orange, and now I have bright orange roots with yellow, orange and beige highlights. What can I do to even out my hair tone?
One option is to lighten the roots again with a second treatment to lift the orange to the same tone as the lengths of your hair. Alternatively, you could lighten all of your hair until it is all a uniform blonde/white.
Another option is to go to a salon, as they have access to products and knowledge that aren't available on the regular market, and they will be able to advise you on how to avoid this better in the future.
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