Dying hair crazy colors is the latest trend that has been going strong for quite a while now, but what do you do if you want to have some fun but are not willing to commit? Easy, try hair chalks!
Hair chalk is a great way to dye your hair without committing yourself completely to the new color. Hair chalking has been around for quite some time now as the perfect way to add temporary color to your locks. There is just something about pastel-colored locks that speaks to our inner bohemian, and the lack of commitment makes hair chalk all the more appealing. The latest fad is to dip-dye the ends of your hair with chalk, but you can cover entire strands too. It all depends on what look you want to achieve and how much effort you are willing to put in.
Here are some important tips and tricks you should know if you want to use hair chalk.
Buying the Hair Chalk
Choose non-oil-based pastels that are specifically designed to be used on hair in order to ensure quality and results. Oil pastels can stain your hair as well as clothes and are a nightmare to remove. Also, avoid sidewalk chalk as it is too dusty and hard for hair, and can end up drying and possibly even damaging your hair.
Lighter-colored hair may look good with all chalk colors, but darker hair may only look good with brighter colors as dark colors won’t stand out. Remember that hair chalk is only good for highlighting or dip-dyeing your ends. If you want to dye your entire head, you should look at other methods as hair chalking can be tedious and not have the effect you desire.
Applying Hair Chalk
Before you start, place a towel on your shoulders and wear gloves because hair chalking can be messy. If you have dark hair, you need to wet the hair section you will be applying the color to so that the pigment can be clearly visible. An alternative to wetting your hair is to try wetting the tip of the chalk before rubbing it down your hair and rewetting the chalk as required. Doing it this way will be much easier than wetting your entire hair.
However, don’t wet your hair if you have blonde tips or are blonde. Otherwise, it will stain and the color will stay longer than normal. If you are okay with the color staying for several washes, then there is no harm in wetting your hair but if you need the color only for a day, don’t use water AT ALL.
Redheads can try hair chalking without water too, but if the color doesn’t show up, you can add a little water. It all depends on how dark or light your red is, so feel free to experiment.
When hair chalking, twist your hair as you use the chalk as the texture from twisting will make the hair chalk release more color. Also, always apply the color in a downward motion. After chalking each section, brush it out to remove the excess powder.
If you want a brighter color, use a white chalk before going over it with the color of your choice. You can also use more than one color on the same strand. Just go crazy and experiment! Hair chalks are meant to be fun.
Once you have colored your hair, give it some time to air dry. You can speed up the process with a hair dryer, but just make sure your hair is completely dry before changing your clothes or else it could stain your party outfit. For longer lasting results, mist your hair with a hair spray, or seal in the color with a curling iron or flat iron.
Don’t worry about hair chalk getting on your clothes as, in my experience, it doesn’t happen. If you still want to be careful, try updos as it will keep the hair away from your clothes. Another alternative is to wear clothing that is as close to your chalk color as possible, so even if your clothes are stained, it won’t show.
Removing Hair Chalk
Removing hair chalk is as easy as taking a bath. Hair chalk colors usually last only one shampoo, but it can stay longer if your hair is more porous. You can use a clarifying shampoo to speed up the removal process.
Don’t use hair chalks too often because at the end of the day when all’s said and done, hair chalks are powdered pigments that can absorb a lot of the natural moisture in your hair. This fact also makes it extremely important to condition your hair after washing out the chalk. NEVER skip the conditioning treatment as it is necessary to replenish all the moisture that was lost due to chalking.