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When chalking your hair, following the instructions for your product is extremely important. Hair Chalking is something you can’t really ‘wing’ as you will most likely have disappointing results.
I have learned this from first hand failures, at first I thought it was the product, until I took the time to read the specific instructions for that product. If you just purchase standard Art Pastels, obviously there are no instructions, and I’m someone who’s all for saving a dollar where I can, but sometimes it’s just not worth the “trial and error” – literally, dime for dime in this case it’s better to start with products that you know will work well.
If you hair is dry or has product in it, the hair chalk may not work at all! It should not be an extreme process to see colors show up on your hair, and if you’re working really really hard at it…then you’re most likely doing it wrong!
So take just a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the product PRIOR to trying it, and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and hassle in the long run!
Here’s some of our tips:
- Wear gloves, it keeps you from the chalk dying your hands(even if only temporarily)
- Dampen your hair (if you have blonde hair this may not be necessary but it can make it easier)
- Dampen the chalk (don’t soak it, you don’t want a color mess but it can help with application)
- Only apply it in one direction (from top to bottom)
- Apply lighter colors first (it’s easier to chalk over yellow with blue then it is the other way around and if you have a darker dye on your hands it will tint the lighter color)
- Let your hair DRY COMPLETELY. I know, it’s hard to do, you’re so excited you just want to style it and flatiron or curl it right away. DON’T!!!! It will cause the colors to smear together or off…it makes a mess…just let it dry!
A question people ask often about Hair Chalk is how long does it last? Well there’s 2 big factors that come into play 1) The actual Hair Chalk brand/product and 2) How you applied it.
Almost all Hair Chalk is the same but some do work better then others, one that I love that I’ve tried is:
(that is an affiliate link, so if you click and purchase I do get a commission at no additional cost to you).
The other big factor is how you’re actually applying the hair chalk. If it’s rubbing off or all over your clothes it’s either a bad product, or you’re doing it wrong.
To properly apply Hair Chalk you want to make sure to first have clean dry hair – meaning free of product – if you have hair gel in your hair or hairspray it will not work!
Then you have to lightly spray your hair with water, damp, not wet and then apply the hair chalk liberally in one motion.
Doing this the chalk will COAT the hair, so yes on lighter hair colors it will “apply” better and quicker, you can achieve the same exact effect with a darker color hair as well. As the color dries it will seep in and adhere to your hair.
Then once it’s completely dry you can flat iron or use a curler to seal in the color.
Doing this properly will give you AT LEAST a full day of bright color, then day 2 (as long as you don’t wash it) it will be less bright but still colored. After your first wash it will most likely wash out but at least some will remain for lighter color hair. Then by the second wash – it’ll be gone!
So it’s an easy way to get some awesome looking temporary colored hair without needing to commit to a color!
With Memorial Day right around the corner and the Fourth of July not too far off, here’s a patriotic inspired Hair Chalk Style for you.
I used the materials listed here, as well as the Bundle Monster Non-Toxic Temporary Hair Pastel Chalk Beauty Kit – Mix Color Variety Beauty Design, 24pc. The colors I chose were the darkest blue, the brightest red, and white.
I hadn’t tried white before and was interested whether or not you’d actually be able to tell that it’s white or not. If you have blonde hair I really don’t think it’d make a noticeable difference, but with slightly darker hair (even a lighter medium like mine) you could definitely tell that it was a lighter shade.
Once my hair was air dried, you then definitely tell that it was a lighter/white color:
I tested it on 3 small sections next to one another, keep in mind when doing that you’re not going to get as big of an impact as you would with larger sections of hair. With smaller sections of hair colored, once your hair is dry your hair is bound to start crossing, so your colors won’t be as defined if they’re in smaller sections
I think this is a cute look if you’re going for just a little something, not too obvious. You can color just the ends of your hair that would show in a ponytail or bun so once your hair is put up you’ll see those colorful pieces on your top bun/ponytail, for a patriotic, but still professional look.
We’d love to see photos of what you did with your hair, please send your photos over to firstname.lastname@example.org and they may even show up in our gallery.
Happy Hair Chalking!
Hair Chalk isn’t just for kicking off your shoes and putting crazy colors into your hair…it can also be a great way to try out a new hair color without having to commit to actually dyeing it.
Maybe you want to see what your hair would look like with highlights…or what about an ombre effect where it fades into a darker or lighter color?
Whether you’re a blonde who wants to try being a brunette, or a brunette who wants to try being blonde, using Hair Chalk to experiment with different color options is a great way to accurately see what you would look like with a different hair color.
And for those that are more ambitious, it’s a good way to try out that pink hair without any real commitment.
Did you try a hair color change with hair chalk? We’d love to see it! Send your photos to email@example.com
To apply hair chalk to you hair you will need at the very least:
- Hair Chalk
And in order to apply it with ease and making the smallest mess possible, you will also need:
- A Small spray bottle with water
To apply water to your hair prior to applying the hair chalk
- A Flat iron
This will be used to seal the hair chalk color in
- A Pair of Rubber Gloves
These will keep the hair chalk from staining your hands
- An Old Towel
To place over your shoulders to avoid the hair chalk getting on your clothes