March 6, 2012

BEAUTY: Hair Chalking

As a former hair dye junkie I’m always looking for all natural and non-damaging ways to color my hair. I’ve let my formerly dyed hair grow out for so long without coloring it that I feel like I can’t start up again now. Ok, so I obviously bleach my bangs, but whatever – a girl can have one vice, right?

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little temporary, no chemical color. Dipping a toe back into the color pool is ok by me so when I started reading about hair chalking recently I was instantly ready to try it out. If you haven’t heard of it, hair chalking is basically like drawing on your hair with pastel crayons - pretty simple stuff. It leaves color that stays until you wash it out and you can make it pretty opaque or more of a dreamy tint. If you love color in your hair but aren’t ready for commitment or just want to switch it up, hair chalking is a great way to do so!

What You Need
> Chalk Pastels (mine are from Michael’s)
> Spray Bottle of Water
> Hair Straightener or Curling Iron
> Rubber Gloves
> Towel or Old T-Shirt

How To Do It
1. Put on your towel or t-shirt and select a section of your hair that you’d like to color. I chose 6 medium sized sections evenly distributed around my head. Spray that section with water wherever you’d like to add color. I chose to color the ends of each section.
2. With your rubber gloves on, color your hair section with a chalk pastel in a downward motion until the desired color intensity is achieved. The color may diminish somewhat in the following steps, so brighter is better.
3. Run your heat tool (I used a curling iron) over the colored area several times until the hair is dry and color seems set.
4. Repeat these steps on as many areas as you’d like to color. I used 3 colors (aqua, purple, blue) and did 2 sections of each. Style as usual.

That’s it! This is a great way to add a few pops of color to my hair in a pretty quick way. Sometime between coloring and curling a little color intensity was lost, but I attribute that mostly to my brushing my hair. I didn’t mind a more subtle color but if I wanted it stronger I’d avoid touching it too much.

This method worked well on my dark blonde/light brown hair so I imagine it would be really intense if I used it on my bleached hair. The color did make it through a night out and sleep, but washed out completely in one shampoo - perfect for a weekend alter ego look if you ask me.

Have you tried this or another temporary/gentle hair color technique? Share your tips in the comments – I’m always game for new hair ideas!



  1. Ahhh! Brilliant! I'm buying some pastels and trying it out this weekend. I work at a store that doesn't let you have "outrageously colored" hair, whatever that means, but this seems perfect and relatively cheap!
    Does the color ever rub off on things like clothing though?

    Thanks for such an informative tutorial :)

    1. It's definitely cheap - the pastels were $5 but I paid $3 with a coupon I got online! I didn't find that it rubbed off anywhere and there wasn't any color on my pillowcase after I slept with it. I think if you comb it out a little after using the heat tool most of the "loose" color will come off then instead of on your clothes. :)

  2. BSbshNSFJG, thank you for the tips. I'll definitely bookmark this for later... and, I must mention that your hair looks so awesome c':

    x L

  3. What a fun idea! I have really dark hair, so I've always been hesitant to do any dyes - I love this temporary fix. :) Am following you now!

    lace, etc.

  4. your blog's so nice and original! why don't we follow each other??

    kisskiss from italy

  5. i'd use a blow dryer i see a lot of instructionals promoting a curling iron or flat iron to set the color and you're essentially frying your hair placing wet hair directly on any heated styling tool.

    1. That's a good alternative. My hair slightly sizzled when I used the curling iron but it was totally fine after. I ran it through quickly so it didn't sit on my hair too long. I almost never use heat tools so I figured my hair could take a little sizzle now and then. :)


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