So, by now, there’s a chance you’ve seen something like this(photo from here):
This is the ever popular hair chalking. The end result, which can often resemble when Lauren Conrad dip-dyed her hair, has its pros and cons. Being a fan of a little colour in hair, this is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while; however, there are some things that should be known about it:
- access to a variety of colours
- A bit messy(if not done right)
- Temporary— this can be a con if you want something more permanent.
- It can not be done frequently and on a regular basis if you don’t want it to damage your hair.
For a lack of mess and an easier clean up time, I highly suggest you have these on hand:
- Gloves of some kind. The chalk, although not messy once completely done, is messy while you’re doing it.
- Towels, preferably at least two. You want one on whatever surface you’re doing it over, as well as over your clothes. The one for the surface is just in case, the one for your clothes is a must.
- Water. If you have dark hair, you will need the hair you’re “colouring” to be wet, and you’re also going to want to consider slightly dipping the chalk in water as well so as to better see the colour on your hair. If you have light hair, this may not be needed as much unless you’re wanting a higher and longer end result.
- A flat iron or curling iron. I personally used a curling iron as I think it looked better when curled than when straight. Such a heating device will help to lock in the colour.
- A comb and/or brush; if you brush/comb through your hair, which you will need to do, you will see some of the chalk come out on your comb or brush. Getting it off of the comb will be easier than getting it off of the brush.
- Needed: you will need chalk pastels. Do not use sidewalk chalk, and do not use oil pastels. Chalk pastels can be found in places such as Michael’s, and they’re fairly affordable.
- About putting the chalk on: I have seen some twist the hair as they chalk it, and I’ve also seen some not twist it, but move the chalk up and down. To maintain a better texture with your hair as you chalk it, I suggest you repeatedly move the chalk down without twisting it. If you’re curling it, make sure to get the front and the back of your locks, as the back will become apparent once curled. It’s not as needed if left straight.
…and that is what I got from my first experience chalking my hair.