Want to give your mane a temporary pop of color? Hair chalk is a great, safe way to give your hair a cool, bendable, ombre look without the permanence of dyes or bleach. Even if you have dark hair, you can still get a vibrant look! But what will you need to get the results that you’re looking for? We’ve got the list right here from Hair Chalk: Step-by-Step illustrated, an all-in-one kit.
- At least one color (stick or compact) of hair chalk
- Disposable gloves (recommended)
- A spray bottle filled with water (if your hair is any color other than light or bleached
- A shallow cup two-thirds full of water (not needed if your hair is blonde or bleached)
- A curling or flat iron, if needed for heat-setting
- A smock or old clothing: hair chalk can be messy to apply and easily comes off on your clothes.
When chalking your hair, wear a smock or a towel over a dark shirt. Wait to put on your fancy outfit until after your hair is done. If your hair is not completely pulled up, make sure you only chalk the top layer.
Prepare Your Hair
Start with clean, tangle-free hair. Make sure your hair is well moisturized with conditioner when you wash it, and use an oil afterwards—jojoba, vitamin E, and argan oils are all good examples of natural moisturizers. Don’t worry if you have naturally oily hair; follow these steps anyway–your hair will thank you for it. Make sure your hair is completely dry, combed out, and tangle-free before adding color and styling.
Preparing Your Work Area
Before you do any chalking, get your workstation ready and cover any surface that you don’t want to get chalky and colorful. Put on a pair of disposable gloves so that your hands remain clean while coloring and styling your hair. Fill the spray bottle with lukewarm water so that the water is comfortable when it touches your scalp.
How to Chalk….
Very Light-Colored Hair
Make sure your hair is completely dry; otherwise, the color will stain the hair shaft and take a lot longer to come out than one shampoo and rinse cycle.
Choose a lock of hair that you want to chalk. Twist the lock and apply the hair chalk in a downward motion only. Do not rub the chalk up and down the hair, as this can cause split ends. Untwist the hair and continue chalking any lighter patches. Chalk as many locks as you want in as many colors as you want to create rainbow streaks. Set the color with a curling or flat iron.
Dark Blonde, Red & Light Brown Hair
Experiment first by chalking a dry lock of hair (see instructions above for light-colored hair). If the color is not showing up, lightly mist both the lock of hair and the stick of chalk with water from the spray bottle.
Twist the lock in one direction and apply the chalk in a downward motion, moving the chalk from root to tip helps prevent split ends from forming. Continue to chalk your hair until you have achieved the desired amount of color. Wait for your hair to dry naturally. Use a curling or flat iron to set the color. Try layering matching colors at the ends of your hair to create funky tips!
Dark Brown, Black & Darkly Dyed Hair
Fill a cup two-thirds full of water and drop in your chosen chalks for five to ten seconds.
Wet your hair with a spray bottle but don’t soak it through.
Twist a lock of hair and apply the chalk in a downward direction (don’t rub the chalk up your hair because it can cause split ends). Release the twisted hair and make sure the chalk is evenly dispersed through-out the lock; you may need to add more chalk.
Add as much chalk to your hair as your desired style requires. Wait for your hair to dry on its own; air-drying your hair allows more pigment to stay in, as a blow dryer may blow some pigment chalk out. Hair chalk is dry by its very nature, and will soak up most of the moisture in your hair.
The color will set better if it is heat treated, so you may want to use a flat or curling iron. If those options are too damaging for your hair type, hair spray will also work.
Easily change your hair color to match your outfit, mood, or style for any day or night. With Hair Chalk: Step-by-Step illustrated instructions + 12 Easy to Follow Hairstyles, you can design your own look from the many styles within to express your individuality. This kit includes twelve two-and-a-half-inch hair chalks, non-latex gloves, and a 32-page, full-color instruction book to help you get the perfect color every time! Try out different techniques and styles like monochromatic, ombre, mermaid, full-spectrum rainbow, and more that you can wear to prom, cosplay, Halloween, parties, or a night on the town. Learn to color all types of hair, from white-blond to bleached and treated, to deepest darkest brown. Featuring styles for short, mid-length or long hair; straight, curly, or wavy hair, for people with all hair types.