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Trend Alert: Hair Chalk

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Hair chalk is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to temporarily colour hair, without making any kind of big commitment. Having made the rounds on social media – especially Instagram – chalks are no longer for the classroom. Read more and discover our top technicolour tips.

What are hair chalks?

Literally coloured chalk that is rubbed on hair, hair chalks can create blocks or thin strips of colour in any style possible, in an array of shades from bright and bold to pretty pastels. Easy to do, these semi-permanent chalks do not last long. They can also be mixed in a multitude of ways to create unique and eye catching designs.

 

Our Top Tips 

Blonde/Light Hair

For those with blonde hair or tips, do not wet hair before chalking. This can create a real dye which can then stain hair. Adding water to pure pigment creates a stain that can last for several washes. Unless that’s what is wanted of course!

Dark Hair

Water is needed for those with hair that is darker than blonde. Doubling the pigment helps colours show up on darker hair. Mist strands with water using a spray bottle and then chalk the hair. It will not stain darker hair the way it does lighter hair.

Red Hair

Chalks work well on those who are red headed, it depends on how light or dark red hair is. If the colour does not show up as desired then add water and try again.

Tip: Trying two colours on one strand can create a fun tie-dyed look.

Beware

Always wear something that can catch chalk dust. This goes for putting something on the floor too. Hair chalk can – and will – get everywhere! During the day it is best to try and wear something close to the colour of the hair. It will get on clothes during the day. Up dos are an ideal style as it minimises the amount of chalk that gets on clothing.

 

Removing Chalk

Before jumping into the shower, brush hair with a soft, natural brush. This helps remove as much as the pigment as possible. It should come off almost all the way with brushing.

Hair shouldn’t be chalked too often, as it can absorb vital hair moisture. Chalk pastels are made using ‘gum arabic’ as a binder. Made from tree sap, it is a very small amount and 100% natural. However, it is important to ensure that it is all removed from the hair. Try using a clarifying shampoo.

Chalking the hair can make it lose moisture. Conditioning hair is a must after chalk is washed out, to replenish all the moisture that may have been lost. 

Have you seen any inspiring hair chalk designs? Would you use hair chalk? Let us know on social media!