Brightly colored and ombre hair are super trendy right now, so I decided to have a little bit of fun with my hair while the trend is still hot! All you need to create this look are chalk pastels and water – it even works on super dark hair like mine (sweeet!)! This box of pastels comes with 48 sticks of color, so it will last a really long time.
Start by choosing a few complimentary colors and deciding on where you’d like your color placement. I chose to use magenta, purple and teal for a few face-framing pieces up front. Spritz the ends of your hair with water and rub the pastel down the hair shaft from top to bottom, repeat the top to bottom motion until the color is saturated. Do NOT rub from top to bottom and then back up again as this will create frizz and tangle your hair.
While your hair is still wet, the color WILL transfer on to your clothing and skin, so be sure to wear something other than your favorite outfit while you’re applying the pastel. The coloring does come out of clothing in the wash though, so you don’t have to worry about permanently staining anything.
Ooooh, this is a nice angle – right up my nose! Haven’t I learned anything from all those episodes of Top Model? It’s all about knowing your angles! Sorry, Tyra. At least you can see some of the teal and purple coloring here, right? 🙂
After your hair is dry, it helps to set the color with heat (such as a curling or flat iron) to make it last longer. After we got home from the birthday party that I wore this to, I was exhausted and went straight to bed…in the morning I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was zero color transfer on to my skin or pillowcase! It seems that once it’s dry and set with heat that you can rest easy and not worry about it rubbing off on anything.
My kids love hair chalk too! We’ve had a lot of fun adding bright pops of color for 4th of July and for Crazy Hair Day at school. The best part is that it is super easy to wash out – a normal shampooing gets rid of every trace of color!