Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hair Chalking!

Wake up, wake up, wake up... it's the 1st of the month...

So last night... aka HALLOWEEN--my most fave night of the YEAR if you haven't learned by now--was simply amazing. Nothing like costumes and karaoke at a dive bar, ya? Pine Cove did me well. Anywho, I got multiple comments on my hair last night, which obvi, looked 10 times better before I even got to the bar. OBVI. So, for my 4203974203947 readers and followers out there, I thought I'd put together this little diddy to show you the specifics of how I did it. Most people didn't believe me when I said I used pastels. A lot of celebs have been rockin the hair chalking look, but not many peeps knew what they used to do it. Of course, people can dye it, but for a more temporary look, feast your eyes on this DIY!

What You'll Need:
-Soft pastels (not to be confused with oil pastels)
-Gloves (or if you don't give a shit like me, no gloves)

***Soft chalk pastels can be found at any major art store. The best soft pastels (if you want to drop some serious dough) are Sennelier pastels. However, I went to Michael's and found some pastels that cost me $4.99 or something like that. Umm, can you say score?!


1. Twist the hair as you chalk. The texture from twisting makes the chalk release more pigment.

2. Always brush the excess powder out after chalking each piece.

3. If you’re blonde or you have blonde tips, DO NOT wet your hair before chalking. It will stain if you do because adding water to pure pigment creates a real dye. If you’re okay with the staining for several washes then go for it! If you’re looking to do color for the day, do not add water at any time. If your hair color is anything darker than blonde and you don’t have blonde tips, you’ll NEED the water. Doubling the pigment is what will help the colors to show up on darker hair. Mist a little water on the strand with a spray bottle, then chalk it up! It won’t stain darker hair the same way it will on lighter hair.

Washing it out

1. Before you shower, brush with a soft, natural hair brush get out as much pigment as you possibly can! It should come off almost all the way with brushing.

2. Shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo after chalking. Soft chalk pastels use “gum arabic” as a binder. It’s a very very small amount and totally natural, but it’s made from a tree sap so it’s really important to get it all out.

3. Conditioning treatment is a MUST after you wash out your chalk. Replenish the moisture that may get sucked out with chalking.

Here is a peek at what I was rockin on Halloween...

Tutorial via The Beauty Department