Color without the Commitment

hair chalkingChalk. It’s not just for blackboards anymore! Hair chalking is an easy way to get cool tie-dyed tips — without any serious commitment! But read through this post before you decide.

Hair chalking has been around for a little while now and it’s an easy way to temporarily add color to your locks. If you haven’t heard of hair chalking, here’s the basics: you wet your strands, furiously rub chalk all over them and then heat style to lock in the color. It’s down and dirty and probably doesn’t smell awesome but it looks pretty cool. Best part, it is sensible because it washes out.

Seventeen Magazine has a great how-to step-by-step guide here. The nice part is this is all you need:
– Soft pastel chalk. You can pick up a giant set up from a local craft store for about $5!
– A small spray bottle filled with water
– A flat iron or curling iron
– Rubber gloves
– A old towel or t-shirt you don’t mind getting color on.

The color stayed in editor of Seventeen Magazine’s hair (which is naturally medium blonde) for about a week, while her friend (who bleaches her hair) washed out the next day. The best part about this technique is that it works for girls with darker hair too, although the color is much more subtle. It’s great style to try for prom!

As I was researching the best way to chalk my hair, I saw these great tips from The Beauty Department:
– Twist the hair as you chalk. The texture from twisting makes the chalk release more pigment.
– Always brush the excess powder out after chalking each piece.
– 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 your hair color is anything darker than blonde and you don’t have blonde tips, you’ll NEED the water.

You’ll want to read the rest of the tips here BEFORE chalking your hair.

When you’re ready to wash out the chalk, here are our suggestions.

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. Your best bet, use our Gentle Clarifying Shampoo after chalking.

Since chalking tends to suck out the moisture in your hair, using a hair conditioner after the shampoo is essential! We recommend our Gentle Replenishing Conditioner. It’s a weightless conditioner that provides hair with just enough moisturizing benefits to detangle without buildup from all that twisting you need to do to chalk your hair.

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