How to Colour Your Hair Using Chalk
At the age of 22 I’ve never (ever) coloured my hair because I don’t feel brave enough to sport a crazy colour for a lengthy period of time, and my hair is pretty dry so I don’t want to do anything which could potentially make that worse and perhaps cause even the slightest amount of damage. However, I love bright colours and for a long time I’ve been searching for ways to temporarily colour my hair. One night I came across a few YouTube videos and blogs about hair chalking! I decided to try it out for myself, so I’ll fill you in on my experience.
I bought a chalk set from eBay for £1.99 which came with 12 different colours. I wanted to use green and turquoise in particular, which this set includes! As this was my first time I tested out the chalk on a small section of my hair to see how it would look, before doing all of my ends. I highly recommend this for everyone! The colour was really visible and I loved the consistency of the shade, however as you can tell it did make my hair look dry but that didn’t put me off as it was just a small section of my hair. In reality it actually didn’t look that dry, so don’t let that put you off.
Prepare your hair
To begin with, make sure your hair is tangle-free! This is so important because once the chalk is in your hair you wont be able to comb through it as the chalk will come out. Believe me, I learnt this the hard way. I have naturally curly hair so I decided to straighten it prior to using the chalk.
Wet your hair and apply chalk
Before anything else, wear an old T-shirt that you don’t mind getting ruined! Take a section of your hair and make sure you use water to dampen it, and then rub the chalk in a downward motion consistently until you can see your desired amount of colour. Make sure you use gloves because the process is VERY messy. I would recommend using the chalk quite a lot on each section to stay on the safe side, as not all of the colour will stick to your hair once it’s dried. However, don’t use a heavy hand! The chalk is likely to snap if you do so and it can cause unnecessary damage to your hair.
Dry your hair and seal in the colour
Once you’ve finished allow your freshly chalked hair to dry; I blow-dried mine to save time. After drying, my hair looked like a huge frizz ball so if this is the case with you then don’t worry – this can be fixed! In order to lock in the colour, you need to use heat either in the form of curling tongs or a straightener. I used a straightener until my hair looked significantly less fluffy. You’ll notice that some of the colour will have transferred onto your chosen appliance (hence why I suggest to apply extra chalk), but just wipe that off once it has cooled down.
Lastly, use a generous coat of hairspray on the coloured sections of your hair. Make sure you don’t apply so much that it makes your hair crunchy! After that you’re all good to go, and you can show off your coloured locks. Don’t touch your too much as that will encourage the hairspray to break down and you’ll get chalk all over your hands!
As you can see the colour in my hair is pretty pigmented and it’s not too overwhelming. My hair wasn’t able to get completely straight as once the chalk had dried into my hair it was fixed in place; the straighteners did a better job of sealing in the colour than actually making my hair dead straight. This wasn’t too much of an issue as I absolutely loved it, and I guess it added a bit more of an “edge” to my hair. There wasn’t a lot I could do about my hair looking dry, although I expected this as chalk doesn’t exactly have any hydrating properties. Again, I was so pleased with the colour so that balanced it out for me! I left my house straight away and the chalk didn’t transfer onto my clothes at all. How impressive! The following day the chalk had rubbed off onto my clothes, which wasn’t so impressive. I guess I needed to use hairspray again the next day to keep the colour in, but the chalk isn’t able to last longer than a day (even if you don’t wash it).
I loved the result however I’m not sure if I’ll use chalk again just because I had green chalk all over my jacket and clothes the next day. That was probably my mistake, so don’t let that put you off! After all of the chalk was out of my hair (I didn’t even have to wash it out), my hair literally felt like straw! If my natural wasn’t already so dry and frizzy, I wouldn’t have been so concerned. But it was a lot of fun to have green hair, so this is a great way to brighten up your hair temporarily and to experiment with different colours!