If you have ever wondered how to chalk your hair, this is the post for you. Chalking your hair is an easy way to add some special effects. Wild but not permanent, expensive or difficult. Results last around 3 shampoos. Chalk your hair for a party, for halloween, or just for fun! Scroll down for complete instructions.
Here is what you’ll need to chalk your hair:
- Artist’s Pastels or colored sidewalk chalk suitable for hair chalking. NOT oil based pastel crayons. You only want to use the chalk based ones.
- A flat iron
- Hair ties or clips to hold back hair
- A rat-tail style comb for separating hair into sections
- A cup or bowl of water
- Old towels to wipe up any drips and to wipe your hands
The technique is simple. Separate a section of hair and paint it with the chalk. It’s easiest to do this if you wet the chalk by dipping in the water. Use your fingertips to dampen the hair as well. It’s a little messy so you will want to wear old clothes and have towels ready to clean off. Protect your surfaces. This is a good activity to do outdoors on on tile!
Best to work light to dark if you are doing multiple colors on one strand.
After you have achieved the coloring you want, use a flat iron to set in the color. Don’t overdo it. You don’t want to burn your hair! We used a “wet to dry” iron and stopped before the hair was totally dry. This worked great.
The hard part was deciding when to stop. You can do one color or keep going for a rainbow effect. Chalk “dye” will typically wash out in one to four washes.
Looking for a slightly longer lasting but still temporary way to dye your hair, without harsh chemicals? Check out this Kool Aid hair dye tutorial .