Chalk it up: How to temporarily color your hair with ‘hair chalk’
Ever envy the brightly colored locks of celebrities like Jordin Sparks, who went all-out purple; Dakota Fanning who dip-dyed her blonde strands with pink tips or Katy Perry, whose hair could be confused for a rainbow? Don’t forget Rihanna with her fire-truck red head of hair.
So, what’s stopping you from adding fun pops of reds, pinks, purples, blues and greens to you hair? Oh, that Human Resources office that has “dress codes” at your 9-to-5 job? No problem. We got a way that your hair can party on the weekend — or during that Vegas girls’ trip! — with beachy waves and swipes of super-bright color and then return to a prim-and-proper, office-appropriate bun by Monday, without the added color.
Two words: Hair Chalk. It’s extremely easy to swipe into your hair — and it washes out without staining or damaging your precious locks.
Here’s how to get in on the hair chalk color trend:
- Visit Beauty.com (up to 6 percent cash back + free samples with every purchase!) and stock up so you can chalk up. Get 8 pods of hair chalk for $15.95.
- Have fun with color combinations. Be creative with your pairings. We love wildfire red + tequila lime for blondes; Caribbean blue + sunshine yellow for those with jet-black hair; purple passion + hot pink for brunettes and the whole rainbow for redheads.
- Cover up. Things are about to get a tad messy! You know this if you’ve ever supervised your kids’ driveway chalk projects. Put on some protective plastic or latex gloves and wear an old T-shirt or paint smock. (The chalk does wash off with soap and water, don’t worry.)
- Apply color. Use a comb to separate hair into small sections that you want to color. Your sections should be about a thumbs width — no bigger than the chalk pod applicator. Place the applicator on the bottom of the hair strands and your thumb on top and slide it down from to roots to the end. Or, for a dip-dyed look, start at the middle of hair strands. Twist the hair strands and repeat so you get all sides of the hair. Repeat until you get the desired shade. If you miss a spot, no problem — just place the applicator over the spot and use your thumb to move it side by side, rubbing on the extra color.
- Seal the color. Add just a subtle stripe of color to a section of your locks or give your hair an all-over color job. As soon as your done, use a hair spray to seal the lock. (Need a good one? We like this Ted Gibson spray from Beauty.com)
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