I’ve been a fan of Lauren Conrad’s website The Beauty Department for a while now. The photos are stunning, the layout is simple and pretty, and the website offers great, straightforward beauty tips (if you love Lauren’s style like I do, then you’ll love the site).
One of the very first posts I saw featured this image:
Lauren was contemplating emulating this look and had her viewers poll yes or no. I immediately loved the bohemian/rebel/girly combo and voted yes. So did over 60% of the other pollsters! And she didn’t let us down. She later shared her own results (which I think looks even better than the original photo of inspiration):
Alright, now getting to the point! I’ve always thought this look was adorable in a “I’ll never actually do it on myself” sort of way. I have never dyed my hair, and when I do, I don’t plan to jump straight into neon colours! But luckily for me and my beautiful health nuts (that’s you guys) TBD posted a GENIUS quasi-natural and temporary alternative.
Basically, you colour the tips of you hair with colourful chalk, and then rinse it out at the end of the day.
BUT one of the most important things to remember is: DO NOT USE OIL PASTELS! It will be an absolute nightmare to remove and your hair will feel gross and sticky. And that’s never fun.
Make sure you use soft chalk pastels.
Here are some tips from TBD:
- 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. I 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.
- Red heads– try it without water and if it’s just not showing up, add a little water. It just depends on how light or dark your red is.
- Use only “soft pastels”. THESE are our all time faves. Senellier brand pastels have the brightest and most intense pay off we’ve ever seen… and we’ve tried a lot. They’re nearly $4 per piece at Blick, which seems a little expensive, but so is hair color– and hair color removal. Regular chalk doesn’t work the same. It’s harder to transfer and getting it to stick to your hair can be virtually impossible.
- Soft chalk pastels can be found at any major art store. Just don’t get “soft chalk” pastels confused for oil pastels. If you’re confused, ask a sales person. Removing oil pastels would be a nightmare, not to mention, they’d feel very sticky.
- Try doing 2 colors on one strand! Really fun and looks tie-dyed!
- Always wear a robe or cape and lay something down on the floor to catch the chalk dust that falls off. This stuff gets EVERYWHERE!
- It will get on your clothes during the day, so try and wear something close to the color you’re sporting.
- Doing updos with chalked hair is ideal because you won’t get as much on your outfit.
- 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.
- Don’t chalk your hair too often. At the end of the day, you’re using powder pigment on the ends of your hair and that can suck up a lot of natural moisture that you need in the ends of your hair.
- 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.
- Conditioning treatment is a MUST after you wash out your chalk. Replenish the moisture that may get sucked out with chalking.
Check out TBD’s post for photos of hair chalking in an updo and a fishtail braid. So adorable!