Beauty Trending: Chalk It Up

On Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Hair chalking is all the rage right now! And for good reason, it’s easy to execute, a guaranteed head-turner, and it’s in the fast-and-nonpermanent department. We’ve seen the trend all over Pinterest, Tumblr, & out on the town. Hair chalking also gives a much more subtle effect with pops of pastel color, rather then the obnoxious neon dye or clip-in extension look.

Whatever the occasion, we suggest you try chalking it up! Salons like Juan Juan in Beverly Hills can get you that photo shoot ready look like Lauren Conrad (pictured above), or you can also do it yourself! Here’s how:

  • Get soft chalk pastels from an art store (usually runs at about $5-$10!)
  • 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.
  • Go with one color, or go for that multi-colored look, get creative!.
  • If you’re blonde or you have blonde tips, don’t wet your hair before chalking.
  • If your hair color is anything darker than blonde and you don’t have blonde tips, you’ll need to wet your hair.
  • Red heads– try it without water and if it’s just not showing up, add a little water
  • Always wear a robe or cape and lay something down on the floor to catch the chalk dust that falls off.
  • It can get sometimes get on your clothes, 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.
  • Shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo after chalking.
  • Conditioning treatment is a must after you wash out your chalk. Replenish the moisture that may get sucked out with chalking.