Ebay Hair Chalks
YAY! my rainbow hair dreams have finally come true! Ever since I was a young, misguided teenager (read: Scene kid) I've wanted rainbow hair. There is something about the broad spectrum of shades that really appeals to me. Over the years, I've had loads of different hair colours but have never been brave enough to attempt DIY Rainbow Hair. I always imagined it was something that could so easily go wrong, and I can only wonder how horrible the fade would be. As I've been experimenting a little more with hair colour recently and majorly inspired by Chloe Norgaard (whom I stalked to no end backstage at Fashion Week) Rainbow hair has once again gone up my list of things I want to try. My poor hair has been abused enough over the past few weeks, so I don't think that permanent experimentation is on the cards… But for now, in comes hair chalk.
I bought this bumper pack off ebay for about £8, They claim they are hair chalks and "professional quality" but they are essentially just soft pastel chalks which you can buy from any ol' craft shop. In fact, I'm sure I've seen these in the pound shop. So do have a look first! I'd recommend just getting any pigmented soft chalks in the usual colours, I think there are too many in this pack as I won't personally use all the shades! To get the best colour payoff out of hair chalk, my big tip is to damp the hair before application. To do this use water in a spray bottle, but I like to use a leave in conditioner because it is a little kinder to the hair. Especially as the chalk can be drying. All you then do is run the hair chalk down your section of hair on the front and back to give even colour. Annnnd voila! Instant hair colour! Wait for the hair to dry naturally or a hairdryer if you're impatient (like me!). Once dry go over with a flat iron, this just locks the colour in a bit more, Then style as usual.
To get my rainbow hair, I used: red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, pink and purple in chunky sections. I decided to give it a bit of a dip dye effect rather than go the whole hog as I thought it would look less OTT. On reflection, I wish I'd used with the red at the front rather than the blue as it is a bit harsh around the face. Overall I'm really satisfied with it! I now know what it feels like to have people starting at your hair colour though! So many funny looks when I went to get Aerys some catfood!
I admit these can get a little messy, so it's best to wear an old t-shirt when applying them and avoid lighter clothing as it may stain. However hair chalks will wash out of the hair after one wash and don't stain (although this may vary from brand to brand, shade to shade!). In all, quick, simple and damage free Rainbow hair! The only negative I can find is that I find hair chalk to be pretty drying, and I wouldn't recommend them for long term use. None the less, they are a great way to add colour without shelling out a lot of money and without any commitment what so ever. These are ideal for festivals or parties, or girls like me who just can't leave their hair alone!
Have you tried hair chalks?