How can you not be excited about hair chalks?! They're like the coolest beauty invention to try if you're thinking of temporary hair colouring. The best part is that you don't have to stick to safe hues like brown, burgundy or caramel. You can let your imagination run wild here. Neons, pastels or ombre - the ball is in your court. Back in 2017, hair chalks were a foreign beauty term in India. They couldn't be bought on the internet and you needed an NRI friend to get you one. However, that did not stop me from finding a substitute for it. I thought of using a pigmented eye chalk or face chalk instead to colour my hair green! While the experiment was a success, my hair texture bore the brunt of it. It got super rough and dry. I mean, I can't blame the product, it wasn't meant for the hair anyway!
The good news is that now we have hair chalks! These products aren't only safe for your hair but are also easy to wash out with shampoo. Depending on how often you wash your hair, the colour can stay on for a good 6 weeks. If you do decide to invest in hair chalks make sure that you're buying the ones that are non-toxic, non-allergenic and environment-friendly. Also, before I forget, make sure that you use the hair chalk on clean hair. Remember that fresh and clean strands make the colour pop! You'll need an amazing hair shampoo to get the job done (Just sayin')
Now that you know what hair chalks are all about, let me teach you how to use them. For starters, don't be too serious while colouring your hair. Take it easy and enjoy the process. Experiment with colours by channelling your inner unicorn.
Step 1: To avoid staining your clothes and hands, wear an old tee and put on latex gloves.
Step 2: Using a spray bottle, dampen a section of hair with a few spritzes of water.
Step 3: Slowly rub the chalk on your hair. Begin from root to tip. (Tip: in order to make the colour distribute evenly, try twisting your hair while you rub the chalk on it.)
Step 4: After colouring your hair, leave the colour to air dry for a good 30-45 minutes. Time will help the colour to set in.
Step 5: Use a curling iron or a hair straightener to seal the colour.
Step 6: Finish it off with hairspray.
There are plenty of hair chalk colours available in the market. You can either invest in one piece or the whole set. Since I like variety, the hair chalks I've recommended come in sets. Most of them are affordable and safe for the environment. Let's check them out!
If you're going to invest in hair chalks, you might as well bring home the whole set! It may cost more moolah, but at least, you will be spoilt for choice. This kit comes with not just one, but twenty-four colours. If you want to make a particular colour pop, rub your damp hair with white chalk and then colour on top of it. As you know, these chalks are non-toxic and safe for the environment. Since Halloween is a week away, why don't you try something different this time? Probably dress up as a unicorn or your favourite cosplay character - the world is your oyster!
Just how I mentioned before, if you're new to hair chalks, you might want to spend on a starter kit. You get 4 colours in this pack - hot pink, electric blue, fiery fuschia and neon green. This kit isn't very durable, it's more like a one-time use product. It'll help you get familiar with using hair chalks and learning more about them. Kudos to the design here because all you have to do is clip it on a section, press tightly and slide away. You'll never have to worry about staining your fingertips ever again.
Don't like getting your hands all messy? Don't worry! I've found this amazing hair chalk attached to a comb. Just how you would comb your hair, pick a section, spray some water on it and later brush your hair using this comb. Your hair will surprisingly change colour in seconds! In less than a thousand bucks you can buy six of these colourful combs. Since they contain no harmful chemicals, your scalp or skin will not experience itchiness. More so, your strands will not be damaged.
Hair chalks aren't meant only for kids, adults like you and I can use them too. This one costs more for the quantity, but the reviews are all praises for it. These hair chalks look like tiny pens and in the one pack, you get three vibrant colours. Your hair may feel a bit dry after washing the colour off, but a good hair conditioner will fix that.
This is a basic hair chalk set that has 12 non-toxic colours and should be applied only on wet hair. The colour stays put for 1-3 days. You can only remove it by washing your hair with shampoo. Since the chalk is fragile, you must be mindful of the pressure you're applying while using it. Remember to store these in a cool and dry place. Also, just FYI, this kit of chalks has a shelf life of three years.
If you have a niece or a daughter at home, this is the perfect gift to give them. It's a fun activity for you and the little one to enjoy! Rub the chalk on their locks and make sure to let it air dry to allow the colour to set it.
This ain't a fancy looking hair chalk set, but it does get the job done. It works with every hair type and the colour washes off immediately when it comes in contact with water. What's amazing is that the hair chalks are so compact and tiny, you can literally put one in your bag and carry it wherever you go. Instead of sticking to just one colour, try mixing two. Pink and purple make a fantastic combination when teamed together.
Mother of hair chalks! This set is huge. It has 36 hair chalks and you can find almost every colour in it. From shades of browns to rainbow hues, there's a colour for everyone. This set won't pinch your pocket and you can go home with the whole batch of colours.
Hair chalks can dry out your hair. If you're using hair chalks, do shampoo your hair properly after use. Use a conditioner and let it stay on for a couple of minutes before washing it off. Also, try not to use hot water to wash your hair.
If you don't wash your hair, it can stay for up to 6 weeks! You may have to touch it up though in between if you want the colour to pop.
Befriend the hairspray, curling iron and hair straightener. Using these items after rubbing the chalk on your strands seals the colour in and helps it stay for longer.
Yes, absolutely! You can use hair chalk on synthetic hair by either dampening a section or the chalk. Channel your inner Picasso and experiment with colours!
Nope, they deliver temporary results. You can wash them off on the day you apply them or keep them for longer. However, after 2-3 days the colour gradually starts to fade away. You will have to keep retouching the colour after that. Also, be careful of your clothes and pillowcase. The colour tends to run from your strands and could stain your clothes.
So ladies, now that you know everything about hair chalks, would you be interested in giving one a try? They're safe and can literally be washed off if at all you get bored of the colour. If not you, probably you can gift these hair chalks to friends, family or even your niece! Also, Halloween, concerts, cosplays - you can wear them to all these events. You won't only stand out, but you will also fetch plenty of compliments. Good luck!
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