View Full Version : Chalk it up: Coloring hair with pastels new trend

Jolie Rouge
04-23-2012, 08:11 AM
CARYN ROUSSEAU Published: Apr 17, 2012

In this photo taken, Monday, April 2, 2012, Maddie Parizek, Sadie Moussa, and Gabriella Lujan, left to right, show off their hairstyles created with soft pastel chalk applied by neighborhood mom Orly Telisman in Chicago. Everyone from hipsters to children to Hollywood celebrities is embracing the runway fad for brightly colored hair, using soft pastel chalk. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

CHICAGO (AP) - First there were feathers, then the "Hunger Games" braid took over. Now there's a new hair trend just as easy to embrace - coloring strands with craft-store chalk. No stylist, no complicated instructions, no great expense.

Everyone from hipsters to children to Hollywood celebrities is embracing the runway fad for brightly colored hair, using soft pastel chalk. "Hair stylists and colorists, they're artists at their core, so they're always fooling around with things from the arts-and-crafts store," said Kristin Perrotta, Allure magazine's executive editor. "Somewhere along the line a few of them realized there were soft pastels you could use to leave color on your hair."

The advantage? The chalks wash out in the shower, allowing for temporary rocker style.

"There's no commitment," Perrotta said. "This is your opportunity to go crazy for whatever time you want. Even if you're a super-preppy woman who works in a library, on the weekend you can have purple stripes in your hair."

Color-streaked hair first popped up on the catwalks two to three years ago, featured by designers such as Prabal Gurung, Prada and Jean Paul Gaultier, Perrotta said. But the look really took off when reality TV star Lauren Conrad featured hair chalking on her blog, The Beauty Department. "There's really one person to credit for the chalking trend: It's Lauren Conrad," Perrotta said.

Conrad's hairstylist, Kristin Ess, said beauty professionals have used the chalks to color hair for a while. She credits the proliferation of online beauty blogs for turning the tool into a trend. "Usually it was secret, so top secret," said Ess, who cofounded The Beauty Department with Conrad. "But now the way that things are, it's so easy to get it out there."

The steps aren't complicated: Take a piece of chalk, run it along the strand of hair until it's colored and if necessary pull the hair through a curling iron. If you have darker hair the chalk may stick easier if you dampen the strand first. It's important to use soft pastel chalks - the kind artists use, not oil-based chalks or sidewalk chalks.

To remove, shake or brush your hair to dust out the chalk before getting into the shower. Then wash your hair. The chalk can get messy, so wear plastic gloves.

Kandee Johnson, a celebrity makeup artist and beauty and style blogger, posted a hair chalking how-to video on YouTube in February. So far it's gotten more than 630,000 hits. "People were sending me pictures from websites," she said. "I didn't think people were going to be that excited over it. I did not think it was going to be that popular at all."

Johnson thinks the attraction comes because chalking is temporary and affordable - a whole set of chalks can cost between $6 and $8. "It's a fun idea if you have kids or you have a corporate job," she said. "It will be really fun for summer because you can have fun ponytails."



-Use art soft pastel chalk. Oil-based chalk will stain your hair. Sidewalk chalk or chalkboard chalk won't stick to your hair.

-No matter what color your hair, apply the chalk to dry hair first. If you have darker hair and the chalk isn't showing up then dampen the hair before applying.

-Using a curling or flat iron after chalking can help seal your hair if needed.

-Blondes may have to shampoo a few times before the color fully rinses out.

-Shake or brush the chalk out of your hair before you wash it. Getting chalked hair wet could stain your hair.

-Protect your clothes and hands. Wear gloves and smock or towel to keep chalk from getting on you while you're applying it. Chalk can flake off while it's in your hair, so it's a good idea not to wear light clothes.

Online: Kandee Johnson's "How to do the Hair Chalk Trend" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ly4GhDia4k

The Beauty Department's Hair Chalking post: http://thebeautydepartment.com/2012/01/chalk-it-up/


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Not sure if should have gone in "Frugal Living" or "Arts and Crafts" :happy

04-23-2012, 08:15 AM
Anyone remember 'Dippity Doo?' I used to make my own hair color with that, and lead free paint from the craft store, back in high school. :lol

Just mix it together and comb it in!

I had pink hair, purple hair, blue hair! LOL

Ah, those were the days!

Jolie Rouge
09-20-2012, 01:59 PM
Ah so you're mixing the paint and the gel? Is that right?

yep !

Jolie Rouge
07-21-2013, 10:27 PM
FDA: Hair chalk could damage scalp, cause allergies
July 20, 2013 By: Effie Orfanides

The FDA warns that hair chalk could damage a person's scalp. Chalking has become quite popular as it offers people (especially teens) a way to "dye" their hair without spending a lot of money or being stuck with "permanent" color. On July 19 however, MSN Now reported that there might be some dangerous side effects that come along with the trend.

"[The chalks used] may contain ingredients, such as dyes or colorants, chemicals and preservatives, which may cause allergies and adverse reaction on the scalp, head, eyes and skin," according to the FDA's acting director general, Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go.

FDA says hair chalk should only be used if it's approved by the FDA. These cheap "washable" chalks that are made for doing driveway art should not be used because they could make someone very ill. Chances are, however, kids that are chalking their hair are not going to listen when it comes to these warnings. This trend has really taken off and it has been ongoing for quite a few months -- it will be hard for kids to stop now.

For those who aren't familiar with chalking, the process is fairly simple. Many sites suggest that you take a piece of wet hair (unless you're blonde), rub a strand or a section with an oil-based chalk, allow it to dry (or blow-dry it), and then "set it" by running a flat iron over it. And that's it.

Still the FDA says hair chalk might not be safe especially if you're using chalk that hasn't been approved for this type of use.