By Caryn Rousseau Associated Press
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 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.”
The look took off when reality TV star Lauren Conrad featured hair chalking on her blog, The Beauty Department. Conrad’s hairstylist, Kristin Ess, said beauty professionals have used the chalks to color hair for a while.
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.
Hair chalking tips
• 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.
• Blonds 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 a 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.