This has to be the most exciting, fun, and easy hair idea I have ever come across, and I owe it all to a dear friend who filled me in on this awesome idea...It is called HAIR CHALKING. What is it you ask...well let me fill you in. Hair chalking is when you take "Soft Pastels" rub them into your hair to get funky looking highlights that are completely temporary.
Now, there are a few tips and tricks that I must fill you in on to ensure you get the best application and that they are indeed TEMPORARY highlights.
First off, make sure you are using "Soft Pastels" and not "Oil Pastels" they are COMPLETELY different products. Using oil pastels would look very greasy, and they wouldn't wash out very well. If you are unsure, be sure to ask your local craft store staff and they will point you in the right direction.
Secondly, this technique works best on blonde hair - however it is doable with darker hair, you just have to make sure you choose your colours wisely.
Thirdly, there are a few ways to apply the pastel to your hair...the two methods that I find work the best are as follows; 1) twist your hair and rub the pastel down your strands in one direction. Or 2, (which is my favourite) is to lay your hair on the counter and apply the pastel as though you were colouring a piece of paper, again only going in one direction. This method if definitely messier as you will have lots of pastel on your countertop, but it is easily cleaned up with water.
Fourthly, and this point I cannot stress enough, if you want these to be temporary - DO NOT add water to your hair. I would not even apply any product to your hair once you have applied the pastel, as any sort of liquid could make the pigment more potent and stain your hair.
Lastly, when you are ready to wash your hair - be sure to brush out as much of the product as you can and plan to use a deep conditioner as the soft pastel can be quite drying as it is chalk type product.
The product I used in this tutorial were Winsor & Newton Artists' Soft Pastels, in the following colours.
Permanent Rose - Tint 3
Winsor Turquoise - Tint 3
Winsor Violet Dioxazine - Tint 2
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did making it!
Until next time...