How to use hair chalks | The ultimate guide

How to use hair chalks

Have you ever wanted to go on a hair adventure, but didn’t want to spend the time or money? Well now you can! Here’s everything you need to know about how to use hair chalks.

Hair chalks are an affordable and easy way of getting creative with your locks. They come in a variety of colours, which means that there is one for every occasion. What’s even better is that they wash out easily and don’t damage your hair like other hair dyes. So what are you waiting for? Get your chalk on today!

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What is hair chalk?

Hair chalks are a temporary colourant for your hair that can be used at home. They’re typically made from petroleum jelly, pigment powder, and water. You find them as crayons, pens and even combs.

Hair chalks are a fun way to add colour to your hair. They’re easy to use and can last up to two weeks. (They can also be hard to remove. More on that later!).

Hair chalks are a great way to change up your look and add some colour to your hair without having to bleach or dye it.

You can use them on natural or dyed hair, which is perfect for people who want to temporarily change their style but not commit.

Hair chalks are AMAZING for:

  • Trying out new colours
  • Touching up brightly coloured dyed hair
  • Letting kids have fun with hair colour, safely!
  • Adding a pop of colour or streaks
  • Spicing up your hair for special occasions
  • Fancy dress
  • Halloween, Christmas, Birthdays, any special event!
  • There are even doggy safe hair chalks!

What are the best hair chalks to use?

The best hair chalks at a glance.

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24 Piece Hair Chalk Vibrant Coloursq? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B071LFZSSR&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBir?t=colouredhairc 21&language=en GB&l=li2&o=2&a=B071LFZSSRMore colours and accessories
GirlZone Hair Chalk Set For Girlsq? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B06W532RC3&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBGIrlzone hair chalksEasy to use and wash out.


GirlZone Hair Chalk Set For Girls

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This set has all the fantastic colours you need and is super easy to use. It doesn’t come with an application board like some do, but you don’t need it. The colours are soft enough to go on dry or wet hair easily.

We tried these on dry blonde (kids) hair and on mum’s dyed brown locks- on both heads the colour looked bright and fabulous! Best of all, they washed off easily in a normal shampoo hair wash. So no coloured pillowcases for us!

How to use hair chalk step-by-step.

Step one: Wash your hair

First wash your hair thoroughly and then comb it. You can apply most hair chalks to dry or damp hair but it needs to be clean whatever.

We find the colours are easier to apply and come out more vibrant with wet hair. And you don’t get wispy bits of hair that can easily break, flying about.

Step two: Comb your hair

The trick is to get the chalk on as many strands of hair as possible. You’ll find a comb will work better to separate your wet hair.

If you’re applying them to dry hair, a good brushing will do.

Step three: Apply chalks

Apply the hair chalk to your damp hair with the brush, sponge or applicator that came with your chosen box of chalks.

Always work from the top down to avoid damaging your hair shaft or breaking your hair.

You’ll find some hair chalks can be quite crumbly and you will need to go over your hair a few times before the colour really starts to show up.

Step four: Let them dry

Leave a bit of time for your hair chalks to set and dry and voila! You have fabulous coloured hair! Congrats!

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Hair chalking do’s

Having fun experimenting! One of the most fun things to do with hair chalk is making designs.

Try ombre looks with a coloured panel at the ends of your hair, or use streaks around your hairline for more subtle effects.

Always start by applying the product in small sections and work from there so you don’t try to do too big an area at once.

Hair chalking don’ts

Don’t get too creative with colours that don’t match your skin tone – they could wash you out!

Don’t worry too much about the underside of your hair. You probably won’t have enough chalk (or patience!) for that. Work on getting a good splash of colour on the outside for the best effects.

Don’t brush your hair! It’s tempting as the hair chalks can cause clumps. But you don’t want to brush the colour out. Gently use a comb to separate any stands of hair that are stuck together.

How can I remove hair chalk?

The best hair chalks are also easy to remove.

Although they have a waxy consistency, the colour sits on the surface of your hair and so should be able to be easily washed out.

If you’re having trouble removing all the colour, try a good clarifying shampoo like this one from Amazon that works to get rid of dirt and debris in your hair. Wash your hair a few times.

Give your hair a good brush with a natural bristle brush to brush as much of the colour out as you can before washing.

And don’t forget to use a good conditioner afterwards to repair and restore the life back to your hair.