Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Review & How To: Hair Artist Hair Chalk


Hello everyone! A bit of a different post today - a review of the Hair Artist Hair Chalk and a little brief how to on chalking your hair (not that I am in any shape or form an expert).

To chalk your hair you need these things:
  • Clean hair (dry if you're blonde or redhead)
  • Hair chalk in your preferred colour (I chose pink)
  • A towel/something to cover up any surfaces you'll be near
  • Straighteners
  • Hairspray
  • Clips to separate your hair in to sections
  • Rubber gloves

Step one: Prep your hair. If like me, you're a blonde then make sure your hair is dry before attempting hair chalk. If your hair is wet the water will mix with the pigments to create a dye and WILL stain your hair, so beware! Brunettes, you'll most likely need the water to intensify the pigment so spray a little water mist on to the ends of your hair before applying the chalk. I would also recommend styling your hair first, as it's so hard to work with when the chalk is in! Some websites recommend spraying just a small amount of leave in conditioner in your hair to stop the chalk from drying it out too much.
Step 2: Lay an old towel/sheet down in the area you'll be chalking your hair - the picture above is the mess I made!
Step 3: Decide which bits of your hair you're going to chalk and separate your hair in to sections. I chose to chalk all of the tips of my hair. Some people prefer to just do random strands but it's purely down to you! I preferred to separate my hair in a horizontal line from ear to ear, my hair is very fine though so if you have thicker hair you might benefit from using smaller sections. I just tied the extra hair on top of my head in a ponytail.
Step 3: Put on your rubber gloves then take about an inch of hair and twist it tightly. The friction from the twist of hair will transfer more chalk pigment on to the hair - but be careful, it might crumble like mine did! The rubber gloves are so important, I forgot to put them on for a while and my hands were bright pink for days! I would also recommend wearing a robe or an old t-shirt while you're chalking as the colour will mark it (but it probably won't stain), I also wouldn't recommend having a bare chest/neck as your skin will go pink too!
Step 4: Drag the chalk against your hair in a downwards motion, making sure you cover all your hair even right to the very tips. As I wanted a dip dye look I applied the chalk right up to my chin.
Step 5: Use straighteners to seal the colour on to your hair, I chose to curl my hair with my GHDs because I love how wavy hair looks when it's coloured like this. You can also use hairspray to try and seal it in too. I brushed mine out a little bit because the pink was really vivid, and I wanted more of a pastel colour.
The finished result!

Overall, I was really happy with the result and I would definitely go through the mess and the effort again. I would like to try a different brand of hair chalk though, because this brand was so soft and the chalk just kept breaking apart every time I picked it up! It was highly pigmented though so it gets top marks on that front! It lasted around 2 days in my hair and washed out really easily with my usual shampoo and conditioner (I didn't need a clarifying shampoo). I also found that it didn't transfer on to my pillow which shocked me!

Have you tried hair chalk?

Rachael Amy x

2 comments:

  1. Great review! I've been intrigued by hair chalk for a little while so great to read this. Can't believe how well it worked - it looks so pretty. I don't know how it would work on my very dark hair though! xx

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  2. This looks really cute! I think I might have to try it, it looks so good in your hair! Thanks for the easy tutorial too! :)
    xx

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