July 3, 2013

Coloring Hair with Chalk Pastels

I'd seen this idea for using chalk pastels to color hair several times over the past year or so, but I finally had the perfect opportunity to test it out when the kids were visiting their cousins last week.  I searched again on Pinterest,  found this tutorial at Little Pink Monster and ran out to the craft store to pick up some soft chalk pastels.

Check out the fun hair...



Coloring Hair with Chalk Pastels

The girls loved it and it was really easy and inexpensive.

Here's what we did...

First, I picked up this set of soft chalk pastels (Amazon affiliate link) at the craft store, using a 40% off coupon it was less than $5!


Next we got to work putting colorful streaks in the girls' hair.

Temporary Hair Color with Chalk Pastels


1.  We brushed their hair to get rid of any tangles and the girls chose a color.
2.  I took a section of hair where we wanted color and dampened it with a wet paper towel, then rubbed the pastel over the section.  A spray bottle of water would also work well.
3.  I rubbed the pastel over the section a few more times, trying to get the color somewhat even from root to tip.
4.  Finally, we used a flat iron (could also use a curling iron) to "dry" the hair and heat set the color.

Look at all these funky hair streaks on the cousins...

Coloring Hair with Chalk Pastels


A few tips, suggestions and observations ...

1.  Make sure you get chalk pastels not oil pastels.  Chalk pastels usually have flat sides and no wrappers.  Oil pastels have rounded sides and a wrapper like a crayon.  Oil pastels would most probably make a mess in your hair.  The ones we used were soft chalk pastels which I think might have more pigment than regular chalk pastels. (but I'm not totally sure on that)

2.  We used a flat iron, but you could also use a curling iron or possibly even a hair dryer.  It really helped to heat set the color so it wasn't dripping down on their faces or clothes.

3.  Even with the heat setting, some colors did leave a little residue on fingers and foreheads (especially the pinks and reds).  It didn't bother the girls at all, but it's worth noting.

4.  The chalked colors did wash out of the hair with regular shampoo.  It came out easily from the darker-haired cousins, but took one shampoo and then a swim in the pool before it came out of my oldest daughter's hair.  Her hair is lighter, pretty fine and I used quite a bit of the pink pastel in it.  It didn't bother her (or me) since it was summer and we had no plans that required color free hair, however, you might want to test the colors you want on a small section if you're worried about wash-ability.



6 comments:

  1. Looks like fun! I did a rainbow with soft pastels in my sons hair for halloween last year and he loved it- He has very light hair and it did take a good 5 to 6 washes to come out completely.

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    1. Good to know. My son's hair is a lot blonder and I was thinking about doing some red, white and blue in it tomorrow. It's good to know that it will come out with a few shampoos.

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  2. if your hair got wet (sweaty--I play roller derby and would love to chalk my hair the team colors for before/after a bout)...did the color come out then or rub off on clothing,etc?

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    1. Oh my goodness, roller derby always looks like so much fun ~ funky hair would be the perfect touch. I'm not sure how it would hold up to sweat or rubbing against clothing, but definitely give it a test try. I think a lot depends on the colors you use and your hair type ~ the dark pink in my daughter's straight, fine hair rubbed off a bit onto her forehead, but the greens and blues in my nieces' darker wavy hair seemed to stay in fine. You could alway try a few streaks away from your forehead or in a ponytail to see how it holds up.

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  3. my 4 year old daughter did this to her very blond hair by accident while playing in the rain with sidewalk chalk. She dipped her head in a puddle of wet sidewalk chalk and walked away with bright green hair. It definitely faded after we washed it, but she had green hair for a good week. I was wondering had older kids tried this method for fun. My girl loved having her hair change colors, but I'm not quite ready for her to be a big girl yet.

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