Hair Chalking


From a little girl on, my daughter has had beautiful long hair.  At one point it was down past her waist.  It is so thick that when she had it cut to donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, there were three pony tails of it.  Even with eleven inches cut off, it was still well below her shoulders.

I am not opposed to hair color.  I have used it myself for years to “enhance” my natural color but I was not a mom that supported my daughter coloring her own hair in junior high or high school.  On top of my opinion, it really was not necessary as she has always had beautiful natural highlights and thankfully she too realized that. 

I am not sure how it came about, but not too long ago she became intrigued with the idea of having the option of adding temporary color to her hair.  She had found a technique on the internet that was purported to wash out easily.  I was sceptical at first, suggesting she convince her brother to let her try it out on him after school was out.  (His school dress code did not allow for any unnatural hair color.)  I know that sounded really bad, but it did make sense.  He gets his hair cut much more frequently that she does.  And he loves scientific experiments.

However, he was not as receptive to this idea as I thought he would be.  Plus, once she had her chalks in hand, she was not patient enough to persuade him to be her guinea pig.

I am happy to report that this story has a happy ending.  The techinique worked fabulously and she was very pleased.  The color stayed in her hair without getting on other things.  She could comb and style her hair the way she wanted.  And it washed right out with the next shampooing.

The only downside was the mess she left in the bathroom!  But that was easily remedied and the cleanup just involved wiping off the sink.


So here is how you do it…


  • Artist chalks – These do not have to be expensive.  The cheap ones work great.  Make sure they do not contain any oils.
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Plastic or latex gloves – A definate must as the chalk color will remain on your hands and is harder to wash off.


  • Spritz the strand of hair you wish to color with water.
  • Apply chalk directly to the dampened hair.
  • Allow hair to dry naturally or use a blow dryer with a light setting.
  • Style.

The color will show up more vibrantly on light colored hair or by using more vivid colors on darker hair.  This really is a fun look and you can coordinate your colored highlights with your outfits!


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