Hair Chalks - Ebay
People of the world with crazy hair colours, I love you. I admire your ability to rock whatever colours are in your hair and look on with envy as I am not brave enough to try them myself. I think it should be as socially acceptable to have amazing hair colours as it is to paint your nails. My sister has been red and purple before and it looked so good. She has crystal blue eyes and when her hair was these colours they just popped and looked awesome.
Since being blonde (again) I have craved adding something a little different to my hair, something "out there" but also not permanent. A few months ago there was a fairly big buzz in the online world for hair chalking so I hopped onto ebay and picked up a packet of pink chalks for a few pounds and waited for them to arrive. I'm not going to pretend these arrived a few days ago and I couldn't wait to open them, when the reality was - they arrived and I put them to one side, then lost them and now have just found them again.
My hair was in such a bad way when I first went blonde that I really didn't think it was a good idea to go rubbing chalk all over it. So I waited until now, using really good products and my hair is in better condition. These will get a whole post to themselves, but seriously Redken - you have saved my hair.
Anyway, with the help of Leanne, last week we set on the task to give me pink hair! I had in mind to change the whole of my hair to pink but once we started we quickly thought it would be best to stick to the ends. Mainly for the fact that if it didn't wash out in one go I could hide it in a bun but also because this was the messiest thing I have done in a long time (and I clean out 8 animals every week!).
The chalking works better if your hair is damp before you start colouring so I sprayed mine in sections using a heat protection spray. I think there was some crazy logic in my head that this spray would also protect my hair from the chalk to! After the section is sprayed you just rub the chalk on until you get enough colour so it matches the look you want.
In a short space of time we were both covered so: don't wear anything you don't want dyed, have something down to protect the carpet and have some wipes on standby. To help my hair dry I did give it a blast with the hair dryer and them brushed through.
What you can't see in the photo is the amount of colours we used. All five colours in the pack were used but you can't really see that because they seemed to merge into one colour when I started drying my hair. I would have liked them to be a bit more different - for my next trick I am thinking rainbow hair?
The MAJOR downside? They make your hair really dry. To the point that when I was brushing my hair I thought I would have none left with the amount that fell out. Ohh and this will go on what ever clothes you are wearing - even when it's dried.
The colour all washed out in one go but I did use the boots deep clean shampoo so that may have had something to do with it and I followed with a really intense hair mask to try and get rid of the dry feeling that had been left. It worked and my hair has been left no worse for where which is why I think I will try this again.
To sum up. A great product for a one off hair style, you'd need to wear something you won't mind getting stained and they wash out in one wash. Fancy dress? This would be great. For a longer lasting result I think I'm going to need to head to boots...
If you could dye your hair any colour - what would it be?
I want to give a little shout out to my friend Gwyneth who ROCKS orange hair like no other and she has an amazing blog *click here* her latest post? An update on an online dating experiment she's doing!