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I am a bit wary to use harsh chemicals on my hair after having lost them to bleaching and hair dyes. Although i wouldn’t mind using temporary hair colors which wear off after a wash and aren’t harsh on my hair either. Hair chalks have been a trend among teens lately, who often love to go wild with the colors such as pink, red, green and yellow. They work well on dark colored hair too. The other good news being that the hair can be multicolored and what if i told it can be done at home. Isn’t that great ? This procedure is a bit messy when applied with bare hands, a good hand scrubbing may be required. If you can use a glove its great and use an old t-shirt to avoid spoiling your clothes.

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Now that how messier it can get ! So lets get started.

Things you will need:

  • Soft pastel chalk. You will get these for less than 5$
  • A small spray bottle filled with water
  • A flat iron or curling iron (optional) or hair spray to set the color
  • Rubber gloves (optional to avoid hand scrubbing)
  • An old piece of cloth you don’t mind getting color

Step 1: Section a part of your hair to be colored and dampen it with the spray bottle. Some people choose to soak the chalks in water instead and then apply it to hair. I would prefer the first one to avoid the chalks from getting muddier on your hair and hands.

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Step 2: Rub the chalk against your hair. Use downward strokes to build up the color and avoid upward strokes to prevent the damage of hair shafts.  You may choose to apply different shades for each sections. It may take some time to build up the color but you may work quickly. If you have a very long hair and need few strokes of color on the ends of your hair then you can place the hair on the tissue paper placed on the table to get a better grip and start applying.

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Step 3: Try to gently comb you hair to avoid tangling. Now you may wait for your hair to dry naturally or blow dry it. Once dried, flat iron your hair or use a hair spray to set the color in. Some people choose to only dry the hair and not flat iron it, I wonder how do they mange to keep their face and clothes from the color ?

Once done enjoy the dramatic colors. This may last for a day or a weeks time for some. Try not to touch it since it may pass on to your hands. You may cover your hair with a shower cap to avoid transferring it to the pillows. Also its best to deep condition the hair when you wash it out. Its definitely not as comfortable as the dyed hair but it will save you from all those hair damages.

If you would like to enhance the look further try different braiding styles. The best being fishtail braid. The colored streaks definitely stand out.

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