There’s something about autumn that makes me want to bathe in rich colors. Not literally, of course, but metaphorically speaking. I think it has something to do with the fact that everything’s starting to turn brown (even though we do get that initial burst of color).
To sate my desire for abundant hues throughout fall and into winter, I tend to pick out scarves, jewelry and sweaters in saturated jewel tones: teal, blue, magenta, purple and red. This year, I’ve vowed to take my obsession with color one step further via my hair color. As someone who’s far too timid to commit to a permanent, candy-inspired dye job, I find hair chalk particularly intriguing.
Whether you’re looking for something temporary or are doing a practice run for the real deal, try out one of these five hair chalk tutorials.
Ombre / Dip Dye Hair Chalk Tutorial
This hair chalk tutorial is a great introductory lesson into the world of hair chalking. It requires only one color, is pretty straightforward and nearly impossible to mess up. YouTube user and New Zealand native Shaaanxo walks you through the steps with the Kevin Murphy Color Bug in pink, but you can use whatever color or brand you prefer and achieve similar results. Tip: Twist your hair before applying the hair chalk, which creates a more natural ombre look instead of an abrupt change in color.
Multi-Colored Low “Highlights”
Mr. Kate, hair guru to the max, has loaded this YouTube video with all sorts of great information on hair chalking. For example, she advises blondies to apply hair chalk on dry hair to prevent staining, but tells brunettes to apply on slightly damp hair. She opts for multi-colored, low “highlights” strategically placed throughout your hair. Watch and learn from the best in this spunky video that’s as informative as it is entertaining.
Chalked Fishtail Braid
One of my biggest concerns with hair chalking is color transfer onto clothes and skin. That’s where updos and braids come in handy. “This fishtail braid shows off the colours beautifully,” says Christina of the Hair Romance blog. “It also keeps your hair back so you won’t have to worry about too much chalk transferring to your clothes.” Christina’s recent blog post on hair chalking is chock-full (hyuk hyuk) of great application and post-care tips, so check it out. I’m also digging these post-chalked looks by The Beauty Department.
All-Over Rainbow Hair Chalk Tutorial
This all over hair chalk tutorial from YouTube user Kri San works best on short or medium length hair, but it can be done on longer hair with some patience. While there’s little talking done, Kri San shows you the entire application process (sped up, of course) to help you achieve this rainbow-tastic all over color. Prepare for an onslaught of impressed faces and compliments! Oh, and I highly recommend checking out the rest of her YouTube videos, which feature various chalked hairstyles inspired by her favorite Korean celebs.
Digging all this color? You’re going to love “Color Me Pretty: 4 Ways to Get Temporary Hair Color“.