How-To Color Your Hair with Chalk

We tried this method on three different types of hair and we thought we should warn you, after a couple shampoos, the chalk is not totally washed out of their hair (we think after 3 shampoos it should be completely out). We liked this method better than the oil pastels as it didn’t make the hair as sticky as the waxy crayons did. Although your hair still has a bit of a rough texture after working the chalk in, it was our top choice due to the larger area of hair you could cover, the ability to make the color more or less concentrated and we kind of liked the way the color softened up and blended as you worked with it. Check out the how-to after the jump

TOOLS:

-gloves
-chalk  (we used a child’s sidewalk chalk)
-spoon
-paper plates
-water

You will be using this method on dry hair

STEP 1

Use the edge of a spoon to scrape pieces of chalk onto the paper plate. You want to make little shavings to mix with water and make a paste (we used about a 1:3 ratio of chalk to water)

STEP 2

Once you have ground off a good amount of chalk (we used about a tablespoon), add a tiny bit of water at a time – you don’t want it too runny or it will make a mess. The thicker the paste, the bolder the color will be.

STEP 3

Once you have your paste made, use your gloved fingers to rub some of the color into the section of hair you want.

STEP 4

Now it’s time to blowdry. You will notice the chalk start to dust off as you run the brush through it but we found a little hairspray helped to set it.

STEP 5

Style your hair. Because this makes your hair a bit sticky and hard to run your fingers through, a set hairstyle will work a bit better than one you’ll want to be fussing with throughout the day.

Send us pics if you try this out!


Murad Acne Care

71 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 31, 2012

    Well, this is highly interesting, and quite frankly, a better process of attempting to chalk one’s hair. How did you come of with this type of hair chalking? Trial and error? Either way, it really does look cool and I think I’m going to try it. Thanks for the post!! Keep on blogging.

    Reply
  2. Anonymous
    April 1, 2012

    this made my hair disgusting and gray.

    Reply
  3. Anonymous
    April 22, 2012

    I did this and it worked great I had pretty highlights and they were so easy to do! THANK YOOU FOR SHOWING ME HOW TO DO THIS!!!!!!! <3

    Reply
  4. Anonymous
    April 27, 2012

    I tried it and it worked just not with this teqniue im gonna have to try it this way too!

    Reply
  5. Anonymous
    May 1, 2012

    I’m gonna try it hopefully it will work

    Reply
  6. Anonymous
    May 5, 2012

    does this work with dark hair?

    Reply
    • anonymous
      October 14, 2012

      yes it does… my friend has black hair and we tried using a pale green and it worked really well

      Reply
      • raygirl
        November 16, 2012

        How do u get it out? Does it just wash out? Of I can reply that would be great and another thing is I have done it before with other methods and it looked awesome on my dark hair

        Reply
  7. Mane Dish
    May 8, 2012

    We haven’t tried it on dark hair, but we think it will still work. May help to make the mixture a little more concentrated and use brighter colors.
    Send us pics if you try it out :)

    Reply
    • Sammi
      June 14, 2013

      Hi does this come out in a pool?

      Reply
  8. Anonymous
    May 12, 2012

    I need to know if you can put the sidewalk chalk on dark hair because monday is comin soon plase try!!!!

    Reply
    • @JayCaleigh
      February 7, 2014

      They did it with sidewalk chalk so it must work… I’m about to try it and will post when I’m done.

      Reply
  9. Anonymous
    May 19, 2012

    I tried this & it’s great! I’m just wondering : Is there any way to get it completely out? Thanks <3

    Reply
  10. Anonymous
    May 19, 2012

    What color do you suggest using for dark brown hair? & how does this work on thick hair?

    Reply
  11. Mane Dish
    May 19, 2012

    We’ll have to try and find a model with dark hair to try this on and get some pics (feel free to send us some if you have dark hair and have tried it).

    Based on how the colors showed up in the different types of hair we did try it on – all colors should still show up on darker hair, they just won’t be as obvious as they are in blonder hair. We think the pinks and oranges would probably stand out the most and if you did something like a blue, it would probably be a little more subtle.

    For washing it out – it will all eventually wash out. You could probably lather, rinse, repeat a couple times on the ends if you wanted it out sooner than later.
    But on all of ours, by the 2nd or 3rd shampoo, it was completely gone.

    Hope this helps :) Keep the questions coming!

    Reply
  12. Anonymous
    May 21, 2012

    My sister is going to try this on my hair. WISH US LUCK! We are going to try blue in it;)

    Reply
    • Diane
      January 24, 2013

      I have the original hair chalk it works a lot better than this and not so messy. You just wet a strand so hair rub with the chalk let dry, flat iron them style as usual. Washes out in a few washes great variety of colors.

      Reply
  13. Mane Dish
    May 21, 2012

    Sweet! We’d love to see a pic :)

    Reply
  14. Anonymous
    May 29, 2012

    This doesn’t even work on dark hair. Tried it several times and wasn’t happy with the results because there was no color..

    Reply
    • cherfer
      August 17, 2013

      yep you are right about that!

      Reply
  15. Mane Dish
    May 29, 2012

    Thanks for posting a comment about chalk on dark hair, too bad it doesn’t work.

    We wonder if the oil pastels would show up any better on dark hair (http://www.manedish.com/2011/12/how-to-color-your-tips-with-oil-pastels.html)

    We definitely preferred chalk as we found the oil pastels to be a bit sticky and more time consuming to color a strand, but the color may stand out more.

    Reply
  16. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012

    I think I want to try it.. But I have faded red hair highlights would that effect it? And would it come out in the pool??

    Reply
  17. Mane Dish
    June 4, 2012

    Your faded red will certainly change the tone of the chalk once applied as compared to your base color, but as this is really just a temporary look, you could simply add more chalk to enrich the chalk color. Most of the chalk will definitely wash out in the pool, although as some of our readers pointed out, it would take a few times of actual shampooing to get it out 100%. Good luck!

    Reply
  18. Lost-In-Love
    June 4, 2012

    how long does it last in your hair?

    Reply
  19. Mane Dish
    June 5, 2012

    To stay vribrant, you’re looking at it lasting the extent of one styling. Once you brush it out or play around too much with it, it starts to fade. Simply add more chalk mixture to keep an intense shade.

    Reply
  20. Anonymous
    June 7, 2012

    Ya. I tried it with dark hair. It worked ok. But not the best.
    Is there any way to make it not all stuck together. And get it knots?

    Reply
  21. Mane Dish
    June 7, 2012

    It does get a bit sticky hey? We haven’t tested a way to make it less sticky but perhaps using some sort of a leave in conditioner on the ends before using the chalk mixture would help.

    I would think if it were going to help, a cream one over a spray-in one would work better. If you don’t have any cream based leave in conditioner on hand, you could even try using a small amount of regular conditioner on wet hair and just not rinsing it out.

    Can’t guarantee it will help but it may be worth a try :)

    Reply
  22. Anonymous
    June 10, 2012

    This sucked y do u let people try this /:

    Reply
  23. Mane Dish
    June 10, 2012

    Cuz we came to your house and forced you? It’s just a fun, temporary thing. If you want full out color results, use real dye.

    Reply
  24. Anonymous
    June 15, 2012

    I dun this but in a different way and it worked! I got my hair damp, rubbed on the chalk, let it dry, and then curled it!

    Reply
  25. Anonymous
    June 16, 2012

    There’s another way to color it. Just wet your hair, rub chalk on it, then use a heat tool (curling iron, straightener, etc.) to set it

    Reply
  26. Anonymous
    June 18, 2012

    Does it dry out your hair?

    Reply
  27. Mane Dish
    June 18, 2012

    While its in your hair it feels dry, but it’s more because of the texture of the chalk itself, it’s not actually causing your hair to dry out. We will be updating this post and trying the technique mentioned right above your comment with applying the chalk to wet hair and then sealing it in with a curling iron. We will repost when done and let you know how it turned out!

    Reply
  28. Tori
    June 19, 2012

    If you flat iron your hair will the chalk come out, help the chalk stay, or not effect the hair coloring at all? THANK YOU

    Reply
    • Maddie
      November 18, 2012

      I think it’s actually supposed to make it stay in better if you do it right after you actually chalk your hair :)

      Reply
  29. Mane Dish
    June 19, 2012

    We are going to try this with the wet hair and flat iron this week and let y’all know next week:). Stay tuned!

    Reply
  30. Anonymous
    June 26, 2012

    It worked fine for me and I have dark hair, use blue or green and purple!

    Reply
  31. Anonymous
    June 28, 2012

    how do you send the picture of your hair???

    Reply
    • Mane Dish
      June 28, 2012

      We have a submit a photo tab near the top of the blog:) We’d love to see it!

      Reply
  32. ♥Jack&Jill♥
    July 2, 2012

    A good friend told me about this and she said it worked great! :) Thanks Lizz!!! :D I truley hope this works, and the Steps were awesome! Me and my sister are gonna so do this tomorrow!! :) I cant wait!!!!!!! I think this would be an awesome thing to do with my sister!! Thanks again!! :P

    Reply
  33. Brooke Sanders
    September 6, 2012

    I tried this, and it worked great! I have aburn hair so it’s some what hard to take the color at first, but it worked great with blue chalk!

    thank you so much for sharing this with us!

    Reply
  34. Allie
    September 9, 2012

    If you boil the paste and dye it the way for kool aid do you think it will last longer?

    Reply
  35. Erin
    September 9, 2012

    That’s a good question. I would think it would last a little longer. We haven’t tried the kool aid method but if you’re using warmer water, it would help the hair shaft open up and the dye could get under the cuticle. Thanks for the question, we’ll have to give it a try :)

    Reply
  36. Katie
    September 10, 2012

    Just a quick response to some of the comments – (I have yet to test all therories)
    Your hair will be a bit stiff/dry because it has a substance in it (chalk) just like it would with wax/gel/hairspray etc. I would try using 3 parts leave in conditioner to 1 part water for your liquid when mixing the chalk. Also using hot water or heating colour mix before applying and doing more than one coat – colour, brush out with blow dryer, use flat irons then colour again … Not 100% but suspect this could brighten the colour.
    Also to help seal it in use a hair protection spay or syrum for example the heat protection spray you would normally use before straightening or curling. Or a split end sealer.

    There are many other temporary and natural ways to colour hair.. Henna powder for adding dark, beatroot juice (fresh and natural not from a can as sugars will clump hair) for red, lemon juice and time in the sun wil give natural highlights and will lighten more over time are some I can think of right now =)

    Hope this helps will try myself but love to know if this worked for otters

    Reply
  37. Mane Dish
    September 10, 2012

    Thanks so much for the advice Katie! Two coats of color and using a flat iron to open the cuticle and let some of that color underneath sounds like a good theory.

    Appreciate you taking the time to write :)

    Reply
  38. Emily
    September 16, 2012

    I’ve heard it stays on your pillow overnight by doing the chalk to damp hair. Does this way do that too?
    And does it rub off into your clothes during the day?

    Reply
    • Mane Dish
      March 26, 2013

      We didn’t notice any transfer onto our clothes or pillow throughout the day/night but it’s probably best not to wear light colored clothes & wrap your hair in a towel when you sleep so you don’t ruin your bedding.

      Reply
  39. Isabell
    October 7, 2012

    Does the chalk work on rough black girl hair??

    Reply
    • Mane Dish
      March 26, 2013

      Hi Isabell! We haven’t tried it but it should work on most hair types

      Reply
  40. cassie
    November 4, 2012

    This looks really fun I’m gonna try it as soon as I get hom thanks for all the thing you said s for :)

    Reply
  41. kimberly
    November 15, 2012

    hey im going to try it with my best friend and i think its going to work ill tell u if it works tomarrow!!!!! THANX ALOT FOR HELPING ME AND OTHERS!!!!

    Reply
  42. meg
    December 3, 2012

    hi kimberly im not sure if your the kim i know so im just gonna say hi :P

    Reply
  43. Linda Flowers
    December 31, 2012

    Hi I tried it out with Crayola SideWalk Chalk and its amazing thank you so much! I would have had to pay twice the price for soft pastels, and this works just as well as they would. This was awesome!

    Reply
  44. Linda Flowers
    December 31, 2012

    Hi I tried this out with Crayola SideWalk Chalk and it works great! Thanks for posting!

    Reply
  45. ladylolo
    January 6, 2013

    heylo! im gonna try this now (i hope this works1) :S :0) ;)

    Reply
  46. Jenn
    February 1, 2013

    So pretty! Thank you for the tips, gonna get a set of hair chalk
    soon!

    Reply
  47. Anna
    February 9, 2013

    Will this stain my white blonde hair?

    Reply
    • Mane Dish
      February 11, 2013

      We tried this method on naturally light blonde hair, dyed platinum hair and highlighted hair and it was gone within a few washes for each hair type. We obviously can’t guarantee anything but we suggest testing it on a small patch of hair that is hidden to make sure it will wash out in time for you :)

      Reply
  48. Girl
    March 16, 2013

    Definitely trying this really soon. Though I’m interested in how long it stays in.

    Reply
  49. Terri Hawley
    March 26, 2013

    Thank you, I have gray hair 90% and I’m sure this will work, so if I do will take pics.

    Reply
    • Mane Dish
      March 26, 2013

      Great! We would love to see some pics :)

      Reply
  50. Lucy V
    April 23, 2013

    I’ve become a bit of a hair chalk junkie since I discovered it a few months ago. It took me a couple of goes before I got it right so had a couple of days where I hid indoors.

    Once I figured it out, I love adding a bit of glamour to my hair with bright chalk colors. :-)

    Reply
  51. paige
    June 13, 2013

    It did not come out becuase (especially with blonde hair) you are NOT supposed to use water AT ALL!!!

    Reply
  52. jada
    July 8, 2013

    okay so my hair is kind of dark but light and I was wondering if it would work on my hair and does it wash out in one shower??

    Reply
  53. jade d
    July 18, 2013

    does it leave a stain on your pillow? or clothes?
    and after the 1st wash does it leave clothes stain free?

    Reply
  54. cherfer
    August 17, 2013

    hair chalk doesn’t work on dark hair whether you use this method or any other. It simply does NOT work. You will end up frustrated with stained hands.

    Reply
  55. Heather
    February 19, 2014

    I want to try this with Crayola chalk, but I’m afraid it will damage/stain my hair, will it?

    Reply
  56. Hair Chalk
    March 10, 2014

    Love it! Hair chalks are so awesome! :)

    Reply
  57. rebecca
    March 10, 2014

    hey i was wondering if you recommend either the chalk or the oil pastels…please message me soon :)

    Reply
  58. AnthonyCham
    April 14, 2014

    Thanks for posting. I have had my hair colored for over ten years and I like to look for some good hair colors on this page.

    Reply
  59. Somerset Wedding Gal
    May 16, 2014

    My little niece has been trying these hair chalks as her parents won’t let her properly dye her hair, she seems to speak highly of them! Great review!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Powered by sweet Captcha