|I created this look with pink pastel on the bottom of the strand and orange just above it|
After we tried the colored tips with chalk (check out the how-to), we were curious to see how oil pastels would work to create a similar look. We definitely liked the chalk method better as it was less sticky in our hair, less painful (rubbing the oil pastel over a small area pulled on individual strands) and you could cover a larger area and make the colors more concentrated. This washed out of my hair pretty easily the first time but we will warn you to try it on an inconspicuous area first in case it stays in a bit longer like the chalk. If you happen to have oil pastels on hand and want to try it out, you can read the how-to after the jump…
-oil pastel crayons
-curling iron or flat iron
You will be using this method on dry hair
Put your gloves on or you’ll get the color all over your fingers (it washes off easily but makes a mess if you happen to touch anything else) and grab a small chunk of hair – too big and you won’t be able to color the strands in the middle
Use the end or the side of the crayon (if you unwrap the paper cover) and rub the crayon down the strand repeatedly until it is the desired color. Turn the chunk of hair over to get the backside too.
Use your flat iron or curling iron to run over the strand. I got the color on my flat iron but while it was still hot I used some paper towel to wipe it off – I came off pretty easily but you may want to skip this step if you’re worried about your tools. The heat just seemed to melt the wax and get rid of any little chunks, I didn’t notice a big difference from before heat to after.
Style your hair. As with the chalk method, you’ll want to choose a style that you pretty much set and forget. I wore my hair straight and down and after a couple hours I couldn’t stand it anymore, my ends felt all tangled – but I did put most of the color on the bottom layers which seem to tangle first, even without pastels in them. Curls may have been better or wearing your hair up and pinned in place is even better.
Send us pics if you try it out!