How-To Color Your Tips with Oil Pastels

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!


  1. Anonymous
    June 5, 2012

    Is this permanent or temporary? :)

    • Anonymous
      June 7, 2012

      Temporary :)

  2. Mane Dish
    June 5, 2012

    it’s temporary :)

    It came out within 2 shampoos for us, but if you scrubbed good the first time or rinsed and repeated, you could probably get all the color out with the first shampoo.

  3. Yy
    September 27, 2012

    Do i need to use hair curler for drying the wax?

    • yeaaaa
      November 4, 2012

      Yes. it will be more like a little less sticky

  4. Adrienne
    November 11, 2012

    Do you have to soak the oil pastels in water first?

    • Erin
      November 12, 2012

      You don’t have to, but having it a little wet could help it to go on easier.

  5. Erin
    February 8, 2013

    Is there a difference between using soft chalk and using oil pastels? I hear you should NOT use oil pastels as it is much harder to remove.

    • Mane Dish
      February 11, 2013

      From our experience, the oil pastels washed out within the same amount of washes as the chalk. But we can’t guarantee anything for your hair so we suggest you try it on a small patch of hidden hair to see how it washes out for you. We liked the chalk ( better than oil pastels however there is also “hair chalk” that you can buy which is specifically made for hair…not the sidewalk 😉

  6. Ashley
    June 30, 2013

    So I tried Gypsy stix it tangled but then tried oil in my daughter’s hair and her hair is dirty blonde almost brown and it work for a little while didn’t stay in tried the oil in my nine years old hair she has thin brown hair and it didn’t work as well as the chalk did

  7. Shrilene
    July 18, 2014

    I have black hair what colour of oil pastel should I use and will it be visible….


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