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We’ve all seen the trend for bright, poppy, candy colors in hair. While many people, like myself, love these shades, you may not be ready to sport such bold colors permanently; or maybe you like the style, yet can’t commit to one color, preferring to change it up weekly. Hair chalk is the answer. If you aren’t familiar with it, it is essentially makeup for hair. A temporary hair color, it washes away faster than the spray-in colors you may have used during Halloween. It’s a great way to test out a hair color you are considering for a permanent hue, and makes a fun and surprising change-up for a night on the town. Best of all chalk is easy and creative to play with at home, and works great on dark and light hair. Want to learn how to hair chalk? Follow my pictorial step-by-step how-to in the style notes… –– Kelly Rowe

Here’s what you’ll need:

Hair Chalk (I am using chalk that can be found here)

PrIMP Working Spray

Black Comb

Clips (preferably black)


A drape or towel to protect clothing while applying

Curling Iron/Wand (optional)


Step 1: Make sure hair is dry. Lay out your tools in front of you.

Step 2: Take a diagonal section along the side of your head. This ensures that the colors fall gradually, creating a shimmering effect.

Step 3: Section the other side the same way and clip away the rest of your hair.

Step 4: Put your gloves on and open your chalk.

Step 5: Take ½” to 1” sections, from the previously sectioned hair. The sections should be no bigger than you chalking disc.

Step 6: Decide where you want to start your color. Lay your hair flat across the color pad. Place a finger firmly on the hair across the color and slide down the lengths, customizing the placement as you like it. If you are blending or fading colors together make sure to leave room for your second color. After coloring one side, flip hair and do the same on the other side.

Step 7: Pick up your second color (if desired) and apply the same way as the first, blending them together.

Step 8: Once color is applied stretch the section, making sure you are happy with color placement. Mist with PrIMP Working spray to shield and hold, preventing color from falling onto clothing.

Step 9: Once first section is complete, repeat on more sections –– until the desired amount of color is achieved

Step 10: Style and finish as you like it. Using a curling wand to softly curl a few pieces will give you nice waves of color.

Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributer to Style Noted.

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