Fashion: Colored Hair & Hair Chalking!

April 26, 2012
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Seems like every performance and every red carpet is graced with a neon head of hair! Whether it is on Katy, Nicki, Gaga or Rhianna, it is definitely a hot Hollywood look. Katy has bounced from blues to pinks and most recently was spotted in a gorgeous hue of purple.  Gaga has literally been every color imaginable, but perhaps the most memorable were the citrus yellow locks she sported at the 2010 Grammy’s.  This trend has been ongoing and steamrolling it’s way right onto the heads of other celebs.  Nicki has used the vibrant colors in music videos and photo shoots and most recently, a colored head showed up on red carpets by Miss Kelly Osbourne.

All these women have more influence than they know and a few short weeks ago, Kelly herself instagrammed a picture of her and Joan Rivers, who was sporting pink tips on E! Fashion Police! If the look has graced the Fashion police panel, it’s surely a trend!

With all the colored hair floating around Hollywood, its hard to not wish us normal people could do it too.  However, the first thing to pop in most girls’ minds are: ‘What about school?’ ‘What about work?’ We can’t just go about our normal lives looking like Katy Perry. Well ladies, I have the solution… Hair Chalking! This trend has been around for a while now and I, myself have actually tried it.  I’m vouching for it; It works… It’s a little messy, but super easy and super cheap! The best part: Color your hair on Saturday, and be back to your professional, working self on Monday morning! Your boss will never even know you were a doppelgänger of Lady Gaga on Saturday night! Read the steps below or enjoy the video tutorial to begin your next weekend looking like Rihanna!

What you need:
Soft Pastel Chalk – pick them up at your local craft store: DO NOT get oil pastels…. these will NOT come out! *(Good brands: Sennelier or Artist’s Loft)
Squirt Bottle filled with Water
Something for styling that involves heat…. i.e.  hair straightener, curling iron
Gloves (again, it’s very messy)

Process:

Step 1:Spray a 1-inch section of hair with water. You don’t need to soak the entire strand, just go as high up as you want the color to show.

Step 2: Color on your hair with one of the pastels. I recommend choosing about three colors, and putting one at a time in your hair. Start with the lightest shade first, since, as you can see, the color gets all over your gloves and you’ll end up with a muddied version of the same hue throughout if you go dark to light.

Step 3:Wait for your hair to air dry. This was the hardest part for me – I was so anxious to see the final look!

Step 4: Using the curling or flat-iron, go over each colored strand. This sets the colors in your hair, so it will last longer. Then brush and style however you normally would!

*Blonde or light-colored hair  will hold the color longer and may even keep for as long as a week; dark hair will wash out within one to two washes.  I have really dark hair and it washed out the first wash. Regardless, it’s fun,  temporary and  an awesome Spring trend!

-Ashlee M. @AshKnowsTheDJ

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