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How to Chalk Hair

Updated on September 27, 2014
The tools needed. Hair straightener, pastel chalk, brush, and a spray bottle.
The tools needed. Hair straightener, pastel chalk, brush, and a spray bottle.

Fun, Bright Colors

Chalking hair can be a fun option to give yourself or your child. The bright colors are fun and attract attention for little princesses (or the grow-up ones). Start the process by getting your supplies around because it can be a messy process, though anything that gets messy will be able to be wiped clean easily. This is a temporary color that does no damage to the hair and will wash out in about 2-3 washes depending on the color of the hair chalked.

Side note: Finding the pastel chalks at a craft store, or the craft section.

Start chalking the hair by brushing the hair to prevent knotting. Decide what colors your would like to choose and then grab the section size of hair that you want.

  • Spray the hair until it is wet (not damp).


  • Use the chalk in a downward motion. Do not rub up and down or your will knot the hair.


  • Use the towel to dab dry the hair or use a blow dryer to dry the hair.


  • Take the straightener and run it over the sections of hair with color.


  • Repeat the steps above until you have achieved the look that you want for the hair.

Pink in my brown hair.
Pink in my brown hair.

What will it look like:

Even with different hair color the pastel shows up well. Blonde hair picked up the color well, and surprisingly so did dark brown hair.

My daughter is a "toe" head blonde.
My daughter is a "toe" head blonde.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I have never heard of chalking the hair! How clever is this??? My teen age granddaughters will love this info. I voted it UP, etc. and have shared!

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      Heather 4 years ago from PA

      Thank you! I bet they will! It was so much fun doing hers, I just had to try a streak on my hair, you know, to see if the color took ;-). My daughter saw a girl at the mall with her hair done like this one day and wanted to do it so know we will be doing it often I think, she really enjoyed it.

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      Loi-Renee 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I've been seeing this style around a lot lately. I think I might give it a try though I don't know how the colors will take because my hair is so black. Voted up and shared.

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      Heather 4 years ago from PA

      It really does look neat. I have really dark brown hair and it showed very well in my hair. I would even say it showed better in my hair than my daughters "toe" head blonde hair. I used a very bright color though, so I am not sure about the blues or greens. Good luck and I hope you try it. Thanks for the reading, voting, and sharing.

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      What a cool technique, and I like that it's temporary so you can just do it for special occasions. Voted up.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Very nice. I have seen kids with colors in their hair and have wondered how they did it. I thought maybe it was hair paint sold like I think they do at Halloween. Voted and interesting.

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      Heather Rode 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      This is fantastic. I wish I didn't recently chop all my hair off so I could try it. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Heather 4 years ago from PA

      Sherry Hewins...It is very easy to do and washes out quickly and easily. Thank you so much for the reading and the vote!

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      Heather 4 years ago from PA

      moonlake, This may just be what they are doing! It really does look neat and so bright and vibrant. Thank you so much for reading and the vote!

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      Heather 4 years ago from PA

      Heather Says, (Love your name by the way!)...When your hair grows in a bit I hope you get a chance to give it a shot! Thank you so much for the votes!

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      Teylina 4 years ago

      Cool hub. Like instructions. This is one "grey-haired" (I'm sure) ole' lady whose grandkids have absolutely refused to let me go natural but stay red. Then they decided some streaks of real read, orange, yellow, etc might be fun to try. I may just let THEM have the fun, use your hub and climb aboard the chalk train! Love it!

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      Heather 4 years ago from PA

      Teylina, You sound like a super fun grandma! I hope that you will try it and get some fun time with your grandbabies! Thank you for reading and I am glad you enjoyed it!

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      Teylina 4 years ago

      I forgot-- it DOES wash out, right? LOL!!

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      Heather 4 years ago from PA

      You may have to wash it 2 or 3 times but yeah it comes right out. In fact I did my little sisters this morning, and after her bath its gone already she has dark brown hair, my blonde daughter takes the full 3 washes.

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      Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Very cool! My daughters will love this. I might try it on my horse for competitions! I will let you know how that goes! :) Will share on FB, twitter, google+ and with facebook fans!

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      Starmom41 4 years ago

      now that's interesting! kinda reminds me of a few years ago when kids were 'dyeing' their hair with Koolaid!

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      Heather 4 years ago from PA

      Angela Brummer, I bet that would be a super fun idea for competitions! Please let me know how it works out! Thank you for sharing (I shared your pedicure last night to rave reviews on the idea from my friends!)

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      Heather 4 years ago from PA

      Starmom41, I thought that was what the kids were putting in the hair because well thats what it was for YEARS! But nope its chalk, and the chalk doesn't stay nearly as long as the koolaid! (which is good for me, my daughter is 4!)

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