If you’ve ever wished (however fleetingly) that you could spice up your locks with a pop of color, we have two words for you: hair chalk. We’ve admired plenty of dip-dyed, streaked and rainbow-colored hair chalk creations on Pinterest, but always shied away from trying it ourselves — too much effort/clean up required/potential for disaster. But when we heard that L’Oréal Professionnel was releasing their own line of bold and beautiful hair chalks, we were intrigued. We gathered our courage, put on our bravest face and gave them a whirl … and fell in love after first swipe. These chalks are actually liquid formulas and come with easy-to-use applicators that make applying the color a total breeze. The best part is that they only last 2-10 shampoos, so commitment-phobes needn’t fear. We became so enamored of these gorgeous L’Oréal Professionnel HAIRCHALK that we decided that we would give away the entire new collection to one lucky MDC reader — check back tomorrow for rules on how to enter this giveaway!
In the meantime, here are six different looks we created using the HAIRCHALK, along with our tips on how to recreate them. Who knew colored strands could be so chic?
Green Hair Chalk: Dip Dye
Warning: This look is not for the faint of heart. To create a dip-dye effect, we applied L’Oréal Professionnel Garden Green hair chalk to our strands, starting halfway down the hair shaft and concentrating on the ends. The result is messy, natural, bedhead waves with a vibrant wash of color. If your hair isn’t naturally wavy, click here to find out how to recreate these waves.
Purple Hair Chalk: Pompadour Pony
Give your pompadour a rock ’n’ roll edge with a vibrant streak of First Date Violet. Apply a 2-inch stripe of color starting at the center of your forehead, tease with a comb (here’s our step-by-step tutorial on how to tease your hair the right way), then roll and pin in place with a bobby pin. Then, just gather your hair into a pony and finish with a spritz of hairspray to keep everything headbang-proof.
Blue Hair Chalk: Braided Half-Do
Boring braids, begone! Add a blue streak to your hair starting right above your eyebrow and distributing through the ends (we used Blue Ocean Cruise by L’Oréal Professionnel). Then, take that section and braid it halfway; pin in place with a bobby pin and flaunt a pretty, feminine look that’s perfect for a night out.
Pink Hair Chalk: Low-Key Ponytail
Dress up your relaxed pony with a streak (or two) of pink. Recreate this look by applying Sweet Sixteen Pink hair chalk in a half-inch section of hair, starting right by your ear all the way to your ends. Put your hair in a ponytail, take a small strand from underneath your pony, and wrap it around your elastic. Pin it in place, then add another streak of pink if desired.
Coral Hair Chalk: Messy Bun
Spice up your everyday messy bun with a pop of coral. Take about two inches of hair in the back of your head from the bottom layer and apply a streak of Coral Sunset hair chalk. Repeat with a one-inch section at the top of your hair. Then, just style your messy bun as you normally would — here’s our foolproof 3-step method.
Coffee Hair Chalk: Half-Bun
To achieve this edgy, two-toned look, gather the top half of your hair and clip to the top of your head. Distribute a coffee-colored hair chalk like L’Oréal Professionnel Coffee Break through the bottom third of the unclipped strands. Then, just unclip the top section and twist into a mini bun — pin it in place (sticky pins will help) and show off that mane!
Another option? Get your HAIRCHALK look done at a salon! Our editorial director Caitlin got the professional treatment from Ted Gibson salon co-owner and hairstylist Jason Backe. The final look? Gorgeous, ocean-inspired mermaid ombré:
If you'd like your HAIRCHALK color to fade more quickly, Backe suggests massaging L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil into dry hair and then shampooing and conditioning as usual (preferably with L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Shampoo and Conditioner for the best effect).
Remember — check back tomorrow for our HAIRCHALK giveaway! We’re giving away every color in this brand new collection from L’Oréal Professionnel.
Which of these looks is your favorite? Would you ever use hair chalk? Sound off in the comments!