TOO MUCH TIME + ART SUPPLIES = MADNESS
As a kid growing up with thick black hair, my mum's always forbidden me to dye or bleach my hair for the sake of vanity. While I resented that for most of my pubescent years, watching my friends dabble into fun highlights and dye, I finally realise now the reason behind her advice. If you have (or have seen) bleached/dyed hair, you will find that this type of hair is often brittle and dry, due to the harsh chemicals that have been used to alter the colour. Often people ask me how I get such thick hair, and if my black hair is dyed - the answer is simple: I don't do anything to it. That, and I eat a lot of seaweed, which is weird but it helps make hair blacker apparently.
So when this hair chalking trend came about, I finally found my key to Pandora's box. While chalking is harsh on the hair, it isn't as bad as bleaching and its temporary, which means now I can play with all the colours in the world.
Here are some tips and tricks I've discovered:
- Firstly, use soft pastels, not oil pastels or chalk. Contrary to the name, you don't use ordinary blackboard chalk as there isn't enough colour pigment in it. Don't use oil pastels because that will be silly - you won't be able to get it out of your hair and will have to shave your head bald if you do so.
- If you are keen on doing this more than once, it will be a good idea to get some good quality pastels as they won't wreck your hair as much, and the pigments are really intense. This is also good for dark hair as the colour shows up better.
- My pastels are from CretaColor: they have a nice selection of colours and the pigments are of really good quality. I have also heard that Senelier is also a good brand to use, but its more expensive as the pigments are more intense.
- If you have been cruising the internet for tutorials, you will have found that many of them tell you to rub the pastel stick straight on to your hair. I find that it's not very effective (for me at least) and its very messy because the stick slips out of your hand a lot and it gets everywhere.
- What I've done is shave the end of a soft pastel (see pics above) onto a little paint palette, and applied it onto the ends of my hair with a damp brush. Since you will most likely use a few colours, using a paint palette is really helpful in keeping all the colours separate.
- Wear an old shirt when you're doing this because the colours will fall and stain some bits of your shirt.
- Twist a strand of your hair as you're painting on the colour as it makes it easier to get an even coat all around.
- Once you're done colouring, just blast it with a blow dryer and you're good to go!
Here's the result of an hour of watching Celebrity Big Brother and having soft pastels at hand.