Archive | May 2012

A quick tutorial Video: How to chalk your hair with soft Pastel?

Ok, if you are new to this trend, here this video may help you on the :”How to start chalking your hair?” Watch and enjoy?

Chalk your hair?! Yes,Chalking is the new trend!

First, models with streaks of pastel-hues rocked European catwalks and magazine spreads. Now South Florida stylists say this colorful trend has popped up stateside, with young girls and women brightening their tresses through “chalking.”

Chunky pastel sticks or other chalk-like products give tresses a new look that’s bright but temporary.

“I figured it was an easier way to color your hair without actually damaging it,” said Summer Halliday, 16, of Fort Lauderdale who added streaks of purple to her blond locks. “All my friends love it. I like it. It makes me feel happy.”

Users and stylists say chalking is fun and easy to do (it can be done at home or a salon). In the world of hair treatments, it’s fairly cheap. People are using sidewalk chalk from art supply stores, which can cost about $6 a case, or similar chalking-like products at their local salon for $15 to $45, depending on the salon and how much of the coloring product is used.

Alexander’s G’Day Spa and Salon in Fort Lauderdale is getting requests from mostly girls ages 12 to 16.

“But it’s been really good for office workers who are conservative who want to do something different,” said the owner, Alexander. “It’s a temporary thing so they can go back to work Monday and have a different expression.”

Singers Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj and Selena Gomez have helped spark the craze by sporting candy-colored tresses during performances. The look has also been a running theme this season on The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion,” with stylists giving the aspiring models makeovers with similar rainbow-dipped hues.

Former MTV reality star Lauren Conrad, who has a collection at Kohl’s department stores, has blogged about how to chalk on her site. Her February post has garnered more than 400 comments. Bloggers have also been posting online chalking tutorials. One video by celebrity makeup artist Kandee Johnson has drawn more than 790,000 hits since February.

“This is a way kids can try on hair color, and they can have fun without their mothers killing them when they get home,” said Mark Calderone, a hair colorist at the Dorjon Salon in Boca Raton, whose 23-year-old niece has tried the trend.

He recently saw the pastel color hair look at an Aveda event at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Models there sported soft bright-color hair from “baby-chick Tweety yellow” to cotton candy pink.

“It was really funky and cool. You could see the influence,” he said.

Of course, there’s one downside to chalking. “If you are chalking, just don’t get caught in the rain,” said Micki Mazza, a master colorist at Robert Allen Salon in Fort Lauderdale. “It drips and can make a mess of your clothes. I would definitely recommend that they replenish the hair with good products. Imagine how dry chalk feels on your hands.”

Hair Color Chalk, the new trend to color your hair!

photos: Kristin Ess, post designed by Kristin Ess

Last week, we were shooting Lauren’s collection for Kohl’s and at the end of the day, we got our hands on some colorful soft chalks. How can a girl resist when there are pinks + purples involved?? Lauren’s pink cotton candy bun was pretty cute! As you may know, hair chalking has been around for a little while now and it’s a great way to temporarily add color to your locks. Above you see that chalk can create a very similar look to dye without commitment. But… with every action comes a reaction. There are several things you need to know about chalking your hair. Below are some tips + tricks along with some very important advice for before and after…

  • Twist the hair as you chalk. The texture from twisting makes the chalk release more pigment.
  • Always brush the excess powder out after chalking each piece.
  • If you’re blonde or you have blonde tips, DO NOT wet your hair before chalking. I will stain if you do because adding water to pure pigment creates a real dye. If you’re okay with the staining for several washes then go for it! If you’re looking to do color for the day, do not add water at any time.
  • If your hair color is anything darker than blonde and you don’t have blonde tips, you’ll NEED the water. Doubling the pigment is what will help the colors to show up on darker hair. Mist a little water on the strand with a spray bottle, then chalk it up! It won’t stain darker hair the same way it will on lighter hair.
  • Red heads– try it without water and if it’s just not showing up, add a little water. It just depends on how light or dark your red is.
  • Use only “soft pastels”. THESE are our all time faves. Senellier brand pastels have the brightest and most intense pay off we’ve ever seen… and we’ve tried a lot. They’re nearly $4 per piece at Blick, which seems a little expensive, but so is hair color– and hair color removal. Regular chalk doesn’t work the same. It’s harder to transfer and getting it to stick to your hair can be virtually impossible.
  • Soft chalk pastels can be found at any major art store. Just don’t get “soft chalk” pastels confused for oil pastels. If you’re confused, ask a sales person. Removing oil pastels would be a nightmare, not to mention, they’d feel very sticky.

  • Try doing 2 colors on one strand! Really fun and looks tie-dyed!
  • Always wear a robe or cape and lay something down on the floor to catch the chalk dust that falls off. This stuff gets EVERYWHERE!
  • It will get on your clothes during the day, so try and wear something close to the color you’re sporting.
  • Doing updos with chalked hair is ideal because you won’t get as much on your outfit.
  • Before you shower, brush with a soft, natural hair brush get out as much pigment as you possibly can! It should come off almost all the way with brushing.
  • Don’t chalk your hair too often. At the end of the day, you’re using powder pigment on the ends of your hair and that can suck up a lot of natural moisture that you need in the ends of your hair.
  • Shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo after chalking. Soft chalk pastels use “gum arabic” as a binder. It’s a very very small amount and totally natural, but it’s made from a tree sap so it’s really important to get it all out.
  • Conditioning treatment is a MUST after you wash out your chalk. Replenish the moisture that may get sucked out with chalking.

The best part about chalking is styling it.