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Using hair chalk to create lilac ombre hair

I’ve always suspected that all the pretty coloured hair girls post on instagram these days are done by hair chalk, but a little part of me still believes that they managed to achieve perfect rainbow pastel coloured hair through old school temporary hair dye like fudge or manic panic. There is just something more respectable about bothering to do it. 
But you know what? I’ve been making excuses like being too cheap to buy the $30 dollars worth of dye to make my hair the pretty lilac (which led me to do this) because I’m not sure that I’ve bleached it enough to get the right colour, and I think it’s getting so damaged I may never make it there! 
So when my bf Ash’s trendy little brother Kennaye sent me a link to some hair chalk he found online, I was like ooooh. For a mere $25 you can get about 8 different colours to play with. 
Of course I was so excited about the hair chalk that I couldn’t wait for it to ship form the states so I got creative. I went into hair house warehouse and they showed me a pot of hair chalk for $24.95 for one colour, like wow! No thanks, I just spent all my money on clothes – what to do?
Next door was an art supply store so I went in and found some pastels that seemed like they would do the same thing, however I usually think of pastels as the oily type. I asked the lady to show me the chalks they had and it was pretty much just primary school chalk – don’t think that would work out? Plus the colour was ugly…
So I asked her about the pastels – she said they were pretty chalky dry type so not the oily one so I figured maybe it’s worth a try. She asked me what it was for and I said for my hair and she told me a lot of girls have been using this to do it – she also advised me to finish it off with hairspray. Awesome! I only paid $3.99 for a pretty lilac colour!
The colour I got was called “Jacaranda” and it was such a pretty lilac.
This is the pastel brand and name Art Spectrum’s Artists’ Soft Pastel made with pure pigment (promising!)


1. Dampen hair with a spray bottle 

Make sure you use a spray bottle since soaking it will make the hair a little bit unmanageable. The thing to remember is that the wetter your hair the more vibrant the colour will turn out. I wanted a bit of an ombre effect so I dampened it more towards the ends and less and less as I got higher up. The chalk still works on dry hair, however it’s a fiant greyish purple – which was actually quite a nice shade to use to frame your face.

2. Start rubbing

Like the picture below you can start rubbing the chalk into your hair. I used up and down motions, and warning it will make your hair look a bit messy. If you want it to look neater, you can run it down in one direction pick it up and run it down again – this will take longer and less colour will transfer. If you want more colour you can rub it horizontally. Remember if you want more colour you can spray your hair till it’s even damper.

3. Let it dry or blow dry it

Once it dries out (you can use a hair dryer) you can brush it with a wide tooth comb and spray some hairspray to keep the colour from transferring all over your hands and clothes.

Warning – don’t drop the chalk into the sink or hard floor as  it will break into shorter pieces and it will be harder to use – yes I was clumsy enough to do this after this photo was taken.

This is the result of some rubbing 😉 It’s very bright actually so I was pretty happy!
Results! My hair is still a bit damp here so it looks a bit messy and gross :/
Note: Don’t wear a white shirt like me – wear something you don’t mind getting colour on.

I worked the colour strongest on the bottom and faded it up to the top. Towards my face I did a few lilac highlights to blend the colour in, I was pretty happy with the results!

Next time you’re near an art supply store try picking up a chalk and trying it out 🙂 There are sooo many colours to choose from, it’s so awesome!

The great thing is there is no surprise what colour it will show up as unlike hair dye. If you have darker hair it may show up a bit less, but if you put enough it actually is very vibrant, don’t expect silky hair texture though, will get a bit chalky with that layer of chalk on it 😉

I hope you enjoyed my Wednesday “make up post” I’ll be doing some sort of make up or beauty  related post every week, so please subscribe to my blog to keep up to date 🙂

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    london's beauty
    December 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Love this post Wendy 🙂 Your hair looks fab! I need to dye my hair like yours first before I do anything. 🙂 Got any blonde hair dye recommendations?


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      December 12, 2012 at 1:56 am

      I buy my own developer in a huge bottle and blue hi lift powder :)! I have a picture of it in my ombre tutorial. Otherwise any boxed bleach does a good job 🙂 Just buy 2 boxes if you have a lot of hair!

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    December 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Looks gorgeous!
    Is it just normal art soft pastels?
    I tried it with mine but the pigments faded away quickly.

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      December 12, 2012 at 1:57 am

      Yup the art pastels, they are very chalky – it lasted until you washed it out which is a day since I didn't want to mess up my pillow. Maybe if you apply it when your hair is damper and then hair spraying it will last longer? I had no problems of it fading when I had it on for the day 🙂

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    Lara Takahashi
    December 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Looks cool 🙂 I still do mine with the old school pastel dyes tho 🙂 (Fudge or Crazy Colors ;))
    x, Lara

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    December 11, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Omg, so cool! I wanna give this a go too!
    But I heard that's it's really bad for your hair though, what does your hair feel like now? Does it feel damaged at all?

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      December 12, 2012 at 1:59 am

      The bottom of my hair is badly damaged already, but it's just a coating so it shouldn't actually change your hair at all. My hair still feels damaged 🙂

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    Oh, it.s Kat
    December 12, 2012 at 3:10 am

    wow! this is so neat! thanks for sharing!

    also, i remember that you are going to design a blog and I believe that it's over now?? Your blog design is so pretty and exactly how I would love to have mine too. I wanted to ask you if you can give me tips and websites to use so I can redo my blog. It is seriously really plain and I want to fix it. Thanks a bunch!

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    Tulip Love
    December 12, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Wahh! It looks amazing!!! And only $3.99? I'm going to give this a go – thanks for the tutorial ^_^

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    December 12, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Awesome tutorial! I don't think I'd ever be able to actually dye my hair a crazy color because of work, but so I love that this is temporary but still looks good * v *

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    December 12, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Ahh that lilac color is gorgeous! Makes everything insta-dreamy! I would try this on my hair but since I went darker I don't think it's possible ;___;

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    December 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Ah, what a pretty color! I prefer using dyes though, because I heard that hair chalks tend to dry out your hair 🙁

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    Marcela Gmd
    December 12, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Great effect! I love your hair!!!!
    Would you like to follow each other with Bloglovin and facebook too? let me know…
    Have a nice day!!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

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    Just Plain Delirious
    December 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I've tried your ombre hair tutorial to do my balayage for my hair and now I'm keen on trying this! Thanks for showing this tute! 😀

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    December 12, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    that is AMAZING

    xo Camilla

    Into The Fold

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    sally t. le
    December 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    doesn't it dry out your hair like crazy? O_o wouldn't want that..

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    December 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Cool! I have always wanted to try that! But my hair is curly and I have no idea how it would look. Well maybe I should give it a shot lol!

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    Marsha C
    December 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Wow…amazing as it works so well!

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    December 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

    I'm quite fond of the ombre chalk dye effect – not something I would try but nice seeing it on others if done well. I wonder though, having spent some time 'dyeing' the hair with chalk, does it not transfer onto your clothes? That would be totally offputting 🙁

    Anyhow, nice little post though =^^=

    Feel free to come say hi to me in the UK via this link:

    All best,
    Jenny xoxo

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    Estefanía Ainoza
    December 13, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Really nice!!! I love it!!!!

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    Yunie Henoek
    December 14, 2012 at 3:04 am

    the ombre hair looks cool. anyway, i just figured out there's such thing called chalk for hair, lol

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    December 14, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Nice review, now I wanna try hair chalk~ =D

    I love the outfit you are wearing Babe <3

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    Emi ♥
    December 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    This is the first time seeing someone use chalk to colour hair.
    Looks quite messy and I don't want it to go all over my clothes…
    It's quite pretty but the dry crispy hair look isn't something I'm fond off, prefer hair to be silky and more healthy looking. Other than that thumbs up to creativity!! ♥

    Keep up the awesome posts

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    Ellie S
    December 14, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I absolutely love this! It's such a genius idea, you're really an inspiration!
    As soon as I can, I'll be out buying some bright blue chalk to colour my own ends 😀

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    THT Christina
    December 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Looking very pretty in that last photo 🙂
    And I wanted to try these too! But My hair is quite dark so I wasn't sure if the color would show up well or not :/ I guess I just gotta go lighter then! haha

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    Celyx Lim
    December 16, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Wow, you're so pretty! And the lilac ombre really compliments your look! It looks amazing 😀 Keep up the great post, I'm glad I followed you xo

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