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Hair Chalk: How to Use It & Remove It

  • Hair Chalk: How to Use It & Remove It
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  • How To: Liquid Hair Chalk
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    Use It:

    Use On: Dry Hair

    Apply: With applicator

    Lasts: 2-10 shampoos

    Instructions: Liquid hair chalk will usually come with sponge-tipped or foam applicator. Place a towel over your shoulders and wear gloves to prevent staining your clothes and hands, then use the applicator to apply the formula to your strands. Wait for 30 seconds to one minute for product to dry fully, then blow-dry with a styling brush. 

     

    Remove It:

    Wash your hair as you would normally. However, you can massage a hair oil like Orofluido’s Elixir ($30) into your strands before shampooing and conditioning to speed up the removal process.

  • HAIRCHALK
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    L’Oréal Professionnel HAIRCHALK ($24)

  • Hair Color
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    Streekers Hair Color ($$12)

  • How To: Hair Chalk Compact
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    Use It:

    Use On: Wet or Dry Hair

    Apply: Directly from the compact

    Lasts: 1-3 shampoos, depending on how light your hair is

    Instructions: Apply hair chalk compacts directly to wet or dry strands (applying to wet hair simply creates a more intense color). Take a one-inch section of hair and slide the hair chalk compact over the length you’d like to color. Seal the pigment in with a spritz of hairspray.

     

    Remove It:

    Shampoo as usual. Hair chalk that comes in a compact will usually wash out easily with shampoo, though blondes may have to shampoo a few times more to rinse out all of the pigment.

  • Pastel Hair Chalk
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    Sephora Collection Pastel Hair Chalk ($12)

  • Color.Bug
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    Kevin Murphy Color.Bug ($20)

  • Hair Chalk
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    The Body Shop Hair Chalk ($12)

  • Hypercolor Brow and Hair Powder
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  • Color Chalk
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    Splat Color Chalk ($6)

  • Hair Shadow
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    ColorSmash Hair Shadow ($$15)

  • How To: Hair Chalk Stick
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    Use It:

    Use On: Wet or Dry Hair

    Apply: With Water

    Lasts: 2-4 shampoos, depending on how light your hair is

    Instructions: Place a towel on your shoulders and use gloves to prevent staining. If you are brunette, wet the section of hair you’d like to color before applying the chalk (blondes can do this too, but this will make the pigment stay on much longer). Apply the chalk to the strand of hair you would like to color, twisting the hair as you go. Allow color to air dry, or give it a cool blast of air with your hairdryer. Style as usual and finish with hair spray to lock in the color.

     

    Remove It:

    Shampoo and condition as usual. Use a clarifying shampoo to speed up the removal process.

  • MÅLA Chalk
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    Ikea MÅLA Chalk ($2)

  • Ombre Hair Chalk Set
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  • How To: Hair Chalk Spray
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    Use It:

    Use On: Dry Hair

    Apply: Directly to Hair

    Lasts: 1-2 shampoos

    Instructions: Mist this color directly on your hair, wherever you would like a pop of color. Style as normal.

     

    Remove It:

    Shampoo and condition as usual.

  • Spraychalk
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    Bumble & Bumble Spraychalk ($19)

  • Hari Chalk Inspiration
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  • Fishtail
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    Photo: Free People
  • Ombre
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    Photo: A Beautiful Mess
  • Pink
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    Photo: Tracy Rasinski for Eliza Magazine
  • Blue
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    Photo: via StyleHunter
  • Splash of pink
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    Photo: via The Fashion Section
  • Pink Streaks
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    Photo: Free People
  • Ponytail
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    Photo: via The Makeup Blogger
  • Rainbow
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    Photo: Rene Vaile for Urban Outfitters

Perhaps it’s all the gorgeous festival beauty looks on our Pinterest feeds but lately we’ve had the urge to go My Little Pony with our locks. There’s something about pastel-hued, hair-chalked strands that speaks to our inner bohemian—and we’ll be honest, the lack of commitment makes them especially appealing. But with new formulas springing up left and right, how are you supposed to know how to use (and more importantly, remove) each one? We did the research for you, and found out exactly how to apply and wash out each type of hair chalk, leaving you more time to fishtail and dip-dye to your heart’s content.

Click through our slideshow above for our tips on using and removing all types of hair chalks, plus our favorite products and plenty of hair chalk styling inspo!

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