Adventures in Homemade Hair Chalk with My Tween

Have you noticed one of the latest trends in hair fashion? A few years back it was feathers, so it seems that hair chalking is the thing. I know there are salons or places now that you can go to to get streaks of color, and you can buy “hair chalks” online, like here for instance. I recently even saw a deal for a set of hair chalks in one of those “groupon-type” emails. Being the artist and crafty experimenter that I am, I thought, hmm… there has got to be homemade, crafty way to do this. I mean, we made homemade sidewalk chalk, why not hair chalk, right?

Sure enough, I found a few variations on using artist chalk pastels as hair chalks for a simple, inexpensive, DIY way to achieve this colorful hair trend. You can get a set of chalk pastels as low as $5-6, and they go up in price from there depending on how many you get in the set and the brand name. Look for them in your local art and craft store in the art/drawing aisle. Make sure to look for chalk pastels, NOT oil pastels. They are two completely different things. My daughter takes a weekly art class, so we actually already had some on hand to test out. So, technically we didn’t need to “make” any hair chalk, we just needed look into her art supply box to try out this crafty experiment.

Last week was Spring break for my girl, so I thought it was the perfect time to experiment with this hair fashion trend on her. I was actually the one who asked her if I could try to color her hair with chalk. She thought I was a little crazy at first, but then of course, she jumped at the chance. She didn’t want to just do one or two strands of hair. She has beautiful strawberry-blonde hair, and she wanted a cool blue ombre effect all along the bottom of her hair.

Here is quick before and after shot of what we did:

Homemade hair chalk on tween girl before and after

I love crafty experiments, and I like to dive right in trying out a new trick or technique. The basic treatment I used, was to wet (I used a squirt bottle with water), color (with chalk pastels), and then heat set (I used a flat iron, but a curling iron would work too) hair for this homemade hair chalk DIY.

Here is how I applied homemade hair chalk onto my daughter’s hair:

homemade hair chalk DIY @clubchicacircle

We did get some really cool effects, and her hair was a vibrant blue the first day.

homemade hair chalk back view @clubchicacircle

Using the flat iron did seal in color, and help dry the hair as I was applying. I did notice that as her hair dried more, some of the chalk did rub off onto her shirt. I would probably add a touch of hair spray at the end next time to hold it in next time. The chalk washed out easily from her shirt. I just made sure to pre-treat it, but it came right out.

Another tip, is that I could have worn plastic gloves, but I am not afraid to get messy. I used my hands, and yes, they got blue as well, but I washed them up with soap and water after applying as well.

She washed her hair out that night, and because her hair is so blonde, we actually temporarily die it a little bit.

Here is what her hair looked like after one washing:

homemade hair chalk after one washing

You can see, there are still streaks of blue, and it definitely still has a subtle ombre look. The blue mixed with her strawberry blond hair gave off a slightly “greenish-blue” hue at the end. The color lasted in her hair almost a week. She did a lot of swimming over the weekend, so that might have also helped take the last remains of the color out of her hair.

You can omit the “wet” step, especially in blonde hair, if you want a 1-day only affect. I would definitely use hair spray at the end to help hold it in hair and not rub off onto clothes or furniture.

SheKnows has a great tutorial on how to use artist pastels for temporary hair coloring, as well as tips for different hair colors.

It was a fun experiment, and she loved showing off her blue hair around town.

homemade hair chalk DIY on tween girl

I want to try just one strand next time, and dare I say, I think I want to try on my hair. = ) I’m thinking a cool pink stripe of hair may be in my future.

Have you ever tried applying hair chalk before? Share your thoughts and experiences below. I would love to hear them.

Happy crafting!


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  20 comments for “Adventures in Homemade Hair Chalk with My Tween

  1. rachel
    April 15, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I love it! I wish my daughter and I had blonde hair… might not work so well with our mud-brown locks. Thanks for sharing!

  2. April 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    You read my mind with the pink stripe. My little girl would LOVE that. I’ll let you know if we try it out. She has light-brown hair, but it’s still worth a try! Thanks for sharing, and I love your daughter’s freckles!

    • April 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      Hi Anna! Share a picture if you test it out on your girl. I’m tempted to try it out on my hair with a cool pink stripe. = )

  3. Aditi
    July 19, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I really want to try this. What color looks good on jet black hair?

    • July 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      hmmm… I would probably recommend the brighter colors, like red.

    • sidhya
      July 27, 2014 at 6:19 am

      cool i have jet black hair too i am thinking about aqua blue in my hair

    • ELLY
      December 4, 2014 at 7:27 am

      I have black hair that shines like chocolate brown in the sun cuz I’m asian, but one time I was playing around with different colors, and my favourite was def the bright red, it looked kind of like maroonish after I applied it onto my hair, it was so cool and all my friends were jealous 😉

    • Ella
      January 15, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      I would say probably a purple or teal

  4. Emmy
    January 18, 2014 at 9:32 am

    If you have darker hair apply white first then go over it.

  5. miranda
    March 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

    How long does the color last until it washes out? If I didn’t use the flat iron to seal in the color would it wash out right away? This is such a fun idea for the summer!

    • March 21, 2014 at 10:17 am

      About half of the color comes out in the first wash, and then it faded away within a week.

  6. saloni
    May 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    I really liked it but does this hair chalks damage our hair?
    I mean maybe dryness?

    • July 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Saloni, it is definitely a temporary treatment. I wouldn’t apply chalks to your hair on a regular basis, but it will give your hair a different texture for a few days. Hope that helps.

  7. Jules
    June 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I just find your post totally helpful. I dyed my hair light brown just a few weeks ago and I thought it kinda looks boring. I’m definitely trying this one. Have to ask my sister first is she has a hair iron. Thanks!

  8. KK
    July 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I love this idea what color would you recemend for medium brown hair

    • July 21, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      That’s tough, I would experiment with some of the deeper tones of purples or reds. You will definitely get a subtler effect with medium brown hair.

  9. Ryan
    November 4, 2014 at 3:03 am

    I am a 49 year old grandma whith blonde hair I m thinking about adding some purple tips to my med length hair for the month of November to support epilepsy awareness for my 2 year old grand daughter.
    Any thoughrs on if this would be too odd for me(being older to do lol).
    tips on how to maybe make it Classy not kiddish looking????
    thanks !!

    • November 5, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Honestly, I think you should go for it and rock it!!! When people ask you about it, you can proudly say what you are supporting. Love it!

  10. Dez mom
    August 29, 2016 at 10:10 am

    How long did it stay in her hair?

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