Every once in a while when I see a phenomenally vibrant hair color, I think to myself and wonder why I’m not daring enough to boldly go where no hair has gone before…then I face palm as I remember it’s because I have a job that clearly states in the handbook that hair color must be a natural tone and not out of the ordinary. I know, so much for my Psionics inspired hues, right?
WRONG! I was so excited to learn about Splat!’s hair chalk because it allowed me to have my dream-do while still being able to go to work the next day without a lot of clean up. I will warn you though, as my amazing stylist warned me – if you have blonde hair, the chalk may stain it, so for this reason I decided to chalk a blue ombre onto my clip in extensions.
The first thing I did was wash my extensions with my regular shampoo and conditioner. I use Herbal Essences Color Care (the pink bottle) because I have colored hair and because it smells incredible. After that I blow dried them straight. You can choose to curl, wave, or leave them straight, but again, after speaking with my stylist I decided to curl mine with my flat iron on a low setting to make it easier to blend into my hair once they’re clipped in. If you don’t have a lot of experience curling with a flat iron, I would highly recommend trying it. It takes only a fraction of the time and the curl stays over night with no product! Here’s a video to help out if you’re new to curling with your flat iron:
After you’ve curled your extensions (or regular hair), spray a light quick layer of hairspray and let it dry completely so that your chalk doesn’t clump or get sticky. There are many brands of hair chalk, but I chose to use Splat! in the color Midnight Blue because with very blonde hair I wanted to steer clear of pastels for a much bolder look. You can pick this up at your local beauty supply store, or at Walmart for less than $8. If you’re going to color your entire head of hair and not just a few strands, you may want to pick up more than just one.
This small circle of chalk fits perfectly in your palm, so position it so it’s cradled in your fingertips (leaving your thumb free). Pull half inch strands of hair through the chalk by placing the hair in between the chalk and your thumb. I wanted a darker tone, so I did this a few times to prevent it from looking like highlights.
This step was a bit time consuming because I ran the strands through the chalk several times. After this, I held them over my sink and patted them down to allow any loose pieces of chalk to fall so that it would lessen the amount that could rub off on my clothes. Use hairspray again to lock in the color and again, to prevent any loose powder from rubbing off. When you’re ready to rock your chalk, clip in the extensions (if you’re using them) and make sure to tease the roots of your hair so it all blends well together…plus, who doesn’t love a little volume at the top? Here’s a little video help for extension application and root teasing:
Something I learned when I clipped these in is that as you run your fingers through it to blend in with your hair, they are going to get chalk on your hair, so be prepared to shampoo, rinse, and repeat at least twice at the end of the day. Also, be mindful of the weather and what you’re wearing. I would not use hair chalk on a rainy day, and I would most definitely not wear a color that would make any chalk residue noticeable.
Now that I’ve tried this and LOVE the look, I think I’ll buy permanent hair color in blue or aqua and dye these extensions so I can wear them more often without worrying about anything fading or rubbing off of my clothes. If you’re a stylist, or have tried hair chalk, feel free to comment and post photos!
Here’s what mine looked like: