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Colored Chalk Tips

Today I’m excited to share another hair tutorial! My genius friend Caroline used chalk (yes, plain old chalk) to color the ends of her hair like a rainbow, and you could also do ombre or just your favorite color. Don’t you love this sexy rocker look? Here’s how to do it

Here are Caroline’s steps, and the wonderful Jamie Beck took photos:
Dying hair crazy colors is a trend that’s been going strong for a while now, but what do you do if you want to have some fun, and don’t want to commit to a semi-permanent dye? Here’s your answer! Chalk pastels are my go-to when I want to add some fun into my hair.

1. Get yourself some hair chalk.

2. Pick your favorite color of chalk, and wet the tip of the chalk you have chosen. Then rub the end of the chalk up and down the tips of your hair, re-wetting when necessary. (You can also wet your hair instead of the chalk, but I find it easier to just re-wet the chalk when needed. You don’t want your waterlog your hair, since then it will become a mushy mess.)

3. Switch colors if you want. Just go crazy. Experiment. This type of hair is meant to be fun and carefree! (For my hair, I used a combo of four colors: magenta, peach, royal blue, and turquoise.)

4. Wait for your newly colored hair to dry a little before you get dressed. You don’t want to get colored dye on your party outfit. Also, don’t forget to wash your hands after, you’re going to get a bit messy. Don’t worry, it comes off with soap and water!

Three extra tips:
* If you have lighter hair, skip wetting the chalk first and just use the chalk dry on your hair. Wetting it may stain lighter hair a bit more than darker hair. If you find that the color isn’t showing up enough for you, you may want to run a flat iron over the part you just colored. The heat will help brighten and seal the color in.
* Apologies in advance for the ladies with super dark hair; you may have to sit this one out (although, you could try some bright blues and purples for a cool subdued effect).
* Don’t fear that it will rub off onto your clothing once it’s dry. I was wearing a white blouse when we took these photos, and I went out to dinner afterward and came home with no trace of color anywhere on me or my clothing (save for some bright pink chalk under my nails because i didn’t wash my hands well enough;).

There you have it! Fun stuff! Have a good time, ladies!!!
Thank you so much, Caroline and Jamie! Would be really fun for a date, a night out with friends or a birthday party. Would you do it?

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(Photos by Jamie Beck for Cup of Jo. In the outdoor photos, Caroline is wearing this white shirt and these jeans in neon persimmon. Her red lipstick is Ruby Woo by MAC. Her jewelry is from her own line, Brvtvs, and will be available in early June. In the how-to photos, Caroline is wearing vintage jeans–similar ones here–and this Ikat top.)

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  11. This looks so cute! I recently had something similar done to my hair but on a bigger scale for a hairdressers. My tutorial is no way near as good as this one!

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  12. You’ve made my 10yearold very, very, happy. She’ll be having cool rock ‘n roll hair! Thank you!

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  16. I saw another tutorial with hair chalk, but I like this one better. It looks really good. I dye my hair with koolaid sometimes because I have light colored hair so it works well.

  17. Anonymous says...

    Can you buy that colour pallet in the photos, if so where can you buy them in Victoria?

  18. amazing… i wana try… thanks for sharing..

  19. are you using natural colors because using synthetic color or chemical will be harmful for your hair

  20. What a great idea! I thought about buying the colourbug by Kevin Murphy but this is a much better idea. Cheap and lots of colours, brilliant!

  21. Anonymous says...

    it will work on dark hair if you put white chalk on before the colored ones

  22. RUN A FLAT IRON OR CURLING IRON OVER IT WHEN YOUR DONE-

    thats what i have read and done and it works great! it looks like you really colored your hair!!

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  23. I just can’t get enough of these hair tutorials! They certainly inspire me to think beyond buns (how you’ll most often find my hair).

  24. I’m now definitely glad that I didn’t give away my art supplies. My chalk pastels and I are going to have to try this out very soon.

  25. This is very nice. There are some who wanted to do some color style in their hair without putting a permanent color.

  26. That would be so great for temporary color and as many colors as you want. The only thing I’ve heard is that the chalk easily rubs on your shirt or dress. Wear the same colored shirt as the chalk you put in your hair.

  27. What a lovely way to color your hair! Genius!

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  28. Anonymous says...

    Thank you so much! I’m definitely going to try this. Green tips!

  29. That is a fab lip color! What is it?

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  30. Whenever I see Caroline’s face now I grin like a maniac with glee ’cause I know I’m going to get an awesome hair tutorial!! :D XD

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these tutorials Jo & Caroline! BISOUS! XOXOX ;D

  31. Love these rainbow locks, looks beautiful!
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  32. Kelly Devine says...

    Great photos!

  33. Soren says...

    Caroline-what does the tattoo on your wrist say?
    Love the hair tutorials!

  34. Megan says...

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks really silly…?!

  35. I’ll defenetly do ! Thanks for the tip !

  36. LOVE this idea! I would totally do it. But I still can’t quite believe that it’s not going to rub off on your clothing (or everything else around you for that matter). How can that be? I guess I’ll give it a try in grungier clothes first, just in case…

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  37. LA says...

    cool tip!

  38. Caroline is beyond beautiful.
    Awesome idea – I would never have thought of doing this with chalk! Will keep this one up my sleeve for a party. :)
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    p.s. Your hair tutorials are the best.

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  40. I’m going to try this on my 10 year old, she’s been bugging me to dye her hair , what a great to give her what she wants, and have it washed off. Own question does it dry out your hair?

  41. My housemate just did this to my hair a few weeks ago!

  42. Anonymous says...

    This is beyond cool! I’m definitely going to try it.

  43. apologies, doesnt do it for me…Looks like a child with sticky art fingers has run them through her hair. Love coloured hair, red, pink (any colour really) as highlights by a hairdresser rocks…not pastels through hair…just plain silly!

  44. Perfect! My daughter’s constantly asking to color her hair. This weekend it’s finally YES!

  45. ladies, i can assure you, it did not rub off on my shirt while shooting, or while hanging out later that night. also, to those who are concerned with chalk dust, if you wet the tip of the chalk, it prevents flaking. minimal dust comes off, not really anything to be concerned about. if this project posed a health risk, i wouldn’t have endorsed it. happy chalking!
    -caroline

  46. I always skeptical of this. If you endorse doing it, I think it’s probably worth trying :)

  47. As soon as I read this, I shut my lap top, marched over to my art supply closet, and tried this with my 2 year old. Ha, she loves it, and looks way too cool for school. It’s officially our new favourite.

  48. Fun! I’ll have to try it! Love the photos :)

  49. Aw I used to do that in art class in highschool when my hair had much lighter pieces in it. i love it!

  50. I’m gonna be all over this. Too fun. I’ve seen it around Pinterest but none of the tutorials mentioned wetting the chalk…good stuff. Thanks!

  51. Cool! I love the photos. Mad props to Jamie.

  52. Anonymous says...

    I’m an art teacher, and I have to agree with a previous poster, the soft pastel does have quite a bit of “dust” particles that float around. It’s not particularly good to breathe in, though this looks nominal at best. I would caution all in thinking it won’t rub off. Perhaps this once it didn’t rub off, but soft pastel in general is very prone to rub off and stain. You might be able to set it with a light spray of hairspray.

    I think there are colored hair spray that one could also use to get the ombre effect.
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  53. C. says...

    What a fantastic idea, I’d have never thought of it! Yet another excuse to make a trip to my local art store. :)

  54. LC Taylor says...

    Love it! I’m totally going to try somehow, even with my short hair. :)

  55. Awesome! I can’t wait to try this out for cool summer locks!

  56. Awesome! I can’t wait to try this out for cool summer locks!

  57. Cool stuff! when I was 15 and a punk wannabe back in the 90’s we used gouache!

  58. I can’t believe it didn’t rub off on the white shirt?? I have dark raven hair- pooh, guess I will sit this one out.

    Although, wonder if my kids sidewalk chalk might would work next time we’re drawing hopscotch boards…

  59. I had pinned this hair chalking link on Pinterest a few months ago (http://www.seventeen.com/fashion/blog/hair-chalking … yes, Seventeen magazine — gotta love Pinterest) that has an extra step to make the chalk ‘stay’ — maybe with an endorsement from Cup of Jo I’ll finally have the nerve to try this for the summer! :)

  60. Very cool! I also like the bright jeans. Fun! Still not sold on the half-tucked in shirt look, though.

  61. I have thought about doing this for a while now…better clear up the attic so I can find my chalk back and finally just do it ;)

  62. This is so pretty, I love it! Now just have to come up with an occasion to try it… :)

  63. i’m getting chalk immediately. i love this!!!!

  64. I’ve totally done this! Great post :)

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  65. This is so fun! I teach middle school and my students would freak out if I showed up with colored tips! I might just have to try it :)

  66. !!! Please read up on safe use of pastels before putting them in your hair. Pastels are not considered safe to breathe in…there are small particles and potentially dangerous pigments used.

  67. I am so excited to try this! This is truly genius! I love the pastel hair trends but I never want to dye my hair.

  68. This is gorgeous…and paired with those pink pants, it’s perfect for summer!

  69. Oh my goodness. This is absolutely brilliant! I can’t wait to try… Almost everyone I meet instructs me never to dye my hair(it’s a unique, dark strawberry blonde), so this technique is perfect for me! Thanks!

  70. i love this idea! i’m going to try this for a fun night out but more importantly i’m putting it in my back pocket for when my daughter grows up and wants a crazy change. good non-permanent alternative ;)

  71. daisy says...

    Yay! Finally a tutorial that short-haired girls can use :)

  72. So pretty! I’ve been too scared to commit to multicolour dye, but I think I will try this!

  73. Ah, so so beautiful! :)

  74. it seems fun, but how could it not get on your clothes? and boo… i’m one of those that have to sit this one out anyway… i’ve got black black black hair…

  75. My aunt (who is a hairdresser) was just telling my 10 year old daughter about this because Madeline desperately wants to dye her hair even though she has this gorgeous chestnut color hair with red highlights. Does the chalk run off onto your clothes? I guess it’s worth a try.

  76. As a girl who has never had the nerve to dye her hair (except one very mis-guided fiasco in middle school) this is such a nice temporary option! Also, Caroline is gorgeous! Homegirl needs to model when not working on her jewelry.

  77. L says...

    this is awesome! i’ve been wanting to dye my ends pink but permanent pink isn’t appropriate for my current job. can’t wait to try this!

  78. her hair looks awesome. my hair is about 2 shades darker so im wondering if it would show up as bright?

  79. Looks very fun for Summer! Just hope it doesnt stain that lovely white blouse…