Spray paint and fair hair are a thing of the past. This year a new temporary hair color hit the scene and caught on like wildfire. Last year it was the feather attachment. This year it’s chalking. Let your kids go crazy with their hair color. It’s great for concerts, festivals and just a little spring fun. Kelly Osbourne has been rocking the purple hair so long that it’s actually started to look…well, normal. However, this chalking DIY isn’t meant for the full hair or even full streaks. Much like the ombre, it’s based on the tips of your hair.

They do have “hair chalk” that you can buy at salons or online…but they’re much more expensive. I got mine for $4 at Meijer!
So I keep using this word “chalk.” What exactly is the “chalk” you use? It’s actual pastel crayons or “soft chalk.”
Before you try this DIY, here are a few tips from Lauren Conrad and her beauty experts at The Beauty Dept:
  • If you’re blonde or you have blonde tips, DO NOT wet your hair before chalking. It will stain if you do because adding water to pure pigment creates a real dye. If you’re okay with the staining for several washes, then go for it! If you’re looking to do color for the day, do not add water at any time.
  • If your hair color is anything darker than blonde and you don’t have blonde tips, you’ll NEED the water. Doubling the pigment is what will help the colors to show up on darker hair. Mist a little water on the strand with a spray bottle, then chalk it up! It won’t stain darker hair the same way it will on lighter hair.
  • Red heads– try it without water and if it’s just not showing up, add a little water. It just depends on how light or dark your red is.

There is special hair chalk you can buy through salons and online, but that’s going to cost you a pretty penny. So go to your local Michael’s, art supply store or grocer that you know carries art supplies and buy a pack of “soft chalks.” They shouldn’t be more than $4 at your local Meijer or Kroger grocery stores. However, the quality may effect how long it truly lasts. Do NOT buy oil pastels. Look specifically for “Soft Chalk.”


  1. Soak a section of your hair (if that’s appropriate for your hair type and color).
  2. Take the chalk and begin to rub it up and down the section of hair. Add a twisting motion to collect more pigment from the chalk.
  3. The Beauty Department recommends brushing each section after applying the chalk. This will get out any excess color. But, if you want longer lasting color, then skip this step.
  4. Allow the hair to air dry–the thickness of your hair will determine the amount of time needed.
  5. Set the hair with a curling iron for the best result. “Setting” the color essentially means putting it into the hair. By setting it, it holds the color in the hair. It’s kind of like hairspray in a sense. This will help change the texture–it will eliminate the waxy feeling. Careful not to over dry this. If you have chemically treated hair, you may want to skip this step as it will dry your hair out and cause breakage.

Consider these Beauty Department tips for washing the chalk out:

  • Shampoo your hair with a clarifying shampoo after chalking. Soft chalk pastels use “gum arabic” as a binder. It’s a very small amount and totally natural, but it’s made from a tree sap so it’s really important to get it all out.
  • Conditioning treatment is a MUST after you wash out your chalk. Replenish the moisture that may get sucked out with chalking.