DIY colorful pastel chalk tips hair tutorial

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it’s true, i did not create the technique of chalking your hair (chalk tips) but i have wanted to try it for a long time thus, i figured i should do it on camera for you guys! i love how it turned out and i felt like a mermaid…which is kind of a lifelong dream of mine.

DIY Colofrul (Pastel) Hair Tips Using Soft Pastels AKA Fancy Chalk

Prep It:

  • get soft pastels from the art store or online – i used pastel colors by Sennelier
  • if you’re brunette or have black hair, a spray bottle with water
  • hair spray – optional to seal color

DO IT!:

  1. take about a half inch piece of hair and twist the ends
  2. *if you’re brunette, have black hair or dark red hair, spray the ends with your water bottle to moisten.
  3. use the chalk to dispense the pigment up and down the area of hair you want colored
  4. shake off the excess chalk (PS – wear something old while you’re chalking in case any falls and stains).
  5. optional: seal in with hairspray – i didn’t do this step and the chalk stayed really well and didn’t get on my clothes at all!

for another temporary color tips solution – check out my DIY Colorful Tipped Clip-in Hair Extensions post!

My Outfit:

  • shorts forever 21
  • tank forever 21
  • lace/chiffon tie top Topshop
  • shoes Topshop
  • jewelry is a mix of Mr. Kate and vintage



  • Emmi

    I had a question… what video-editing-program do you use?? ;))

    • mrkate

       our videographer Brad uses Final Cut : )

  • Annaz914

    Is there any way to make it stay in longer besides the water?

    • mrkate

       not really – if you want a longer lasting solution you could try food coloring or actual semi-permanent dye. xx

      • Nikiarsenik

        If you flat iron the hair after chalking it lasts days :)

  • http://twitter.com/akaleistar Akaleistar

    Your hair looks awesome!

    • mrkate

       thank you! ; )

  • Elizabeth

    How long does it last?

    • mrkate

       if you do it on dry hair it will last one wash – on damp hair it will last two or three washes. xx

  • Valarie

    Would any brand pastels work? =]

    • mrkate

      Yes it would however some nicer (more expensive) brands of pastels have more intense pigment so the color will be richer. Thanks! xx

  • Kelsey

    does it look okay in straight hair???? I love this!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mrkate

      Yes! It looks great on straight hair! Try it! xx

  • Tanya :)

    will it work on dark hair?

    • 3ysa

      It works on any kind. But if you want more colour than it is you can put white first

    • mrkate

      yeah try using white or try wetting the tips of your hair or the chalk first to make the pigment more intense. It will show up on dark hair then! thanks!! xx

  • Katya <3

    Do hard-ish pastels work? Or do they have to be super-soft???

    • http://www.mrkate.com/ Mr. Kate

      hard-ish pastels will work but not as well. you might want to do some shavings off them and mix with water. xx

  • Sky

    I have light, light brown hair (almost like a gold color) and I go to a high school that forbids hair dying!! I was wondering how many days does this last because I want to do it over the weekend and my hair to be back to normal on Monday?

    • http://www.mrkate.com/ Mr. Kate

      It will mostly wash out with one shampoo and if there is any slight color remaining you can just do a double shampoo. I say DO IT! xx