Hair Chalking: How-To Get the Dipped Dyed Look

By Alison Alhamed | 03/08/2012 11:13:00 AM


hair chalking color dipped dye endsMODERN Facebook fan Theresa Ferrer Contreras color chalking look, shared on MODERNs Facebook page. COLORISTS! Every time MODERN SALON posts a pic on Facebook of someone sporting hair reminiscent of hair chalking, you guys go nuts! This last time I posted a pic from MODERN fan Theresa Ferrer Contreras, it got 445 shares, 1,580 "likes" and nearly 300 comments. EVERYONE loves this look!

Theresa said she created it by using Paul Mitchell Inkworks for the base, prelightening the ends of the hair, then foiling in three demipermanent colors—layerig the lightest color first, then progressing to the darkest color. WOW!

Still, we were left wondering how you can create this look using pastel chalk for a more temporary look—afterall, that's what's been generating all the buzz! And, what a cool way to experiment with different colors of highlights for a rockin' temporary look for you, and of course your clients, to try on!

HERE'S HOW TO DO IT! Our Facebook fans say they love YouTube make-up artist and blogger Kandee Johnson's tutorial for creating the look. So, drumroll please, here it is!

What you'll need to recreate Kandee Johnson's hair chalking tutorial:

- A water bottle (optional)

- Soft Pastels Chalk (like from the art store) *DO NOT USE OIL PASTELS —it will stain the hair

- A flatiron or curling iron to seal in the color -Protective gloves

Kandee's tips:

-The chalk may come off on your clothing, consider spraying your hair with hairspray to seal it in even more.

-Don't brush your hair too much after you chalk, it will come off on your brush and  make a mess

-If you have blonde hair, you can skip the step of wetting your hair, if you do, it may make the color last longer than you'd like!

-Try layering your colors, beginning with the lightest first, then going over with darker colors

-Consider braiding your hair to really show off this look!

SO, WANT TO OFFER THIS SERVICE TO YOUR CLIENTS? Karen Gordon, MODERN Facebook fan and co-owner of Chicago's J. Gordon Designs, has now introduced hair chalking as a professional service called "Lock Chalking" in their salon. She was so kind to not only share the details of how she has added the service to her salon's menu, but Gordon, who is also on the board of directors for Cosmetologists Chicago, gave us the scoop on how to introduce it at your salon, who to market it to, how much to charge and how to make it more professional. Click here for the FULL STORY!







ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alison Alhamed

Alison Alhamed, Editor in Chief of Modern Salon Magazine | Editor of First Chair

Since July 2008, Alison has worked across all brands under the MODERN SALON Media umbrella, including MODERN SALON, SALON TODAY, FIRST CHAIR and MODERN SALON TV. Alison’s passion for the beauty industry grew even deeper after she enrolled in beauty school, working as an editor by day and a student by night. Alison earned her cosmetology degree from Pivot Point International in Bloomingdale, Illinois, in May 2011.

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Texas  |  March, 08, 2012 at 12:18 PM

THIS IS SO COOL! I can't wait to try it!!

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Louisiana  |  March, 08, 2012 at 12:51 PM

very cool!!

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Louisiana  |  March, 08, 2012 at 12:51 PM

very cool!!

Christie D    
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troy,nc  |  March, 08, 2012 at 02:26 PM

Does regular chalk from craft stores harm your hair? I have purchased Color Rub which is made for hair only but it does not stay as long as chalk from the craft store.

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Chicago  |  March, 15, 2012 at 02:27 PM

Hair Color Spray would be a lot easier and brighter!

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Minneapolis  |  March, 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM

I bought hair chalk from I love this site! Hairstylists earn commission off of everything that is sold on this website! Amazing concept!

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michigan  |  April, 04, 2012 at 05:26 PM

do you flat iron it inside of a foil? how long will this technique last when used with chalk?

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April, 08, 2012 at 10:00 AM

So cool and pretty

Kansas City  |  May, 22, 2012 at 10:41 PM

No, not inside a foil. This is temporary. Dry the hair, then curl or straighten it and finish with hairspray. It will last until you shampoo it.

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Minnesota  |  April, 21, 2012 at 03:06 PM

How long does the color stay in your hair?

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April, 22, 2012 at 09:47 PM

It gets all over your skin and big time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Chicago  |  June, 12, 2012 at 06:07 AM

I just got my chalks from, they do work! The colors look great in my hair, I also wear hair extensiosn, I just rub the colors to extensions and wear them!

Anna Marie Price    
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Dol y pandy bedwas,Cardiff wales,UK  |  April, 28, 2014 at 04:09 PM

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Anna Marie Price    
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Dol y pandy bedwas,Cardiff wales,UK  |  April, 28, 2014 at 04:12 PM

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