Ah, summertime…let the nostalgia kick in: afternoon bike rides, sun-kissed skin, fresh cut watermelon, bonfires on the beach, your favorite jean shorts, white linen, sand in between your toes, freckles, tan lines, romance, sno-cones…we love it all.
Now that our favorite time of year is in full swing, your wardrobe color palette has most likely transitioned to whites, brights and pretty pastels to accompany the cheerful season. Wouldn’t it be nice if your tresses could rock summer colors too? Well, now they can! Thanks to The Beauty Department, we now have a way to get pastel-streaked locks with no regrets – all you have to do is use chalks to create the look temporarily. Just follow The Beauty Department‘s tips below to get the colorful ‘do!
P.S. – Check out our “Pastel Pretties” board on Pinterest for more color inspiration!
- Twist the hair as you chalk. The texture from twisting makes the chalk release more pigment.
- Always brush the excess powder out after chalking each piece.
- If you’re blonde or you have blonde tips, DO NOT wet your hair before chalking. I 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.
- Use only “soft pastels.”