Hair chalk is one of those things I’ve wanted to try forever, but I just never got around to it. As someone who has never dyed her hair (and doesn’t plan on it just yet), this is basically the only way I’m willing to get some colour in my hair.
While everyone from Sephora to The Body Shop is now making these temporary tints, the latest launch is Hairchalk from L'Oréal Professionel—which I figured would be one of the best, since they're a professional hair brand.
It's available in eight shades, including Sweet Sixteen Pink, which is kinda the cutest for blondes:
Because I'm brunette, I decided to test out Coral Sunset, a bright orange:
My hair is dark brown with an orange undertone to it already, so I thought this shade would both stand out and compliment my natural hair. (In retrospect, I wish I would’ve gone for something more vibrant like Garden Party, a fun teal. Next time!)
How To Apply L'Oréal Hair Chalk
So to apply the colour, you’re instructed to pour some of the liquid onto a sponge and then use the sponge to dab it on your dry hair. Yes, liquid. This actually isn’t a solid or chalk-like product—so I don’t know why they called it Hairchalk. But for me, it sure beats having coloured chalk all over my bathroom floor!
I used a makeup sponge, but found that more product got absorbed into the sponge than anything else. After a few swipes, I was noticing colour transfer onto my hair, but not as much as I wanted, so I ditched the sponge and went straight from bottle to my hair, applying the liquid directly onto the desired section. I got much more colour payoff this way, but it was definitely a little messier; the liquid got all over my fingers. Thankfully, it washed off easily with some soap.
So the colour’s on, but now what? The directions say to comb the section of hair once the colour is in. Please do not use an expensive brush or comb for this step; it will most definitely get stained, so be warned!
I combed the colour through my hair and then blow-dried the section. My hair felt pretty smooth once dried, but when I touched it, I could definitely tell there was product in there. The end result left some nice colour. Though it wasn’t as vibrant as I’d hoped for, the fact that it did show up on my dark hair was fantastic:
What Happens When You Heat-Style After Applying Hair Chalk?
I pretty much never leave my hair natural, so it was inevitable I was going to straighten it, hair chalk or not. The directions say nothing about whether or not it's okay to style over the colour, so I was a little hesitant... but I did it anyway.
I quickly passed my flat iron over the section a few times, and it didn’t seem to be a problem. There was no residue on the plates, the colour stayed put and my hair seemed fine. So this "chalk" seems pretty style-resistant. Score.
How Long L'Oréal Hair Chalk Lasts
I left the colour in my hair without washing it for three days, and it really didn't transfer at all to my clothes or pillowcase. Unlike other hair chalks, once this is in, it's in! They say it lasts between two to five washes, but the lighter and more porous your hair, the longer it will stick. For me, the colour was still there after I washed it once, but by the second wash, it was out of my hair.
What I didn't anticipate was having to deal with tangles. After day one, I quickly noticed that my hair was knotting only in the section that had the colour, so that became pretty annoying. I'd always feel it tangled up when I went to tie it or brush it.
I tend to pins all kinds of crazy, coloured hair onto my Pinterest board—but would never actually take the plunge for real—so this product is a great alternative for wimps like me. I loved the relatively easy, mess-free application, and the fact that it doesn't transfer and mess up your clothes/pillow. Plus, it's pretty amazing that I can get this kind of colour without having to bleach my brown hair!
The only bummer was the knotting. I can't imagine how bad it would get if you chalked a huge section of hair. But if you're prepared to deal with that, just imagine all the amazing possibilities!
Where to Buy
Find L'Oréal Professionel Hair Chalk at salons and online at LookFantastic.com.
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