I’ve been planning to give into these feelings for a while now, but something always seems to go wrong. The timing is never quite right. As much as I want to do it, for some reason, I just can’t. Am I ready for this kind of commitment? What if my boyfriend doesn’t like it? What will my mother think? Will my friends judge me? The pressure is just too much. And just like that, I once again talk myself out of… dying my hair. For hair commitment-phobes like me, the thought of even using semi-permanent hair color is nerve-racking. But there are solutions. Temporary ones. Just the kind I like.
Clip-in hair extensions are the perfect way to experiment with color without using dyes on your hair. And because they come in nearly every color imaginable, you can even try Katy Perry blue, Rihanna red, Nicki Minaj pink or Kelly Osbourne gray. But if bright and bold Crayola extensions are not your thing, black and shades of brown and blonde can also be blended with your hair to create more subtle highlights.
If you feel you can handle a bigger change, temporary hair color or hair color spray can be used to create dip-dyed tips over your whole head, instead of the highlight effect that clip-in hair extensions create. Since dying only the tips of your hair can be stark and unflattering depending on your hair color, another option is to use hair colors a few shades lighter than your natural hair to achieve an ombre effect. Gradually lightening your hair is not only less dramatic, it also eliminates the need to add color to the roots of your hair, which can be really messy if you’re using hair color spray.
Hair chalking — which seems to be a huge trend right now — is another method commitment-phobes can use to color their tresses. The result is very similar to that of hair dye, but can be washed out immediately. Believe it or not, all you need for hair chalking is highly concentrated soft pastels that can be purchased individually or in sets from any craft or art supply store. Avoid using “cheap” soft pastels that aren’t as pigmented. Also, only use soft pastels on your hair. Oil pastels and regular chalk are not a suitable substitute.
Here are some important things to keep in mind when “chalking” your hair:
- Wear an old shirt and gloves when applying the soft pastels to your hair. This stuff is super messy and will get all over your clothes and hands if you’re not careful.
- If you have dark hair, wet your hair before chalking it. If your hair is blonde, make sure your hair is dry. Wetting dark hair helps the color adhere better, while wetting blonde hair will cause your hair to be stained for several days or longer.
- Twist your hair tightly in small sections as you rub the soft pastel stick on your hair. Not only will you get better color payoff, it’s less messy.
- Don’t apply anything other than hair spray to your hair after chalking it. Doing so will take away the color and make a huge mess!
- Style your chalked hair as desired. You can also use a curling or flat iron.
- Wash your hair thoroughly to remove the color from your hair. Since chalking your hair is extremely drying, apply a protein conditioner to your hair after washing it to restore moisture to your hair.
No matter what method you try, have fun! Even if it’s only for one night.