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How To Chalk Dip Dye Your Hair

Multi Colored Strands And Dip Dyed Hair Color

How To Chalk Dip Dye Your Hair

When a new hair trend like dip dying is introduced it only takes a short amount of time before the trend morphs into one or more new directions.  Such is the case with chalk dip dying.  A version of chalk dying is paint dipping.

Before discussing chalk dying hair, it's helpful to understand basic dip dying.  The technique originally was created with temporary, semi, demi or permanent hair color.

Dip dying means that the ends of the hair was dipped to create a different color from the roots and middle sections of the hair.

Dip Dying Basics

The concept of dip dying evolved from other industries such as the fashion world where fashions have been dipped to create unique patterns in the fabrics.  The color used for the dipping depended upon the starting based hair color and the desired result.  Dip dying hair isn't complicated, but it did require a few tips and tricks to achieve the best results.

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kelly Osbourne, Kate Bosworth, Adam Lambert, Nicki Minaj and Lauren Conrad helped to push dip dying from the celebrity world into the mass market.   While true dip dying often involved contrasting colors, Ombre hair color was a distant cousin of the dip dye.

Dip dying doesn't necessarily mean coloring only the ends.  It can also be used to create a series of multicolored sections of hair much like large chunky highlights and low lights.

Adam Lambert With Dipped Dye Spikes

Chalk Hair Dye

Although dip dying has been around for quite some time, depending upon which hair expert you talk to, chalk or paint dying has only really become popular in the last six months or so.

Whether you're dip dying, chalk dying or paint dying, it's important to choose the best hair colors for your current hair base.  Although light hair color bases such as platinum, blonde or light brunette can work with most colors, it's also possible to create stunning dip dying results with dark hair colors.

Colorful hairstyles have become increasingly popular over the past several months.

Note:  One quick option for achieving the dipped dye look is to use brightly colored clip-in or fusion hair extensions.

Chalk Dye Tools

Chalk dye utilizes chalk instead of hair color to create contrasting chunks and stripes of color throughout the perimeter of the hair.  Water color paints may be used instead of chalk.

The advantage of chalk dye over traditional dip dye is that it's temporary and will not damage the hair.  The disadvantage is that it can be messy and will start to dissolve when touched by any type of water or moisture.

Although you can experiment with many different types of chalk, fans of the technique have found that using soft watercolors may work better.

Dakota Fanning With Pink Dip Dyed Strands

Some fans of the hair look swear by Rembrandt pastels.  However, remember that when Rembrandt pastels are used it may permanently stain the hair, especially if it's been bleached, dyed or is porous from chemical treatments.

How To Create Dip Dyed Hair Ends With Chalk

Whether you use chalk or a variety of water colors or pastels, the process is messy.  Be sure to wear old clothes you don't mind getting messy.  Do the chalk dipping in a confined area that is protected with old towels or sheets.

To avoid staining your hands, fingernails or skin, wear latex style disposable gloves and apply a light layer of Vaseline or similar hair jelly around the hairline to avoid staining your face and skin.   Keep a spray bottle filled with warm water available along with sectioning hair clips and a tail comb for creating different sections.

You may want to use wax paper or white butcher block paper covering a flat surface.  When using a paint style brush to apply the chalk or water colors, if you lay the ends on the paper, it will prevent dripping or unnecessary mess.  It will also be easier than trying to paint against the rest of your hair.

Some chalk dippers suggest buying the best chalk from the art store.  Others recommend a variety of soft oil pastels producing water miscible oil paint.  Two popular brands include Rembrandt and Cray-Pas pastels.  Cray-Pas is harder to use and may not really provide a thick enough color.

Diana Agron With Pink Dipped Hair

When in doubt always be sure to only buy one tube of a particular paint brand and do a small strand test on hair in the back of your head where it won't show in case you don't want it to be visible.  Once you find a paint which you like which works with your hair.

For a list of other hair color brands which are water miscible (soluble) see list at end of this blog.Step By Step Instructions

Start on hair which is dry or slightly damp.  Decide if you want a diverse or precise pattern.  If you want a precise pattern and your hair is naturally wavy or curly you may wish to get your hair damp and blow dry your hair straight with a paddle brush and a blow dryer.  If you don't care about the pattern you can chalk dip on top of your natural texture.

Follow the steps below to chalk or paint your hair:

Apply cream or hair grease to hairline to protect against unwanted colors.  Put on gloves.

1.  Section out hair with a tail comb or similar.  It's easier to work with hair that has been presectioned.  Work on one section at a time and clip all other hair out of the way.

2.  Mix the paint or water color so that it has a consistency like icing unless you're using chalk.  When using chalk you'll use the sticks.

3.  Split the bottom section of hair in half.

Lady Gag With Dip Dyed

4.  Spritz bottom 3" of hair with water bottle getting the section very damp.

5.  Use a hair paint brush and lightly feather your paint from the ends halfway up the strands.  If you use chalk, swipe the chalk stick onto the damp ends to transfer the chalk onto the hair.  Make sure you cover completely.

Note:  Alternatively take a section of damp hair, hold it taut and use fingers to rub colored pastels in a downward direction until the color completely adheres.

6.  To allow the color to set you may wish to apply a traditional hair coloring foil and fold it to allow the color to remain segregated from the rest of the hair as you work on the other sections.

7.  Move to the next section of hair. Split and repeat.  Alternate colors or even use similar colors on the same section.

8.  After you have finished coloring all the sections, allow them to remain in the foils.

9.  Unwrap one foil at a time.  If it's still damp, heat the ends lightly with a blow dryer.

10.  Continue to unwrap and dry as necessary until all of the ends have been unwrapped.

11.  Style hair as desired.

Optional Dip Dying Techniques

There really is no right or wrong way to dip dye with chalk, water colors or paints.  You can do a quick chalk/paint dye by first braiding hair and then doing a random painting on different sections of the braids.  Or you can pull hair into an array of ponytails and randomly select different strands to paint or rub with chalk.

Experiment with a wide range of temporary color tools and techniques until you find the one which works best for your hair and goals.

Rembrandt Paints

There are several manufacturers producing water miscible oil paint, including:

1.  Grumbacher — "Max Artists' Oil Colors" which are produced using alkali-refined linseed oil or sunflower oils.

2.  HK Holbein — "Duo Aqua Oil", produced using an activator which alters the structure of the linseed oil. Duo is a product of Japanese company Holbein Works located in Osaka, Japan.

3.  Royal Talens - "Cobra" introduced in 2010, as a professional grade water mixable oil color, using a modified linseed oil. The range consists of 70 colors, 32 of them mono-pigmented and is compared in pigmentation and feel to Rembrandt professional oil colors. These paints can be mixed, thinned, as well as cleaned with water, or a series of mediums and varnishes are available to enhance the experience.

4.  Winsor & Newton — "Artisan Water Mixable Oil Color", produced using modified linseed and safflower oil.

5.  Lukas — “Lukas Berlin” water mixable artists’ oil color.  A professional quality paint produced using selected pigments, modified linseed and sunflower oils as binders. Available in 24 colors in tube size 9 (37 ml) and 14 (200 ml).

6.  Reeves — a water-mixable oil paint of student grade produced is a school pack of 144, 12 ml (0.4 oz.) tubes. 7.   Martin/F. Weber Co. — This is a water mixable oil color produced to emulate traditional oil color  It will thin and clean up with water in place of solvents.
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