Welcome to 2013! Who else wants to start this new year off with a new look? If dying your hair is a bit of a leap, hair chalk is a great way to change up your image without having to risk a permanent dye job.
Many of you requested that I do a review of the hair chalk set I bought from Urban Outfitters a while back, and what better time than in the wake of the new year!
The Product: The Urban Outfitters set comes with 32 coloured hair chalks that are about 5cm long, in a rainbow range of shades. The great thing about hair chalk is that if you're thinking about getting coloured ombre locks, trialling the colour with the chalk can give you an idea of how your hair might look.
Application: The set doesn't come with instructions, but you pretty much just rub the chalk straight onto small sections of hair - I just lay my hair on my hand and rub against that. You can also blend multiple colours by layering them over the top of each other to create a really pretty gradient effect. After you have your desired colour intensity, all you have to do is hairspray it to lock in the colour.
Colour Intensity: These chalks can be used wet and dry, though I find that I prefer to use them dry - I just find the colour sticks to the hair better that way. Some colours are a lot more intense than others - if you compare the yellow/orange/red combo I used with the 3 shades of green combo below, you can see the first set of colours is much brighter.
Lasting Power: Like most hair chalks, the colour of these chalks doesn't last that long, maybe only a few hours. So it's not ideal for wearing all day, but it works perfectly for a party if you want a different hair colour for a short amount of time. More hairspray will help the colour last, as will avoiding touching your hair. And stay out of the rain!
Mess: It's not as powdery as other hair chalks I've tried, but I would still recommend wrapping a towel around your shoulders and applying the chalk over tiled floors. And prepare for zombie hands at the end!
Overall rating: Of all of the colours, I really like the yellows and pinks - the greens didn't come up that well. I haven't tried them all yet, but I'm pretty happy with the results so far. Below you can see my hair with all four combos I tried (three dark-light shades of blue, green, yellow and pink). What sucks is that UO doesn't stock this set anymore, BUT, they do still sell a range of hair dyes, hair chalk and ombre hair extensions that range from $3.50 - $15, which is pretty reasonable and I would assume to use similar formulations. Overall, I think I'm going to have a lot of fun playing with this set, especially to add a pop of colour to my outfits!
|After brushing my hair. The colour is still there!|