Fun With Hair Chalk

Hey there, everyone!

So one thing that has made me particularly sad lately (besides the fact that we just received ANOTHER snow storm after I thought it might be over!) is seriously missing my tealish ombre hair! I was in love with that hair… but I was only able to keep it for a month or so before I acquired a more professional job… and thus had to opt out of just regular brown to blonde ombre hair…. which don’t get me wrong, I love my hair that way too, but the teal was just so much more fun!

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Anyways, I had known about hair chalk for some time now, but it wasn’t until I watched this video on hair chalking with normal soft pastels you could find in pretty much any craft store that I became VERY interested. I instantly headed to the nearest crafting store (Michaels in my case) and grabbed up a 36 pack of soft pastels for less than $4! I was pretty stoked.
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Hair chalking with the pastels is super easy! Just make sure you brush out your hair before you start. The video suggests using gloves; I didn’t, and it was fine, but it probably depends a lot on the color you choose.

To get on with it, take a small section of your hair and dampen it with some water. Also dampen the pastel you’ve chosen, but not too much. We don’t want it to turn to mush.
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Now apply the pastel to the section of dampened hair moving it in one direction from the top of the section you want colored to the tips of your hair. Repeat this on sections of your hair until you’ve applied the color everywhere you want it to be.

Now that that’s done, blow dry the damp, colored parts of your hair. Once its all dry, apply hair spray. This kind of seals the pastels in place. After that you can go ahead and style your hair normally with a curling or flat iron! Avoid brushing as much as you can though as the chalk will come out some every time you do. Now enjoy you’re fun colored hair!

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Don’t worry, it washes out pretty easily. I’m pretty excited to try a bunch of different colors for different occasions! Maybe I’ll do a green for St. Patrick’s day or something!

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-The Whale

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DIY Studded Hair Pins!

Hey, everyone!

I have a little DIY for you today!

DIY Studded Hair Pins

These are all super easy but also super cute! Check it out!

you need

-Hair clip/ bobby pins
-Hot glue gun
-studs (I pulled mine off of an old belt, but you can get them at craft stores!)

Studded Clip
First:
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Figure out how many studs you need to cover your clip. Fold in the prongs for that amount of studs. (A pair of pliers come in handy here!)

Second:
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Use a hot glue gun to apply the studs! Easy right???
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Bobby Pins

First:
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Apply a generous dab of hot glue into the cavity of a stud and press the end of a bobby pin into it flat side up.

Second:
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Fold the stud prongs in over the bobby pin. (Pliers also hand here!) Done!
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I love how easy these are and also how much fun and variation you can do! Obviously for the bow, I just glued one stud in the center… I figured you guys could catch onto that. :]

-The Whale

Ombre Hair

Hello hello!
I don’t know if any of you noticed lately, but I have teal in my hair. Yep. Not just teal though. It’s ombre from teal to my normal brown. I rather love it. Like a lot. I’m also pretty proud of it because I did it on my own at home! I decided that maybe I should share with you all how I accomplished this. :]

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Alrighty. Let’s get started!

You Need:
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To ombre dye one’s hair, one needs a few key things.
-Hair dye in the color you want. (I used Ion Color Brilliance in Teal.
-Diluter. I’ve also heard conditioner will work for this but I didn’t try it. This will make your dye lighter.
-Hair Bleach. (Of course if you have light hair you probably don’t need this.)
-Developer both for the bleach and the dye.
-Mixing bowl.
-I also used an application brush… but it didn’t make it into the picture. (opps…)
-Aluminum foil cut into squares. (also didn’t get in the picture…)
-Gloves. (I’m good and getting everything into pictures…)

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Okay. So start out with dry, unwashed hair. First step is then to bleach. Of course, like I said before, if you have light hair you probably can skip this step… Follow the instructions on your bleach to prepare it/mix it. For mine I had to mix the bleach and developer in my mixing bowl.
Next I determined how much of my hair I wanted to dye. Just the ends for me! I then test bleached a bit of my hair to make sure it would turn out alright and didn’t make my hair fall out!
Once that was all said and done, I went ahead and started applying the bleach to the ends of my hair in sections by brushing it out onto a piece of foil. To make it sort of ‘ombre,’ I used my fingers (with gloves on!) to kind of fade it out going towards the top of my head. I wish I could explain that better… I hope it makes sense! I then folded the foil around the section of hair and moved on the next one until all my hair was foiled up!
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Like this! ^^^ :]

Now is time to wait. My was pretty dark to start out, so I ended up having to wait a full hour and a half for the bleach to do its magic. Just take a peak at your hair every so often. You’ll see when its ready!
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Okay. Now we’re ready for the dye!
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I decided that since I wanted the ends of my hair to be the lightest, then turn darker into brown, I needed two shades of teal. To accomplish this with one tube of dye, I first prepared the dye in one of my mixing bowls according to the directions (1 part dye 1 part developer). I then transferred about half of that into another bowl and added all of my diluter. This made one bowl dark and one bowl lighter.

Now for the actual dying! I first separated my hair into sections again. After that I took each section and applied the dye brushing onto the foil again. To achieve ‘ombre,’ I first applied the lighter dye to the very end of the section, then applied the darker dye to the top of the blonde part of my hair. I then used my fingers to try and blend the two colors where they met in the middle of the blonde part.

Once the dye is applied to a section of hair, wrap up the foil and move on until all your hair is foiled up again! Now just wait for the dye to… dye. Make sure to follow the time frame on the directions of your dye.

After:
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All done!

I like how I have a teal bun when I put it up. :]

I hope this was helpful for anyone of you hoping to achieve this kind of look yourselves!

-The Whale