Hair chalking: The colourful new trend for hair

Hair chalking: The colourful new trend taking the catwalks by storm

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UPDATED:

15:39 GMT, 16 August 2012

Fashionistas Nikki Minaj and Lauren Conrad made a colour splash when they stepped out with bright two-toned hair.

But for those savvy fashion fanatics without a hair stylist on hand there is an easier and less permanent way to achieve the look using none other than chalk.

Chanel and Marc Jacobs were doing it
on the catwalk all the way back in February and now the world is catching on to the hottest new summer trend.

The Queen of colour Nikki Minaj looks the chalk look and is always adding a burst of colour to her hair

The Queen of colour Nikki Minaj looks the chalk look and is always adding a burst of colour to her hair

Katie
Mulcahy, Creative Director at award winning salon group Lisa Shepherd maintains that anyone can
buy into the pastel hair tone trend from home.

Katie
said: 'Chalk has been used in hair and beauty for centuries. The
ancient Romans lightened their skin with it and Regency aristocrats
powdered their wigs with chalk to keep them bright white.

Chalking hair is the hottest new trend and it is a simple technique that can be done from home

Chalking hair is the hottest new trend and it is a simple technique that can be done from home

'As hair professionals we wouldn’t normally recommend our clients colour their hair themselves but this very cool chalk technique is totally temporary and after just a few shampoo’s there will be no trace, ideal for the weekend, a festival or a big night out.'

Katie has honed her ‘chalking’ skills back stage at fashion shows and photo shoots and believes it is set to be the hair trend of the year.

KATIE'S TOP CHALKING TIPS

Step 1: Choose good quality wax chalk
available in art supply and craft shop. Every colour and shade of the
rainbow is available, so get creative!

Step 2: This technique works on any
length or depth of base hair colour. If applying the chalk to darker
shades then spray the hair down with a little water first as this will
allow the colour to show through with greater intensity. For light base
shades the chalk can be applied to dry hair. Use your
imagination…deeper colours on the mid lengths fading to lighter ends
creates a VERY cool result.

Step 3: Once the hair is completely
dry seal the colour in with a curling iron, straighteners, or hold hair
momentarily in the diffuser cup of your hairdryer.