Colorful streaks in your hair are in, and Christina Aguilera, on nearly every episode of The Voice, has been there to prove it. Her bleached blonde hair has sported pink strands and black and blue ends in just about any possible arrangement. It looks really pretty, although rather difficult to copy by the majority of Latinas whose hair is darker. But there is good news, before you go and do something drastic like bleaching your entire head, you may want to play around with non-permanent color streaks. Let’s look at one fun, safe, easy, and cheap way to do it, streak your hair at home with chalk.
The process to streak your hair at home is fast, not too messy, and the best thing about it is that it actually works in all sorts of hair textures, lengths, and colors. You can use sidewalk chalk, the kind available at any pharmacy for three bucks, or, if you want to give yourself more options, you can pick up a box of “artists chalk” at a craft store.
Begin by playing around with the chalk a bit to feel its consistency. Get it wet. You will see that the chalk will soon begin to dissolve and release its color; artist’s chalk does this faster than the regular one. Grab a strand of hair and paint it with the wet chalk. You can paint the strand starting from the very top of your head, from half way down, or just the ends, whatever you decide. The beauty of it is that even the worst result can be simply washed off in minutes. If you really like the new look you’ve come up with and want to set the color, you can apply heat on the worked-on pieces, be it with a curling iron or a straightener.
Hair streaking is a fun process that can give you a great look for a day, especially for those occasions when colors are important, like going to the ball game, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentines, and so forth. For those of you who are mothers, it is also a good way to let your teenager daughters experiment without having them take extreme measures like bleaching , or attempting the look by more toxic means such as coloring markers.
Streak your hair at home with chalk and see what this new “in” thing is all about. Maybe it will look just so awesome that you will want to make it permanent!