This was something I couldn’t wait to try. It looked like the coolest thing ever: change the colour of your hair for one night and wash it away. For someone who has never wanted to permanently or semi-permanently dye their hair, this seemed like the perfect solution.
Last weekend I gave it a go.
There are so many types of hair chalk in the market yet most is actual chalk. I wanted to use something less damaging so opted for L’Oreal’s Hair Chalk. My hair is also really dark (I like to think of it as black but it is a few shades off) and all the reviews mentioned how well L’Oreal’s Hair Chalk works with dark hair.
The colour I bought was a beautiful, vibrant red. When I poured it out it looked magnificent, with an iridescent sheen to it. I imagined how vibrant my hair would look. Then I put it on. My hair seemed to suck it in until there was nothing left. So I used more. And more. And more. I the end think I used half the bottle and ended up with this.
I wasn’t pleased. The colour wasn’t how I expected it to be but I still liked it since it was red, and the tips of my hair felt like kindling. I have never dyed my hair before so had no idea that this is what dye did. Actually does it? Or was it only this one? I’d run my fingers through my hair and cringe as the texture changed so drastically. Not only did it feel horrible but it also stuck out in all directions. I tried to comb it and it began to resemble a dying brush.
The only thing I could think of doing was putting oil on the tips to try to condition it as well as calm it down. So I did and hoped for the best. When I came home, in the early hours of the next morning I inspected my hair. The colour had faded to a strange orangey mud brown colour.
The next morning the colour was even stranger. Even more orange. Sadly, and annoyingly, I don’t think I am going to try any more of L’Oreal’s Hair Chalk products. Not until they cater for dark hair and actually mean it.
If you have lighter hair than me, I think you may be more successful in using hair chalk. However, each bottle is £15 so it is an expensive experiment and I know it has been wasted on me: I think I rather have my hair dark and un-brush like.