Now that we’re in the sec­ond half of Octo­ber, the Hal­loween par­ties and events are in full swing. Cos­tumes and wigs are fun, but why cov­er up your gor­geous mane when you can add fun pops of col­or to your own tress­es?

I know, I know. Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, wild out pinks, pur­ples, blues, and greens only work on light­ly col­ored or bleached hair. But, what if I told you there was an afford­able, non-dam­ag­ing, way to add some spunk to your coils and actu­al­ly get you the col­or you desire — even for the dark­est hair? No, it’s not too good to be true. Keep read­ing for 2 easy, afford­able ways to get some dynam­ic col­or into your do.

1. Hair Chalk

When I ini­tial­ly envi­sioned this piece, hair chalk was the #1 idea that came to mind. It is easy to apply and comes in tons of fun col­ors. In the pic­ture below, I used Rem­ing­ton Chalk It Up to Col­or that I pur­chased at Tar­get for around $5.

Top Row: Hair before chalk col­or, and the Rem­ing­ton Chalk It Up to Col­or I used.

Bot­tom Row: Hair after pur­ple chalk was applied, and after chalk was rinsed out with water.

How-To: The instruc­tions say to dip the chalk in water, blot off excess water, and apply to hair. There is also the option to flat iron the hair to make the col­or last longer. I was not inter­est­ed in flat-iron­ing any­thing, but I did find that the chalk was eas­ier to apply when my hair was damp ver­sus dry. I dipped the chalk as out­lined on the instruc­tions, but I did not blot the excess water, and I sprayed my hair with water before apply­ing the chalk length­wise through to the ends of my hair.

Draw­backs: After the chalk dried, some pur­ple debris land­ed on my shirt. How­ev­er, I imag­ine this can be resolved by throw­ing a lit­tle bit of a but­ter-style pro­duct on top to help retain some sort of mois­ture over the col­or. Speak­ing of mois­ture, my hair did feel a lit­tle dry after I rinsed off the col­or. Truth be told, it was noth­ing a lit­tle mois­tur­iz­ing pro­duct couldn’t fix.

Bonus­es: The ease of appli­ca­tion and removal of hair chalk was real­ly the star of the show. It went on easy, and rinsed right off with­out a hitch. I didn’t even need to sham­poo or cow­ash it out. Reg­u­lar ol’ water did the trick. If you’re look­ing for a low-main­te­nance, easy-in, easy-out tem­po­rary col­or, hair chalk is def­i­nite­ly the way to go!

2. Cream Eye­shad­ow

As I researched tem­po­rary hair col­or online (and boy did I come across some rather eh…umm…interesting ideas), I stum­bled on a few arti­cles and posts men­tion­ing cream eye­shad­ow as a way to get pow­er­ful pops of col­or onto dark hair. I was so intrigued, I had to give it a try. In the pic­ture below, I used May­belline Col­or Tat­too by Eye Stu­dio in #40 Tena­cious Teal that I pur­chased at CVS for $7.

Top Row: Hair before cream eye­shad­ow col­or, and the May­belline eye­shad­ow I used.

Bot­tom Row: Hair after cream eye­shad­ow was applied, and after it was washed out with sham­poo.

How-To: Appli­ca­tion of the eye­shad­ow to hair is real­ly, real­ly sim­ple. Just throw on some gloves, dig your fin­gers in the pot, and smooth it through­out the hair. I found that the eye­shad­ow goes on eas­ier with dry hair that has been pre­vi­ous­ly mois­tur­ized.

Draw­backs: Given that this par­tic­u­lar brand of eye­shad­ow is designed to stay on for 24 hours, there was no way this stuff was com­ing off with water only. In fact, I ran it under the faucet and noth­ing hap­pened. The­o­ret­i­cal­ly, this is a bonus if you’re look­ing for some­thing to last longer than a day. How­ev­er, when you’re ready to get rid of it, a lit­tle sham­poo or apple cider vine­gar gets it right out.

Bonus­es: If you need some­thing a lit­tle longer last­ing than the chalk, the cream eye­shad­ow def­i­nite­ly has the upper hand. On top of that, I found that the col­or was richer, and stood out more. Last­ly, even though I used sham­poo (Qhemet Bio­log­ics Egyp­tian Wheat­grass Cleans­ing Tea to be exact), my hair was nowhere near as dry as it was with the chalk.

All in all, both options are afford­able and deliv­er on pack­ing the col­or in with dark hair. There was no dam­age to my hair, no change in col­or, tex­ture, or any­thing else of that nature. Most of all, it was fun to exper­i­ment with­out the per­ma­nent com­mit­ment.

Will you be adding some col­or to your hair this Hal­loween? How are you doing it? 

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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Can you do this on a low cut hair­style? I’m a dude

Nola

could I pos­si­bly do this on blow dried hair or in a set like a twist out?

UK natural

For an even more nat­u­ral look, use human hair tight curly clip ons. I bought some vir­gin kinky curly weft hair, added wig clips and dyed them hon­ey blonde with a box dye and it looks soooo nat­u­ral. My friends and fam­i­ly thought I had bleached my hair with high­lights.

Jess

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I like the results pret­ty cool

Mina

I find that it’s less messy to apply the hair chalk to the hair when you damp­en your hair with a home­made leave in and twist it while wet then apply the chalk. Keeps it mois­tur­ized and soft. A lit­tle oil sheen keeps it soft, just let it dry and untwist the twists, and you have beau­ti­ful col­or­ful curls 

You guys stock up on Hal­loween clear­ance while you have the chance. They have hair chalk on sale. You can also use reg­u­lar chalk too.

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Geneva Joy

I’m mad now, I was just offered a ton of cream eye shad­ow at an event and I passed cause I don’t wear make­up often! Dan­gnab­bit!

Karen

WOW thanks!
I will try this as soon as my curls too
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Tas

I did this and I loved it!!!!
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Erica

This was great, I’m def­i­nite­ly going to try using cream eye­shad­ow. I want some sort of bronze col­or.

Darlene

Thanks for the great, easy ideas!!

Alisa

Can you use the­se prod­ucts on locs, or would it just cause build up?

Bridget J.

I am seri­ous­ly con­sid­er­ing get­ting the cream eye­shad­ow in black to cov­er my few gray hairs in the front. Hmm …

Hannah

This is lii­i­ive omg I’m so excit­ed to try this! Going to buy this tomor­row. thanks

Jennifer Kennedy

So glad I read this post!! I’ve been want­i­ng to col­or my hair turquoise for a long time!! And, just like trigonom­e­try, I have NO clue to any­thing relat­ed to col­or­ing hair. 

I know I want­ed some­thing easy and non per­ma­nent! I like the bright­ness of the eye­shad­ow so may give this a shot. This will be very help­ful for work!! Although, we can be casu­al in our office, I have to look pro­fes­sion­al when I go out for train­ings. So, being able to wash it out is def­i­nite­ly a plus! 

Thanks for shar­ing.

Traci Lee

I love this… I’d most like­ly use the cream eye shad­ow though. Last­ing longer, and richer col­or. love it.

TMC (toronto hair meetup nov 16)

I like the eye­shad­ow one bet­ter. I might­try it one of the­se days
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AnonSince87

What about the ingre­di­ents in the eye­shad­ow, is it safe for hair?

Kale

I can’t find an ingre­di­ents list on their web­site, but they are say­ing it is safe for sen­si­tive eyes and con­tact lens wear­ers. I would hope that if it is safe enough to put next to our eyes, it is safe enough for our hair.

AnonSince87

Good point!

Ray

they both sound like great inex­pen­sive options, I’d buy a col­or or two of each. Very nice review.

Gina

I would prob­a­bly use this out­side of Hal­loween, too. I have been want­i­ng some change for a while, but I know that I would get bored with a colour fair­ly fast, so I couldn’t use per­ma­nent colours. It is great that they are not dam­ag­ing, too.

Black Beauty

Did the colour rub off on your clothes?

Ray

I would think the eye­shad­ow would be more capa­ble of actu­al­ly rub­bing off on clothes, chalk is like dust, you’re more like­ly to get dust on clothes, but it’s chalk, should come out with some dabs or rubs of water with a cloth. I would think the eye shad­ow would be a lit­tle hard­er to get off an out­fit you plan to con­tin­ue to wear the same day. I could see you smear­ing it if you tried to rub it out with water. Just my 2cents :-)

Gia

Make­up actu­al­ly comes out of clothes real­ly eas­i­ly. many wom­en wear make­up all the time and you bet­ter believe it gets on their clothes, lol.

momofIV

cute ideas…thanks

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