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 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


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.


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I like the results pret­ty cool


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!


WOW thanks!
I will try this as soon as my curls too
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I did this and I loved it!!!!
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This was great, I’m def­i­nite­ly going to try using cream eye­shad­ow. I want some sort of bronze col­or.


Thanks for the great, easy ideas!!


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 …


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


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


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.


Good point!


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


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?


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 :-)


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.


cute ideas…thanks