Hair dying is an art that can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt.  Plants have been used in ancient Greece, Egypt, and basically up until the 1860’s when a version of modern hair dye was created.

Human beings are always going to be obsessed with their appearances.  The Greeks got pretty before battle; we get pretty before a night out on the town.

Indian women today still use Henna to dye their hair.  I’m sure other women do too, but my main experience with Henna has been with and Indian friend and her constant struggle with whether or not she should put henna in her hair, as it produces a dark or red tint. I personally vote yes, because it’s not my hair.  I’m very adventurous with other people’s looks.

While we’ve come a long way with temporary dies and miniscule adjustments in color thanks to chemistry, the basic concept is the same.  Beauty is an obsession society wont get over and doesn’t attempt to ignore.

My addiction to the girls at The Beauty Department gave me an easy out with the hair dye track.  I’m a good catholic girl (the fact that I didn’t get smite-ed by typing that sentence argues for God’s forgiving nature).

We don’t do that bright hair craziness. Besides, my grandmother used to tell me never to dye my hair, and since she’s no longer around to give me advice on life I’ll try to take the one piece she ever gave me.  I once got highlights that were maybe two shades lighter- I was too frightened to go any further.  And lets not talk about the perm I had freshman year of college.

So temporary is the way for me to go with hair, always.  My anti-haircut status drives my friends crazy.  I think the last time I had one was probably a year ago at least.  SO in preparation for the fact that I am going to be chopping it off soon (I’m going to have panic attacks about it, no joke) I figured I could do something damaging to it without recourse.

And that’s where chalk came in.

The original tutorial is here.  My friend Cassidy and I went to Michael’s and bought a basic pack, which would have only been six dollars if I wasn’t an idiot who forgot this coupon.

Cassidy is a blonde so her ability to adjust her hair is far beyond my own and far less permanent in most cases.  Bleach is frightening, and should just be avoided (as I mentioned in a previous post).

But the cool thing about chalking is that it worked well on my hair as well.  The trick was to get the hair very wet (TBD says spritz, I say soak.)  The chalk colors I used ended up being the darker blue, a green, and yellow, which came out pretty awesome.  My shower water the next day was green as all get out but you’ll have that.

It was fun and temporary but not something I would do frequently; I’m still finding strands with a little pigment left on the end and this is two days and three washes later.  But that’s certainly less permanent than dying.

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