The colouring process began with an all-over brush to remove the commuter frizz, followed by my stylist handpicking strands from each side of my slightly off-centre parting (far enough back from the front that the colour didn't look drastically obvious.) Having naturally dark hair meant each strand needed three coats of Hair Chalk in order to meet the optimum shade. Bearing this in mind, if you’ve lighter hair then one coat will be plenty - especially when using pastel shades which can be diluted by adding small amounts of water. The dye was applied using a piece of foam on a stick (technical!) but L’Oreal include application sheets within the pack, which help you hold and contain the liquid whilst applying it to small sections of your hair quickly and with ease.
This approach to colour is not drying at all, giving Hair Chalk a great edge against the mass of temporary colours currently available. Most hair chalks have seriously detrimental affects on your hair's moisture levels, whereas L’Oreal’s invention missed the drying memo. Since having Hair Chalk applied I've shampooed my hair three times, massaging my scalp with my favourite L’Oreal Nutri Gloss Light Shampoo. The colours remain more vibrant than I had initially expected, as I had anticipated that they would fade considerably after a single wash and be gone by the second. I’m pleasantly surprised though – the staying power was more impressive than I had been led to believe. (And good to know if you need to get rid of the colour in a hurry!)
The liquid chalks are available exclusively at L’Oreal Professional salons, retailing for £15 each. Considering the quality of the dyes, their relative longevity and the quantity of product (50ml - enough for a few uses, the exact number depending on the length of your hair and how much you want to add to your natural colour,) I think it isn’t a half bad deal. They would be fabulous for parties and special occasions; I imagine the red and green shades being a great Christmas party hair accessory if you fancy drawing festive shapes in your barnet! Who needs glittery clips when you can paint on a picture of Santa?
Find out more about Hair Chalk on their website. Find out more about how Hair Chalk was used backstage at London Fashion Week here.