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DIY Temporary Ombre Hair

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I love to change the colour of my hair very often. To keep it super cheap (and fun) I do it myself at home. The trick is to skip on the $10-per-colour temporary hair chalks and use a $5 case of soft pastels from a craft store and have unlimited colors! This huge set was actually on sale at Michaels for $3 so it's been extra fun to change my hair colour more frequently, and also use more than one colour at a time. Here are some tips to get both light coloured hair and dark coloured hair to pop with soft pastels and get a nice smooth ombre look.

*Water alone can be used for a soft look and hairspray can be used for a bold look. Gloves are optional-- it can get messy if you do your whole head :)

Total Time: 20 minutes




  1. For a soft touch of colour, section off a piece of your hair to be coloured. Spritz with water.
  2. Grab a soft pastel and drag it downward on your hair. Do not rub it back up your strand of hair, just down, several times over.
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  4. You can also spritz water on the pastel then apply to your hair.
  5. For an ombre look, grab a similar colour to the first one and drag down the ends of your hair.
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  7. If you want a super drastic pop of colour, or have naturally dark hair like I do, apply hairspray on your hair then immediately drag the pastels down.
  8. Once you've got your desired colour, go over your strands with a flat iron or curling iron to lock it in. This makes it last longer.
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