Monday, 7 January 2013

Mermaid Hair: Get the look!

My fondness for addiction to Pinterest has been responsible for all sorts of things, including a chalk-board wall and Ikea spice rack 'hack' in the playroom,  dreadlock extensionssock buns, my rose tattoo and a fascination with silk headscarves. There are also a few things that didn't work out so well, such as getting my hair coloured a few months ago.

After seeing lots of beautiful dip-dye pictures, I'd decided it was something I wanted to try but five hours (FIVE HOURS!) in the salon and much money later, I was left bitterly disappointed and looking like someone whose bleach had grown out. Needless to say, there are no pictures! Having now over-dyed at home with a semi permanent gloss, I'd given up on the idea of pretty coloured hair until Sharne from Funky Rapunzels mentioned a way to achieve this look in three different ways, all with minimal risk as they are temporary. Here's what she said...

"You don't have to bleach your hair to achieve this look, here are a few ways to get on trend without colouring or bleaching your hair.

1) Clip In Extensions - these can be custom made, or ready-to-wear (for more information, visit Funky Rapunzels)
2) DIY with Hair Shadow from Colour Mania - they make a range of 10 great colours. Just like your eye shadows but designed especially for hair and under £6 for a 0.4g pot.
3) DIY with Artist Chalks  (yes really!) which are available from all good art shops. This is the cheapest option and with so many colours to choose from, you can let your imagination run wild.

You will need: 
  • Protective clothing and rubber gloves
  • Water spray
  • Artists Chalks in chosen colours
  • Heat source (e.g hair straightener/curling iron)
Instructions: Wearing gloves and protective clothing, spray your hair with a little water first - this will achieve a greater intensity of colour. For light base shades, the chalk can be applied to dry hair. 

Choose the colour chalk you want. Use your imagination... deeper colours on the mid lengths fading to lighter ends creates a VERY cool result. Once the hair is completely dry seal the colour in with a curling iron, straighteners, or hold hair momentarily in the diffuser cup of your hairdryer. That's it!"

I am absolutely going to give this a try when my chalks arrive - I wish I'd thought to speak to Sharne before I wasted so much money in a salon. If you would like more hair inspiration, check out my new dedicated board on Pinterest where there are lots more dip-dye and 'mermaid' images and links. (I also have a Dreads board, if that's more your thing.) 

If you decide to give it a go, I'd love to see the results.  


  1. I had no idea you were a dreads girl too! It is one of my yet unfulfilled dreams, and even though I have a pair of clip-ons, it just isn't the same. If I ever save up enough to justify a head full of dreads, I am *so* going for it! :) Following those boards now.

  2. I"ve seen quite a few pics of people that have used chalk and it looks pretty good

  3. I love the dip dye look and i too went to the hairdressers and spent hours and far too much money trying to achieve the look and was rather disappointed with the look as it was a bit too tame so I have dyed my hair red and bought the home ombre kit and it looks so much better! I do like the idea of the chalk but wonder if it is best suited to lighter hair as mine is quite dark… I am also addicted to pintrest especially for hair colour inspiration.

  4. I have Ombré hair, done myself :-) and LOVE my hair chalks! Best bit, they wash out!!

  5. OMGosh, five hours and you lost yarn money over something that didn't have you jumping up and down and twirling in the mirror - eek! The idea of coloring with that special chalk sounds so fun! Do snap a few when they've arrived and you start playing.


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