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Thursday, 9 October 2014

REVIEW: The Body Shop Hair Chalk (Pink)





Festival season might be over, but with grey days ahead who really needs an excuse for a splash of colour? A splash of blue or candy pink to be precise, in the form of The Body Shop hair chalks. I have been dying to try these out ever since they appeared in stores in the spring. And now I have finally been able to live out my 11 year old hair fantasies. For apparently pink streaks never go out of fashion...

Positives...
Using the hair chalk was pretty simple. The 'instructions' consisted of three easy-to-follow steps:
1. Place a towel around your shoulders to protect your clothes. (Do this!)2. Gather a section of hair, place the colour pad on top with your thumb underneath and glide down to tip.3. Brush through the excess powder and seal with hair spray.

It really is that easy. I have to say though, I was a bit lax in following the instructions and the white t-shirt (yep, white) I was wearing ended up looking like I'd been at a paint party. Also, I later discovered a small printed 'tip' below the instructions, to wear gloves - I'd definitely recommend this too as the chalk managed to spread from my thumb all over my hands and up my arms.

However, don't let this put you off because the effect really is great. It took me no more than ten minutes to achieve the look I wanted. I was also really pleased that the chalk showed up in my dark hair, my past forays into the world of exciting hair colour (namely hair gadgets from Argos when I was in primary school) have always left me disappointed as the colour was never as vibrant as I envisioned. The Body Shop Hair Chalk was therefore a pleasant surprise, the pink did show up!
I took a photograph of the results, sorry for the poor quality image (it was evening when I took it so I couldn't get very good lighting)! I've also stolen a photo of my beautiful best friend Beth who used the chalk before a festival - to show the results she got with her blonde locks! As you can see the result is darker on brunette hair compared to the blonde, but still a good colour in my experience! 
That's all the lovely good points so scroll down for some of the issues I had with the product...


             

                            


                                                                            
Negatives...

Sighhh, number one would have to be this:

Sadly this is not a great value product, especially if you have long hair. This is the state of my hair chalk at the moment and that is after ...one use. At £5 for one colour tab, this isn't an every day kind of product. It works out great for a one off occasion but sadly, that's all. Personally, I think it would be much better if the product came in packs of two, one pink and one blue - then at least you'd get two uses out of it! 
Number two? I didn't get great wear out of it. The product seemed to be falling out my hair before I stepped out the door and by the time I got to my event a lot of the vibrancy had gone *cry*. However, Beth's hair lasted for a whole weekend and therefore I think the reason mine didn't stay in so well might have been because I didn't have any hairspray to set it in my hair so perhaps all hope is not lost. I have also been informed by Miss Bethany that she re-applied her chalk three times and still has quite a bit of the product left - so it seems that you need to use quite a lot more product to cover dark locks!
I'd say the only other downside to this product is that it is quite drying on your hair and a good deep condition is needed once all the chalk is rinsed out! (TBS also recommend conditioning before hand!)


Overall...


I think this is a really good product. It's certainly the best short term colour answer I've found, sadly however that is very short term with the product lasting just one measly use. For those looking for more permanent cruelty free colour answers, I'd recommend checking out Manic Panic's site where they have an awesome range of cruelty free colour dyes. For one off occasions however, this product certainly does what it says and gives great colour on both dark and fair hair, and with a bit of hairspray it could last days!

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7 comments:

  1. All your negative points here, are exactly what made me cautious of buying it. I think us dark long haired girl are best sticking with really small streaks or using Manic Panic. Having said that, I used the purple which just rubbed off my hair all over my clothes but that's because I'd put way too much product on so...

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    1. Yes it is a shame that there's currently no 'wonder-product' that can magically brighten dark hair to pretty colours without the need for harsh bleach! I have to say though this is the best solution I've found so far! I'm now on the look out for hair chalks by other cruelty-free brands to see if they hold up any better than these! :) Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  2. I have really dark hair so wouldn't bother with a hair chalk. I wish sometimes I was blond just so I could go pastel green! I will have a look at manic panic hair dyes though, they ring a bell I think my vegan friend told me about them. She has bright green hair too haha. I am dying to dye my hair red again!xo

    amber love

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    1. Exactly! I was tempted by the ombre craze just so I could get some colour on my tips, but perhaps we should just embrace our dark locks! Manic Panic gives amazing red colour on dark hair, I've used Vampire Red lots of times and it comes out really shiny too as it's vegetable dye not harsh chemicals! Thanks for commenting Amber! :)

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  3. I really love your blog, such a breath of fresh air, and so different.

    Hannah Rose

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    1. That's so great to hear Hannah thank you :D! If you'd like to be kept updated with new posts then give our Facebook page a like as I usually share them there first :) :)!!

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  4. Wonderful post...I like your blog.^^
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    Lovely greets Nessa

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