Perhaps it's all the gorgeous festival beauty looks, but lately we've had the urge to go full-on cotton candy with our locks. There's something about pastel-hued, hair-chalked strands that speaks to our inner wild child—and we'll be honest, the lack of commitment makes them even more appealing. But with new formulas springing up left and right, how are you supposed to know how to use each one? We did the research for you, and found out exactly how to apply and wash out each type of hair chalk, leaving you more time to fishtail for Marker or Highlighter and dip-dye to your heart's content.
Hair chalk including Hair Chalk Pen and Hair Chalk Comb is used as a temporary hair dye, often with bright pastel or neon colors. It can be applied by manual application to wet hair, or using a product that incorporates the chalk into a comb. The dye typically washes out with the next shampoo. Hair chalks are similar to art chalk and are considered minimally toxic. The bulk of the product is made of substances found in rocks and minerals like bentonite, calcium carbonate, and mica. The pigment is created using dyes that are typically Food, Drug, and Cosmetic dyes that are approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration.
Hair chalks are not well absorbed when swallowed. Unintentional ingestions of hair chalk products are not expected to result in serious poisoning or injury except in the case of an allergic reaction to any of the pigments used to color the product. Eye exposure to hair chalk set is expected to cause minor eye irritation. Unintentionally breathing in hair chalk can result in symptoms similar to an asthma attack such as coughing and wheezing.
If someone gets hair chalk in their eye, they should gently rinse their eye with water that is a comfortable temperature and comfortable pressure for 15 minutes. If someone eats hair chalk, they should rinse out their mouth and have a few sips of water to gently dilute the product. Large ingestions of hair chalk can result in the pigment changing the color of the person’s stools. If someone breathes in hair chalk and develops cough or wheezing, they should move to fresh air and call Poison Control for additional guidance.
Acrylic paints are among the most versatile yet attractive paints available. They offer the beauty of oil paints with the short drying time of watercolors, come in an endless array of hues, and dry in a variety of finishes: glossy, satin, matte. The polymer binder in acrylics adheres well to a wide range of surfaces: paper, canvas, wood, ceramics, plastics, fabric, rocks, and more. Acrylics also feature a range of viscosities. And because they’re water based, they are easier to use and clean up than oils. All of these factors make acrylic paint a great choice for children. Here are our top picks for the budding young artists in your life.
We love the color selection of this Paint Set, which includes fuchsia, nutmeg brown, Bimini blue, and 15 additional hues. Colorful and vibrant, these high-quality acrylic paints go on smoothly with even coverage, and they won’t stain skin, clothing, or furniture. The paint flows with ease and can even be thinned if you prefer a less opaque finish. Each 2-ounce plastic bottle has a flip-top lid and is able to withstand heavy handling by young artists. The nozzle makes it easy to dispense just the amount you need, and the bottles are easy to squeeze. Colors dry fast—but not too fast to allow for blending—and to a pleasing matte finish.
Do you need a paint that’s kid friendly, water resistant, and permanent when dry? Crayola’s acrylic paint is the one for you. This set allows artists to create their own hues. The paints are thick and apply well to a variety of surfaces, including paper, canvas, wood, fabric, rock, and ceramics. They are durable, water resistant, nontoxic, and easy to clean up when wet with soap and water. If you love these paints, they are available in additional colors, including glitter and neon varieties.