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5 Clever patriotic ways to chalk your hair

Allison Pynn has worked on the faces of Paula Abdul, America Ferrera, The Band Perry, Bret Michaels, and Sarah Palin. She grew up in rural Indiana running around corn fields and digging up worms, but always with lip gloss on! Allison has...

Hair-chalked hairstyles

These patriotic hairstyles take hair chalking to the next level.

Messy bun with hair chalk

Hair-chalked hairstyles

1. Begin by parting your hair to one side.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

2. Use a piece of red, white or blue hair chalk to color a small section at your bang area. TIP: It's best to wet the hair before you chalk — it helps chalk color adhere to hair.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

3. Coat the next three sections of hair with the other chalk colors.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

4. Next, braid the chalked hair down along your hairline, bringing it around to the back of your head and clip it to temporarily hold it in place.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

Hair-chalked hairstyles

5. Repeat the same braid on the opposite side of your head.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

6. Bring all your hair to one side and wrap the second braid around the bulk of your hair (so the braid appears to be holding all your hair as a ponytail holder would). Bobby-pin the braid into place to secure it. TIP: Hide bobby pins for the best look.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

7. Color the remaining hair in the "ponytail" with the hair-chalk colors.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

8. Wrap this remaining hair into a messy bun and tie it off with a ponytail holder. Tweak hair pieces so that the ponytail holder doesn't show and all you see is the braid holding the bun hair.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

This is a quick, easy way to look like you did something intricate and complicated.

Braided bun with hair chalk

Hair-chalked hairstyles

1. Gather all your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a ponytail holder. Then section out one large piece of hair and let it hang out. Roll the remaining hair into a bun (secure it with bobby pins if needed).

Hair-chalked hairstyles

2. Split the hanging section of hair into three equal parts.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

3. Use a piece of your 4th of July-colored hair chalk and chalk each section a different color (one section will be red, one will be blue and one will be white).

Hair-chalked hairstyles

Hair-chalked hairstyles

Hair-chalked hairstyles

4. Once all three parts are colored with hair chalk, braid this section of hair. Tie your hair off at the end with a clear elastic hair tie.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

5. Wrap the colored braid around your bun and secure them with bobby pins. Tweak the braid around the bun so it stays put and looks full and thick around the bun.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

Hair chalked hair bow

Hair-chalked hairstyles

1. First, grab two small sections of hair around your face — you'll be working on one and clipping back the other.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

2. In the hanging section of hair, start halfway to 3/4 of the way down, depending on your hair length, and color it with red hair chalk. TIP: You may need to give the hair you're about to color a light mist of water — this will help the color adhere to the hair.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

3. Color the other section with blue hair chalk.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

4. Once both sections are fully colored, bring them to the back of your head. Grab a clear elastic band and begin to tie your hair off.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

5. As you're tying, don't pull your hair all the way through the loop — leave the majority of your hair hanging out.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

6. Separate each color of the hanging hair and pull out the red section to one side. Bobby-pin the red side so that the back of the "bow" is flat to your head (this is where the bobby pins will go, so they'll be hidden). Pin slowly and strategically until it starts to take the shape of a bow. Use hair spray to keep it in place.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

7. Repeat the same to the blue side and use hair spray to keep it in place.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

8. Wrap the hanging hair up and over in between the two colors. This will complete your bow.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

Hair-chalked rope braid

Hair-chalked hairstyles

1. You may want to throw on gloves — hair chalking can get messy.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

2. With water, lightly mist a small section of hair around your face.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

3. Starting halfway down the hair, color that section with red hair chalk.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

4. Repeat this process on the other side of your face with the red hair chalk.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

5. Color the next small section back behind the red section with light blue hair chalk.

6. Repeat this process on the other side of your head.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

7. Color the next section back behind the light blue hair (or white if that's what you chose) with dark blue hair chalk.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

8. Repeat this process on the other side of your head.

9. With a wide-tooth comb, lightly brush through the chalked hair (the chalk makes hair feel dry and tangled so a light brushing is great).

Hair-chalked hairstyles

10. Cross the red piece of hair over the light blue (or white if that's what you chose). Cross them over each other two times and then pick up the dark blue, crossing them over each other (or you can just twist them all together to make it easy). Pull this twisted band of hair to the back of your head and temporarily clip it into place. Repeat this process on the other side of your head.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

11. Once both twisted pieces meet at the back of your head, tie them off with an elastic hair tie.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

Hair-chalked side braid

Hair-chalked hairstyles

1. Color a medium-sized section of hair around your face with light blue hair chalk. Going back and shifting down slightly, color the next section of hair dark blue.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

2. Gather all your hair to the color-chalked side and begin to braid it.

Hair-chalked hairstyles

3. Once all your hair is in a braid, if there are any areas of hair not colored, go back with the hair chalk now and touch up the color (you may need to lightly spritz the braid with water to help the chalk colors adhere to your hair).

Hair-chalked hairstyles

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