Ask Chuck: Chalk and glitter equals Christmas glamour

Dec. 1, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.

By Charles Colson

I saw on Good Morning America that chalking the hair is the latest fashion for temporary streaks. Is this for real?

Yes, it certainly is and it is a perfect way to enhance any color of hair for just a one night celebration. It started in New York during the summer and has traveled now to the southern states. It is perfect for those who really are not sure if they would like streaks in their hair, would you believe for men and women?

The process is simple and the results are phenomenal.

All it takes is purchasing a box of various shades of chalks. You never know if you might use more than one color to reach that perfect look. As I mentioned, it goes well with blonde hair, as well as darker shades. For instance, if you have medium brown hair, you would pick a white, beige or tan color of chalk.

First, you must completely finish the hairstyle you choose to wear. Then choose the color you want the streaks, and take that color of chalk and dip it half way into water and apply the streaks where you want them through the hair. One good, attractive, simple method is just to apply them across the front and sides of the style. The neat thing is that you can make them as thin or thick as you desire.

After the application is completed, spray a layer of hair spray over the streaked area. This will allow the chalk to dry quickly, and you are ready to go. Keep in mind this temporary method only lasts until the hair is shampooed. That could be a blessing if you may have chosen the wrong shade of chalk. This is why I am mentioning this early in December, so when the Christmas parties begin, you will have had it mastered. Right?

I don't have time to run by and have my hairdresser apply glitter to my hairstyle. Is there a simple remedy to conquer this at home?

Most definitely, and you can have fun doing it. Always remember that keeping it simple can obtain the best results. There are several colors of glitter available, but the most popular are silver and gold. These colors seem to complement any hair color.

Apply the glitter only when you have completed your hairstyle. Pour the glitter in the palm of one hand, and pick up small amounts and simply sprinkle them into the hair. Try to stay about 10 to 12 inches from the hair. This allows the glitter to spread evenly and not end up in a blob. It might be best to have a friend apply it for you.

Of course, if you desire, you can make the glitter appear like streaks in the hair. This is when you really have confidence. Go for it, you could be the life of the party.

I like wearing my hair in an updo for parties. I look best in a french twist. Are they still in fashion?

As long as a hairstyle really becomes you, it will always be in fashion. Since you have been with your hair the longest, you know what really is most attractive and feels just right for any occasion. French twists are definitely quite popular. They are easy to dress up, especially during the holiday season. You can enhance the twist with flowers, ribbons and any method mentioned in the above questions. Wearing a french twist one day and leaving the hair down the next gives you perfect versatility of achieving the short and long hair look. Like I always say, wear it well and keep them guessing.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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