Halloween is just around the corner, and one of the scariest parts of this holiday? Costume planning! It can be time consuming. It can be expensive. And there’s just a bit of pressure to try and come up with something original.

The answer to all these problems? Sidewalk chalk!

Forget about drawing stick figures and pitiful attempts at drawing trees and animals. Put that sidewalk chalk to a better use: Hair dye!

Don’t spend a fortune on hair dye or wigs when this DIY recipe works wonders! The color comes from sidewalk chalk, and a pack of 20 pieces can be found for just $1 at Dollar Tree.

Trick-or-treaters of all ages can benefit from this easy, safe and affordable idea.

Halloween Hair Dye Using Sidewalk Chalk

Supply list

  • One piece of sidewalk chalk
  • Water
  • A cup or bowl
  • Scissors or a knife
  • Hair dryer
  • Hair spray

What To Do

For light hair:

  1. Select a section of the hair that you want colored.
  2. Using the chalk, draw/color on your hair as if using a marker.
  3. Immediately apply a small mist of hair spray to hold it in place.

For dark hair:

  1. Place chalk into the container.
  2. Add small amounts of water to chalk to dampen (not soak).
  3. Let the chalk set for a few minutes until it starts to deteriorate slightly.
  4. Use the scissors or knife to scrape off the loosened chalk.
  5. Using your fingers, make the chalk into a paste.
  6. Apply the paste to the area of your hair that you want colored using a pinching technique.
  7. Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.
  8. On the lowest, coolest setting, blow dry your hair very carefully.
  9. After it dries apply a small mist of hair spray to hold it in place.

If you follow these steps as stated above, the chalk should wash out after one shampoo. If the chalk is a little persistent, baking soda is great for removing color. Simply mix it into a paste while showering and apply to hair as if shampooing.


The Magic of Sidewalk Chalk: DIY Halloween Hair Dye