If you are looking for a unique way to switch up your hair, it may be time to try out hair shadowing. Hair shadowing is a temporary hair coloring technique where a product (hair shadow or chalk) is applied on top of your hair creating a highly pigmented appearance without the aid of bleach or other damaging chemicals. Because of its textured nature, hair shadowing works great on natural hair or on Xotica's natural hair extensions.
There are several types of hair shadows (or hair chalks) depending on your desired budget or look. These products come in powdered, liquid and spray forms, ranging from $6-$12 a container. Regular drugstore eyeshadows work just as well as products made specifically for hair shadowing, and they can start as low as $1 a container.
Whatever method you use, it is important your hair (or extensions), is clean, dry and conditioned. Well-conditioned strands make applying the shadow a smoother process, and because the shadows and chalks are drying, you want to retain as much moisture as possible.
To begin, if you are using a shadow, place a small section of your hair between the shadow in its container and your finger, and slowly pull the shadow down the length of your hair. If you are using a spray, apply like any other hair spray. This method can get messy, however, so apply outside if possible. Finally, if you are using a liquid, squeeze the product onto gloved hands and smooth down the length of your hair. If using either the liquid or spray methods, you may want to only color the portion of your hair that won't touch your clothing, reducing the risk of transfer.
*Keep in mind, these are general instructions. Make sure to read and follow the specific instruction on the product you choose for the best results.
By itself, hair shadows typically last 1-2 days, but can be lengthed for up to five days by sealing the color with a curl paste or pomade. After applying the color, and optionally the paste set the color with a diffuser. At night, bring your hair up into a pineapple.
Add brightly colored shadows to your clip-in extensions for a quick edgy look for a festival or a girl's night out. Or try subtle brown or blonde highlights for a wedding or date night look.
With hair shadowing, you can create an endless bevy of beautiful looks for multiple occasions, all without bleaching or damaging your hair or your extensions. So let your creativity fly and get to shadowing!