Celebrity Hairspiration + How to: Lauren Conrad’s Dip-Dye Tips

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Lauren Conrad, or LC as some us from may remember her from Laguna Beach, has grown into quite the beauty trendsetter in recent years. How many of us fell in love with (and still rock) the braided bangs hairstyle she popularized?

And she set a major beauty trend this season: At the beginning of this past summer, Lauren debuted her bright, multi-colored dip-dye locks and set off another craze.

And Lauren wasn’t alone in trying this look – everyone from Kate Bosworth and Nicki Minaj tried the dip-dye trend this summer. And just recently, Lauren herself gave the style another go with an orange-pink shade inspired by My Little Pony (right photo above).

Unlike Lauren, however, few of us can afford a celebrity stylist, nor can we commit to a permanent dye job… but that doesn’t mean we can’t try this trend! A few weeks ago, we found an effective yet temporary DIY technique to achieve the look. Erica Worzel discovered a great technique she calls “hair chalking” and shared it on her blog. So that’s the look we’re recreating today.

Continue reading to learn how to recreate Lauren Conrad’s dip-dye tresses at home in just 3 simple steps.

You Will Need:

Dip dye hair tools: Rubber gloves, pastels, spray bottle, old towel, hair clips
  • Rubber Gloves. Yes, this gets messy – gloves will keep your hands from looking like a Jackson Pollock painting.
  • An old towel or t-shirt to wear during the process (for the same reason as above).
  • A spray bottle of water
  • Clips to section your hair
  • Most importantly, soft chalk pastels (Rembrandt pastels work best.)

Note: I actually used another brand of pastels before switching to Rembrandt. I first tried using Cray-Pas pastels, however, the color didn’t transfer well at all.

Rembrandt is more expensive, but I was able to purchase some individually at my college’s local art store for a few dollars a piece, instead of purchasing an entire pack with colors I didn’t even want. Believe me when I say Rembrandt is well worth the money.

1. Section + Dampen

Spray Bottles and Hair Clips for sectioning

Product Information: Spray Bottles + Hair Clips both from Amazon

Separate the strands of hair you would like to color and use the spray bottle to slightly dampen the hair. If you don’t have a spray bottle on hand, simply running a comb under water will work just fine.

2. Color

Dip-dye process: Coloring hair ends with pastels

Simply take a section of dampened hair, hold it tight and rub on your choice of the colored pastels in a downward direction until the color adheres. My boyfriend actually had the genius idea of laying my hair on scrap paper on a flat surface to rub the pastel on it. SO MUCH easier than just holding it in the air.

3. Style

Dip dye ends hairstyle

Now that you’ve applied the desired amount of color to your hair, style it as usual. Colored strands would brighten up any braid and they also look adorable slightly curled, just how Lauren often wears this trend.

Here’s a close-up:

Close up of dip dye ends hairstyle

Click on the photo to enlarge.

What Do You Think?

Do you like the dip-dye trend or do you find it too over-the-top? Would you try the trend now that you have a non-permanent option? Or have you already tried this hairstyle trend? Tell us in a comment! Also, if you try this, be sure to leave a comment and share your results!

57 thoughts on “Celebrity Hairspiration + How to: Lauren Conrad’s Dip-Dye Tips”

  1. Hairspray should protect your clothes from the color; I used to use hairspray to protect my chalk pastel drawings from damage/shedding color and I doubt oil pastels are that different.

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  2. Casey, when u say – style as usual.. meaning i can use a hot iron and straighten my hair? or will my hair be burnt..? because I have curly hair and if i use crayon they will surely get all frizzed up..

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  3. wow, i tried it, unfortunately the materials weren’t so specific. It said used “soft oil pastel” and that’s what i used. But shouldn’t it be SOFT CHALK PASTELS?. anyway it looked great. but i took a 1hour shower taking out the oil pastel,and there is still some left…Any tips on removing oil pastel on hair PLEASE? :/

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  4. I tryed this just now. It works with oil pastels for me but it didn’t when i had my hair wet. It did make my hair all clumpy but i just brushed it out. The only defect is if you play with your hair it’ll some out sooner :/ I love it though and my mom actually let me use this type or dying instead of having kool-aid or other stuff in my hair.

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  5. I tried it with oil pastels and was freaking out at first that it wouldn’t wash out. But it DOES wash out, so don’t be scared to try this. =) It’s pretty fun but it takes a while for the color to show up. I had a little hair breakage because I pressed to hard at first, so be careful with that.
    I started out with wet hair and put the chalk on that, but it didn’t work very well and it wouldn’t stay wet long enough for me to cover one piece of hair. I tried using it on dry hair and it worked MUCH better for me, so experiment with that.
    The only thing that I don’t like about this pastel thing is that my hair got really stiff where I put the color (to be expected), but it beats using a permanent dye by all means! =)
    Super fun to do with friends as well! Thanks for the great idea!

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  6. Tried this yesterday and it was a complete disappointment. I have blonde hair, used oil pastels and the color didn’t stay at all.
    Residue got all over clothes (even with hairspray) and I couldn’t brush it at all.

    It was a chunky, gross mess.

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  7. You can do practically the same with eyeshadow/makeup pigment. I like Urban Decay since they try to use less harsh chemicals. However, UD is pretty expensive. I have dark dark dark brown (Asian) hair and if I wet my hair enough beforehand, I get some pretty nice results! (:

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  8. I just tried it right now with Cray-Pas oil pastel junior artist 16 piece set for 2.99 at Hobby Lobby and it did not work so well. I brushed right out. I have medium/dark hair. May have to try a other brand.

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  9. I’m doing this tonight, but with two colors, instead of 3 or 4 and I’m using hair dye. c: It’ll be tricky but it’s worth it. I’m using a teal-ish color and pink! 😀

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  10. @ Audrey– Awesome! I’m so glad you found a less expensive option to work well. I was slightly disappointed I could only get Rembrandt to work.
    Thank you for filling us in!

    @Sara– mine faded slightly by the next day, I think it wore off slightly on my clothes and blankets; however, I had to shampoo most of it out. It didn’t stain any of my pillows or anything, either

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  11. wil this stain any pillows when you sleep or your clothes? and how long does it last? can you just shower it out or no
    Thankss!!!xoxoxo

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  12. Alright to elaborate on my comment above, Reeves does work! So good! You have to really dampen your hair to make the pastels go on smoother and liquidier/creamier. Otherwise it will just be like rubbing chalk on your hair and it’ll be a powerdy mess. I did find some color on right shoulder…but that was about it. I don’t care, I love this trick!

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  13. I agree with elenka. I’ve done this a few times on two of my nieces hair and I use soft pastels, not oil. The regular soft pastels work really well, so I’m not gonna use oil and I think anyone doing this would have a better chance with non oil ones

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  14. @Janet– what pastels are you using? From experience I learned that the Rembrandt brand works soo much better than any other. Even on my roommates almost black hair.
    Also, it helps to make your hair very damp before applying the pastel.
    Hope that helps!

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  15. I did some research at http://web.princeton.edu/sites/ehs/artsafety/sec10.htm about art safety and to get information about toxins in oil pastels.

    Here’s some info I found:
    “Crayons and oil pastels do not present an inhalation hazard, and thus are much safer than pastels. Some oil pastels can contain toxic pigments, but this is only a hazard by accidental ingestion.”

    So, since oil pastels don’t have much of a risk of inhalation like more “chalky” pastels do they are much safer. And if they do contain toxic pigments they aren’t a hazard unless actually ingested.

    It sounds safe to me; however, no one should use this technique if they are uncomfortable or worried.

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  16. I was just about to post a longer warning about exactly what compounds are used to make pastels (both chalk and oil since most of these chemicals are in the pigmentation formulas which are pretty much the same in all professional sets) I would like to add to her comment that most pro-quality pastels also have lead in the pigments to boost the color (anything like Prismacolor that you buy in an art specialty store, oh and lead is harmful to ingest in any amount by the way even nanoliters). However if you can find a kiddie non toxic set from Crayola you should be okay ( they won’t work anywhere near as well but they’ll be much safer).

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  17. you realize pastels are very poisenus, right? as an art student, i can say that the pigment in pastels can contain elements that can cause cancers after prolonged use. im not the kind of person who believes that the most bizarre things can cause cancer, but the reds normally contain cadmium. its a really cool trend but if you are going to do this please be careful to wash off any pigment that gets on your skin and thoroughly wash your hair before sleeping to avoid ingesting anything. im not trying to be a downer but i wouldnt want anyone to get sick because of the pastels.

    please excuse any typos, this was sent from my smartphone.

    love, maddie

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  18. this looks really cool, however i think the chemicals in the oil pastel might damage your hair. although the pastels are made out of oil, the color dyes can damage the ends of the hair, increasing split ends, broken tips etc…

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  19. i’m in love with this and actually going to try it out this weekend in my school’s colors for a football game…any suggestions on how to section it so that it doesn’t look like a hot mess??

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  20. I love this trend! Unfortunatly my hair is short and extremely dark, but maybe If I did it in my bangs it would come out nice:) Maybe a catchy blue. So cute on Lauren Conrad!

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  21. I love this! The only thing is, I was wondering whether anybody knows if the color can come out of your hair and onto clothing or anything? Is there a way to “lock” it in so it wouldn’t smudge on stuff? (I use pastels for art and they get all over everything, in my experience 🙁 ) Maybe hairspray? Thanks so much for any feedback. 🙂

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  22. I’ve loved this trend since I first saw it on Lauren, but I’ve never colored my hair and I didn’t want the commitment. I might just have to try this. So cool!

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  23. This absolutely works on dark hair! My roommate did this for Halloween and she has dark black hair.

    Also, while she was trying this chalking technique we learned that the more damp your hair is the brighter/better the color will show up.

    And the color came out of my hair after one shampoo.

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  24. I tried it and it worked on my dark brown hair. =D I used bright colors though. Light blue, light green and pink.

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  25. I’m guessing this only works on lighter hair. I have dark brown hair and I don’t think the color would show up… Sad. This is such a cute style.

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  26. I absolutely love it… Maybe I’ll try it, but I don’t know if the pastels’ colour will show on my very dark brown hair.

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