Already thinking ahead to festival season? Here are 8 rainbow hair chalk ideas you’re definitely gonna want to try

Sorry we can't come out tonight, super busy colour chalking our hair.  

When it comes to no strings attached hair colours, there’s no better contender than hair chalk. Whether you’re after a quick colour injection for a festival or party, or you just want to try before you buy with a bright hair colour, there’s so many fun hair chalk ideas to trial.

Not only are they SO MUCH FUN to play around with, but they wash right out so you can go back to your usual colour again (or, you know, try out another colour the next day if you’re that way inclined).

From crazy rainbow braids to subtler touches of colour, bring out your inner artist with these uh-mazing hair chalk ideas…

blonde woman with streaks of multicoloured hair chalk
Thanks to hair chalk you can actually live out your colourful hair dreams. Credit:

1. Sassy streaks

As if our ’90s hearts weren’t already bursting with happiness about the return of scrunchies and butterfly clips, now we can rock streaks all over again, too.

So, channel your inner Lizzie McGuire (#OldDisneyMemories) and wow everyone with these multicoloured streaks. Credit: @marianneostrat

woman with dark brunette hair with purple and teal hair chalk ombre
Part-time ombre, anyone?

2. No obligation ombre

If you love the ombre look but get anxious about dyeing your ends, only for it to fade out or damage your hair, you’ll appreciate Instagram’s ombre hair chalk ideas.

You’ll be able to live out your ombre hair ambitions, see how you like it and be able to wash it out for work by Monday morning. Easy peasy! Credit: @nevaboskin

close up of different coloured hair chalk braids
You can even go all out and make every braid a different colour! Credit:

3. Bright braids

As if braids didn’t already scream festival hair enough, we came across this multicoloured wonder on Instagram and immediately added it to our saved collections.

It’s one of the easiest way to update your braids, so choose either to colour just one accent braid or going full throttle and do them all. Credit: @clutter_up

Top tip: Once you’ve decide which of these hair chalk ideas is your fave and have created your look, you need to ensure it doesn’t flake or fall out.

So, remember to seal in the colour with a spritz of hairspray as your final step (the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray would be great for this) and you can rock out all day long!

blonde with light pastel hair chalk through the ends of her hair
Pretty pastels are always a welcome colour addition. Credit:

4. Princessy pastels

We imagine that if a Disney princess were to try out hair chalking, this is how it would look. Plus, since festivals and pastels go hand in hand, rocking a more muted style will still give you those party vibes, just without being too garish. Credit: @x.leah.bx

See why pastel hair isn’t going anywhere, here.

woman with light brown hair and rainbow colours added throughout her lengths
It’s like colouring in for your hair! Credit:

5. Colour splash

With its dual-tone highlights, this look reminds us of those multicoloured gummy worms – and is just as sweet, too!

Adding highlights with more than one colour per strand creates a total mismatch of colour that’s just a total work of art. Credit: @studiodiy

Top tip: Hair chalking can be drying on your tresses, so once the party is over be sure to treat your locks to a nourishing deep conditioner, like the TONI&GUY Damage Repair Mask.

Pop it on after washing your hair and 5 minutes is all it needs to make your hair feel super soft, smooth and shiny again.

back view of a blonde woman with rainbow hair chalk
Taste the rainbow! Credit:

6. Peekaboo rainbow highlights

Coloured hair is already a pretty statement look, but by keeping the majority of your natural hair colour and just adding a few hidden peekaboo highlights in, your look will really pop!

As for styling, we suggest whacking your hair up into a half-up bun and BOOM, party hair. Credit: @melcarrero_

More peekaboo highlights for you to swoon over.

brunette woman with a hot pink steak of hair chalk
Our inner teen rebel is in love. Credit:

7. Rebellious streak

No, you haven’t stepped back in time, because your teenage self’s dream hairstyle is back…

This style is proof that sometimes less actually is more and it means that if you’re sharing your chalk with the rest of your festival campmates, there’ll be more than enough to go around. Credit: @shainsparks

woman with curly creamy blonde hair with hot pink hair chalk tips
Add a pop of colour to your tips for an understated look. Credit:

8. Trendy tips

After something quick? Well you’ll only need a couple of minutes for this one.

The contrast of bleach blonde locks with a tiny hint of hot pink colour on the ends is subtle, but shows you’re ready to partyyyyy 😉 Credit: @leflair4hair

Festival bound? Discover our fave tent-friendly hairstyles, now.

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