Easy Hair Chalk Ideas for Kids, Plus How to Make DIY Hair Chalk

Punch up pigtails with some colorful hair chalk for kids. Photo courtesy of Magicat Premium Hair Chalk
Punch up pigtails with some colorful hair chalk for kids. Photo courtesy of Magicat Premium Hair Chalk
7/13/23 - By Ally Noel

If your child's hair needs a touch of pizzazz, hair chalk is the easiest way to dazzle it up. Whether your kiddo feels like being a mermaid, a witch, or just wants to add a little oomph to their everyday look, hair chalk for kids can open the door to endless creative possibilities.

Best of all: Hair chalk is not only relatively inexpensive, it's also temporary. Depending on the kit and the application, most hair chalk washes out between one and three days, making changing your kiddo's hair color as easy as changing their clothes.

Read on for some of our favorite hair chalk kits and designs for kids, then learn how to make DIY hair chalk. And if your kiddo wants to channel their creativity beyond their hair, our Boredom Busters Guide for Kids will help. There you'll find our lists of 100 awesome art projects, 50 genius things to do with cardboard boxes, and so much more.


Hair chalk made with natural ingredients is safe for both kids and pets. Photo courtesy of Mosaiz Hair Chalk Pens

Great Hair Chalk Kits for Kids

Mosaiz Hair Chalk Pens 12-Pack

This kit includes 12 easy-to-use chalk pens in a variety of vibrant colors. Made with only natural ingredients, these pens are easy to store and tend to be a little less messy than other application options.  

Magicat Premium Hair Chalk

Recommended for kids ages 3 and up, this kit comes with 10 different colors. Each color is packaged in a comb, making application a breeze. All you have to do is comb the desired color through your child's hair and watch the transformation take place.

Daytoyz Washable Hair Chalk Set

This chalk set is loaded with a ton of color options—24, to be exact! The easy-to-use chalk sticks—which come in various shades of blue, pink, purple, and more—make combining and experimenting with new colors a breeze.

GirlZone Hair Chalks Set

Each of the 10 pens in the GirlZone Hair Chalks set is good for at least 80 applications. That adds up to a whole lot of fun mixing and changing your kiddo's hair color. The twistable pens, which come in five vibrant colors and five metallic ones, make for easy storage between uses.

Jumbo Hair Chalk Pens

These 12 large chalk pens are completely blend-able and will stay in your child's hair for up to three days. The kit includes several metallic colors such as green apple, grape, and strawberry to add a little bit of shimmer to your kid's dazzling new do.

Fun Hair Chalk Designs for Kids

Rainbow Hair Chalk Braids

Whether it's a French braid, a fishtail, or a traditional braid, adding a little bit of color will make even the most basic of braids pop.

Ombre Hair Chalk

Ombre hairstyles typically go from very dark to light colors. With the right setup, this look is pretty easy to achieve with chalk.

Mermaid Hair Chalk

Take your mermaid waves to the next level with hair chalk. Mermaid hairstyles are typically thought of as being shades of blues, pinks, and purples, but use your imagination and pick any color your kiddo wants. 

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Sidewalk chalk can easily be turned into hair chalk by simply adding water. Image by Taylore, courtesy of Amazon

How to Make DIY Hair Chalk for Kids

Unsurprisingly, the main ingredient to hair chalk is, well—chalk. These directions call for sidewalk chalk, but any chalk you have on hand will work. If you have lighter-colored hair, all you have to do is apply chalk to your tresses and set it in place with a light mist of hair spray. If your hair is darker, you may need to follow the directions below.


  • Sidewalk chalk

  • Water

  • Bowl

  • Scissors

  • Hair dryer

  • Hair spray


1. Dampen the chalk in the bowl with small amounts of water. You do not want to soak the chalk—just leave it in the water for a moment.

2. Scrape off the loosened chalk with the edge of the scissors.

3. Using your fingers, create a chalk paste.

4. Apply the chalk paste to hair.

5. Allow it to sit on the hair for at least 30 minutes.

6. Blow dry hair on the lowest setting.

7. Finish off by misting the hair with hair spray.

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