Removing Hair Chalk Buildup

If you checked out my recent experiment with Hair Chalk then you know how vibrant and intense that hair color was. Well, I never thought I’d pay the price for that vibrancy. After almost 3 weeks with the hair chalk in my hair and almost 4 shampoos later, I was beginning to get annoyed with it and starting to feel like I’d never get rid of it. The build up in my locs was serious…
 So I tried the ACV, Lemon Juice, and Baking Soda rinse that Chescalocs recommend but that didn’t do anything but leave ACV & Lemon pulp in my locs. Sad face. Then I tried scrubbing my locs with clarifying shampoo, and that didn’t do anything but remove the surface layer, the chalk was still caked in the center of my locs! My next step was a Bentonite Clay mask. I was really skeptical about doing this because I was afraid I would do more harm than good. To my surprise, the Bentonite Clay didn’t leave any residual particles in my locs but it also did not remove the hair chalk completely…
So now we are on to method #3 and for this, I decided to mix hot water and baking soda. I do mean really HOT water, cooking in microwave for a minute or two, and then dissolving baking soda into the water. This is the mixture before the scrub.
Then I placed my loc in the mixture and squeezed it and rubbed it for a good 5 minutes before repeating the process 3 times.  This is what the mixture looked like as it was extracting the hair chalk…
Thankfully, this Baking Soda mixture finally did the trick and the hair chalk was almost gone.
After another shampoo I was completely free of the hair chalk!! I do believe the Bentonite Clay pulled the hair chalk from deep within my locs to the surface therefore allowing the baking soda to work its magic. After this strenuous ordeal, it’s pretty safe to say I won’t be putting this brand of hair chalk in my locs ever again!
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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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Hi! Thanks for helping but do you think it would remove my hair chalk if I don’t use Bentonite Clay? I’ve got school in a week and you are not allowed any unnatural colours. My hairchalk is pink and shines so much.
Worried Shrishti

Yes, use the baking soda and hot water mixture and lots of rubbing and squeezing. I also recommend the Kinky Curly Come Clean Clarifying shampoo.

I totally didn’t listen and now have blue chalk caked in my locs. I don’t mind the color so much as the fact that I drip blue whenever my hair is wet. I did love the color but I’ll try your tips to see if I can get it out for now.

🙁 Good luck! I remember the feeling…

Thanks for much for these recommendations I used this awful hair chalk and I’m having the same problem…..it’s CAKED my locs I still have about 75% left in my locs so I’m going to try this tonight!

Please try and let me know how it works for you. It took me foreverrrrrr to get it out of my locs, I hope your experience is better!

What kind of benzonite clay mask dId you use?

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