‘Hairshadowing’ itself is nothing new, but it has become a big thing in the natural hair community. It is a fun and easy way to get beautifully colored curls without the commitment, trouble of color maintenance, and the worry about hair protection or damage. With spring and summer coming around the corner, hairshadowing is a great way to spice up your curls for the seasons!
The term ‘hairshadowing’ was created by YouTube Vlogger NaturallyTash about 2 years ago on her channel. It is the process of using an eyeshadow and/or hair chalk to color your hair. The process is very easy and doesn’t take very long depending on the amount of hair you have and how much of it you wish to shadow. I usually pick a few pieces of hair to shadow just as accent pieces. However, in the picture set to the left, we see that Tash shadows larger sections of hair for a bigger statement.
I actually started ‘hairshadowing’ my hair sometime last year. I didn’t learn about it through Tash, but I must admit that she is one of my favorite IG (NaturallyTash)
hairshadowers. She definitely uses great colors and isn’t afraid to experiment. It is because of her that I’ll be revisiting hairshadowing very soon!
Tash’s Favorite Shadows: Tash loves using the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows and the NYX High Pigments. She doesn’t use much chalk, but when she does, she uses the Color Buzz Hair Chalk.
My Choice of ‘Hairshadow’
For my hairshadowing needs, I use the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in ‘Painted Purple’ (bottom left). The eyeshadow is a cream gel formula, which is very easy to melt between your fingers to make the application process so much easier! This eyeshadow has great color and staying power. I’ve worn this eyeshadow throughout my curls for days on end and I’ve never had a problem. I’ve had to do minor touch ups after covering my curls with a bonnet, but I didn’t have any major issues with the eyeshadow coming off or smearing throughout the day.
The great thing about this shadow is that it washes off easily during wash day. Just wetting your hair is enough to rid your curls of the eyeshadow. I’ve gone swimming with my colored curls and didn’t have a single strand of color when I exited the water. It’s that simple!
Check out the pics below to see what a little shadow has done for Tash’s curls:
I definitely hope you all experiment with hairshadowing. It’s definitely a fun process and allows you to have fun with your hair. If you work in an extremely professional environment, you can shadow your hair for the weekend and wash it out before the work week. I’m actually going to invest in some more colors for the spring and summer. I used the purple as my starter, but maybe I’ll try some kind of blue or orange… This should be very fun!
Until next time,
Have you tried hairshadowing before? If so, what are your favorite shadows to use? Comment below!