How to Dip Dye Your Hair Using Kool Aid

How to Dip Dye Your Hair Using Kool Aid

I am the mother of an 11 year old girl who thinks I am the meanest mom in the entire world.  Why?  Because I will not let her go to the salon and get her hair dyed!  Many of her friends are dying their hair…which honestly floors me completely because they are only 11!  Usually they just get a strip of hair done or just the tips but I am too paranoid about the health risks associated with hair dye to let her get it done.  In an effort to find a ‘happy medium’ so she does not hate me forever I told her “Learn how to dip dye your hair using Kool Aid and you can try it”.  Well, off she went to her friend Google and started doing some research and it seemed pretty easy.  Here is a brief summary of how to dip dye your hair with Kool Aid if your daughter (or YOU) want to give it a try!  The color may not be as dramatic or long lasting as traditional hair dyes but personally, I think there is a lot less risk involved!

 

how to dip dye your hair using kool aid

 How to Dip Dye Your Hair Using Kool Aid

 

1.  First, wash and condition your hair as you normally would.  Air dry or blow dry until all of the moisture is out.  To ensure the color lasts as long as possible you want to avoid washing it for 48 hours after you dip dye your hair with Kool Aid so start with clean hair!

2. Divide your hair into smaller sections using elastic bands.  Do not try to gather it into one pony tail to dye or it will come out uneven.  My daughter divided her hair into 6 smaller sections and placed the elastic bands about 3 inches up from the bottom.

3.  Choose your Kool Aid color…the darker the better for best results.  My daughter chose grape, hoping for purple tips but with her light brown/dirty blond hair it came out more of a maroon color.

4.  Make the Kool Aid:  In a large glass measuring cup, add 2 cups of water and microwave for about 4 minutes or until almost boiling.  Add in 2 packets of Kool Aid and stir until dissolved.

5.  Now comes the fun part of actually dip dying your hair using Kool Aid:  Put the Kool Aid in plastic cups so it is several inches deep.  We went with 2 cups at a time with 2 sections of hair in each cup.  We repeated until all of the sections were finished.  After you place your hair tips into the Kool Aid, settle in for a bit to wait.  Times for dying range anywhere from 15 minutes to 90 minutes depending on hair color and how patient you are.  My daughter was not particularly patient and barely made it the 15 minute minimum.  As a result, the color in her hair isn’t quite as dramatic as she would have liked.

6.  After you have finished with your ‘incubation’ in the Kool Aid dye, rinse the tips thoroughly with cold water and apply a small amount of conditioner to the hair that was dip dyed with Kool Aid.  Leave the conditioner in for 2 minutes and then rinse and pat dry.  Let you hair dry naturally and avoid washing it for the next 48 hours to help ‘set’ the color.

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Have you ever tried to  dip dye your hair using Kool Aid?  Did you have any luck?  We would love some tips on how to do this to get a more vibrant color.

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Comments

  1. I have never heard of dyeing your own hair with Kool Aid. It looks pretty good, and probably a lot easier to change than traditional dye

  2. I am curious to see how long it stays in. It’s been about a week and it is still there!

  3. TheBestAsh says:

    To get a more vibrant color, after you are done dipping the ends into the watery mixture and it has dried, put on a kool-aid paste (Kool-aid and a smal amount of warm water). Apply to the tips and tightly fold with foil, leave this in over night or if you are doing this in the morning all day ( I recommend useing a shower cap to prevent messes). Then rinse lightly with cold water, after one day clean your hair as you normally do. I’ve done this with my light brown/blonde hair and blue kool-aid, the results have stayed in for about 3-4 months. Good luck!

  4. Caitlin says:

    Me and my friend done this! The blue fades to green. It stayed for about two months and then I took it out and dyed my hair red. To remove it just boil some water and add baking soda (it fizzes up) dip your hair in and it extracts the color. If you do that then I highly recommend conditioner because it does tangle your hair. Thebestash did the vibrant part a little different then I did. I mixed conditioner, 2 packs of kool aid and a just enough vinegar to make the kool aid wet and the rest I did the same. I brushed it in with a tooth brush (because I didn’t have a dye brush and I had tons of unused toothbrushes) it works great! My friends color is still in a little bit and we did it I’m January.

  5. Lindsay says:

    There’s also this new product out that comes out vibrant and is safe called hair chalk… It comes in a tin with different colors and you just dip the chalk in a little water and rub it on a piece of your hair. We used to use kool aid in the 90s when we were kids and it was always dull. This new stuff is awesome! And easier and she can change it every day if she wanted to…

    • she has been mentioning something like this that you just wipe on a strand of hair and it is really easy. I will keep my eye out for it!

  6. waverly says:

    Just fyi, I did this to a strand of hair in like, July of 2012 and its June now :P bleach does NOT work, the most effective way is to just dye over it. It’s still kinda red but you can’t really tell;)

  7. I dyed some of my hair with red kool aid and it’s stayed bright red for over a year now. I’ve had it dyed at the hair salon and nothing covers it up. I really regret doing this and I hate my red hair

    • I highly recommend doing only the tips. That way you can cut off an inch or two and your hair is back to normal!

  8. Desiree says:

    My 9 yr old daughter and I will be trying this (on her hair) after camp today. Very excited to see how it turns out!

  9. Hi – if you want get brighter colours that are still temporary, try googling using artists chalk for she same effect. Bright colours wide colour palette to choose from, and still temporary….

    • My daughter has mentioned something called hair chalk? I will have to check it out. I would like something a bit more temporary than the Koolaid is turning out to be!

      • I think people call it Hot Huez. It’s where a chalk slides into your hair and it washes out with shampoo.

        • my daughter has mentioned this. She really wants to try this one next!

          • Hair chalk /artist’s soft chalk pastels can cause a bit of a mess on your clothes so make sure to do some research and pick out dark colored clothing. But don’t worry, it washes right out. After adding chalk on, your hair will feel really dry so when you take a shower make sure to add lots of conditioner. Oh, and it only lasts a day since you’re going to wash it right out.

          • my daughter tried the chalk and it really does dry your hair out!

  10. Koolaid can be used to permanently dye fabrics and yarn so I’d say it would absolutely permanently dye human hair. I’ve used it to dye wool yarn for knitting.

  11. To get it out instead of cutting it off you just boil water and add baking soda and dip the hair in it and then it’s out …. To get it brighter. Boil 1 cup of water and when that comes to a boil put 1 pack of koolaid in and take it of the heat then put it in a coffee cup and put hair in and leave it in for 10 minutes.. Hope it helps:):)

  12. Isabelle says:

    Hi. I have strawberry blonde hair and I really want to dye my hair with kool-aid, but I don’t know what color to do! Any suggestions?

    • I think the darker colors would show the most dramatic results (red and purple rather than yellow or orange)

    • I have the same hair as you Isabelle. I have dyed my hair with Kool-aid twice and I did blue and it turned green, just recently I dyed it purple but it turned out a reddish-purplish. It was weird! I recommend that if you want it to last a while longer add abut of vinegar make sure it’s clear because if its yellow it will mess up your color! I put blue in my hair in the last week of June and it is to where you can barely see it. That’s why I covered it with “purple.” My mom now wants to chop of my hair because school is starting soon. I hope this helped!

      • We just got my daughters 4 inches of red/purple cut off the bottom of her hair. I am not sure that it would have ever come out on its own!

  13. Isabelle says:

    Hi again. I have been searching the internet on more information on kool-aid hair dye, and I am worried from what I am hearing. Some people have said that my hair will fall out in a matter of time. I know this is probably not true, but I am still a little worried. Do you have anything you can tell me about this topic? Thanks for the tutorial!!

    • I have not heard that but do not recommend dying your entire head of hair since it is very long lasting. I would just to the tips or a small strand of hair. My daughter had no issues but everyone reacts differently to these things.

  14. I IP dyed my dark brown hair with red kool aid. It turned out really nice and was noticeable. I added a random amount of water and kool aid. It didn’t turn out that dark at first but.I added more kool aid packs. The more kool aid packs the more vibrant the colour

  15. I loved it I did it and I used purple but I have dark hair so it looks like I have reddish highlights! I’m going to use this again but maybe a different color

  16. I’ve been dip dying my hair with kool aid for about 2 years, and it is a really vibrant red for about 4-6 months. Its simple to make it brighter use less water and more kool aid. Also some don’t turn out as well as other, the tropical flavour is the best one!

  17. I used cherry and it made a beautiful red color. I have the same hair color as your daughter. Add more packets to get a vibrant color. No matter what color.

  18. mom1234566 says:

    Wow when I dyed my sisters tips red it was awesome he results but how long till the dye comes out of her tips

  19. how longed did the dye take to take it off

  20. My daughter did this – we used red. It ended up being permanent and we had to cut it out of her hair. We waited about 9 months and then gave up haha. You can see the pictures here: http://wedonthaveitall.com/2013/01/how-to-dip-dye-your-hair-with-kool-aid.html

  21. Why is it that the kids color from Kool Aid lasts forever and when I do mine with red(adult, brown hair), it looks great for a week and then turns ugly pink.
    Help!

  22. I’ve always wanted to try it but my mom says “no” how long does it stay on? My hair is dirty blonde.

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