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  1. Greta
    April 20, 2013

    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

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    • Kat
      November 5, 2013

      I dyed my tips red and it’s great it looks amazing! :)

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      • Diane
        November 5, 2013

        Im glad you had good luck with it!

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  2. diane
    April 24, 2013

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

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    • Judy
      February 9, 2014

      It usually stays in 4-8 weeks but if you use a lot, up to 3-7 months!

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      • Diane
        February 11, 2014

        definitely a LONG time!

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  3. TheBestAsh
    May 14, 2013

    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!

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    • Diane
      May 15, 2013

      thanks for the tips! My daughter will be thrilled to try it again!

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  4. Caitlin
    May 27, 2013

    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.

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    • Diane
      May 27, 2013

      thanks for the tip about how to remove it! Her hair is still red so it is time to come out!

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  5. Lindsay
    June 9, 2013

    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…

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    • Diane
      June 12, 2013

      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!

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  6. waverly
    June 10, 2013

    Just fyi, I did this to a strand of hair in like, July of 2012 and its June now 😛 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;)

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    • Diane
      June 12, 2013

      hers is still red and it has been a couple of months….we are going to chop it off!

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  7. Morgan
    June 12, 2013

    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

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    • Diane
      June 12, 2013

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

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  8. Desiree
    June 19, 2013

    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!

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    • Diane
      June 21, 2013

      good luck! The color lasts for quite a while so keep that in mind!

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  9. Suz
    July 2, 2013

    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….

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    • Diane
      July 2, 2013

      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!

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      • Taylor
        August 8, 2013

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

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      • Diane
        August 8, 2013

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

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      • Anna
        January 4, 2014

        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.

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      • Diane
        January 7, 2014

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

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  10. Pamela
    July 6, 2013

    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.

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    • Diane
      July 6, 2013

      I never would have thought of it for yarn dying! Very creative!

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  11. Jesse
    July 6, 2013

    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:):)

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    • Diane
      July 7, 2013

      thanks for the tip!

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  12. Isabelle
    July 29, 2013

    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?

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    • Diane
      August 1, 2013

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

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    • Taylor
      August 8, 2013

      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!

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      • Diane
        August 8, 2013

        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!

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  13. Isabelle
    July 29, 2013

    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!!

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    • Diane
      August 1, 2013

      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.

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  14. cindy
    August 6, 2013

    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

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  15. Lexi
    November 25, 2013

    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

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    • Diane
      November 26, 2013

      glad it worked for you!

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  16. cheyanne
    December 3, 2013

    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!

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  17. Mia
    December 26, 2013

    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.

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    • Diane
      December 27, 2013

      thanks for the tip!

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  18. mom1234566
    January 3, 2014

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

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    • Diane
      January 7, 2014

      we finally had to just cut the ends off….4 months later and it was still there!

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  19. amy
    February 25, 2014

    how longed did the dye take to take it off

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    • Diane
      February 25, 2014

      it never fully came out…we just cut the ends off a few months later!

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  20. Danielle @ We Have It All
    March 6, 2014

    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

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    • Diane
      March 11, 2014

      yes, it was not as temporary as I thought it would be!

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  21. kim
    March 19, 2014

    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!

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    • Diane
      March 20, 2014

      Kids hair is so different from ours…my daughter’s is finally starting to hold a curl at age 12 and it never would before!

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    • Sakura
      April 12, 2014

      That always happens to me

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  22. Sakura
    April 12, 2014

    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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    • Sakura
      April 12, 2014

      Oh and by the way how would it look with red or pink?

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      • Diane
        April 14, 2014

        Red would probably be great. Unless you have very blond hair pink would probably not show up well!

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    • Diane
      April 14, 2014

      it stays in for MONTHS. We had to get it cut out!

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  23. louise
    May 20, 2014

    i want to try this, what colors would probably look good on darker hair colors? (i have really dark brown hair, almost black) and is there a better solution than to cut it off?

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    • Diane
      May 22, 2014

      Dark hair is hard to do…definitely go with red or purple. And someone mentioned stripping it off with vinegar I think? But, seems sortof harsh!

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  24. sky
    June 22, 2014

    I have dirty blonde hair and I was going to dye my tips blue. if I add more water do you think it won’t stay in as long? because I really don’t want to cut it if it doesn’t come out

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    • Diane
      June 23, 2014

      I think it would still stay in for a while. Not sure you should try it if you dont want it to stick around for a while!

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  25. Claire Delaney
    June 23, 2014

    How long does kool aid last in your hair? Also how do you get a more vibrant color?

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    • Diane
      June 23, 2014

      It lasts a really long time! And It will only get so dark…leave it in a bit longer and make it very concentrated!

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  26. avid baker
    July 6, 2014

    This is not a new method of dying hair in the AA community. I am 38 years old and young ladies were doing this when I was growing up. It is a unique, easy and inexpensive way to dye your hair.

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  27. Ally Noele
    July 7, 2014

    I dip dyed my hair pinkish red about 4-5 days ago. I’m planned to go swimming later this week. Is it aright if I go swimming? I’ve heard it turns your hair green due to the chlorine and I don’t want that. Do you know anything?

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    • Diane
      July 7, 2014

      Sorry, there was no exposure to chlorine for months after we did it so not sure how it will react!

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  28. Payton
    July 20, 2014

    I have blonde hair and am considering dip dying it blue, but I’ve been hearing that it can mix with blonde hair and turn green! Anyone know if this is true?

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    • Diane
      July 21, 2014

      Not really sure but the color you get in your hair doesnt seem to be exactly what the package looks like…hair color definitely changes it a little bit!

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  29. Meghan
    August 8, 2014

    I am just curious if you changed your daughter’s shampoo when she had the kool aid in. I want to do this for when I head off to college in the fall. I mean basically you are depositing the dye into the hair as opposed to it sitting on top of it. Ive read a lot of things like washing your hair with beer or vinegar and baking soda (personally I wouldn’t do those) but dish detergent is one that seems logical. I was wondering if you ever changed her shampoo to a chelating shampoo. Basically it strips mineral deposits out of hair. Swimmers use them to strip chlorine deposits in their hair. I chemically straighten so I use it to strip any left of chemical in my hair. I heard clarifying shampoos can wash out kool aid as well. My mother was the same with the no hair colour. I am 19 and she still says no when I ask about it.

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    • Diane
      August 8, 2014

      we didnt try a different shampoo…definitely something to keep in mind if we do it again!

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  30. Zoe
    September 6, 2014

    I’m going to have a birthday party and I thought this would be a fun activity to do! I’m inviting 11 people. How much kool aid would you recommend using?

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    • Diane
      September 7, 2014

      one packet did her hair without a problem. If you want everyone doing it at the same time might want to get one for everyone. Otherwise one packet would easily do a few people

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      • Zoe
        September 10, 2014

        Okay and also how long did it stay in her hair?

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      • Diane
        September 10, 2014

        forever! Honestly, we had to cut the ends off eventually because it never washed out…

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      • Zoe
        September 14, 2014

        Wow! When did you have to cut it out? I want it to stay in as long as possible for me but I don’t know if my friends want it in for so long…

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      • Diane
        September 18, 2014

        we left it in months but finally she just really needed a trim!

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      • Dana
        March 18, 2015

        I did red with my daughter and mine never washed out! I had it over a year even though it did fade. My hair is blonde and grey but I just had it all cut out not long ago after a year! My daughter is a dark blonde and hers seemed to disappear but we are doing it again today with Blue for our University of Kentucky Wildcats!

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      • Diane
        March 20, 2015

        My Hubby is a UK fan too!

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  31. yolanda
    May 12, 2015

    hi my child is dying her hair red and I was wondering how many packets does she need if she has long hair and it’s dark brown?

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    • Diane
      May 12, 2015

      I really wouldn’t recommend doing her whole head…this stuff does not come out! If you are doing just the tips then 1 to 2 packets should be plenty.

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