I was forced to learn how to dip dye your hair using Kool Aid. Why? Because I am the mother of an 11 year old girl who thinks I am the meanest mom in the entire world. 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
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.