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Last Updated on April 22, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
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. Have you ever tried dyeing hair with Kool aid? Our experience was pretty positive!
How to Dip Dye Your Hair Using Kool-Aid
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! Kool aid hair dye will stay in a LONG time so I wouldn't try doing the whole head. Tips only is a better idea! Here is a run down on dying your hair with Kool aid:
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!
Divide your hair into smaller sections using elastic bands.
Do not try to gather it into one ponytail 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.
Choose your Kool-Aid hair 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. Check out this Kool- Aid assortment for a variety of color options.
Make the Kool Aid hair dye
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.
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.
Rinse Out the Koolaid Hair Dye
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 your hair dry naturally and avoid washing it for the next 48 hours to help 'set' the color.
Learning how to dip dye your hair using kool aid is a great alternative to expensive and fairly harsh chemical hair dyes but you won't get quite the same brilliant colors as you would in a salon. Kool aid hair dye is fun but it definitely isn't a professional dye job! After dying your hair, try a homemade hair mask if your hair seems a bit dry. Now that you know how to dip dye your hair using Kool aid, will you try it? Check out The Every Girl for some easy summer hairstyles to show off your new colorful tips!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.