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Last year, my daughter and her friend decided they wanted to dye their hair with Kool Aid. And while it was something I had heard of, we hadn’t tried it before – but the whole process was very easy. We have done this several times since!
What you need:
2 packets of Kool Aid (packets only, not the kind that comes with sugar added!)
Old towel and/or old shirt to protect things from dye, and paper towels
Container to hold the dye
Start by simply dissolving the dye in water. We did 2 packets in 2 cups of hot water.
I mixed the Kool Aid and hot water in a glass measuring cup, but you can use whatever works for you. Our friends used a travel mug.
Both of my girls have very long hair, and brushed their hair thoroughly. If you put it in a ponytail or pull it to the side, keep in mind that the dye may not come out in a straight line.
Dip the desired amount of hair into the dye.
For my daughter with brown hair, we left the dye on for 1/2 hour, and the color still came out light. I didn’t feel like leaving it in longer would add a lot of color. The blue also faded faster than the red (below).
On my older daughter’s blond hair, the dye took right away. Just a few minutes in, the red was clearly vibrant on her hair.
I do think RED is the strongest of the colors, and the lighter your hair, the more any color will stain it.
Once we were done dipping the hair in the dye, I blotted with a rag or thick paper towel, and dried with a hair dryer. The girls either put their hair up for a little bit, or took a shower right away. Even without the sugar in the Kool-Aid, the hair was sticky, so you will want to wash it (also so that it doesn’t get on furniture).
The first time you wash the hair, a lot of dye washes out. It doesn’t seem to lessen the color, but we wash until the dye isn’t coming out any more.
You may also want to make sure the hair is dry before bedtime, or set down a towel over the pillowcase, because my daughter’s pillowcase had some pink stains on it from the first night of going to bed with damp hair.
Thoughts & tips:
The intensity of the color depends on the color you choose, as well as the hair color and type.
Take for example, my blond-haired daughter. I had lots of people tell me that the color would wash out in about 6 weeks. I never believed that would be the case – and even being in the pool 5 days a week during the summer, there was still a trace of purple at the 6-month mark! The agreement from the beginning was that if we needed to cut it off, we would.
I have heard there are methods to help remove the dye, but we have never tried them. Interesting how being in the pool outside every day, with sun and chlorine, didn’t remove the dye either!
Notice the difference between the red dye on blond hair, and the blue dye on brown hair. Some dyes are less vibrant – like the blue – so combined with the brown hair, the results were very different.
While the red was very vibrant and lasted much longer, it did begin to fade with every washing.
I would have never thought to use Kool-Aid for this purpose. What a great idea and fun too. I love how their hair looks!
This was one of my favorite childhood pastimes. I loved different colors – my yearbook photos were always colorful 🙂 My mom didn’t mind because it wasn’t permanent.
What a fun idea. My daughter has been wanting something different with her hair, will show her this and see what she thinks.
Very Interesting. I have always wondered how that worked and if it eventually came off. Thanks for this post
I have been toying with the idea of dying my hair a fun color. I really don’t want to bleach it though. Maybe I will stick to a more traditional color. The Koolaid might even be an option but I have dark hair so I don’t think it would take very well.
My daughter told me that you could dye your hair with kool aid and I did not believe her! Thanks for proving her right!
This is a great idea my kids hair is light and we are doing this for Halloween for mermaid hair no chemicals and smells great
This is something my Granddaughter wanted to do for a play coming up. So glad I found this on your blog. I feel better about it now. She has darker hair so I’m not sure if it will really show up as a color anyway. Thanks for sharing.
Oh I used to do this as a teenager! That brings me back…
Woah! I did not know if possible but I guess my girls would love to color their hair temporarily. Can’t wait to share this idea with them.
Sounds so fun to do, messy but fun.
Wow I never knew you could dye your hair with the same drink that was my childhood favorite!! Can’t wait to try!
This looks like so much fun but I can’t believe it stayed so long! My daughter has dark hair so I’m not sure if it would last as long as it did in the blonde. Have you ever tried the hair chalks? Those might be easier to get out!
These look so cool. Definitely worth s try
My son has been crazy about colouring his hair temporarily.. I will have to check if this product is available in our country, may be he could also give it a try although thinking that he obviously won’t be able to dip his hair 🙂
Omg this takes me back! I used to do this when i was younger, it totally works
Oh wow. I wouldn’t have thought this was even possible. It sure like something so fun to do during this lock down period. However, we all have dark hair so I think it would not really be noticeable. Maybe my nieces would be interested to dye the hair of their Barbie dolls. I dunno, but I will let their mom know.
That’a really cool. I wanna try on my hair. Thanks for that
That’s interesting! I’m not sure I’d try it, but at least they had fun and it was fun to try!
oooohhhh this is such a cool idea!!!!! I wonder if it will work with jelly powder.
This is a neat idea! I’m not sure it would work well with my daughter since she has dark hair.
I had no idea you could dye your hair with Kool-Aid. This is awesome because the kids have been asking to try different experiments. We could do this on our daughter’s Barbie as well.
WOW…not in a million years would I have thought of anything like this! You definitely learn something new everyday…;)
Wow, I’ve heard of people doing this. But, I’ve never seen it done. Thanks for sharing.
Wow! I might try this!
My daughter will want to try this! She has been wanting to change her color. I like that it’s not permanent.
I was thinking about doing this on my daughter sometime in the future(she’s only 2.5)! She has gorgeous golden hair and her personality is so fun that I know she would get a kick out of it!
We did this over the summer and we ended up having to cut out the KoolAid. It never washed out, especially the red color.
This seems so fun to do! I can’t wait to try this.
Nice thing to know about kool aid powder. I am going to change my hair color using that. Thank you!
This is a fun way to color hair without causing damage. This is perfect for young girls wanting to change up their look.
Using Kool Aid to dye one’s hairi has been around since I was a small child. It is nice o be able o let children do what they wish with their own hair.
Wow! I never thought that we could use Kool-Aid for hair dyeing! It’s really fun and exciting to do!
My daughter wants her hair dyed purple so bad! We should try this!
wow! This is so cool! I know a little girl that will love this idea. I need to tell her about!
Oh wow! This looks so fun and cool 😍 I am going to dye my niece’s hair now 😄
Oh I never thought of this until I read your post! Indeed a cool idea especially if you want a short term color only. Surely my cousins will be excited when they learn about this too!
Using Kool-aid as hair dye is such a great idea! It really doesn’t work well at all on brown hair though, which is what all three of my kids have. We were all so excited too, but it was so light it wasn’t even noticeable after washing. It’s definitely perfect for blonde hair though, smells good too!
amazing tips i really likes it i will try these tips on my hair
That’s a cool idea. I didn’t know you could use Kool-Aid as hair dye. I’m not even sure if I wanted to drink Kool-Aid knowing that it doubles as hair dye. Haha.
wow…. what a fun idea! I had no idea that you could dye your hair with Kool-Aid. The color looks so amazing. I can’t wait to try. this!
I’m Curious if this will work on my hair. My hair is dark brown so I’m thinking it won’t pick up much color. I’ll have to do a test strand in a few days.