Have you ever tried Kool Aid hair dye? Summertime is a great time for tweens and teens to try out new looks. My daughter and her friends had a blast dip dying their hair at home with various flavors and colors of homemade Kool Aid hair color. Want to try it yourself? Here’s some simple instructions for how to dip dye your hair with Kool Aid.
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Supplies you will to make Kool Aid dye:
- A large mug or other container suitable for hot water, preferably with a handle
- 2 packets of Unsweetened Kool Aid per color choice
- Hot water
- Flat iron
- Old towels and an old tee to wear while working
- Rubber gloves
- Ponytail holders
How to Dye Hair With Kool Aid – Simple Instructions:
Note: It’s fairly simple to do, but because you will be working with boiling liquid and flat irons I recommend some adult supervision.
For each color of Kool Aid dye you will need two packets of unsweetened Kool Aid. It’s important to use unsweetened or you will be dealing with an awful sticky mess.
It’s not safe to use a flat iron on hair that has been drenched in sugar water. So make sure that you are using the unflavored packets. Go bright!
Colors/Flavors of Unsweetened Kool Aid
- Cherry – deep red
- Strawberry – bright pinky/red
- Tropical Punch – orangey/red
- Lemon Lime – yellow/green, best for very light colored hair
- Grape – purple
- Orange – orange, best on light hair
- Blue Raspberry – blue
- Boil two cups of water and add the two packets, stirring carefully.
- Pour the liquid into a mug and set the mug on a table. Sit down, lean over and dip the ends of your hair into the mug. TIP: If you have very long hair, it is a good idea to put it in a ponytail first.
- Leave hair in Kool Aid for up to 10 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture and allow hair to dry completely before flat ironing to set the color.
This is a very messy activity and you might want to do the dipping outside. Wear rubber gloves, old clothes and have an old towel on hand. The dye stains clothing too!
Kool Aid Hair Color Works on All Hair Types, Differently
It’s important to note that Kool Aid acts as a color depositer. If your hair is dark, this process will not make it lighter. Kool Aid Hair Dye contains no bleach or peroxide or other toxic ingredients that are commonly found in hair dye and adult hair coloring products. This is why it is safe to use on kid’s hair. But it is not going to make dark hair lighter. It will make light hair darker, however. It shows up very prominently on light colored hair. Because of the lighter base, and bright color contrast, the effect of Kool Aid hair dye is most dramatic on light blond hair. This doesn’t mean it won’t work for brunettes… Darker colored hair will also absorb the dye, and reflect the color but it will be a more subtle effect.
Check out our Chalk Dying Hair Tutorial for more dramatic effects on darker hair.
How to Remove Kool Aid Hair Dye from Your Hair
The color from this method of Kool Aid Dying your hair will last from 3 to 6 weeks. It will naturally fade and wash out from your hair. If you feel like you are done a little before that, however you can use lemon juice and/or Prell shampoo. This can help to remove Kool Aid Hair color a little faster. Baking soda dissolved in water also reportedly works to clear the color faster.
Here’s a short video with full instructions for dying hair with Kool Aid: