Kool-Aid: the classic childhood drink. It’s fruity, and comes in a variety of flavors and colors. Did you know you can dye your hair with it? Kool-Aid is much cheaper than regular hair dye, and can easily work on dark brown hair with a lot less commitment than paying to get it done.

What is dip-dyeing? This chosen method is generally used to dye the tips of the hair instead of covering ones whole head with dye.  Of course you could, depending on the container, dip our whole head with this method as well.

For instructions on the paste method for streaks or dyeing all of your hair, visit this guide. To choose the color you want to dye your hair, try look at Kool-Aid color charts like this one.

Once you’re done with the steps, don’t forget got have a paper towel or something to dry your hair nearby.

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Kool-Aid Hair Dye

  • Prep Time:5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time:20-30 minutes
  • Total Time:30-40 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 2 Kool-Aid packets
  • 1 old T-shirt
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 hair ti
  • 1 comb
  • 1 pot/pan
  • 1 cup, bowl, or container

Step 1

Gather up all your supplies.

Photo by Erin Servey
Photo by Erin Servey

Step 2

Pour two cups of water into a pan or pot.

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Photo by Erin Servey

Step 3

Pour the two Kool-Aid packets into the water.

#SpoonTip: I used blue and red Kool-Aid to make a purple color.

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Photo by Erin Servey

Step 4

Then, put the pan/pot on the stove. The heat should be between medium and high. Keep the heat on until the Kool-Aid mixture boils for one to two minutes.

Step 5

Immediately pour the concoction into a container, bowl, or cup (whatever you plan on dipping your hair in).

 

Erin Servey
Erin Servey

Step 6

Make sure your hair is combed.

#SpoonTip: To ensure the best results, make sure your hair has recently been washed. To avoid staining a good shirt, simply throw on an old one.

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Photo by Erin Servey

Step 7

If you are opting not to dye your whole head, put your hair up in a ponytail. If not, let your hair loose.

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Photo by Erin Servey

Step 8

Next pick how much of your hair you want to be dyed. In this case, I used 3-4 inches, but you can do more or less. Dip this amount of hair in the mixture and leave in for 15-30 minutes depending on hair darkness.

For lighter hair 15 minutes will do, but for brown to black hair 20-30 minutes. The longer you leave your hair in the more likely it will be brighter and last longer. The color should typically last 2-4 weeks depending on how often you wash it.

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Photo by Erin Servey

Step 9

Voilà.

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Photo by Erin Servey