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. This Kool-Aid hair dye recipe will teach how you to dip dye your hair for an added pop of color at the end. What is dip-dyeing? This chosen method is generally used to dye the tips of the hair instead of covering one's 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 how to dye your hair with Kool-Aid guide. To choose the color you want to dye your hair, try looking at this Kool-Aid color chart. However, follow along below for dip-dyed ends in just a handful of easy steps. Once you’re done with the steps, don’t forget got have a paper towel or something to dry your hair nearby.

Kool-Aid Hair Dye

  • Prep Time:10 mins
  • Cook Time:20 mins
  • Total Time:30 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


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

    Gather up all of your supplies.

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  • Step 2

    Pour two cups of water into a pan or pot.

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  • 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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  • 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).

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  • Step 6

    Make sure your hair is combed. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Step 9

    Voilà. Style as you want and make your self an actually cup of Kool-Aid for your hard work. Cheers!

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