How To Dye Your Hair With Kool-Aid

If you’re looking to dye your hair a crazy colour but don’t want a permanent shade due to school, college, or work commitments then Kool-Aid dyeing can be a great alternative. Many semi-permanent dyes are hard to get out of your hair, even after the colour has started fading - not always ideal. If you are only looking for dyed hair for a short period of time: for the holidays, a costume, or to test out a colour, then temporary dyeing your hair with Kool-Aid may be a good idea for you.

Dyeing your hair with Kool-Aid is short-term, relatively easy to remove, and can provide you with the hair colour that you are looking for – without having to commit!


Less Harsh Than Alternatives

Another benefit of using Kool-Aid to dye your hair is that it doesn't contain harsh chemicals. If you (or perhaps your parents or guardians) are worried about traditional hair dyes in case they damage your hair or scalp, then this can be a great alternative.

Hate dyeing because of that chemical smell lingering in your hair? Using Kool-Aid on your hair not only eliminates this, but you will get to smell like the flavour that you used! Delicious!

Even on fairly dark hair, many people have found that Kool-Aid gives them some colour. This can vary - some people have managed to dye dark hair bright and bold with Kool-Aid, whereas others have achieved more of a shimmer or tint to their normal colour. Although hair varies, as a general rule, the lighter your hair is the more the Kool-Aid dye colour will show.

Selecting Your Kool-Aid Mix

When buying your Kool-Aid mix make sure that you go for the unsweetened packets. This is because the sweetened ones may leave your hair a bit sticky afterwards, which will not only make it look less fantastic, but will also leave you feeling a bit like a giant lollypop. If you want a specific shade that none of the packets will create alone then you can mix them together in order to create the color that you are looking for. Remember, also, that if you have long or thick hair then you will need more packets of Kool-Aid.

Make Sure That You're Only Dyeing Your Hair!

Remember that you are using the Kool-Aid to stain your hair, so it may also stain other things, such as clothing or skin. Ensure that you are wearing clothes that you aren’t worried about getting ruined or alternatively cut head and arm-holes into a garbage bag and use that to protect you. Investing in a pair of rubber or plastic gloves may be advisable so that you don’t stain your hands, and smearing petroleum jelly around the edges of your forehead and on your ears will stop the Kool-Aid dye from dyeing your face so much – not a good look!

Doing The Dyeing

One way of dyeing your hair with Kool-Aid is to add a small amount of water to the mix (and conditioner, if you’d like, which helps the color to sink in) in order to make a paste. Then apply this to your hair and cover your head with a shower cap. This method takes a while for the Kool-Aid to show good results, so keeping it on overnight is advisable for the bright color that you are looking for. You may want to cover your pillow with an old towel in case the shower cap comes loose as you sleep. Taping around the cap may also help ensure that you do not stain anything, and will also help the dye permeate the hair by keeping your head warm. To remove, simply wash your hair as normal with shampoo and conditioner.

An alternate way of using Kool-Aid to dye hair is one that is only ideal for dip-dyes or streaks, but it takes considerably less time. For every packet of Kool-Aid that you use add one cup of water and boil it in a saucepan. Once boiling, pour the mixture into a bowl (ensure that this is heat-proof). Then dip your hair into the Kool-Aid mix and leave it in for five minutes. You will need to cover any and all surfaces for this method, or you may want to try it outside. When you remove and dry your hair you should have the bright color that you are looking for! If you are going to do more sections of your hair then you will need to boil the Kool-Aid again so that it remains hot enough.

Depending on your hair, dyeing with Kool-Aid should last between two and six weeks. If your hair has been chemically permed, straightened or relaxed, or has undergone a lot of damage, then you may find that it lasts longer than expected. Kool-Aid can be a wonderful alternative to semi-permanent dyes if you are looking to ensure that your hair will not be damaged by chemicals or if you are worried about the long lengths of time that some semi-permanents take to fade and wash out.

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Lenore Robinson 5 years ago from Delaware

Wow...this was a first for me! I had no idea! I can't wait to pass this on! Good hub! Up and useful!

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wademvp91 5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

Nicely done, I'm trying to figure out how to better my hubs so I'm going around the site looking at some examples. Yours is great, just thought I'd comment and let you know. I love the layout and how informative it is. Thanks!

ToriBeastyBell 5 years ago

I love it! Im going to try it right now!!!! sweet :D

Caitlyn 4 years ago

Trying it now!! Hope it works!

luuz 4 years ago

awesome imma dye mi tips now gracias((((;

babyboo 4 years ago

cool i did that but i have black hair but it sill came out good :)

Chewy 4 years ago

Wow that is so awsome and u don't even have to due ur hair !!!! I am going to try it know!!!!!! :)8)

Chewy 4 years ago

I just tried it and it is AMAZING!!!!!

poobaa 4 years ago

i have chicken pox

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Recover soon, poobaa!

Ellie 4 years ago

so awesome can't wait to try it!!!

Love_Locks1264 4 years ago

So beasty!!!!(: I used red and it so bright before it wasn't bright but after reading this I figured out what I did wrong!!!!(: THANKS!

annabella 4 years ago

Gonna try it, so excited!!!!!!

dude 4 years ago

sooooooo much fun!!!!!!

bobbie hood 4 years ago

thank u for telling me how to do it now im going to she my friend megan when she comes over !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

ginger snap 4 years ago

sadly this doesn't work well for natural redheads :( I tried darker colors like purple and blue but it doesn't work

Black Veil Brides Army 4 years ago

Try food coloring!

Autyxoxo 4 years ago

I have the exact same laptop! bahaha I did this and I looks pretty cool! Except mine is blue...

FRED 4 years ago

This video was helpful

Hehe 4 years ago

Me and my friend are doing this today

person 4 years ago

is it ok if ur hair is wet?

Beautiful 4 years ago

This looks so cool I have black hair and I'm gonna try dip dying it red :P hope it works!

Linamay 4 years ago

My head feels like its on fire. That common?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Linamay - if you suspect that you're having any kind of reaction to this then rinse the Kool Aid from your hair immediately.

Lauren 4 years ago

These directoins don't specify if you're to have wet or dry hair when apply the Kool Aid mixture. Just wondering.

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

You should apply the mixture to dry hair, Lauren x

Allyson ruddock 4 years ago

what is kool-aid it doesn't look like its for hair ? why not just buy a crazy colour

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Kool-Aid is a powder that you mix to make drinks, Allyson. It's not designed for hair, but it is cheap & easy to find in the US & so many people use it if they're looking for something super temporary or if they can't afford branded dyes x

Kara 4 years ago

I just did the boiled dip-dye method with a strawberry lemonade kool-aid on my medium/light brown hair. It turned out absolutely amazing!

Juliana 4 years ago

Will this work on a medium brown/ darkish red tinted brown?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

All hair is different & results vary between person to person, Juliana. I would suggest doing a strand test beforehand to see what the depth of colour will be like x

Daniela(: 4 years ago

I have dark brown curly hair. I'm thinking of only dying the tips green. Do you think it would still work with my type of hair? And, how long do you boil the water for?

NGM 4 years ago

So i've been researching around for this and i know how to do it really well, but for some reason a part of me still doesn't know how! Around where i live, they dont have unsweetened kool-aid so I don't know what to you! Just a question, what works better, the conditioner or the boiled? Thanks!

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

The boiling method is probably much easier for dip-dyes, whereas the conditioner method would be preferable for whole-head dyes. As to which method provides a better depth of colour, I'm unsure - if anybody has experience of both then please post a comment & let us know! :)

Autumn 4 years ago

can u wash ur hair with any shampoo/conditioner or will it come out?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

You can still wash your hair with products but the less often you do so, the more it'll last in your hair. All hair is different so the amount that the colour will fade per wash is dependent.

amandapichardo 4 years ago

i dyed my hair black yesterday and now im gonna do blueish coloered highlights =D cant wait!!!! =)

mamamammamamm0111123 4 years ago

why dosent it work for natural red heads

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

I've seen images of some great outcomes on naturally red hair - all hair is different, though, & some people's might not be porous enough to take on much depth in colour, unfortunately. Ideally, strand test first to see what the results will look like!

stephanie 4 years ago

i hot porpus hair an its in the in the kind brown i guess but not dark im wanting to but a blue highlight what would be the corect mix to buy to try an get a vivid blue on my hair

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

I would suggest making some mixes & doing strand tests so that you can see the different turn-outs & which one looks best on your hair/is the shade that you wanted! x

izzy 4 years ago

Can the kool aid come out in under a day? And also is there a way to do it under an hour?

izzy 4 years ago

Can the kool aid come out in under a day? And also is there a way to do it in an hour and will it be okay to flat iron after?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Izzy, the results will differ from person to person, so do a strand test. Application times will also vary due to the length of your hair, but the method of boiling the Kool-Aid is quickest. You will be fine to flat iron your hair afterwards, although the application of heat may make the colour stay in your hair for longer.

musiclikenoother 4 years ago

I did this to my hair about a week ago with Cherry and it didn't turn out good ONLY because it was too soupy. So be warned, add water cautiously! And I have strawberry blonde hair, and the red would've turned out better if I hadn't added so much water. And also, remember that each color fades to a different color soon after you dye your hair (mine changed from red to orange/pink in a few days).

chandie808 4 years ago

uhmmm what happens if i forgot to add water?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

I'm not quite sure, I'm afraid!

sdfgch 4 years ago

I have medium brown hair and I only want a soft tint to my hair and not a crazy color. How long should I leave the Kool-Aid in my hair?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Do timed strand tests & pick the time which yielded the results that you wanted, sdfgch!

Emma 4 years ago

If u dont leave the Kool Aid in over night, will this effect your dying process?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

This will probably affect the depth of colour. However, you could try applying heat whilst the Kool Aid is on your hair in order to speed up the process? (A hair drier, for example).

Mackenzie 4 years ago

I have a dance this FRiday and I need a blue tint to my hair, like a strand. I want it to last long. Can you give me some tips?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

If you're looking for something more long-lasting then I would suggest a semi-permanent dye; Manic Panic or Directions, for example!

Mackenzie 4 years ago

Thanks. I tried the Kool-Aid dye but, it isn`t bright enough for my hair color ( Very light brown or sandy,dark blond). How long does the Manic Panic dye last for?

Mackenzie 4 years ago

It`s a Mardi Gras theme for the dance (I h8 it and most of my friends do,too). But, anyway, I want it in the back and my mom wants the tips to be died blue. Like I said, if anyone has any tips or ideas for an aqua blue hair color idea, just post it on here. Thx! :)

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Manic Panic generally lasts around a month, although it depends on your hair individually. You can buy colour removal products if you want to get rid of it sooner, though!

Jenna 4 years ago

After dying it, would it rub off on my white clothes/pillows, or woulld it streak out if i were to stand in the rain or something??

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

I can't be too sure, Jenna - try strand testing & then rubbing your hair on rags/dampening your hair in order to see the results.

Mackenzie 4 years ago

Thank you so much for all of the ideas and tips, Courtney! :)

samantha girdley 4 years ago

i want to try this but im scared that it will damage my hair or stay in to long... i just want it for like 2 days to see how it looks so how can you take it off? (my hair is dark brown)

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Using Head & Shoulders shampoo should hasten the fading/removal process!

countrygirl 4 years ago

i already tried it it wored out good i just wanted to see you opinon because people have difrent statement on the instructions but yea this is how i did my hair it stayed in for 3 days this way

Caroline C. 4 years ago

if i have blonde hair and i sleep with the boiled kool aid tips in mah hair will the blue become brighter?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

It should do, Caroline, although all hair is different so there is no guarantee! Sleeping with Kool-Aid on your hair works because of the prolonged heat, so it should make the colour more vibrant.

Caroline C. 4 years ago

yayyyyy kool this sounds like so much fun im gonna do i tonight!!!!

Mariah 4 years ago

Im gona try this soon!:D But will a color like purple show up in hair thats dark brown

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

It may do, Mariah, but it depends on your hair individually. Try strand testing first to see what the results will look like!

Maddie^-^ 4 years ago

Hey, Would This Work On Natural Red Hair? I've Always Wanted To Dye Just The Underneath Of My Hair a Bright Blue! You Prob. Think I'm Crazy. xD I Hope It Does Work Because My Parents Would Never Let Me Officially Dye My Hair & I Wouldn't Want To Ruin My Bright Red Hair. ;P

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Do a strand test, Maddie - you can't be sure of the results until you've tried them for yourself as they will vary from person to person.

Meeee:) 4 years ago

Do take a shower after you do it?

BroadwayBaby***** 4 years ago

Does it work if you wanna do all of your hair? I suppose probably would just take longer.

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

The sooner & more frequently you shower, the more faded the colour will be.

If you want to do all of your hair, use the water & conditioner method rather than the boiling water one.

Sammatha 4 years ago

How long do u boil it for?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Until it's boiling!

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Mimi123 4 years ago

So everyone that I know has done red and they all have brown hair. Do you know if in brown hair blue works better or worse?. If it all depends then can you just guess?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

I would guess that they'd work about the same, so long as the shades were about the same depth!

Bree 4 years ago

My hair is dirty blonde and I'm gonna do this .

Lunny02 4 years ago

I have a light brown hair with blonde highlights and blonde streaks and I was wondering would a blue or purple work?

ash 4 years ago

um...i have brown hair and im trying blue with just one packet and i need to kno if i use shampoo and conditioner to wash it out

andrea 4 years ago

What about swimming?

Natalie 4 years ago

I Have Dark Brown Hair , And I Want To Try Either blue Or Red . And I Only Want A Part Of My Hair Done So Should I Use The Boiling One Or The Other One . && Also When I Try This After I Had My Head In The Bowl For 5 Mins... What Elsa Do I Do Or Am I Done . ?

Mandi 4 years ago

what color did yall use?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Blue or purple should show up on lighter hair, although the blonde streaks will show more depth of colour than the rest, Lunny.

Ash, shampoo & conditioner should be fine to remove this. Head & Shoulders is particularly good, if you are having any trouble.

I'm not sure how swimming would affect the colour, Andrea, but I wouldn't suggest doing so whilst you have your Kool-Aid dye.

The boiling method will allow for you to do only sections of your hair easier, Natalie. If you use the other method then use foil or clingfilm in order to separate the parts that you want dyed from the rest of your hair.

Natalie 4 years ago

Okaee So After The 5 Mins Are Up What Elsa Do I Do Or Am I Done .

shelby 4 years ago


soo if i wanted to do my whole head, could i just boil the koolaid mixture and then apply it to my whole head?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Using the water/conditioner paste method would be easier for doing your whole head, Shelby!

Natalie 4 years ago


You Still Have Not Answer My Question After I Am Done Puttin My Head In The Bowl What Elsa Do I Do Or Am I Done . ?

* Need A Answer *

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

That's all you need to do, Natalie, although I'd recommend blow drying your hair afterwards to avoid drips that might stain things & to seal in the colour.

sydney 4 years ago

so i have medium dark brown hair and my little sister has strawberry blond hair do you thing it would work on mine. and if so can we take a shower a little while before hand

AlexBB 4 years ago

Me and my sister both did this and it worked out great!! i have dirty blonde hair and i used red and it looked great! I only used one packet and it lasted about a month. My sister on the other hand has long thick dark brown hair. She used to packets of red and it has stayed in for about 3 months. If you want a longer lasting color use 2 packets. If you want it out quicker use just one packet!

AlexBB 4 years ago

I want to try this again for summer but I want to try purple instead. Like i said I have dirty blondeish hair and im trying to figure out if the purple will work or should i just stick to red. Any suggestions??

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Sydney; it might work, many people have had success with even dark hair, but it does still tend to vary from person to person.

AlexBB; I would imagine that purple should work fine, if the red turned out so well! I would suggest doing a strand test in order to see the results before dying the rest of your hair.

sydney 4 years ago

it worked really well!!!! thanks soo much

claire 4 years ago

This is a good post and everything but i have blonde hair and i dyed it red. i did the tips and t looks super ugly and almost moron. DO NOT DO THIS ULESS YOU WANT IT IN FOR LIKE 3 MONTHS!!!

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JadaBug 4 years ago

I had trouble keeping sandwich wrap in so I used a clip and a plastic bag. I'm hopin it will stay in a long time so I'm gonna blow dry AND use the straightener on it. Really hope it works in my black hair. Has anyone else done this in black hair and it worked?

purple kool- aid 4 years ago

gonna try it tonight

cheercutie 4 years ago

Will it come out if i take a shower??? PLEASE ANSWER!!!

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Cheercutie - no. It will last between 2-6 weeks, usually, with many people saying that they've had it last much longer. If you want to wash it out more quickly then I would suggest using Head & Shoulders shampoo.

Jordan 4 years ago

My mom is letting me try this,of course she wants to do it her way witch is the conditioner way.How ever she thinks that it only needs to stay in for about 3 hours! I have brown hair and don't think that leaving it in for three hours is such a good idea if i am using the color pink and have brown hair!!! HELP How long should i leave it in for if she says no to sleeping on it?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Jordan, I would suggest doing what makes your mom most comfortable. If the colour doesn't come out as expected, you could possibly see whether she is happy for you to try again. Alternatively, if she is worried about pillows or bed linen etc. then you could see whether she would be happy with you leaving it on all day instead (obviously on a day where there is no school!).

Gemma! 4 years ago

Will the kool aid come out if I straighten my hair? I'm worried it might dye the plates blue!

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

I've never straightened my hair with Kool-Aid dye in it, Gemma, but I have done so with normal hair dyes & had no problem with staining the straighteners.

Lexey 4 years ago

What flavor would you suggest to dye it green? (I have blonde hair)

randomperson 4 years ago

my friends and i are planning on doing this after school wednesday and i was thinking pink or purple but i heard that purple turns marroon and i was wondering if pink wud fade quikly or be too light. Also, is there any kool aid flavor that's blue?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Lexey; I would suggest mixing flavours to get the exact shade that you want.

Randomperson; Berry Blue is a bright blue. If you are unsure about pink/purple then you could strand test first to see what the colours would look like.

MadisonS 4 years ago

I have dark brown hair, and I used Black Cherry. My hair came out a vibrant red/purple, which is exactly what I wanted! It works great!

lauren&ashley:) 4 years ago

Im soooo trying this! thnx so much:)!!

poop 4 years ago

i will try this

Misssyyy :) 4 years ago

Wow sooo cool! my friend tried it! This works great! Now imma try it! :)

Chloe c: 4 years ago

Hey I have light brownish blondish hair and i just put in a streak of red koolaid. I used the conditioner and water method and have been waiting with it in my hair for quite a while now. like 3 1/2 hours. how much longer should i wait? p.s im planning to straighten it right afterwards

Nina 4 years ago

I have naturally dark brown hair and I was wondering, would the color still show up?

Hi 4 years ago

Yes! Red should still show up, I did it to my sister and it worked.

brittany! 4 years ago

i am going to try this. What color do you think i should do? i have strawberry blonde hair. i am thinking purple!

Abp:) 4 years ago

I really want to do this but I have school and u r not allowed to have your hair dyed and my dad wont let me dye it unless it lasts for less than a week:( is there anyway it can last for a shorter amount of time?

Abp:) 4 years ago

Someone please answer! I really want to do this in my hair pink does the conditioning one or the boiling one last longer?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Abp, you can buy dye removal products, I would suggest buying one of those for when you need the colour to be taken out.

Jaideypoo 4 years ago

I no u probably didn't do it but u can buy Kool aid mix at Kroger for .18

mollywolman 4 years ago

do u have to boil it or can i just mix it and do it?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

If you don't want to boil it, use the mixing with water/conditioner method, Molly.

person 4 years ago

me and my friend want to do this for are sleep over i have dark blond she has light blond will it work for us

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

The lighter your hair, the more likely this will work. However, results will vary for everybody.

person 4 years ago

thanks also i will go swimming a lot will it wear of sooner for me ?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Yes, the more you wash or get your hair wet at all, the quicker the colour will fade.

Hannah 4 years ago

Should your hair be dirty or clean?

Gillian 4 years ago

How long does the color stay in?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Hannah - I think either way should be absolutely fine.

Gillian - it's written in the article itself; between two to six weeks is around average, but it depends on hair type & will vary from person to person.

MyHorseStormy 4 years ago

I want to dye my hair pink for a "pink" horse show!

Emma 4 years ago

This works great and helped a lot!! but mine stayed in from spring break in april and now its june and it still isn't gone!! but i like it and am going to re-dye it. thanks!

Mary 4 years ago

How do I do two colors? Like one higher up, then one underneath that at the lower layers...?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

I would get somebody to help you doing that, Mary. You could use cellophane or foil to separate the sections from one another, perhaps?

savannah 4 years ago

Good video!! But can't stand the stupid music....

Samantha 4 years ago

I used purple kool aid with my hair (dark brown) and it works fine . You just have to keep it in for a little bit longer. And if you really want it to be visible , then do it twice. I just did the tips of my hair but it looks nice (:

If your hair is sticky after the kool aid dries does that mean you didn't boil it enough ?

sarah 4 years ago

i have blonde hair and i dyed a red streak. my school doesn't allow colored hair during the school year so it needs 2 be out by september. i know someone who did this and it didn't come out and they had to cut it off. ive only had mine in for 2 weeks so it isn't urgent but is there an easy way to get it out if its still there in august? and if u have an idea please tell me how u heard of it.

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Many people use Head & Shoulders shampoo when trying to remove hair dye quicker. There are also hair dye removal products such as ColourB4 or Color Oops!. Some people also use home remedies including washing-up liquid or crushed vitamin C tablets. I heard of these ideas from people contributing their suggestions or experiences to my blog;

Leslie 4 years ago

I have light brown hair , how many packets of red should i use if i want a dark red in my hair ?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

I would suggest applying packs one at a time if you're unsure, Leslie

Shelly 4 years ago

Should the hair be dirty or clean?

Whit 4 years ago

I have mediem light brown hair what color should i use .

jessjess 4 years ago

I have medium red hair, what color should i use?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

The hair can be either dirty or clean, Shelly.

Whit & Jess - do strand tests. I cannot predict what the outcome will be like for each individual, nor make a decision as personal as hair colour on your behalves

Hannah12014 4 years ago

Does this leave your hair sticky?? imma not sure

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Some people have found that dying their hair with Kool Aid leaves a sticky residue, whilst others have not - it can be washed out, though - it's not permanently sticky!

Rachel8371 4 years ago

Courtney what colour would you recommend for light brown hair

Hannah12014 4 years ago

does it also work if u put in conditioner instead of water? because i watched another video and it said conditioner instead of water. imma not sure. also what color do u recommend for dark brown hair? thanks!

Rachel8371 4 years ago

Also Can you curl or straitened your hair with the kool aid in it

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

I would recommend strand testing with colours & selecting the one that turns out best, Rachel. & yes, you can use curling tongs or straighteners after you have dried your hair - in fact, it should help seal in the colour for longer.

There are two methods in the article, Hannah - one is using water and conditioner, & the other is boiling just water. I think you're probably looking for the first. If your hair is dark then try to select a darker colour, also.

yasmin 4 years ago

I'm planning to use red kool aid for the tips of my hair so if I have dark brown hair will it show? And if it doesn't what can I do to make it show?

Lalala 4 years ago

Do they have different colors?

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

You can't do much to make it show, unless you want to bleach your hair, Yasmin.

Lalala, yes, they do.

Hannah12014 4 years ago

will your hair burn if you curl it with the koolaid in it?

Rachael 4 years ago

I want just a streak for a week or two this summer, but I'm kind of afraid to try. My friend, with the same colour hair as me, tried using Splat and it would not come out even after going to the salon. I am scared this will happen to me with koolaid, and suggestions? Thanks

Hannah 4 years ago

I have a really light brown hair that's almost blonde. What color would you say works best? And also, which method (boiling water and conditioner) last longer?

-thanks :)

MZF13zmt 4 years ago

If your wondering about if it will last in a swimming pool:

My grandma is a professional, and when she dyes my hair with real dye she says to rinse my hair with regular water before going into a chlorine pool. I don't know if it's the same with kool-aid, but I suggest you try it to be safe. It may fade a bit though, I'm not 100% sure.

Madi 4 years ago

I did it and the blue turns out grey. Tried everything to get it

Out but nothing work not even fading what should I do

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Hannah12014 - I presume that you mean once you've washed the Kool-Aid mix out of your hair & are just left with the colour? That would be fine.

Rachael - Splat is a semi-permanent hair dye & one that does last a fairly long time (a lot of people like it for this reason), whereas this should probably be more temporary. However, it will vary in how long it stays in from person to person. I would suggest either strand testing or buying a hair dye removal product in case you want to remove the colour.

Hannah - with light hair any colours are likely to work fairly well on your hair. If you are in any doubt then try dark shades (dark red for example) as these may yield better results.

Madi - I would suggest a hair dye removal product, or perhaps try with Head & Shoulders shampoo since many people say that this fades hair dye quickly.

Rachel8371 4 years ago

I am doing blue highlights in my hair but i have to go somewhere the next morning what should I do!!

Hannah 4 years ago

Can u wash ur hair with shampoo and coindtioner if u did the boil method

Rachael 4 years ago

Thanks- another question though; on the strand testing, can I reuse the koolaid I heated up for dying again?

Sydney 4 years ago

Will it come out with extensions ?

Dayday 4 years ago

If i want to get the color out before school and my hair is blonde then can i just soak it in lemon juice to bleach it back to blonde?

Alex moore 4 years ago

So all we have to do is what you said in the video, do you have to wrap it overnight or anything? Or is it ready to go once its dry?

Jess 4 years ago

Do you know if crystal light drink mix would work the same way?

Isabella 4 years ago

will it permanently change the color of my hair if I have dark brown hair naturally? Will it bleach it at all or change from the original color after being washed out

Autumn 4 years ago

I did this at 11 o'clock this morning and it's 7:30 in the afternoon. I'm going to wear it all night... I used the paste method for the bottom of my hair. I have dirty blonde hair, how long do u think it will last? And also do u think that I did the right method? Or should I have used the boiling one?

Autumn 4 years ago

Also, how often should I wash my hair?

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Hannah - Yes, you can if you want.

Rachael - I wouldn't see why not, unless the consistency changes as it cools or anything.

Sydney - It should for human hair extensions, but I'm not sure about synthetic ones. You could strand test?

Dayday - Lemon juice will not bleach your hair. You can use a hair dye removal product (ColourB4 in the UK or Color Oops in the US, for example) to remove the dye.

Alex Moore - With that method, it is ready to go once it is dry. Also, the video is not mine, I just embedded it from Youtube.

Jess - I'm not sure - you could strand test to find out.

Isabella - Kool Aid will not bleach your hair. Any shade lighter than your hair colour will not work. It will definitely wash out, but the time period of that is different for everybody.

Autumn - Either method should work. I can't say how long it will last, it differs - the timescale in the article is an average, though. You can wash your hair whenever you like, but the more that you do, the quicker it will fade. Usually people tend to just aim to wash their hair less frequently than what they are personally used to.

michaela 4 years ago

It wasn't that good of a hub because you aren't suppose to wash your hair with shampoo takes out a lot of the color and takes almost all of the dye out. But if you have dark hair you should use red koolaid bcuz the blues and purples don't show up as well!!! But everyything else about this hub wasn't that bad

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CourtneyHingley 4 years ago Author

Shampoo does wash out the dye quicker, Michaela, although most people will agree that after putting something as sticky as Kool-Aid onto your hair that it would be a good idea to wash it out pretty thoroughly, including using shampoo.

Isabel 4 years ago

I'm 11 years old and I tried convincing my mom to let me have red highlights but she said your too young and I told her my friend has them and my mom said no. So I'm definitely gonna try to convince her to let me do this... She'll have to say yes because it fades (but i dont know about my dad) and I have to say Kool Aid can be pretty cool for your hair :) Thx A Lot Courtny Hingley Wish Me Luck!

adorablegirl 4 years ago

I luv koolaid dye. Works so good.

Autumn 4 years ago

Ok thanks

Isabel 4 years ago

They should make a product called Kool-Aid Dye for your hair and I totally think this is way better that color hair spray. Kool-Aid would prob. last a little longer I think

Imblonde 4 years ago

Ok so I'm blonde and I want to get a bright blue! What colors would I get it flavors?

Addy 4 years ago

How long do u keep it in for?

Carley7 4 years ago

can I go swimming after or will it come out?

mlpfim 4 years ago

Carley7 ,

My friend told me about "kool-aid dying" the day I went over to her house for a pool party, and hers didn't even come out a little when we went swimming. In fact, it looked great ;)

She used the boiling method.

mlpfim 4 years ago


I think you could use Berry Blue. :3

Maddie 4 years ago

Um, my hair is extremely curly an bright blonde naturally. I want to do this, but I use mouse to let my hair curl up right after a shower. Is that going to affect it?

magda 4 years ago

I just did the boiling method and it turned my hair a dark green! I tried it again and it made it a little bluer so now it's blue-green! Is this normal or supposed to happen. Also I have dirty blonde hair.

melanie 4 years ago

my hair is dark brown . almost black . and I want to dye my hair cherry red with the koolaid .. would I have to dye it ?

Alyce7 4 years ago

What is the best flavor for a pink streak in dirty brown hair?

eden 4 years ago

will the die come off in the pool?

eden 4 years ago

never mind. if its not to hard to answer it, but thanks mlpfim for the answer u gave 2 Carly7.

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Maddie - I wouldn't imagine so, but it is possible. I would suggest strand testing & continuing to use mousse to evaluate

Magda - Results will vary on everybody, this is why it's suggested to strand test with the colour that you will be using some time beforehand. I hope that you're not too disappointed with the results - you could buy hair dye removal products or try some home remedies?

Melanie - To go a lighter shade than your hair would require bleaching, for any kind of dye, Kool-Aid or otherwise

Alyce7 - I don't know. Can anybody offer any advice?

Eden - It will depend on your hair

HannahAlexis 4 years ago

When you boil the Kool-Aid, What's the temperature it needs to be on? And how much water do you put in it?

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HannahAlexis - You're just boiling water. It's boiling when it's bubbling, if that helps. Water boils at 100 degrees celcius, but there's no hob setting for 'boiling water' because you just heat it until it's boiled.

The article tells you 'For every packet of Kool-Aid that you use add one cup of water' (you can find converters online if you don't work in cups).

priscilla 4 years ago

How long dose it ?

priscilla 4 years ago

How long dose it last i mean.

Kallie A. 4 years ago

Kallie A.

I used the cherry color and I put 2 packets in, I have blonde hair but I'm nervous it won't come out for a long time! Think it will last forever?!

Kallie A. 4 years ago

Also I wanted to know if it was bad for your hair? Everyone is saying it stays in FORVER. And that really scares me. I dip dyed my hair with the cherry color and I have blonde hair!!!! I'm REALLY NERVOUS! HELP!

Meghan 4 years ago

If you do the dip dyed hair and then go swimming in chlorine filled water, will it leak into the pool? Please answer

Rojo 4 years ago

I did red on my hair and its a light brownish kind of dark. We boiled it and i left it in for about 10 minutes and it showed up perfect!!!

Emma 4 years ago

I want to dip dye my hair..but I really want this to last for only about a week! When I wash it a lot will it fade? And if it does fade will it go back to my natural colour hair(dark brown) or will it fade to a different colour? I have school so I really need to wash out within a week! I have no chemicals in my hair..never did! :) Can you reply asap!

beastly457 4 years ago

does this work o darkkkk hair?

Sandra 4 years ago

i want to dip dye my hair and my mom said yes because it is tempoary and i dont want my hair dyed for school and school starts in about 4 weeks how long do i keep my hair in the bowl ?

livie 4 years ago

when i dyed my hair with koolaid i washed it first then put my tips in the koolaid for twenty minutes and dried it and then straightened the tips i dyed.i have brown hair and did red koolaid and it looked awesome and lasted for five-six weeks even when i went swimming and washed my hair!love it!!(:

Nicole 4 years ago

I love this! my friend has medium brown hair just like me and used 2 packets of red. i only want it to last about 2 weeks should i use 1 or 2 packets? i have long thick medium brown hair. Will the purple look good in my hair? thanks:)

Cat 4 years ago

I Want To Do The Conditioner And Water Way But Can You Straighten Out Your Hair When You Do This? Thanks (:

Matilda 4 years ago

Does this work with generic brands of fruit juice mix?

amy 4 years ago

can you do this with dirty hair and then wash it or should u take a shower before

sparkle 4 years ago

what kind of conditioner should I use????

Anna 4 years ago

how much conditioner should i mix with the coolaid, like what's the recipee for this?

Nicole 4 years ago

I have light/medium blonde hair and about a year ago I mixed Berry Blue with a drop of green food coloring to make aqua/turquoise. It stayed in for about a month and a half and stayed fairly bright for that time. I left my hair soaking for 20 minutes instead of 5. Also, I washed the stranding the sink after taking it out. I really enjoy this fun, easy, and natural way to dye hair!

Jrpslp 4 years ago

Im gonna try this underneath my hair so when I have high ponys or buns in, it'll show:) should I do red or purple? They're both unsweetened and I don't really care if it fades. My hair is darker brown underneath but super light on the bottom and I have blonde highlights! I'm thinking to dip dye it but I don't know how I'll get all the way up my hair in the bowl. ( I don't want to miss an inch or two way up) any ideas?? Also is it okay not to do a strand test? I am wanting red to fade to pinkish orange to so that doesn't matter to me:) thanks!!! And try to respond soon cause I may be doing this tonight.... I'm 13 btw

Meghan 4 years ago

Should I wash my hair before i dye my hair.

Leah 4 years ago

I kind of forgot to put cOnditioner in the solution. Is it gonna stay?

huuuhh 4 years ago

How many cups of water do I put in for juat one packet?

bailey 4 years ago

One cup of water...

Joey 4 years ago

How long does it last for roughly?

Sarah 4 years ago

After you dip dye your hair , do you leave it in all night as well?

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karina 4 years ago

mmm when you dye your hair like that && you leave it all night what do you do when you wake up take a shower normally? or how please help me!!

Caty 4 years ago

How long does the dye last?

melaniee^-^ 4 years ago

i got red highlights in my hair (Dark Brown) ihad to put bleach in my hair....but then i dyed the color out and now its back to the normal color....would the bleach in my hair effect the kool-aid color in any way.... im thinking of gettng the tips red..

jay:* 4 years ago

are there colors that stay in longer than others?

Kara 4 years ago

I want to mermaid dye my hair using this method... Any suggestions????

Jen 4 years ago

Which Kool-Aid flavor should I use for blue tips? thank you xx

Sonika 4 years ago

Hi! Okay, i have very thick curly black hair....what color do you think would show up the best? And if i just do all my hair tips with a lot of Kool aid at the same type would you think that would work out?

Devanae 4 years ago

If my hair is dark brown would I be able to dye it with grape kool aid?

Gabby 4 years ago

Could you use sweetened koolaid? Or would that just leave your hair in a big sticky mess

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Priscilla, Joey & Caty - It says in the article - between 2 & 6 weeks on average.

Kallie A - It won't last forever. You can always buy hair dye removal products if you want it out immediately.

Meghan - I've not heard any stories of Kool Aid leaking when swimming in chlorinated water, but I'm not sure how much this could vary individually/based on how recently it was dyed.

Emma - The more your hair is washed, the quicker it will fade. Your hair will be your natural shade underneath the dye.

Beastly457, Melaniee^_^, Jay.* & Devanae - It depends individually. You can strand test to be sure.

Sandra & Sarah - It says in the article - keep it in for 5 minutes.

Nicole - You can strand test to be sure how long the colour lasting varies depending on amount put on & whether it looks good.

Cat - You can straighten your hair once it is dry. Any application of heat will make the colour stay in for longer.

Matilda - This will vary. Strand test to be sure.

Amy - This can be done on clean or dirty hair.

Sparkle - Whatever conditioner you usually use should be fine.

Anna - Just add as much conditioner as it takes to make a nice paste.

Jrpslp - Do whatever colour you prefer. I would suggest using the other method if you're not dip-dying. I would recommend strand testing if you want to see what the colour/fading time is like, as well as to ensure that the mixture will not irritate you.

Leah - This will vary between people.

Karina - Yes, just shower normally. Shampoo & condition your hair.

Kara - I'm not sure what you mean by this.

Jen - Strand test different flavours or mixtures of flavours.

Sonika - Strand test to see what shows up best & use differing volumes to see whether using more is helpful.

Gabby - I've heard stories of people ending up incredibly uncomfortable & sticky using sweetened Kool-Aid, so I wouldn't recommend it!

Trouble333 4 years ago

My 11 yr old daughter has a costume party this weekend and needs Pink hair for her costume. She hates to wear wigs (can't blame her; we both have enough hair for 3 people each, it gets really hot under wigs), so I thought I'd try this method. Any suggestions for Pink? She has blonde to light brown hair (dirty blonde), we can only leave it in for a day b/c of her school. Any suggestions to get it out FAST?

BiancaMary 4 years ago

I'm going to try it now, wish me luck!

Elizabeth 4 years ago

I dont know if I should do this, I'm very known in my church so I wouldn't want to send the wrong message to kids that are younger than I am, I would never dye my hair with chemical-base products, but I've always wanted to do something different to my hair other than a new haircut.

bob 4 years ago

Will it work on blond hair?

kalee 3 years ago

thxx just did it looks so cool!!

Hi 3 years ago

So I really want to do this and really should tell my parents thx for the tips =)

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CourtneyHingley 3 years ago Author

Elizabeth - I'm not religious, but I can't imagine that it should be too much of an issue; you can worship no matter how you look & so can the younger children :)

Bob - This will work best on light shades of hair.

lilly 3 years ago

Would this work out if i dyed my hair rcently like 3 weeks ago?

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CourtneyHingley 3 years ago Author

As long as your hair is lighter than the colour you're aiming for, yes. But I would recommend leaving it as long between dyes as you can just to leave your hair some recovery time

Leaha 3 years ago

I have dyed my hair with kool aid for a few months and it works perfectly and I was giving advice to my friend about it, I find it an easy way to dye your hair without damaging it at all.

Rebecca98 2 years ago

Thank you so much! Most useful article I have found on the internet! I am going to do the dip dye method this afternoon with pink lemonade on my medium brown hair. :) Cant wait! I am going to do a strip of hair in the under layer of my mid-back length hair. I hope it turns out how I am imagining it... ;)

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CourtneyHingley 2 years ago Author

Leaha - I'm very glad your kool-aid hair dying went as planned!

Rebecca98 - I hope it all went well!

Jasmine 2 years ago

I am trying to dye the underneath of my hair purple, should Iusethe paste method or the boiling one?

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CourtneyHingley 23 months ago Author

Jasmie, I would imagine that the paste method would be better for just doing the underneath

Reena 2 months ago

My friend has black hair. I'm not sure what color to do. Do u guys got any colors that work??

Anonymous 6 weeks ago

So I have really light blonde hair and I want to try this! But I'm scared that the Kool aid will not come out of my hair. Or that my hair will turn a different color help me

Ps. My hair is fine too and just get a hair cut that is short but would like it to be a light purple!

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