Kool-Aid Hair Dye: How to Color Your Hair on a Budget
Why Dye Your Hair With Kool-Aid?
Dying hair can bring out the more colorful side of a person. The possibilities are endless! Do you want to color your entire head of hair? How about just coloring your tips or roots? Or maybe you want to create a rainbow effect?
Learning how to dye your hair yourself can be a rewarding experience, especially when people comment on how beautiful your hair looks. They may ask what salon you went to. You can then proudly say that you did it yourself.
When dying your hair with Kool-Aid, you do not have to worry about harsh chemicals. Chemical dye can dry out hair, which results in breakage. Kool-Aid is so inexpensive, making coloring your hair on a budget easy.
- Applicator or plastic dye bottle: You can find this at your local beauty store. An applicator bottle will make the dyeing process faster and less messy. Plus, if you are the daring type and are going for a more intricate style, the applicator bottle will help you be accurate and precise.
- Vaseline: To protect your hairline, neckline, ears, and scalp.
- Kool-Aid packages: Three packages of your favorite color will do. For those with darker hair, four or five packages may be necessary.
- Plastic wrap: To separate sections of dyed hair.
- Water: To mix with Kool-Aid.
- Conditioner: To mix with Kool-Aid (makes application easier).
- Gloves: To protect your hands.
- Mixing bowl: To mix ingredients.
- Plastic cap: To cover your head and help the Kool-Aid penetrate your hair.
- Paper towels: To promptly clean up any mess.
Kool-Aid Hair-Dye Color Table
Blue Raspberry + Grape
Double Double Cherry
Triple Awesome Grape
Berry Blue + Lemon Lime
Preparing Your Hair for Kool-Aid Dye
Before dying your hair, you should always wash and condition first. Making sure your hair is clean and moisturized always ensures the best results. Washing and conditioning the hair is not necessary for the Kool-Aid hair dye method, but it does help.
If you do wash and condition your hair, you may apply the Kool-Aid mixture to moist hair after you towel dry.
How to Use the Kool-Aid Hair Dye for Temporary Results
Many people make the mistake of dying their hair with Kool-Aid only to find that the color is more permanent than they wanted. Dying your hair with Kool-Aid is only temporary if the correct methods are used. I advise that you do not make the consistency either too watery or too thick.
If you want your dye to be temporary, then follow these instructions.
- Get your mixing bowl, cold water, and Kool-Aid packages.
- Tear open your Kool-Aid packages and pour them into the bowl.
- The amount of water to use depends on how you want the color to show on your hair. For example, if you want a red tint dilute the Kool-Aid so that the red color is transparent in the bowl. Adding conditioner to this mixture will make it easier to apply.
- Once you have determined the right consistency for you and the applicator bottle, pour the mixture into the applicator or hair dye bottle.
Remember, we are placing the end product in an applicator bottle and will want the mixture to come out steadily. As a general rule: The less water you mix with the Kool-Aid, the more permanent the dye.
How to Apply Kool-Aid Hair-Dye Mixture
Before applying the Kool-Aid mixture, grab your Vaseline. Apply Vaseline to your hairline, neck, ears, and forehead. You do not have to put Vaseline everywhere, just on places that may get exposed to the hair dye.
Make sure your plastic cap, applicator bottle, plastic wrap, gloves, and paper towels are nearby.
Tip: Wear old clothes you don't mind getting stained.
- Section off your hair into four parts.
- Put on gloves.
- Use applicator bottle to apply Kool-Aid mixture to hair.
- Once you are done applying desired color, place plastic cap on your head for 30 to 45 minutes.
- After the appropriate time has passed by take off the plastic cap. Take off the plastic wrap and rinse off Kool-Aid with cold water. Be sure to use only cold water if you want results to be temporary.
- Let hair dry. Enjoy your new color!
If you are coloring your whole head, start at the roots and work your way down. Be careful not to apply hair dye to your scalp. Once you are done coloring a section, wrap the section in plastic wrap and continue until you are done.
If you are just coloring your ends, dip your ends into a bowl of Kool-Aid mixture or use the applicator bottle and apply color to ends of hair. Use your hands to evenly distribute the color. Once color is distributed, place plastic wrap on the ends to prevent the color from touching you or other strands of hair. If you are just doing your tips, you do not need to use the plastic cap.
If done correctly, results should be temporary. Kool-Aid has been known to wash out of dyed hair with just one shampoo; however, it can also last for two or three shampoos.
Using Kool-Aid Dye for More Permanent Results
The key to achieving more permanent or longer lasting Kool-Aid hair dye results is to use warm water.
Note: Hot water is never a good thing for hair. Hot water dries the hair out, promoting damage and breakage. If you are going for a more permanent look, please wash and deep condition the hair first to protect your hair.
Water that has just been boiled can be extremely damaging to hair. If using the stove, please wait for water to cool down.
- Get your mixing bowl and Kool-Aid packs.
- Warm up your water. You can do this by running hot water from your faucet, using the microwave, or heating water on the stove.
- Separate hair into four sections.
- Pour warmed water into bowl with Kool-Aid. Adding conditioner will make the mixture easier to apply. Put on gloves.
- If only dying the tips of the hair, dip the ends into the water. Once ends are dipped, place plastic wrap on ends.
- If dying the whole head or just roots, quickly and carefully place Kool-Aid mixture into applicator bottle. Add color to hair starting at the roots and working down. Place plastic cap over head.
- Leave in hair for 5–10 minutes.
Tip: Check periodically to see if the desired color is developing. Reapplying more color is always an option.
Tips for People With Dark Hair: How to Achieve a Super Deep Color
If you have very dark hair or want a deeper color, follow these steps.
- Pour Kool-Aid powder into bowl.
- Only add enough water to the Kool-Aid to make a paste. Adding conditioner makes the mixture easier to apply.
- Apply to hair with a 1-inch paintbrush or comb, starting at the roots and working down. Wrap hair in plastic wrap. Go to bed. When you wake up, wash the paste out of your hair with cool water.
I believe this is the best method. Avoiding warm or hot water helps maintain healthy hair. However, people with very dark hair may want to use warm or hot water for better results. Since the color will last longer, be sure of your color choice before you begin! Once again, please deep condition the hair first.
Which hair dying method is the most appealing to you?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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