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Kool-Aid Hair Dye: How to Color Your Hair on a Budget

I want to share my experience styling my natural hair with others.

Thinking of dying your hair using the Kool-Aid method? The possibilities are endless. Consider dying your whole head, just the ends, or creating a rainbow effect.

Thinking of dying your hair using the Kool-Aid method? The possibilities are endless. Consider dying your whole head, just the ends, or creating a rainbow effect.

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.

Necessary Materials

  • 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

Kool-Aid FlavorHair Color

Blue Raspberry + Grape

Electric Blue

Double Double Cherry

Bright Red

Lime

Light Green

Triple Awesome Grape

Purple

Blue Raspberry

Blue

Berry Blue + Lemon Lime

Turquoise

Tropical Punch

Red Tint

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.

  1. Get your mixing bowl, cold water, and Kool-Aid packages.
  2. Tear open your Kool-Aid packages and pour them into the bowl.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

  1. Section off your hair into four parts.
  2. Put on gloves.
  3. Use applicator bottle to apply Kool-Aid mixture to hair.
  4. Once you are done applying desired color, place plastic cap on your head for 30 to 45 minutes.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

  1. Get your mixing bowl and Kool-Aid packs.
  2. Warm up your water. You can do this by running hot water from your faucet, using the microwave, or heating water on the stove.
  3. Separate hair into four sections.
  4. Pour warmed water into bowl with Kool-Aid. Adding conditioner will make the mixture easier to apply. Put on gloves.
  5. If only dying the tips of the hair, dip the ends into the water. Once ends are dipped, place plastic wrap on ends.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  1. Pour Kool-Aid powder into bowl.
  2. Only add enough water to the Kool-Aid to make a paste. Adding conditioner makes the mixture easier to apply.
  3. 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.

Have fun!

Hair-Dying Methods

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.

© 2013 dignifiedlove

Comments

TASANELL on April 18, 2020:

ITS REALLY GOOD HOWEVER MINE DIDN'T PROCESS THAT WELL. I HAVE A DARK TONE HAIR.BUT ANYWAYS IF I TURN ON MY ROOM LIGHT OR IF I GO INTO THE SUN THE COLOUR WILL SHOW. IF YOU WANT SUNSET RED YOU CAN USE SHARKLE BERRY, PINK LEMONADE,TROPICAL PUNCH AND BERRY CHERRY. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOTE THAT IF YOUR SKIN IS SENSITIVE PLEASE DONT TRY BECAUSE THE DYE DIDN'T PROCESS WELL BECAUSE IT STARTED TO BURN SO I HAD TO RINSE IT OUT. SENSITIVE SKIN PEOPLE PLEASE BE CAREFUL.

Tabetha on March 25, 2020:

Can you use 2 in 1 conditioner?

Aisley on January 21, 2020:

My hair has been died with cherry and grape kool aid. It totally works. I am dying my hair blue this time on my birthday which is in 15 days! I am super excited and can't wait.

Lauren on August 21, 2019:

My parents won't let me use Kool Aid even though I'm 10 yrs old! I tried using eyeshadow which totally works. So for Kendra, Anonomuys, Lulu, and Myesha, you should totally try eyeshadow.

Jaylei on July 09, 2019:

I am getting mine done this week and I am really excited! I am 10 and I am doing the tips of my hair blue and my friend is doing the same. I have been begging my parents to dye my hair ever since I was 5 and this week I am doing it and I am excited! Like me on Instagram!

Kendra on July 05, 2019:

I wish I'd read the comments. This totally didn't work. Then i remembered i tried it a couple years ago and it didn't work then either.

ANONOMUYS on April 21, 2019:

I was very disappointed because i was hoping it would work but no not a single drop of color came from this experience and i hope someone can figure someting else out:(

Lulu on March 23, 2019:

GUYS IF YOU HAVE BLACK HAIR DON’T DIE IT PURPLE IT DOESN’T WORK. I USED 10 FRICKING PACKETS AND LEFT IT IN FOR OVER AN HOUR AND IT DIDN’T DO ANYTHING!!!!!!!!

summer bower on March 20, 2019:

thanks

Liliana Navas on September 11, 2018:

This works amazing

Summer on March 21, 2018:

totally works if you use youtube guys

Myesha on September 30, 2017:

Sadness

Jena on August 31, 2017:

Do you use hot or cold water

didn't work on August 06, 2017:

the second method didn't work and i dont have dark hair or anything we even doubled the koolaid packets and didn't use conditioner still didn't work

Lindsay on June 29, 2017:

I am dyeing my hair dark blue with this method today. My h

kat on June 21, 2017:

I used the so called "electric blue" method and my hair is now PURPLE! I wanted a blue instead. This is very false information, everyone. DO NOT read the color combinations and just use ONE color. DO NOT try to mix colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

noon of u bees wax on June 12, 2017:

theres an easier way, though its better to dye your tips or half of your hair or lower then the jawline. Take 2 kool-aid packets. 2 cups of water. (use gloves if nessesary) boil the water and put the packets in. Boil the water for about 2 minutes or when theres a huge amount of bubbles. Pour in a bowl or bag. Dip your hair in for about 15 minutes. If you have darker hair do it for 30 minutes. After you dip it rinse your hair without shampoo or conditioner, just COLD water until theres no dye coming out. After you dry it you should see it. When i did mine i left it out in hour because im a rebel, it stayed longer then it was supposed to. I have brown hair and i used red and orange kool-aid colors, the dye stayed on me for a atleast 18 weeks. (i think i still have a little on me xD) I hope it works for you the dye should last for 4 weeks. :)

Bella on June 07, 2017:

Didn't work on my hair but thank u for the info

Claire on June 01, 2017:

How long do you have to wait before re-dip dying it? I did it four days ago and have washed it twice and the color is very very quickly fading

waafiyah on August 04, 2016:

My hair turned out great I used the cherry.Just asking how to bleach your hair?

Mae on May 25, 2016:

You said that the conditioner makes it easier to apply, could I apply the kool aid paste alone without conditioner? ive tried on my REALLY dark brown hair and it doesnt work. Please answer quickly.

Camiella on April 23, 2016:

I have relaxed hair and i dye my hair a reddish purple with tropical punch kool-aid it looked great,i dyed it dry though

Tamara on April 06, 2016:

Just wondering do u suppose if you mixed a bunch of different colors you would end up with black?I want a non-chemical way to dye my hair black.

shelly on March 25, 2016:

do u have to take a shower before applying? or can it be on the spot i have very dark brown hair its basically black so which tip do i use?

irene lobo on February 19, 2016:

My MaMa is battling non hoskin lynfoma cansar . so I'll be trying the koollaid dying in her hair.

Berlinda on October 23, 2015:

I was wondering what colors to mix for the color burgandy.

Tamlyn on August 21, 2015:

Do you need to wash your hair after you do this?

Blue girl on August 14, 2015:

I did the kool aid with a brush and not much water at all and conditioner I left it in for 3 hours ( or more ) then I rinsed it out my hair it was not blue at all it was my natural brown color. I used two packets of blue raspberry lemonade and one packet of grape. Why was my hair blue?

Gabby on July 08, 2015:

After you wrap it in plastic wrap how long do you have to wait till you can take it off? Also after you take it off do you have to take a shower just like with hot water and it won't come off ?

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 25, 2015:

Can you use a weakened version of blue to take the yellow out of gray hair and leave a little color? Because of concerns that gray products cause cancer, most have been removed from the market leaving those of us with prematurely gray hair with few choices.

Kayla hicks on June 02, 2015:

I used blue rasberry lemonade because i could not find just plain blue raspberry and it didn't dye my hair blue like i thought it would and i just want to know why

MichelleR on May 30, 2015:

this has helped me tons. I can't wait to dye my hair red!

Hailey on April 25, 2015:

This is so cool and I will have to try it

Priceless on April 24, 2015:

Does it was out after one use?

dignifiedlove (author) on March 23, 2015:

Thank you for your comment. That is a good tip for anyone who has sensitive skin.

anonymous on March 23, 2015:

I was looking forward to dye my hair blue using the dark hair method, however once I started to apply the kool aid mixture, my scalp began to itch and burn to the point I had to immediately rinse it off. As soon as I got my hair wet, all of the color was gone leaving me with brown hair. I do not recommend using this method if you have sensitive skin to avoid pain.

dignifiedlove (author) on January 06, 2015:

Hell Baseemah,

How are you? Once the dye is set in the hair, it will not stain your clothes if you get caught in the rain.

baseemah on January 02, 2015:

Will it stain your clothes if you get caught in the rain?

Rida on December 16, 2014:

THANKS:) THIS PAGE WAS VERY HELPFUL IM DOING THE METHOD BOW 1ST TIME TRYING THIS CANT WAIT FOR THE RESULTS...TOO EXCITED:)

Kelsey on October 27, 2014:

thank you so much this was a wonderful page:) you answered all my questions I could not find anywhere else .. Awesome

Maddi on July 19, 2014:

I have heard about this method of hair dying before but never tried it myself. I would like to see if it works, thanks for the info!

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