How To Dye Your Hair With Kool Aid – 3 Easy Ways To Follow

Reviewed by Madison Dufour, Barber & Cosmetologist
By Arshiya Syeda

Kool-Aid dyeing has taken the internet by storm. If you plan to dye your hair with Kool-Aid, we suggest going through this article. Coloring your hair in vibrant colors is fun. It provides confidence to many. But did you ever consider the possibility of using a favorite childhood drink to dye your hair? Well, you are in for a surprise! This vibrantly colored drink can do miracles on your hair. What’s more? Dyeing with Kool-Aid is inexpensive and contains less harsh chemicals.

Why waste money on salons when you can color your hair in vibrant colors at home with Kool-Aid? Right? But unfortunately, coloring with Kool-Aid is backed only by anecdotal evidence, and scientific research in this regard is limited. Nevertheless, it is considered safe and doesn’t cause any harm to the hair. In this article, we will look at hair dyeing with Kool-Aid through a microscope and answer some pertinent questions. Are you ready to go to the nearby store, pick a Kool-Aid, and start experimenting with your hair? If yes, scroll down!

Does Kool-Aid Really Work As A Hair Dye?

Yes. Well, if we are to believe the scores of beauty bloggers and vloggers enthusiasts who cannot stop raving about Kool-Aid hair dye, the answer is a resounding yes! While we do not have and there is no scientific proof of this ubiquitous drink mix working as a hair dye, we do have enough anecdotal evidence to tempt us to try out shows successful this method results at least once.

There are quite a few several ways of using Kool-Aid as a hair dye, and not all have similar success rates. The efficacy of Kool-Aid hair dye depends on the method used and the natural color and texture of your hair. It works on all types of hair, but with varying results. You can experiment with different methods and flavor combinations to arrive at what works best for your hair.

The most exciting part of using Kool-Aid to dye your hair is that you can choose from numerous dyeing styles shades according to your mood! Let’s now look at why you should make Kool-Aid hair dye at home.

If you haven’t guessed already, making Kool-Aid hair dye at home is extremely easy. Kool-Aid drink mixes are available in a variety of flavors (and colors) and come in both liquid and powder forms. While you can use both the liquid and the powder to make hair dyes, most DIY recipes use the powder form due to its versatility. The resultant hair dye can be either in a liquid or a cream form.

Note: On light colored hair, like blonde hair, kool aid may penetrate the strands and color hair. This shade can be dark and permanent.

The best thing about dyeing your hair with Kool-Aid is that you can experiment with different color combinations and dyeing styles. From bright red to pale pink to lime green to turquoise, there are unlimited color options you can make by using different flavors of Kool-Aid! Once you have decided your desired shade, you can choose to achieve all-over color, paint streaks of color into your hair, or just dip-dye your tips.

In the section below, we will discuss three fun ways to dye your hair with Kool-Aid.

Three 3 Ways Of Coloring Your Hair With Kool-Aid

1. Achieve An Overall Color

To get an overall color, you first need to make a hair dye paste.

You Will Need

  •  5-7 packets of Kool-Aid unsweetened powder (use any or a combination of flavors)
  •  1/2 – 3/4 cup of hair conditioner (depending on the length and thickness of your hair (use any brand)

Directions

1. Microwave the conditioner in a heat-proof bowl for 20-25 seconds.
2. Add the contents of the Kool-Aid sachets to the warm conditioner and mix well until combined properly to form a smooth paste.
3. Apply this paste to your hair with a hair dye brush, covering each strand from the root to the tip.
4. Leave it on for around 8 hours. You can also leave it on overnight if you wish. Use a shower cap to keep from smearing color all over your house and pillow cases. We want to stain only the hair, not anything else.
5. Rinse off the Kool-Aid paste from your hair with water. Do not use shampoo.
6. Towel dry your hair and flaunt your new look!

2. Get Colorful Streaks

You Will Need

  • 2-3 packets of Kool-Aid unsweetened powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons of hair conditioner (depending on how many streaks you want)

Directions

  1. Microwave the conditioner for 20-25 seconds until warm.
  2. Mix the Kool-Aid powder with the conditioner and form a smooth paste.
  3. Dip a hair dye brush into the paste and make as many streaks as you want on your hair.
  4. Cover each steak with aluminum foil to prevent the color from spreading.
  5. Leave it on for 8 hours or overnight.
  6. Rinse your hair thoroughly with water. Do not use shampoo.
  7. Let your hair dry naturally, or use a blow dryer

Note: When washing hair right after coloring it, your hair may bleed color. Do not worry, this is normal.

3. Dip-Dye Your Tips

You Will Need

  • 2 packets of Kool-Aid unsweetened powder
  • 2 cups of water

Directions:

  1. Mix the water and Kool-Aid powder in a saucepan.
  2. Bring the liquid to a boil. Let it simmer for two minutes.
  3. Pour the concoction into a bowl and allow it to cool.
  4. Tie your hair into a ponytail. Dip the ends into the concoction and let it soak for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Squeeze out the excess Kool-Aid liquid from your hair and rinse with water.
  6. Towel dry your hair and style it as usual. Avoid shampooing for the next 24-30 hours.

Several factors determine how long Kool-Aid hair dye stays in your hair.

How Long Does Kool-Aid Hair Dye Stay In Your Hair?

Kool-Aid hair dye can last between two to six weeks. If you keep it on your hair for a long time, the color will take longer to fade. Kool-Aid stains your hair, and your washing frequency affects the longevity of the color. If you wash your hair daily, swim in chlorinated water, or use heat-styling tools, the Kool-Aid dye is likely to disappear sooner.

Kool-Aid hair dyes stay on blonde and light-colored hair for a longer time than dark hair. Also, dark shades, such as red and purple, tend to last longer than pastel pinks and light blue. However, note that blue shades can fade into greener shades, which may last longer.

Most recipes call for the Kool-Aid powder as it yields the best results. But is it possible to use liquid Kool-Aid to color your hair? Read on explore more about it.

Can You Use Liquid Kool-Aid To Dye Your Hair?

Yes, you can use liquid Kool-Aid to color your hair. However, it is better suited for dip-dyeing than achieving an overall color or streaks. Here’s how you do it.

You Will Need

• 1 bottle of Kool-Aid liquid concentrate
• 2 cups of water

Directions

1. Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir well.
2. Simmer the liquid for two minutes. Let it cool and transfer the liquid to a bowl.
3. Tie your hair into a ponytail and dip the ends into the Kool-Aid concoction.
4. Let it soak for 15-20 minutes.
5. Squeeze out the excess liquid.
6. Rinse with water without using shampoo and air dry your hair.

As with any other hair treatment, Kool-Aid hair dye comes with its benefits and demerits. Still, wondering whether to color your hair with Kool-Aid or not? The following list will help you decide.

Pros And Cons Of Kool-Aid Hair Dye

Pros

• Comes in a variety of bright colors
• A simple and budget-friendly way of coloring your hair
• Leaves your hair smelling fruity and fragrant
• Contains no harsh chemicals, unlike traditional hair dyes

Cons

• Might be difficult to remove the stain
• Can dry out your hair
• Looks unpleasant when the color begins to fade, which can be difficult to fix or hide even with professional help.
• Messy application

How Do You Remove Kool-Aid Dye From The Hair?

Kool-Aid hair dye stays on your hair for a few weeks. The color gets lighter with each wash and fades away completely over time. However, if you want to get rid of the color quickly, switch to a clarifying shampoo. A mixture of shampoo and baking soda helps remove the color easily. Follow up with a deep conditioner after the process, as baking soda can make your hair extremely dry.

Kool-Aid isn’t just a tasty drink but also a playful hair dye. It is a simple way to brighten your hair in brilliant colors without splurging at the hairdresser. You can dye your hair with Kool-Aid by applying it to hair tips, making colorful streaks, or dip-dye the ends of your strands. While this beverage does not harm the hair, it may be a messy affair and produce unsightly stains on your mane. Overall, it could be a fun experience to dye your hair with Kool-Aid. However, repeated attempts or overuse are not recommended as safety standards have not been determined.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can dyeing your hair with Kool-Aid damage your hair?

No. Kool-Aid does not have the potential to damage the hair structure. It can only stain your hair temporarily.

What color Kool-Aid work on dark hair?

Hairstyle influencers swear by the effects of blue, purple, and pink Kool-Aid shades for dark hair.

Does your hair have to be dry to dye it with Kool-Aid?

Yes. Hair color enthusiasts claim that Kool-Aid works best on freshly washed dry hair.

What Kool-Aid flavor is blue?

The Blue Raspberry Lemonade unsweetened mix is blue.

Is there green Kool-Aid?

Yes. The Green Apple unsweetened mix is green.

Key Takeaways

  • Kool-aid dyeing is suitable for all, but the results may vary depending on the hair type.
  • There is no scientific evidence of Kool-aid usage as a hair dye, but beauty bloggers swear by it.
  • The color may stay on for six to eight weeks, depending on the frequency of hair washing.
  • However, clarifying shampoos and baking soda can fade the color quickly.

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor at StyleCraze. Prior to that, she was a content writer and combined her writing and... more

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(Barber & Cosmetologist)
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