If you’d like to experiment with a different hair color but don’t want to make a long-term commitment or use harsh chemicals, there are some “home remedies” that new hair dye the trick. This article will show you to dye your hair with one such remedy, Kool-Aid drink mix powder. The color will last a couple of days and your hair won’t get damaged by harsh chemicals even used in temporary dyes!
Put on gloves to prevent staining. If you don’t want to wear gloves, be aware that your skin may stain, but you can still remove the Kool-Aid from it. Remember that Kool-Aid can stain fabric, so use an old towel or cloth. Add the Kool-Aid packages to a small bowl. Be sure to use the unsweetened version, to avoid creating sticky hair. Moreover, don’t use the artificially sweetened kind, as the chemicals might irritate your eyes. You may need to use more packages than recommended here, depending on the length of your hair, and how deep you want the color.
Add a few drops of conditioner and some hot water to help the color from the Kool-Aid permeate the hair more evenly. Adding conditioner helps to make a paste, which is easier to handle. Mix the 3-6 packages of Kool-Aid, the water, and the conditioner together, until the ingredients form a smooth paste. Keep mixing out all the lumps and liquidy areas. Work the Kool-Aid paste into the hair, starting near the roots. This is the fun part but you definitely need help for this if you’re dyeing your own hair. Continue adding the Kool-Aid paste down the middle of the hair.
Work the Kool-Aid paste into the tips. All of your hair must be very damp and sticky, otherwise the powder will just wash out, without coloring your hair. Put up sections of hair to ensure that you color the lower layers of hair too. Wrap the hair in several long strips of sandwich wrap or, put on a shower cap. You’ll have to sleep in it, so do a good job! This step is important not just to protect your pillows and sheets, but because it will trap the moisture in, allowing for a deeper color change. It would be a good idea to wrap your pillow in an old towel in case the sandwich wrap moves around while sleeping.
After a good night’s sleep, remove the plastic wrap. See How to remove Kool-Aid from skin if you have skin stains. Thoroughly rinse your hair with lukewarm water. If you use shampoo, the color will wash straight out. Apply conditioner if wished, then rinse again. Then comb your hair out and wait for it to dry. The final tint will be less obvious with wet hair.
Rock your new Kool-Aid colored hair! Darker hair will change the tints of the hair color, but lighter hair can be dramatically changed! If you’re doing tips or highlights, use a highlighting wand and wrap the dyed sections in aluminum foil. Ensure that the foil does not come off. Follow the above instructions in wrapping your hair in clear wrap for an entire night, and rinse as explained above the next day. Remember, this is not a permanent hair dye.
Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. Then pull up a chair, sit back, and dip your hair ends in, let them sit in for different timings depending on how dramatic you want the color, how dark your hair is, and how long you want it to stay in. When you are finished dip dyeing your hair, rinse out with cold water. If the color does not show up with your wet hair, do not worry. The color is not as visible with wet hair than dry hair.
After rinsing your hair, blow dry it until dry. After the water has reached boiling point, pour it into a heat-proof bowl. Wait 3-5 minutes for it to cool off. Part your hair in two sections. Put one section on each shoulder. Dip the ends of your hair into the bowl. Let it sit for 15-30 minutes, depending on how strong you want the color and how long you want it to last.
Have a magazine or book to read while you’re incapacitated over the bowl! Or listen to music, a podcast or an audio book. After letting your hair sit in the bowl, take a towel and dry it a little. You will see some Kool Aid start to drip off while washing but this is normal. You’re now ready to rock the new dye!