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A Funky, Inexpensive Way To Cover Gray

Updated on April 29, 2014

Replace Gray With Neon Colors

Stubborn Gray Gone For Pennies

If you have an adolescent or teenage daughter the chances are you have probably already heard that powdered drink mixes—specifically Kool-Aid—can be used to dye hair in fun colors. Not only is it incredibly cheap and easy, it is permanent! So there is no need to redo those neon streaks or tips again and again, just an occasional root touch up.

If there is one downfall it is that the Kool-Aid treatment is ineffectual on dark brown or black hair. But that can actually be a benefit to those of us with dark hair, as well as those devilish imps, gray hair.

Kool-Aid Give New Style Options

When I had first heard of the easy dye job I held out hope that my hair was not too dark because I had been wanting some blue streaks for a while, but was not keen on spending hours and profuse amounts of money at the hairdressers having my hair bleached, then colored only to have it fade away after 48 washings. Not to mention that bleaching isn’t exactly a healthy hair treatment. So I dyed a test strip of hair and to my heavy disappointment, there was no change to my deep brown, nearly black tresses. But it was not all bad news.

One of those devilish imps had snuck its way into my test, and to my wondrous delight that gray hair had transformed into a lovely bright and shining turquoise. I am no stranger to colorless strands. They started popping up when I was in high school, and now at the age of thirty-five my face is framed by them. So, I got an idea…

I possessed a plethora of white hair because I despised dying my hair. The all-over permanent box-colors always made my hair feel coated and dry, causing it to lose its softness. I also had a secondary problem of never finding a color match to my own. The darkest chestnut was too light and the inky ebonies were too dark. The hard to find temporary washes, again were not a match and had to be redone, all-over, every twenty-six to twenty-eight washes, but it did not diminish any suppleness. Too much trouble for such unsatisfactory results. That meant rockin’ the old lady do for me.

I figured I had nothing to lose. If I did not care for the Kool-Aid look then there was always the perma box-dye. Dumping three packages of blue raspberry powder into a bowl I added a teaspoon of water, just enough to wet the powder and no more. The recipe calls for conditioner, but I had some deep conditioning hair mask lying around and I did not think there was much difference. Plop, around three tablespoons of hair mask in with the wet powder and stir, stir, stir. A paste-like consistency is best. Using a silicone basting brush from my kitchen, I covered my head in neon blue concoction. Occasionally, using a comb that I did not mind staining, I combed in different directions to make certain all was coated while being careful not to rub into the scalp. It takes eight hours to permeate, so I wrapped my hair in saran wrap, put on a shower cap, covered my pillow with an old towel and caught some zzz’s while receiving a conditioning treatment with bright blue side effects. In the morning I jumped in the shower, lathered up the turquoise conditioner, and then rinsed until the water ran crystal clear. I also lightly raked my fingernails over my scalp a few times (which I always do anyway while washing for build-up removal) to catch any blue that may have landed on my scalp. Any traces on my skin were whisked away with a cotton ball and astringent.

I could not have been more ecstatic with the results! As I had hoped, the Kool-Aid had only attached itself to my gray leaving me with funky, fun turquoise highlights, as well as, super soft after an eight hour conditioning treatment. I was as happy as a blue clam!

So for anyone perhaps looking for an alternative method to covering those pesky grays, and wanting to spice up your look, I whole heartedly recommend the Kool-Aid treatment to those with dark hair. Think of the possibilities—cherry red, lime green, playful purple. Root touch-ups are as easy as going to bed and waking up. It may be noted that I have only ever used the Kool-Aid brand, so I cannot attest to results with other powdered drink mixes. If I meet you on the street, I will give you a wink and a smile for how easy our fab, supple tresses were to attain.

Easy Rainbow Colors For Your Hair

© 2014 Coral Dey Andrade

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