Do it Yourself, Kool-Aid Hair color!
Do it Yourself, Kool-Aid Hair Color!
Hello Fellow crafty and creative people! If you're like me you've always wanted to express yourself in the most memorable and exciting ways possible. Allowing the world to see you as you see yourself. To really be who you are despite the modern media's concept of who you should be, or what you should look like.Maybe you want to spice up your look a bit and be a little daring at the same time? Maybe you are allergic to over the counter hair dyes? Maybe you want something over the counter hair dyes can only provide at great expense?
Well dear reader You can have you hair any beautiful color you want with Kool-aid!
Yes that's right you can have streaks of beautiful PURPLE for that family reunion, or a full head of luscious fire-truck RED for that Holiday get together.
However since not everyone works from home and is self sufficient there are a few things you may want to consider before hand.
~ If you're under a parental "roof" you may want to ask yourself if your parents will have a problem? If they will, can you explain that it's not going to hurt your hair? That it will eventually wash away? That you feel you need some color in your life? If the answer is "YES" then try explain that so they can give you the go ahead!
~ Do you have an employer that think people with bright hair colors are less wonderful workers than people with natural hair colors? Try explaining that your hair color will never hinder anything about your performance, that it may make you work better as you'll feel more free! Maybe you should point out that "some" of the other workers have "lightened hair" and they seem to be able to do their jobs just fine!
~ Is there a special event in the next few Weeks coming up and you have already decided what you'll be wearing based on your hair color? Will it go well with your new do? will it look even better when you have BLUE locks? Maybe you are looking for an excuse to go shopping for a new light blue top to go with your new light blue hair?
Well dear reader are you still with me? Are you still "down" to make your hair "trip the light fandango?" Well I can help you to be on your way down the path of great hair colors!
It's simple affordable, easy and if you play your cards eight, you and no other animals have to get hurt in the process!
PLEASE remember to read ALL instructions BEFORE doing this process to yourself or anyone else!!!
So firstly a word on hair types.
Brunettes, dark blonds and redheads will want to bleach their hair. You can get a bleach kit from any hair care store. Or you can buy the bleach, peroxide developer (I use volume 40 for the quickest and lightest results on my friends hair). Make SURE you have at least 2 sets of gloves as well!
Follow the instruction on the package or ask the beauty supply personal how to bleach your hair. I am teaching you how to work with Kool-aid not harsh chemicals!
If you're a natural light blond (like me) you don't need to do a thing to your hair first. The color will take, though it will take better if you bleach it for just a little while so that you can open up the cuticle and get more color into it!
Now that you've got your hair bleached some off color of yellow or light orange or for me Stark White, we can proceed!
You can find all of these products online or through your local beauty supply/grocery stores!
~ 10-20 packets of UNSWEETENED Kool-aid (the sweetened kind will leave you with an ugly messy head of problems!)
~ 1 cup hair color developer for long 1/2 cup for short hair or streaks (or you can use1 or 1 half cup of conditioner for a less bright and less lasting color, add 2 tablespoons of vinegar if you go the conditioner route!)
~ 1 glass mixing bowl (plastic will get dyed and metal will ruin the color!)
~ 2 pairs of latex/non-latex substitute /plastic gloves.
~ 1 old ratty towel, or a towel you don't mind staining with color
~ 1 box baking soda
~ 1 jar petroleum jelly
~ 1 disposable plastic spoon
~ plastic wrap (enough to cover your head) or an old plastic grocery bag.
~ 1 old button up shirt that can be destroyed if you need to burn the evidence. I KID! Just something you can get color on but can get out of without pulling it over your head!
Okay so you should have DRY hair that has been recently washed or bleached but not conditioned.and all of your materials and we can begin!
Step 1: Put on your designated gloves and Button up shirt in no particular order. Part your hair down the middle if it's long enough.
Step 2: In your glass mixing bowl mix 10 packets of KA (Kool-aid) for streaks (or short hair) or 20 packets for a full dome, and 1 cup hair color developer or 1 half , or 1 cup conditioner (or 1 half) and 2 table spoons of vinegar. Stir well with the plastic spoon
Step 3: While the color is "developing" use the petroleum jelly and apply it around your hairline, front and back, and all over your ears. Where ever you DON'T want color from your KA process!
Step 4: Starting at your front hairline and moving down your part and all over and under all of your hair (or just on the streaky parts) apply all of your KA mixture.
Step 5: cover your entire head/hair with the plastic wrap/bag and go do some house work/chores/homework/read a book. You wan to leave this stuff on your head until as long as you possibly can. I mean overnight if you can stand it! You can use the baking soda now to clean off the counters or the floor, anywhere you've dropped color!
Step 6: Unwrap your noggin and rinse in cool water. Hot water will make you loose color. Shampoo will make you loose color. Try not to wash your hair with shampoo for as long as possible after you dye with KA! When you do wash or rinse your hair remember to use that same ratty towel so you can show your friends later all the wonderful colors your hair has been! (just try not to get gross about it!)
Step 7: Run to your nearest mirror and "ooh and aah" over how totally awesome you look with your beautifully colored new do!
Thanks for making the world a more colorful place to live in dear reader! Hope you have many new and exciting colors in your life in the future!
Have fun Making!