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How to Dye Your Hair with Kool-Aid - No Peroxide, No Chemicals, Fun Colors

Updated on August 4, 2013
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No Damage to Your Hair!

A few years ago, I made the mistake of letting my daughter dye the tips of her hair blue. This involved using peroxide to lighten the hair and then adding blue dye on top. It was a pain, and it damaged her hair. It did not look nice at all, and in two weeks, the color had faded. Then, she was just stuck with lightened tips. We regretted the decision.

Recently, we discovered an easier, cheaper, safer way to get colored tips. I couldn't believe how simple it was, and her hair looks great!

You'll Need 3 Packets of Kool-Aid.

Pour All 3 Packets Into A Bowl.

We chose a low bowl so it would be stable for this project. I was afraid if I put the Kool-Aid in a tall cup, it would easily tip over.

Add About 5 Cups of Boiling Water and Stir.

Dip Your Hair in the Hot Water.

How Long Should You Soak Your Hair?

For light hair, soak it for 10 minutes.

For medium hair, soak it for 15 minutes. (We soaked my daughter's hair for 15 minutes.)

For dark hair, soak it for 20 minutes.

This Looks Like Fun, Doesn't It?

Use Paper Towels to Blot Your Hair.

Kool-Aid may stain, so you want to be careful how you take the hair out of the bowl. Use a paper towel to blot the extra water from your hair.


Here's How It Looks Wet.

It Looks Great Dry!

You Can Even Make It Rainbow Colored!

After your hair has finished soaking, just let it air dry to see the effect. Then, you can wash and wear as normal. The color will fade over time, but your hair will not be damaged. You can refresh it or redo it as often as you would like.


If you want more specific highlights, here's another way to use the Kool-Aid:

Instead of diluting it with water, just add enough water to the powder to make a paste. Then, brush the paste onto your hair and let it sit. Using the Kool-Aid this way will allow you to have more control over where the color goes. You can even use different colors of Kool-Aid and give yourself rainbow colored hair. What fun!

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    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've always wondered how this is done. You sound like a fun mom! How long does it take for the Koolaid dye to fade? Thanks for sharing!

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      Good hub on how to dye your hair using Kool-Aid. This is very helpful and useful for those that want to dye their hair but don't want chemicals in their hair. The step-by-step instructions along with all the images really help to show the readers exactly what they have to do in order to dye their hair using Kool-Aid.