Want an inexpensive and temporary way to experiment with different colors on your hair? Try using Kool-Aid drink powder. Believe it or not, Kool-Aid is a good alternative for those who want to dye their hair, but don’t want to spend a lot of money, don’t want to be exposed to harsh chemicals, and don’t want long-term results. It may not work on all hair types, but for a few cents, it’s definitely worth trying.
Steps to successfully dye your hair with Kool-Aid:
1. Work in a well-lit room, in front of a mirror.
2. Brush hair thoroughly, ensuring to remove all tangles.
3. Protect surfaces and clothing: Kool-Aid will stain clothing, carpet, and other surfaces, so you want to make sure to protect them by covering them with plastic or laying down some old towels.
4. Protect your hands: Put gloves on, to protect hands from getting colored with the Kool-Aid.
5. Prepare the mix: Open packets and add them to a bowl. Then add a little bit of hot water (enough to dissolve the Kool-Aid, not make it runny). Next, add a few drops of conditioner. You want a smooth paste. Mix thoroughly, making certain that all lumps are gone. For successful results, it should be smooth.
• Use UNSWEETENED Kool-Aid (not artificially sweetened either) to avoid a sticky and gritty mess.
• Two packets are enough for short to medium hair or just tips. Longer hair will need additional packets.
6. Section your hair off:
• If you have bangs, section that from the rest of your hair with a clip.
• Next, section the back of your hair into four even parts and clip each section off.
• If you do not have bangs, just section your hair into four even parts, clipping each individual section.
7. Apply color: Apply color from the front, working your way back. Apply the mix evenly and fully saturate all strands. If you are only doing your tips, make sure to carefully apply the mix just to your ends. Be careful not to get any on the rest of your hair or on your skin! It will stain. Wrap dyed tips with aluminum foil. This will protect the rest of your hair from getting colored.
8. Wrap your hair: Put on a snug shower cap or clingy plastic food wrap (wrap several times) to protect surfaces from getting colored. You will be sleeping in this, if you do it at night or wearing it all day, if done in the morning.
9. Rinse well: After about 8-10 hours you want to rinse your hair with warm water. Do NOT wash your hair with shampoo! If you do, you will wash all the color off.
10. Dry and style as usual.
11. Show off: Now go showoff your new color! If you are a blonde, color will be dramatic. For brunettes, you may just have a nice tint.
• Not everyone will get the same results. The color of hair before you dye it with Kool-Aid, will determine your results; lighter hair will have a more noticeable change.
• If you don’t want to stain the skin around your face, applying petroleum jelly to your hairline and ears will protect it.
• If you don’t like the results, wash you hair repeatedly. This will hasten getting the color out.
• Red Kool-Aid is more permanent than the other colors. Be aware of this if you don’t want your color to last too long.