Hairstyle Advice: How to Dye Hair with Jello

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Dyeing your hair is a great way to express yourself or try out a fun new look. However, hair dyeing can be expensive, and permanent or semi-permanent dyes aren’t always the right choice. Changing your hair color with Jello is simple, affordable and allows you to change the color frequently.

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Gather Supplies

Gather together the items you’ll need. This includes one to two packets of Jello mix in the color of your choice, water or hair conditioner, a shower cap, petroleum jelly, and a pair of latex or rubber gloves. You may also need a hair dye applicator brush and hair clips or pins.

Dyeing Hair with Jello Steps

1. Make your Jello hair dye by mixing the packets of Jello with a small amount of water or conditioner. You’re looking for a solution that is the consistency of a loose paste or a thick liquid. How much of the mixture you’ll need depends on how much hair you want to dye.

2. Apply petroleum jelly to the skin around your hairline and around your ears. This will keep the Jello mix from coloring your skin. Drape a towel over your clothes, and wear gloves to prevent the Jello from dyeing your fingers.

3. If you only want to dye certain sections of hair, separate these sections, and hold the rest of the hair out of the way with clips or pins. You can also dye the hair in sections to make sure that you get complete coverage with the dye.

4. Apply the Jello mixture to your hair. Massage it in with your fingers, or use a hair dye applicator brush. Make sure that the hair is saturated with the mixture. The more you coat the hair with the mixture, the stronger the color will be.

5. Cover your head with the shower cap, tucking all the hair underneath. If you’ve only streaked your hair, you can wrap the pieces in foil. Leave the hair to set for at least an hour. Leaving it for longer, even overnight, will create a richer color.

7. Rinse your hair of the excess dye.

Jello hair dyes should last a few weeks, depending on how often you wash your hair, and also how dark your hair color is. The color will be more apparent when used on light-colored hair. Hair can be bleached prior to dyeing, but this can make the dye much harder to remove.

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