Two weeks ago, I met up with some friends and we dip dyed our hair with kool-aid. It was really fun and the dye definitely showed on our hair, but we didn't know what we were doing and it made the process a little more nerve racking. Yes, we had read sites and watched videos but the information wasn't very clear. We did make quite a few mistakes and although it ended fine, and our hair looked good, I wish we had some better info.
As summer is coming, or slowly coming that is, it is a great time to be dyeing hair with kool-aid! It's a very easy and super fun task that can be done outside, or in the house without too big of a mess. Using Kool-aid as a dye is super easy and I want to make it even easier for y'all with some directions and tips.
You will need:
- 2-4 packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid (these are $0.25 each at walmart!)
- 2-4 cups of hot, boiling water
- a bowl
- hair dryer
- an old towel
- disposable gloves
Put on gloves. Mix the boiling water and Kool-aid in your bowl. Dip the ends of your hair into the dye and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. The longer your hair is in the dye the more vibrant it will be.
Remove your hair from the bowl and rinse dye out with cold water. Blow dry the wet hair with heat setting on high. The heat will make the dye set.
Now here are some extra tips:
- Here are your color options: Red (cherry), Purple (grape), lighter red (tropical punch), red (strawberry), green (lemon lime), blue (blue raspberry), and orange (orange).
- If you're looking for a color that will show on all types of hair will be the cherry, strawberry, and the blue.
- The other colors will do better on lighter hair if you are only using two packets. For brighter versions of all of the colors, use another packet.
- Another tip for brighter colors would be to put conditioner in the hair you are dipping before you dye it. This has proven to give more vibrant colors as well.
- The more water you use per packet also affects the vibrancy.
- Make sure you are staying consistent with the dyeing. If you dip one section of your hair at one point, and then the other at another, you have the same process both times.
- The dye needs to be hot both times you are dying, and if you have conditioner in one section of your hair when you dye it, then you must in the other side as well.
- Be consistent!
- You need to keep your hair in the dye for the same time as well so that you don't have unequal or different amounts of color on the sections of hair.
- Timing is everything considering the color and equalization!
- For easier dipping, put your hair in small rubber bands before you dip your hair in the dye so that your hair stays together and doesn't go all over the place.
- At some point, you will want to take your hair out of the rubber bands and scrunch it so that you do not have a line the dye.
- As for clean up, if you accidentally got dye on your hands or on any part of skin, mix a small amount of water and baking soda and use to wash off dye, it will easily rinse from skin.
That's all! This was some info that I wish my friends and I knew before hand, and I am happy to share it with you now that I have this info 😏 Thank you for reading!