Dip Dying Hair With Kool-Aid

Over the last few years my kids have asked for wild hair cuts which I have been completely fine with, after all it’s only hair right? It will grow back.  When my daughter came to me and asked me to dip dye her hair I was hesitant. Her pretty natural hair a different color? Not just any color but pink or purple? OK I had to think about it. I gave in……


I did some research through various Pinterest links and after piecing them all together we came up with a plan. We were going to dip dye her hair with Kool-Aid! Yes, Kool-Aid. Crazy, right? I know.

Items needed:

2 Packets of Kool-Aid (we used Tropical and Grape)

2 Cups of boiling hot water

Large bowl




First make sure your hair is combed with no knots. Then mix both packets of Kool-Aid together in large bowl and then add the boiling water to the bowl.  Make sure you have an old towel wrapped around your shoulders and it fits tightly up around the neck area.  I used a clothes pin to keep both ends of the towel together so that no Kool-Aid got on my daughter’s clothes (it will stain).  Next mix the hot water and Kool-Aid together so that it’s completely mixed.  In our case I had my daughter sit on the kitchen bar stool and very carefully tilt her head back into the bowl.  I placed the ends of her hair into the bowl of the Kool-aid and began the timer for 10 minutes.  I am not going to lie to you she complained the whole time that she was not comfortable but I stood there and talked to her and kept her entertained which made the 10 minutes fly by and in the long run she was happy she stuck it out.  After the 10 minutes was up I used the towel and squeezed out the access Kool-Aid water and blew her hair dry. 


I did not use a ponytail holder in my daughter’s hair because we wanted all of her ends colored and we felt that pulling it back pieces of her hair may have not gotten dyed.


We did not wash her hair till the next day so that the Kool-Aid had time to settle. 


Place a towel or a pillowcase you do not care about on the pillow for bedtime because it will get colored until you do your first hair washing.


Let me tell  you this really is NOT temporary, it lasted for many months. Even after my daughter swam in our pool many, many times and washed her hair the color stayed.  Finally she wanted her hair cut short and we wound up cutting the dye out of her hair after five months of it in her hair. Would we do it again, yes! It’s only hair! 


Have you dip dyed your hair before and if so what color did you choose? 


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  1. What a cool idea! I would have never thought to use Kool-Aid!