How to temporarily dye your hair

It’s about this time of year that I start wanting to change up my hair. To try something new and fun. Lucky for me Jesy Almaguer and I have been chatting, and her portfolio holds some of the most whimsical ideas for getting a beautiful party look. She, and a handful of talented stylists, have given up their secrets for a few festive spring hair styles that bring a punch of awesome to your fashion this spring.

This first tutorial seems perfect for the upcoming week of egg dying and pastel wearing. Instead of dipping an egg – why not dip your hair!?! I am a complete scaredy cat when it comes to hair dye, but this purple – I might really be able to get into. It is fun, festive, and TEMPORARY! Perfect for next months big birthday party.

How to make temporary purple hair dye:

1) You must start with clean hair. To ensure the best hold, wash with shampoo, then baking soda, and rinse well.

2) The formula for easy temporary hair dye is to mix one packet of unsweetend Kool-Aid with, 1/4 cup hair conditioner and 1 tablespoon white vinegar  To get this pretty color purple – mix 1/3 cup hair conditioner with 1 packet of blue, with half a packet red and 1 tablespoon yellow Kool-Aid, and a little more than 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

3) Cover entire head and let sit in hair for 60 minutes. Wrap hair up in a plastic bag and clip to save your clothes from being dyed as well.

4) Rinse well and style. A few big curls on top will give this dyed look just enough formality to make you party ready this spring.

Photography & Art Direction by Jesy Almaguer, see more photos from this beautiful shoot right here. Styling by Tere Prieto. Model: Marijose García.

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Posted March 19, 2013
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34 Responses to “How to temporarily dye your hair”

  1. Alessandra says:

    And what if I want pink hair?!
    Lovely tutorial!!!

    • Victoria says:

      Alessandra, you can follow the first formula listed in step 2 and use any color, Kool-Aid. If you do it, I’d love to see photos:)

  2. Sara says:

    Love it! Looks so amazing! I’m really loving the pastel hair colours…I’m not sure how it would look on me as I have short hair (think pixie cut-ish) but it looks beautiful with long hair and lots of feminine curls! :)

  3. Love love love this! So going to try!

  4. says:

    Great idea, this looks so amazing!

  5. Michelle says:

    This look is so fun. And the photoshoot is just pretty.

  6. Ally says:

    how long does this last?

  7. Cris says:

    Will this work for dark hair, or only on blondes?

    • Victoria says:

      Cris hi! All colors will work on light hair. The colors that take better to dark hair are – purple, red, and green. Just like actual dying, it is difficult to go lighter without bleach (and please don’t bleach at home;). Let me know if you try it, I’d love to see.

  8. Kelley says:

    I want to try this soo bad, but my hair is already colored. Would it work on previously highlighted hair? My highlights are a light, carmel blonde and i would hate if it messed with the color permenately. I know it says its temporary, but do you know if it would affect my highlights?

    • Victoria says:

      Kelley, we have not tried it over highlights. Eek. Anyone else? It is temporary, but I honestly don’t know how that would affect already colored hair. You might want to wait until just before your next appointment to try it – just in case:)

  9. Sandra says:

    I have bleached blonde hair so this would work perfectly for me, but I have a few questions. Will this not bleed onto my clothing and bedding? Also will it not make me smell like kool-aid?

  10. Susan says:

    WARNING: If you dye your hair or have highlights, don’t do this. I’ve tried it and the color stayed and stayed and stayed…. it was a real bummer

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  12. Laura Kate says:

    Presumably adding the conditioner softens its effects, but as a teenager with dark hair who didn’t want to bleach to use Manic Panic, etc. Kool Aid was my go-to. Because it would stick to my brown hair. And stick. And stick. I’d be a bit wary.

  13. Char says:

    Love the hair color, but I am more interested in what she is wearing. Especially in the first photo. The florals look lovely.

  14. Bonnie says:

    Would this work on darker hair or does it have to be bleached?

  15. Jasmine says:

    Wow, I absolutely adore this look! I have dark brown hair, so I was wondering if I can still achieve this pastel purple color.

  16. lin says:

    wow, this looks like a lot of fun! i’m chinese, and am wondering if this would work on black hair. also, does this affect the texture/quality of your hair? (:

  17. Mouse says:

    Should this have turned into a brown paste? After adding all the ingredients together, it turned brown rather than purple. Is that the correct color for putting on my hair, or should I just stick with buying grape Kool-aid and dying it that way to get light purple?

  18. Lisa says:

    Hey, anyone knows how this works on henna dyed hair? Have been using a coppar red henna for the past years, and since im now practically not able to dye or bleach my hair without getting a horrible outcome (there’s some kind of metal or something in henna?), this kool aid would be a fun to play around with when getting tierd of the same old hair color…

  19. Simone says:

    the color looks great! I would like to try this!
    Which flavours of kool aid did you use?
    I come from Germany and just want to be sure to buy the right tones! :)
    Kind regards

  20. Lindsi says:

    I am a stylist. Fare warning…if you have previously colored your hair (lighter and especially blond hilites) this will stain your hair and it will be a nightmare to get out. I have seen this last well over 6 months. Although that was with red/pink and they stain worse than other colors. The shade of purple you achieved is beautiful though.

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  23. Jamaica says:

    Hi. This tutorial is lovely and I’m quite eager to try this but I live in Australia and we don’t have Kool-Aid here. Can you suggest any alternatives?

  24. Emma says:

    Could I use this to dye my ends?

  25. Leah says:

    Hey, I’ve followed the directions and didn’t put anything else in it, but it burned like hell 3 min after putting the mixture on. Could you know why?

  26. Michelle says:

    Be careful with this. My sister has very light blonde hair, and mom used red on her hair for dress up…yeah, she had red to pink to light pink….it lasted about a month.

  27. Janice says:

    I’d be careful if you have gray hair, too. Gray hair reacts like blonde and the color could stay for quite a while.

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  29. Haley says:

    I just tried this recipe for the lilac color exactly as it says, my hair is naturally blonde and it turned a greenish color.