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How to temporarily dye your hair with Kool-Aid

It’s about this time of year that I start wanting to change up my hair. To try something new and fun. Now, I have this new hair new me mood more often than I like to admit. There is something about changing your look and feeling like you can take on the world like I hold my power in my hair. That’s why when I learned how to dye hair with kool-aid I fell love! Using kool-aid hair dye is easy, comes in some pretty amazing colors, and its only temporary. Which is what I would call hair goals, can I get a “hair yeah!”

Before we get into the steps of this hair dye process, I wanted to let you know about my favorite hair care products to maintain your hair color. Dermstore has all my favorite products to keep your hair looking great.

How to temporarily dye your hair with kool-aid

Lucky for me I have great friends like Jesy Almaguer and we have been chatting about all our hair dreams! Her portfolio holds some of the most whimsical ideas which are full of inspiration for my kool-aid hair dreams. She and a handful of talented stylists have given up their secrets for a few festive spring hairstyles that bring a punch of awesome to your fashion this spring.

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Here is how to dye your hair with kool-aid

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 unsweetened 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 the 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.

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A few tips and tricks when it comes to using kool-aid hair dye

First, to maintain the color for as long as possible its best to wash your hair with cold water. Hot water will dull your color a lot faster than a cool shower will. Now if you experience another “need to change my hair mood”, there are a few easy solutions. My go-to hair color correction is baking soda and water. Treat yourself to a hair mask of equal parts, and that kool-aid hair dye will wash right out

how to dye hair with kool-aid

This 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 month’s big birthday party.

Before you go, I wanted to let you know about my favorite hair care products to maintain your hair color. Dermstore has all my favorite products to keep your hair looking great.

Here is another great read on Dyeing your hair.

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


  • Alessandra
    March 19, 2013 at 6:14 am

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

    • Victoria
      March 19, 2013 at 7:24 am

      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:)

    • Charis_bear
      July 3, 2016 at 3:34 am

      Do the same steps but with pink lemonade kool-aid, use unsweetened one still

  • Sara
    March 19, 2013 at 7:47 am

    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! :)

  • Audrey - This Little Street
    March 19, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Love love love this! So going to try!

    • Amber
      June 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Can you use sweetened koolaid

    March 19, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Great idea, this looks so amazing!

  • Michelle
    March 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

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

  • Ally
    March 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    how long does this last?

    • Victoria
      March 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm

      Ally, I’ve heard it mostly washes out the first time you wash it, and completely in about 3 washes.

      • Ally
        March 20, 2013 at 12:44 pm

        thanks! i think i might try it this summer! :)

  • Cris
    March 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm

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

    • Victoria
      March 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      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.

      • elle
        January 23, 2015 at 11:14 pm

        What about the color in the pictures for dark hair? Will it work as well?

  • Kelley
    March 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    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
      March 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      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:)

  • Sandra
    March 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    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?

  • Susan
    March 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    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

    • Kacey Rogers
      May 17, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      The Kool-Aid color?

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  • Laura Kate
    March 22, 2013 at 9:52 am

    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.

    • Emily
      June 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Did you use this recipe or another one when you did kool-aid? And if you used a different one, what was it?

  • Char
    March 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

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

  • Bonnie
    March 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

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

  • Jasmine
    March 24, 2013 at 6:31 am

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

    • macy
      July 16, 2019 at 9:49 pm

      you won’t be able to get any pastel colors with brown hair because the kool aid can only add color and not take it away from your hair to make it lighter so you would need to bleach it

  • lin
    March 25, 2013 at 8:32 am

    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? (:

  • Mouse
    March 25, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    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?

  • Lisa
    March 27, 2013 at 7:29 am

    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…

    • MuddieMom
      May 3, 2016 at 3:57 am

      I would be wary and do a strand test first if the henna has metallic components. The vinegar might react to the micrometals in the hair strands and give an odd outcome or even cook the hair. Alternatively you might be able to use just the hair conditioner and Kool Aide. Again do a strand test first somewhere where it won’t be as noticeable and see what kind of results you get.

  • Simone
    March 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    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

  • Lindsi
    March 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    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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  • Jamaica
    April 1, 2013 at 10:44 am

    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?

  • Emma
    April 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Could I use this to dye my ends?

    • MuddieMom
      May 3, 2016 at 4:01 am

      I would say you could but you might have to wrap the ends in plastic wrap (Saran wrap, Glad wrap, etc) and hit it with a hair dryer on low for a while (or sitting out in the sun so the sun can warm it). The wrapping up your head in the original process allows the plastic to trap in the heat from your head and processes the color into the hair strands. Might take some trial and error experiments to get the timing down to where the hair strands hold the color properly.

  • Leah
    April 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    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?

    • MuddieMom
      May 3, 2016 at 4:03 am

      You might not have gotten all the baking soda out of your hair prior to applying the mixture. The baking soda will react to the vinegar and produce heat (and irritation!) Remember the volcanoes you made in elementary school where you poured vinegar into the hole with the baking soda and it foamed up and spewed out?

  • Michelle
    April 13, 2013 at 7:51 am

    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.

  • Janice
    September 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    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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  • Haley
    November 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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

  • naomi
    January 8, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Im from the UK can you tell me what kool-aid is?..

    • MuddieMom
      May 3, 2016 at 4:11 am

      Kool Aide is the name brand of drink mix powder. It comes in all kinds of flavors like grape and blue raspberry and lemonade, etc… It’s a little powder packet that you mix with water and sugar to make a fruity flavored kid’s drink. I couldn’t find a UK equivalent right off the bat but I did see where you can buy it off Amazon UK and some folks said they were able to find it in some grocery stores there. I would suggest the Amazon route simply because I’m not familiar with what the equivalent would be there. We have many ‘generic’ versions of Kool Aide here as well. ‘Kool Aide’ itself is a name brand for the flavored drink mix.

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  • elle
    January 23, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    What color was your hair before you dyed it? Can we do this with other colors of koolaid? Will this work on light brown hair?

  • lorseene
    March 8, 2015 at 5:43 am

    May i know. Where is Kool Aid Hair Dye is available? I am from Philippines. I love to. But it is difficult for me to find it. So, will you help me.

  • devan allen
    March 17, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    im boy this awesome will yellow kool aid work and after it dyr for a day i can do any color because yellow will be like bleach

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  • Nikala
    March 26, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! 1 question, do you use the conditioner and kool aid mix on wet hair or dry hair? I know it needs to be clean but can you do it right after you wash it? Thanks!

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  • Michelle
    July 18, 2015 at 7:24 am

    what color does my hair needs to be? It is black :(

  • Jen
    January 28, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Sorry to be so late to the party but how light / dark was Marijose’s hair before dyeing?
    Wanting to try this look myself but i’m not sure how much i should lighten my brown hair to get a similar color effect :/

  • Lydia
    July 7, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    How light does my hair have to be because it’s some where between blind and brown.

  • consulente d'immagine
    August 20, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Sei sempre favolosa e regali ogni volta nuove idee per il proprio look.
    Adoro il tuo stile.
    Mi ispiro moltissimo a te e ti porto sempre come esempio alle donne che vogliono migliorare il proprio aspetto partecipando ai miei corsi di consulenza d’immagine.
    Grazie mille per l’ispirazione.

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  • Lana
    December 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    This doesn’t work. I did it with tons of baking soda and mixed it with shampoo then washed my hair. I mixed two packets of unsweetened cherry hello with 1/4 cup of conditioner then put about 3 tbsp of vinegar because the jello was too clumpy to stay on my hair. I don’t know..maybe I put too much vinegar or I needed to boil the jello first..

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    January 22, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    how long does it last?

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