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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.

how to temporarily dye your hair

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.

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  1. 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?

    • 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

  2. 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?

  3. 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…

    • 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.

  4. Hi,
    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

  5. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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?

  6. 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.

    • 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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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