How to dye your hair

Have you ever wondered how to dye your hair with Kool Aid?  It is an easy way to add color to your that isn’t permanent. Kool Aid hair dye is a great way to experiment with a different hair color without a long-term commitment!  Kids will have fun trying out different hair colors.  This is one of the many creative  Kids Crafts and Activities we are sharing this summer here on Skip to my Lou. There is no reason to be bored! Just check out this boredom buster idea list for inspiration.

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How to dye your own hair at home

how to dye your hair

1. Buy two boxes. The last thing you want to do is get half way through dying your hair a different shade and run out of the actual colour. If your hair length is past your shoulders, or short and thick, you will need two boxes to cover your full head.

2. Do a strand test. We know you’re excited about change, but if the change resembles something more like swamp water, you won’t be so happy. Do a strand test on a section of hair about 1/4 inch thick (choose from underneath so you can hide it) to see if your hair will pick up the colour you’re aiming for.

3. Keep your hairline clean. Swipe some lip balm along your hairline where you don’t want any dye to go. This will stop it from dying your actual skin, which can take days to get off. It’s one of the biggest tips on how to dye your hair.

4. Brush your hair. Make sure your hair is untangled before you begin, even the smallest knot can cause a big problem.

5. Section your hair. Professionals always section hair into four parts – down the middle, and then from ear to ear across the crown. Dye the front sections first because these are the most visible, so need the full processing time.

6. Don’t use the bottle. Yes, that’s what’s normally provided in the box, but squeezing dye straight onto your hair won’t give you a salon finish. Instead, play colourist and use a mixing bowl and a colour brush to apply the dye.

7. If you just want to add some highlights, use a clean toothbrush or mascara wand and apply where the sun would normally lighten your hair (i.e, around your face and on the tips). This will give you natural looking highlights.

8. Start from the top. Always start at your roots when dyeing your whole head a different colour – this area will need longer to develop the colour – then comb through to the ends.

9. Wash your hair properly. Don’t shampoo immediately after dyeing your hair, just rinse out with water initially. When you do shampoo your hair, make sure it doesn’t contain sulphates, because they swell your hair shaft and encourage the colour to leach out.

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Josh Wood Colour Permanent Hair Dye, £10, Boots

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Hair connoisseur Josh Wood released his own line of professional haircare for consumers to use at-home, including shampoo, conditioner, a root touch-up brush and ‘colour shot’ toning mask. The hair dye is exceptional, easily blending through your whole head of hair to cover all outgrown roots without painstakingly combing through paper-thin layers. It’s easy to use, with the results you’d get in the chair.

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Kool Aid Hair Dye

This Summer we are trying to do some fun things that are unexpected, fun and things we can’t do during the school year. My daughter’s one request was to have color in her hair.  So I decided that we would let her have her crazy colored hair this Summer since we don’t have any school policy’s holding us back. But our biggest dilemma was that she couldn’t decide on what color she wanted to have. First, it was red, then blue, then pink, purple was thrown in there once too. The only one I told her we wouldn’t do was green because I didn’t want her to look like a little blonde who spent too much time in the pool. We spent too many efforts last year preventing her hair from turning green from our daily swims!

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I came up with the perfect solution to her color problem, we would do temporary Kool Aid hair dye colors all Summer long and she can pick whatever color she wants next once the color has faded.

add temporary hair color to your hair using kool-aid

We decided to do the Kool-Aid method. Did you do this when you were a kid? Who didn’t right?!

This was really simple and because of my daughter’s blonde hair didn’t take us long at all. Just something to remember, the darker the hair color, the longer it’s going to take for the color to take hold. It does work better on lighter hair. Follow all these instructions and tips so you know everything you need to know on how to dye your hair with Kool Aid.

Supplies for Kool Aid Hair Dye

  • Old T-shirt
  • 2-3 packages Kool-Aid
  • 2 cups water
  • cup or bowl
  • comb
  • blow dryer
  • hot straightening iron

Kool Aid Hair Dye Color Ideas

My daughter actually wanted purple hair this time around, so we used 2 Purplesaurus Rex packages and 1 cherry to give it a deeper color. It was a very purple liquid but came out more of a deep pink color in her hair. Next time we may try grape instead and see where that gets us!! This chart seems to give some good color combo ideas but unfortunately didn’t have a purple option. You might like some of these color ideas.

  • Mixing strawberry and grape can make a purplish red
  • Cherry can produce deeper red
  • Tropical punch can give a brighter red
  • Black-cherry mixed with strawberry can give you a bright red

How to dye your hair with Kool Aid

This process is best done on freshly washed hair that has been completely dried. To finish the prep, make sure to comb out your hair and if there’s any that you don’t want colors, pull them up in an elastic or clip. We only did the underneath of my daughter’s hair, so I pulled the top layers up into a top knot to keep them from reaching the color.

Also, put your child in an old t-shirt that you don’t care about getting colored. The hair will drip and could possibly dye the shirt they are wearing. Also, I would recommend gloves if you don’t want your fingers to also be the color of the hair!

add temporary hair color to your hair using kool-aid

Mixing the Kool Aid dye

Combine your Kool-Aid packets and water in a pot and heat on medium-high heat until boiling. Boil for 1 minute then remove from the heat. Pour your mixture into a heat resistant cup or bowl. Depending on how much hair you want colored will determine how much liquid you want. I started with all of it in a bowl but quickly took some out because I didn’t want to risk coloring the whole hair strand as we only wanted a few inches colored. Keep in mind that the color will creep up the hair strands, so dip it about 1/2 inch less than you want to be colored.

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Kool Aid Dye TIP

Adding a few drops of conditioner to the hot water and  Kool-Aid will help the color permeate the hair more evenly. It also makes the mixture less runny and easier to handle.

add temporary hair color to your hair using kool-aid

How long do I leave the Kool Aid on the hair?

I did her hair in 3 sections. Dip them in the color and let them soak for about 15 minutes. Darker hair may need 20-25. This is a perfect time to put a movie on and let them sit and watch while you hold their hair in the color. Because of how light my daughter’s hair is, we only kept the hair in for about 5 minutes and it still got a very vibrant color! Once the strand is done, ring it out with an old towel to avoid drips and move on to the next section until all is complete.

add temporary hair color to your hair using kool-aid

Once everything is colored where you want, it’s time to dry it. Blow it dry using a comb to brush out any tangles. Just know that for the first little bit the hair will be a little stiff or sticky feeling.

Kool Aid Hair Dye

After you blow it dry, the best thing to do is to use a hot straightening iron to set the color. Just a quick run over the hair will do fine. As soon as I was done, I took a damp cloth and wiped down the heating pads to remove any residue that may have transferred.

add temporary hair color to your hair using kool-aid

Now style the hair as you normally would, and you are all done!!!

This Kool Aid hair dye is not a permanent dye, but depending on the hair, could last a few days or maybe a few weeks. It’s a fun thing to do with your little ones who want a little personality in their do!

How to remove Kool Aid Hair Dye

Depending on how often you wash your hair the Kool-Aid will naturally fade in about two-three weeks. If you want it out sooner try this!

Boil a pot of water on the stove. Pour the boiling water into a heat safe container. To the water add 2 Tablespoons of baking soda and stir to dissolve. Dip your hair into the water for about 30 seconds. You should instantly see the dye coming off. Hair may be dipped a few times if needed. This is extremely drying for the hair so be sure make to deep condition after.

add temporary hair color to your hair using kool-aid

Now you know how to dye your hair with Kool Aid.  What colors would your child want in their hair?

how to dye your hair with kool aid tutorial

I would love to know what fun and out of the norm activities you have planned with your little ones this Summer. Leave them in the comments below! I hope you learned how to dye your hair with Kool-Aid and will try it out!  Look below for a few other fun Summer ideas I have on my blog Our Thrifty Ideas.

If you have extra Kool-Aid you might like to make Homemade Gummy Candy.

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For another great kids activity try making these friendship bracelets.

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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 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.

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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 months big birthday party.

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

According to one survey from the U.K., women change their hairstyles about 150 times over the course of a lifetime. However many times you make the change, it’s likely that coloring is a part of the process.

It’s not required, of course. These days, going gray is in vogue, with celebrities like Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Meryl Streep all embracing their natural silver.

Still, about 65 percent of women alter their natural hair color, about a 7 percent increase from the 1950s. We like playing with color. It makes us feel good…until we open the bottle and smell all the fumes.

Traditional hair dyes are full of potentially harmful chemicals that at high exposures, have been linked with skin and respiratory irritation, a suppressed immune system, and even cancer.

Is there a way to cover the gray—or just enjoy a nice color—without exposing ourselves to these toxic chemicals?

The Concern About Regular Hair Dyes

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) states that over 5,000 different chemicals are used in hair dye products, some of which are reported to be carcinogenic in animals. Though manufacturers have improved dye products to eliminate some of the more dangerous chemicals that were used in the 1970s, most still contain less-than-savory ingredients.

Chemicals found in hair dyes:

  • Quaternium-15, which can release formaldehyde, a known carcinogen
  • Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs), which may be hormone disruptors
  • Phenylenediamine (PPD), which is a skin and respiratory irritant and has been classified in the European Union as toxic and dangerous to the environment

The NCI notes that some studies have found that hairdressers and barbers are at an increased risk of bladder cancer, potentially because of coloring chemicals. Other studies have found personal use of hair dyes could potentially increase the risk of leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but results have been mixed.

We aren't risking it.

When we review the research, we can see that we don’t have enough studies yet to know how coloring our hair maybe 6-10 times a year really affects our health. Most likely—unless we’re hairdressers who deal with high exposures or we color more frequently than usual—the effects will be negligible. Still, it’s not comforting to imagine all those chemicals seeping into our scalps (not to mention the toll that the creation and disposal of these chemicals takes on the environment).

Fortunately, there are other alternatives.

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