I like to think that I’m a “cool mom”. At least I can be. But when it comes to dying my kid’s hair I’ve always been against it. I want(ed) to keep my kids hair as pure as possible so even hair products rarely touch their heads. Kind of weird since obviously we wash their hair and who knows what all those crazy chemicals really do but I digress.
Disney’s Descendants came along last week. Mal with her purple hair and Evie‘s blue hair. Of course, my girls went nuts over their hair and began asking again if they could dye their hair. I finally agreed (yep, without even talking to my husband) but with only 3 weeks until school starts up we needed something completely temporary. I still wanted something less harsh so as I’ve seen before, we went the Kool-Aid route and I’m going to show you how to dye your hair with Kool-Aid.
Dyeing with Kool-Aid was fairly simple but on my oldest’s dark brown hair it didn’t really take. We tried both purple and red and soaked it for a long time but you still couldn’t see the color in it. I think next summer I’ll probably make it up to her by getting her hair dyed professionally once and for all.
How To Dye Your Hair With Kool-Aid
My youngest’s insanely blonde hair did just as I hoped it would – GORGEOUS bright color. So if you’re looking to experiment and want a temporary color that’s semi less chemically (yes, that’s a word) go grab a few Kool-Aid packets and follow along to learn how to dye your hair with Kool-Aid.
- 2 Kool-Aid packets
- 2 Cups of water
- 1 saucepan
- disposables gloves
- plastic wrap
- an old towel
You’ll first want to cover your table with plastic wrap and put on disposable gloves. We still ended up with some splatters of Kool-Aid on the table but I later got it out with rubbing alcohol. Next time I’ll cover the table with a bigger piece of plastic wrap for sure. Also, you’ll want to use an old towel around you because it will get stained too and it doesn’t come out.
Boil water and kool-aid on the stove in a small saucepan. I wanted to make sure the color was bright, bold, and lasting so I put 3 Kool-Aid packets in with 1 cup of water. I added more kool-aid and less water to really saturate the hair with color.
Once the Kool-Aid is at a rolling boil remove from heat and transfer to a heat resistant container. As soon as possible, carefully submerge hair. Water is extremely hot so go slowly. I put my daughter’s hair in a high pony tail then only put her ends in so we would end up with a faded tips look.
Lift hair out of the dye and carefully separate the hairs and resubmerge. I did this a few times to be sure every hair would have dye on it. After about 10 minutes slowly remove hair, squeezing out excess and blot with a towel (DO NOT RUB!).
Let hair COMPLETELY dry then wash as normal.
To Remove Hair Dye
The Kool-Aid will naturally fade in about two-three weeks (depending on how often you wash your hair) but if you want it out sooner than that here’s how!
Boil a pot of water on the stove. Once it’s to a rolling boil transfer to a heat resistant container. Add 2 Tablespoons of baking soda into water and stir. Dip your hair into water (up to 30 seconds). You should instantly see the dye coming off. Dip your hair a few times if needed. Hair will be extremely dry afterward so make sure you deep condition to rehydrate your hair.