How to Dye Your Hair with Coolaid – SERIOUSLY!
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If you do, then maybe you’d like to try doing something else with it, such as dyeing your hair. Sounds weird?
Kool Aid is actually an effective dye alternative. If you want to try a wacky hair color, but you don’t want to try damaging hair treatment options, then here’s how to dye your hair using Kool Aid.
What You’ll Need
- Kool Aid packets (opt for the unsweetened kind, so your hair won’t become sticky)
- Hair conditioner
- Plastic sandwich wrap
- Tin foil
- Tooth brush or color brush
- Highlighting wand
- Petroleum jelly
Put the Kool Aid powder in the bowl. Unsweetened is advisable, since it’s not sticky, and doesn’t hurt the eyes, unlike the artificially sweetened type.
The flavor depends on the hair color you want to get. For example, if you want a reddish tint, use Tropical Punch.
The number of packets depends on how long your hair is.
Add some water to the powder, but just a very small amount. You are going to making a paste, not liquid.
Put a few drops of hair conditioner to the Kool Aid, allowing the color to permeate more evenly. This also helps you get a pasty mixture.
Mix all the ingredients thoroughly, until you get a smooth and even paste. Remove all the lumps thoroughly, for a better dye.
Now comes the fun part. You have to work the paste in the hair, massaging it into the hair, but not the scalp.
Use the toothbrush or coloring brush and a comb while doing this. It’s also best to ask help from a friend, since this can be time consuming, and you might not cover all the hair.
If you’re only doing highlights or tips, get a highlighting wand to apply the Kool Aid dye. Afterwards, wrap these dyed parts using tin foil.
If you’re dyeing all your hair, and you’re done applying the Kool-Aid, get several long strips of plastic sandwich wrap. Wrap it around your head, so it’ll allow the dye to act longer and to retain moisture.
Remember, you’ll be sleeping with this, so make sure you wrap it securely. Use a bit of adhesive tape to do this.
Leave the dye on overnight, then remove the plastic wrap the following morning. You’ll see stains on your skin, but don’t worry about them. They will wash off.
Wash your hair thoroughly, then apply some more hair conditioner. Wash again, then comb and let it dry.
The final tint will appear less obvious with dry hair, though.
A Few Warnings
Unfortunately, Kool Aid dye doesn’t work well with all hair types. In some people, it’ll wear out after a while, but some can have this dye permanently.
Even as the color fades out, there are odd shades that are left.
Chemically-treated hair (permed, straightened, or previous chemical dye treatments) should not be dyed with Kool Aid. Otherwise, the effect might become permanent.
Kool Aid dye can be smelly, with a strong and noticeable odor.
When you take a shower, the Kool Aid that washes off can stain your tiles or bathtub. This can be removed using laundry detergent.
Kool Aid dye is more effective on light-haired people, although it also works well for dark hair.
Cherry Kool Aid dye is permanent, so if you try this, your hair will be reddish until it grows out. It can also stain on your carpet or surfaces, so be careful not to get it in there.
It’s Cool to have Kool Aid all over your locks, but be aware of the possibly unpleasant effects of this tactic. If you find them too risky, you can still opt for commercial hair dyes.
If you feel like being daring, then go ahead and try this fun dyeing technique.