If you never saw it, here’s a little look. Me: Circa 2011 (Please note: This is permanent professional dye/Not Kool-Aid)
It became quite a movement with several other bloggers jumping on board to get blue streaks. And I was so proud to do it. But…for me permanent blue hair is a little difficult. I have major gray roots and seriously had to color it blue twice in two months. So this time, as I’ve surpassed $1,500 raised (and am on my way to $2,000 hopefully) I’ve decided to use Kool-Aid beverage to dip dye the ends of my hair.
Now my hair in’t very light so the color result is going to be subtle. Kool-Aid blue would of course be more visible on lighter shades of hair. So for a brighter result, I recommend either bleaching the ends your hair prior to the blue color application or choose one of the red shades of Kool-Aid, which is more brilliant when complete.
How to Dip Dye Hair with Kool-Aid Beverage
Before I give you my How-To, here is my Before Pic.
Here’s what you’ll need:
4 pouches of unsweetened Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade Kool-Aid Mix
2 pouches of unsweetened Grape Kool-Aid Mix
96 oz Bottle of Grape Kool-Aid (Will use 2 cups)
Other Items Needed:
Plastic Sandwich Bags
Step 1: Create the Dip Dye Mixture
My plan was to dye my hair blue but obviously you can choose any colors you’d like. Reds tend to take the best as I mentioned above. But beware, red may be difficult to get out. I used the new pre-made Kool-Aid (available in 96oz size) so I wouldn’t have to worry about how much water to use.
Put 2 cups of pre-made Grape Kool-Aid and 1/2 cup of vinegar in a pot for boiling. On high heat, bring to a boil. Then pour 3 pouches of Blue Raspberry Lemonade and 1 pouch of Grape Kool-Aid Mix into the boiling mixture. Let boil until powder is completely dissolved. Then take off stove to cool.
Step 2: Create a Dyeing Paste
In a ceramic bowl, mix a dollop of conditioner and a dash of vinegar. Begin by pouring about 1/2 pouch of Blue Raspberry Lemonade Kool-Aid Mix and using a spoon mix to create a blue paste. Depending on the level of color you want, you may want to add more blue or in my case I added a bit of Grape mix to make the blue color darker.
Step 3: Prepare the Hair & Dip Dye
Determine how much of your hair you’d like to dye and use hair ties to mark off the hair. I chose about 4 inches. Then pour the liquid Kool-Aid mixture from the pot into two ceramic mugs and dip your hair up to the hair ties.
My sister in law Amber decided to join me in the blue hair dyeing adventure! We waited like this for about 30 minutes.
Then carefully, over the sink, we took our hair out of the cups and towel dried our hair.
Step 4: Kool-Aid Paste Foils
Create squares of foil about 6 x 6 inches. Place the dip dyed pony tail on top of the foil and using your tooth brush, brush on your Kool-Aid paste mixture (similar to how the hair dresser would put on hair color for highlights foils.)
Then wrap the foil around the hair and squeeze tightly. Wrap with a plastic sandwich bag and secure with another hair tie. I decided to also try for a blue streak in the front as you see here. Leave in for several hours (I did about 3 1/2 hours).
Step 5: Wash Out Color & Blow Dry
Next step is to remove the foil, plastic bag and hair ties and rinse out the color in cold water. Do not shampoo. If you’d like you can condition your hair at this point, but since I used conditioner in the coloring process I did not. After rinsing towel dry, then blow dry. Its subtle, but cool.
And there you have it! I think I’ll use red Kool-Aid next time to give myself a jolt of color. But this is great for my walk. What do you think?!