How to Dip Dye Your Hair with Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid Dip Dye

My girls are never happy with their hair!

Becca has beautiful thick strawberry blond straight hair and Emma has beautiful, brown naturally curly hair that I am so jealous of. But they hate it. They always complain that they want their hair colored, highlighted or anything but their own natural color.

When I found out you can “dip dye” your hair with Kool-Aid I was they were so excited. Supposedly it [is supposed to] wash out in a few washes, but one of Becca’s friends has had it in for a whole week and has washed her hair six times but the green color is still going strong!

As I was preparing for our experiment with dip dying, I got in touch with Sarah from The “Riff” Raff Life to ask her some questions. Apparently she has had clients who have permanently dyed their hair with this stuff!?! I was sure to tell the girls this – just so they knew it was a possibility. Their hair is long anyway, so we could always trim it up a bit to cut out the color if we had to.

So ready to see what we did?

Dip Dye Your Hair with Kool-Aid

What You Need:
  • 2 Kool-Aid Packets
  • 1-2 Cups Water
  • Pot

Kool-Aid Dip Dye

  • Chose your color and put 2 Kool-Aid packets in pot with water and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for 5 min.
  • Dip hair in Kool-Aid a few times, leaving hair in liquid for about 30 seconds each time.
  • Let sit (or dry) for a while and rinse out with water.
Here we go…

Kool-Aid Dip Dye
Kool-Aid Dip Dye

We let her hair sit for about an hour and kind of dry almost completely before she rinsed it out.

And this is what it looked like when it was all done…

Kool-Aid Dip Dye

Kool-Aid Dip Dye

I LOVE this! I think it’s so cute and different… AND EASY!

I do hope it washes out so we can do another color without a hassle, but we will see. I will update and let you all know!

What do you think?


It’s MAY 2013 and this red color has faded a LOT but it can still be seen in her hair. Just an FYI – it doesn’t not come out the way it has in Becca’s friends hair. Becca’s friends hair – it comes out within a few washes.


  1. Ok, I wonder if this would be visible on someone with brown hair. I LOVE how this turned out. It’s SO cool!!! And I love that it’s temporary so she can change colors. Can I admit I secretly want to try it?

  2. Very cool!!! If I were younger, I’d try it myself! :) Great post!

  3. Gorgeous!!! Turned out great!

  4. sandi jones says:

    Danielle! You did great!! The pictures turned out real nice. Becca did a good job curling her hair. I wonder how long the color WILL stay in her hair. Can’t wait for you to try another color. Will talk later…love mom (grandma)

  5. I love the whole dipped look, but I also think she would look freakin awesome with her whole head that color.

  6. I love it! Why didn’t I know about this when I was younger?!

    Although my hair is so dark, it would never show. But I’m tempted to do it to my son! bahaha

  7. That looks great! I’d love to try it myself…. Keep us posted how long it too for it to wash out! I have some ideas for myself! :D

  8. I love this look, and agree with April.. if I was younger, I would SO do this! lol My girls would probably love it too.

  9. be very careful…it does NOT wash out…

  10. I have heard of Kool Aid dye before but never saw instructions, my nieces might like to try this!

  11. My son has always wanted to do this type of stuff for spirit week at school, I can not wait to try it.

  12. It looks pretty cool!! Does it wash out?

    From PDX with Love

  13. Where did all the pictures go? :(

  14. i’d totally do a red or a little green for christmas!

  15. I’ve tried this before! Didn’t work out as well in my hair though, might have to try again.

  16. I doubt this would work in my almost black hair but it’s such a cute look!

  17. Interesting that it doesn’t wash out right away! I totally thought it did!!

  18. I totally did his as a kid, great idea for crazy hair day!

  19. Very cute. I wonder what color would look best in my hair

  20. That is a really interesting way to dye hair. I just let my 17 year old dye her hair for the first time, I was really nervous but it turned out okay.

  21. You have to watch when you use the boiling water, It locks in the color and can last for weeks/months. I have always been laid back about hair, it grows out or can be cut. I think it looks cute.

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