If you’re ready to give your mane a makeover but don’t want to make a big commitment with permanent hair dye, grab some Kool-Aid to change up the color. This sweet, fruity childhood drink is a quick and inexpensive way to experiment with different hair colors. You can dye your whole head of hair with Kool-Aid and expect it to last for about four weeks, and you can can mix and match colors to create your own distinctive hair color.

Step 1

Pour the contents of the Kool-Aid packets into a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of cold water to the powder and stir to create a thick paste. If the paste is too thick to spread, stir in more water, a couple of drops at a time, until it’s spreadable.

Step 2

Put 3 drops of thick conditioner into the bowl. Stir it up well to blend.

Step 3

Put on a pair of rubber gloves. Massage the mixture into your hair so it’s evenly distributed. Start at the top of your head near the roots and work the paste down through the tips.

Step 4

Pile your hair loosely on top of your head. Wrap plastic wrap around your hair to hold it in place and lock in the color.

Step 5

Put a shower cap on over the plastic wrap. Leave the Kool-Aid mixture in your hair overnight if you’re coloring it right before bed, or about eight hours if you’re doing it during the day.

Step 6

Remove the shower cap and plastic wrap. Rinse your hair well with cool water, then shampoo and condition it as usual.