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.

Tips

  • Spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly around your hair line and ears to keep the color from staining your skin.

  • You may need to double or triple this recipe -- or more -- depending on the length and thickness of your hair. You need enough paste to completely cover all of your hair in a thick coating.

  • Drape a towel around your neck while applying the Kool-Aid dye to your hair to prevent it from staining your neck.

  • If you’re unhappy with the results of your hair color, wash your hair several times in a row to fade or remove all of the color.

  • See Resources for info on dyeing your hair a particular color. These colors may look different depending on your natural hair color.