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How to Dip Dye Hair with Kool-Aid Beverage

My big Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is next weekend, and in honor of this big event, I’m dyeing my hair blue with Kool-Aid drink. Remember back in 2011 when I dyed my hair blue after raising funds for suicide prevention? It was a big statement, and helped me raised over $1,500 for my first big suicide prevention walk in Seattle.

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)


These 96 oz. ready made bottles are brand new. 

Other Items Needed:




Coffee Mugs

Ceramic Bowl

Tooth Brush

Aluminum Foil

Plastic Sandwich Bags

Hair Ties


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?!



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About Cristi Comes

Warrior Mom. Wife. Writer. Advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, self care, self image and style. Technology and social media lover. Board of Directors, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter. Editorial Team Postpartum Progress.


  1. Liz

    Interesting. I have never dyed my hair but blue is a fun color. :)
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    • It’s fun to make a change! Even just a streak. The good thing about Kool-Aid is that it’s temporary.

  2. Looks fun! But be careful with kool-aid coloring. It can actually get tricky sometimes and actually stay in your hair follicle and not wash out. (My best friend is a master color artist and warned me when I said I was going to try it.)
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  3. The pic with the mugs is so cute! My students use Kool-aid to dye their hair all the time.
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  4. Who knew! I am so far out of the loop. I had no idea one could dye one’s hair with Kool-Aid. I like the subtle effect on the ends of your hair but LOVE the in process photos. heh
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    • Thanks! It was a fun experience and yes you can most definitely dye hair with Kool-Aid. You can even dye fabric!

  5. Jenna Wood says:

    That seems like such a sexy experience, I bet it was a bunch of fun with the Kool-Aid and the sister in law! How long did/will the color last? I like the extra paste and foil steps, you made it seem more fun and authentic! #Client

    • Amber and I had a blast this weekend! The blue actually won’t last very long. It’ll be gone in just a few shampoos (especially for brown hair) but I’ve been told red Kool-Aid can dye hair, especially light hair for much longer (almost permanent)! Kind of wish we’d tried red. :)

  6. I never would have thought to do this in a million years. How creative!
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  7. I love what you tried with the Kool-aid. Bet it would look really marvy on blonde hair too!
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  8. That is pretty awesome – never thought of using Kool-Aid for hair dying
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