Years ago someone mentioned she used Kool-Aid to create a dip-dye effect.
So why Kool Aid vs Hair Chalk?
- Kool-Aid is easy to access. If your a last minute gal and slightly impulsive then shazam a grocery store is all you need to get the party started.
- Kool-Aid is available in a wide range of flavours and in individual packets. Meaning you can mix and create great colors! You can get down with your creative self.
- Kool-Aid is a natural alternative to hair dye as it contains no harsh chemicals (obviously – because you drink it!)
- The individual sachets make it easy to try different colors on your hair and you can create multi colored highlights, panels or an all over color. Using the Kool-Aid powders will create a semi-permanent color which will stay on your hair for 4-6 weeks.
- *Overall color result will vary depending on the color of your natural hair. The lighter the hair color the more pastel or vibrant the color. If your hair is blonde but a yellowy blonde be careful with blue Kool Aid. Blue and yellow = green. Probably not the look you are going for. 😉
Hair chalk is easier to apply visually and typically purchased online. But where is the fun in that?!
TIP: Sugar free all the way! The last thing you need is sticky sugary hair.
What you need
2 to 3 Sugar-free Kool-Aid sachets in the flavours you want
Glass mixing bowl
Toothbrush (for application, alternatively you can use your fingers)
Foils (for highlights or panels). You can also use saran wrap.
Shower cap (optional)
How to mix
Firstly decide on the color you want and then use a glass bowl to mix the Kool-Aid to get the desired end result (see the color combinations chart above). At this stage we are just mixing dry powder together to get an idea of the color.
Once you’re happy with the color, add a little cold water to the powder to make a paste. The paste should be thick and creamy so add just a few drops at a time until you get the right consistency. If it is too thin then the color won’t take to the hair.
Petroleum jelly to the rescue! Dab your hairline, ears and anywhere else you do not want to stain your skin.
Add a few drops of thick conditioner to the paste, then using the toothbrush or your fingers apply the paste to your hair and massage it in. Make sure it’s evenly distributed and that the color goes deep into the hair, which will create a level finish.
Once applied, wrap your hair in cling wrap, or if you are creating colored sections or high-lights, wrap the hair in foil. This will help the color develop overnight. You can also wear a shower cap to sleep in to keep your foils in place.
In the morning, rinse off the Kool-Aid and then shampoo and condition as normal. Your hair will be colored without any of the chemicals you find in regular hair dyes and you’ll have created your own individual look. Plus, your hair will smell fruity!