This is a fun and inexpensive “treat” activity for the big kids in your life. How To Kool Aid Dye Hair was a mega-hit with my big kids (and I must admit…it looks pretty darn cool). And it will just wash out so no worries about it being permanent. So for some streaks under your hair or to dip dye the ends (you could even ombre) here is my easy How To Kool Aid Dye Hair tutorial…
You will need:
- 1 package of Kool Aid (we used cherry)
- 1 heat proof cup (we used a Tim Hortons travel mug)
- 1 pot
- Paper towel
- Chair (for sitting in while you wait for your hair to dye)
- Elastics (to tie hair)
- Old t-shirt (in case kool aid spills)
TIP: if you tie up your hair and just dye the bottom you will get the effect we did – which is handy because when hair is all down you can’t see the dye (for those fancy events when you don’t want red streaks) and looks funky when you tie it up (for those events where you want to show off your streaks).
STOP FOR SAFETY: have an adult help with boiling and pouring water
TIME: 20 minutes (plus hair drying time)
- Put on old t-shirt, tie up the hair you do not want to dye, put chair next to counter.
- Fill heat proof travel mug with water.
- Pour this water into pot
- Add Kool Aid into water in pot.
- Put pot on stove and bring it to a boil.
- Once Kool Aid is boiling take it off burner and allow it to cool for 2 minutes.
- Carefully, pour hot Kool Aid into heat proof cup (be really really careful – you can burn yourself! – which is why this is a big-kid activity)
- Next, put heat proof cup on counter
- Sit in chair.
- Have someone dip and submerge the hair you want to dye into the cup (this is a 2 person job because if you tried to do it yourself you could spill the cup).
- Allow hair to sit in Kool Aid for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, take paper towel and put it around your hair as it comes out of Kool Aid (paper towel will prevent Kool Aid from dripping everywhere).
- Air dry or use a hair dryer.
If you would like to dip dye your hair you could just dip the ends of your hair directly into the pot with Kool Aid. Again, be careful because the liquid will be HOT.
Total cost: about $1.50 (but being the kid with the cool red streaks…priceless)