Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Dyeing Hair with Kool Aid - Mermaid hair

In the spirit of Halloween and because my daughter has her own mind when it comes to her hair and fashion, we decided to have a play with some Kool aid dyeing.
Sophia wanted blue, as she is dressing up as the corpse bride tomorrow, but I didn’t have enough berry blue in my stash for a true blue, so we settled for mermaid hair greeny/blue.
Normally when dyeing hair with Kool aid, you would leave it on overnight in foil and/or a plastic bag to let the colour deepen, but we literally left it on for about two minutes and applied it first to the crown for a ombre effect!
I only wanted to create a light cast over her hair so that it’s easy to wash out as she has school next week, but next summer holidays we have made plans to go crazy with rainbow colours because she will have 8 weeks for it all to wash out.

I think it really suits her, and to be honest I quite jealous as I would love to dye my hair mermaid colours, but Kool aid only work best on Blondes.

If you’re going to try this at home, there are a few things you need to think about!

 PROTECT everything around the area you’re working in! Kool aid stains EVERTHING!! So wear gloves and also don’t be surprised if you end up with stained feet!

Those with bleach blonde hair, because your hair is so porous the colour will more than likely stay put longer!! You should bare that in mind when choosing your colour/s.

Make sure you wash your hair a couple of times prior, because kool aid won’t stick if any oils are present in the hair! You can also do a wash with baking soda to help with cleansing the hair.

To mix your kool aid, use an old bowl and add conditioner and mix till smooth! You can also add a few splashes of white vinegar to help the colour exhaust thus aiding your colour to last longer.

Once worked through the hair, wrap in a plastic bag and an old towel to lock the heat in which helps your colour stick and sleep on it. (use an old pillowcase!!)

When you wake up rinse through but don’t wash with shampoo! And just remember the more you wash the quicker your colour will fade!

If you want to remove colour fast, I would use a head and shoulders shampoo as anti-dandruff shampoos are notorious for stripping colour! 

Colour mixing rules apply when dyeing with kool aid! Eg Sophia’s yellow blonde mixed with blue = Greeny /blue, to get a true blue I would need a larger ratio of Blue dye to counteract her BLONDE!

Think that’s about it, but if you have any questions feel free to ask! :)


Enjoy your awesome hair!! 


  1. It looks so awesome! I keep contemplating using kool aid on my hair but I have finally grown out all the dye I had in, which has taken years!

  2. Wonderful! I would have loved to dye my hair fun colors when I was her age! Way to score some cool points, mom!

  3. Sophia's hair looks amazing. Lucky girl having blonde hair mine is dark brown and funky colours never take to it :-(

  4. OH, I wish I had blonde hair so I could do this!!

  5. I wish I was as cool as your daughter! I'm not brave enough for that.

  6. Will it work with dark brown hair?

  7. If you have dark hair red would work best.

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