DIY hair dye

Hello my friends, it’s Gracie here!

imageToday I will be teaching you how to dye the tips of your hair yourself! To make the color you see in the picture above, I mixed a couple packs of cherry (red) Kool-Aid and a one pack of grape (purple) Kool-Aid. I added the purple, to make it a darker shade of red. Last time I did this, I used two reds and one blue, but we couldn’t find any blue Kool-Aid packets in Japan. There’s also this clever little table that shows what the mixing of various Kool-Aid colors looks like, when dying silk fabric.

A few important notes: Kool-Aid dying is harder to see in darker hair and some hair absorbs the Kool-Aid dye better than others. The Kool-Aid hair dye can last a really long time. Last time I did my hair, it lasted months, until my next hair cut and my ends (and the color) were trimmed. I have read that if you mix baking soda with boiling water and then dip your hair in baking soda/water mixture, it will remove the Kool-Aid color from your hair. Be sure to ask your parent(s) before dying your hair with Kool-Aid.

MATERIALS

-Two to three Kool-aid packets, any color
-Four plastic sandwich- or quart-sized bags
-A cooking pot
-About 3 cups of water
-Four ponytail holders

  1. First you need two to three packets of Kool-aid, there is: blue, red, purple, orange, and green.
  2. Next you need a small pot and fill it about 1/4 of the way with water. Heat the water for until it’s quite hot, but not boiling.
  3. Pour the Kool-Aid packets into the pot and mix until the powder has dissolved.
  4. Put your hair into pigtails.
  5. Pour some of the Kool-aid mixture  into one of the bags. You don’t want it too full, but you want enough liquid in the bag to coat your desired amount of hair. BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THE HOT LIQUID.
  6. Dip your pigtail into the liquid in the bag and secure with a ponytail holder. This is a bit tricky but just do your best to secure the bag to your ponytail. You may also need to hold the bags up, so be prepared. For safe keeping, I put a second plastic bag under the first, in case the one bag leaked.
  7. Repeat for the second pigtail.
  8. Leave your hair in the Kool-Aid for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Once the time is up, take your hair out of the Kool-Aid over a sink or bath tub. You want to be careful because the Kool-Aid can easily stain.
  10. Take a shower to wash out the excess Kool-Aid. If the color is not as you like, you can always do it a second time.

 

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