Kool-Aid Hair Dye DIY

Its been a while since I’ve done a DIY, and by a while I mean YEARS! So I thought I might share how I dye hair with Kool-Aid, from what I gathered from my mother this was a fairly popular trend back in the day, and like most things from a few years back it works even better than today’s counterpart.

 

Now for the supplies you will need unsweetened kool aid packets (I had 3 of them), conditioner doesn’t matter what brand, aluminum foil or cling wrap, gloves, and something to spread the dye either a professional hair dye brush or even something as simple as a tooth brush, and a bowl for mixing.diy

Oh and you need willing participant, my dog Charlie didn’t say he didn’t want his hair dye so I took that as willing 😉IMG_8075Step1. Empty the packets into your mixing bowl. Step 2. Add your conditioner I usually end up adding about 1/4 of a cup. Step 3. Stir mixture. Step 4. Add more conditioner if necessary, stir out any lumps, and finished product should be about the consistency of lotion.
steps!I took charlie outside because he’s a bit of a brat and will shake and get the dye everywhere…and I’m a klutz who spills so taking this somewhere where spills are okay is a good idea. I chose to dye Charlie’s ears and tails, simply add the mixture to the area you want dyed and massage it in to ensure even coverage. After you’ve finished applying the hair dye wrap it in either aluminum foil or cling wrap.foil hairlooks like a crime sceneSee what I mean about Charlie being a brat? He shook his foil right off…and yes red hair dye results in a rather gruesome looking scene haha. IMG_8130Well after you apply your foil or film (it was my second time applying the foil thanks charlie) you simply wait for the dye to really set, the longer the better. I put Charlie in the kennel to ensure he wouldn’t go around the house dyeing everything. If you’re dyeing your hair it might help to wrap your hair in a towel on top of the film or foil, or find a human sized kennel its totally up to you 😉rinseAfter the dye has set (Charlie’s was in for at least 3 hours) simply rinse it out with lukewarm water. Do not shampoo it out, as you’ll lose vibrancy of color. Once rinsed out I towel dried my pup, but you can use a blow dryer if you like, my dog detests the noise of one so I don’t use it on him. Also if you happen to get hair dye on skin or on hair that you didn’t want dyed you can use toothpaste to lift the color, not sure why this works but it does.
ta-daAnd here is the finished product! A rather lovely cotton candy pink! Of course results will vary due to differing setting times, hair color, and hair texture but you get the idea.
IMG_8162Also fun tid bit, I noticed the hair dye seems to keep bugs away from my dog. Fleas tend to prefer lighter haired animals but whenever I have Charlie’s hair dyed they leave him alone and the mosquitoes also stay away. So not only is this look pretty darn adorable it keeps pests at bay!IMG_8166

I hope you all enjoyed this DIY and if you try is out please let me know how it goes for you! Charlie and I are quite pleased with the results…okay well I’m pleased at least. Happy Tuesday!

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7 thoughts on “Kool-Aid Hair Dye DIY

  1. I just found this and I am so excited to try it on my maltese. She had her hair dyed at the salon last year, but this is gonna be first at home job.. LOVE the flea tip. They are driving us crazy here in So Cal, anything is worth a shot.

    • Oh how awesome let me know how it works out for you and your sweet maltese. Also another trick about fleas, if you have carpets is sprinkle salt on them, fleas tend to hang out in carpets til they find a host, but the salt breaks down their exoskeleton (gross) and they die.
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  2. I have a 6 week old solid white puppy can’t wait to dye her she’s so willing she wears bows and clothes and loves her bath I’m sobexcited to pink her up

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