Sunday, May 13, 2012

Purple Koolaid Dip Dye

I just dip dyed my hair with purple koolaid. It's actually a lot more vibrant than what's shown above. I tried to get a good photo of the results. It's a purplish red color. Continue reading to find out how.

**Check out these other koolaid hair dyes I've done: Strawberry, Black Cherry

Step 1

You'll need to go to the store and pick up a package of purple koolaid. I think one packet is enough for most people's hair if you are only doing the tips.

However if you have thick hair, you may need to get two packets. Don't buy the sweetened packets unless you want sticky hair.

Step 2

You'll need to get a dark-colored plastic cup that nobody cares about. The reason is because you don't want to stain a perfectly good light-colored cup.

Step 3

Fill the cup with warm water. It needs to be warm so your hair will accept the dye more readily.

Step 4

Pour the whole grape koolaid packet into the cup of warm water and stir.

Step 5

Dip the ends of your hair into the cup. It's best if only people with long hair do this or you may strain your neck. You can always stack books on a table to elevate the cup more, but you'll need to be really careful. You don't want to spill this stuff because it stains everything.

Step 6

I left my hair dipped in the cup for 30 minutes. Judging on my results, you can leave it in for shorter or longer if you want.

Step 7

Take the cup with you to a sink (be careful to walk slowly and don't spill it). Now rinse your hair out with water. You don't need to shampoo or conditioner your hair. This will cause the color to fade. In fact, try not to wash your hair for the next 24 hours. Just rinse all of the koolaid out with water. Take a dark-colored cloth and dry your hair ends. Let your hair dry.

The results in my hair are as seen below. It looks reddish purple. Remember that purple and yellow make brown, so it's sort of an auburn/burgundy color. It looks good though. If you have bleached hair, yours will turn out more purple.

After 1 Wash:

As you can see, it definitely fades quite a bit after just one wash. Everyone's hair is different. Some people who have bleached their hair find it a little bit harder to get the color to fade (or so I've read). I can only speak for myself. The color will likely be gone in a few days.


  1. boil the water when you do it and dip it while its boiling for about 2 to 3 mins and it comes out super dark!

    1. I'm afraid if I boil it, the color will last for a lot longer! The koolaids that have red dyes tend to last a while in hair. Boiling the water opens the cuticle of the hair and makes the dye stay for a lot longer. I guess if you want it to stay that long, it would be a good thing to do.

      Thank you for the comment.

  2. Hey, I'm from Portugal, and I want to know what is that "kool aid dip dyed". Some kind of gelatin that dissolves with water?
    What product I can use in here to have the same result?

    1. It's similar to colored gelatin. Gelatin will also work as long as it has some type of coloring like red, blue, green, etc. It's actually the food coloring that stains the hair, so Koolaid isn't needed. Any type of food coloring will do and colored gelatin works too.


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