Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Black Cherry Hair Color

I just dyed my hair with black cherry koolaid. Here's how I did it, plus before and after photos.


 My hair is actually not this blonde. I still can't figure out why it looks more blonde in some photos and more red in others. Anyway, I used the foil/conditioner method this time. Just as a disclaimer, some people find that koolaid takes months to fade out of hair. I have never had this problem, but I guess some other people do.

Step 1

Get your things that you'll need. One packet of black cherry koolaid (more if you have thick hair), conditioner (I like to use plain white conditioner), a trash bag, a dark plastic cup, and some foil.

Step 2

Line your bathroom sink with a small trash bag. I do this just as a precaution. Koolaid stains terribly. Now pour the koolaid into the cup and mix in some conditioner. I eye ball it. Even if you put too much, the dye should still workout. Put in a little at a time though just so you don't overdo it. Mix it up with a spoon.

Step 3

Now part your hair in the middle, lean over the trash bag and place some of the mixture on the tips of your hair. Rinse off your hands (into the trash bag) and put foil on the hair. Wrap it up by folding neatly. Please don't crumble it. I've seen people do this. If you crumble the foil it will hurt when you try to take it off. Repeat these steps for the other side of the hair.

Step 4

Now the tips of your hair should be in neat little rectangles of foil on each side of your face. It's time to clean up.

Step 5

Throw out the trash bag and rinse out the cup. Be very careful not to splash koolaid on anything. If you get koolaid anywhere that it shouldn't be, clean it up fast before it can stain.

Step 6

Wait for some time. I waited for an hour. You can wait longer if you want after seeing my results.

Step 7

Rinse the hair until the water runs clean. Dry the hair off and look at your results.


This first photo is a zoomed up results photo.

Here is more like what the real color looks like.
Okay, so it didn't turn out as dark as I expected. Probably because I only left it in for 1 hour. You can see the bottom 3-4 inches of my hair is a cherry red color. I expected a much more dramatic outcome. Instead I got a very subtle color change. I guess next time I should leave it in for longer. Learn from my mistake and leave yours in for 4 hours minimum.

I recently re-did this, except I dip dyed it and it turned out much better. You can click here to see the photos of my black cherry dip dye.


  1. Replies
    1. Thank you. If you have any questions, let me know!

  2. must you use conditioner?? and dont you have to boil water?

    1. You don't have to use conditioner or boil the water. If you look around, on this blog I've used 2 primary methods for dying my hair with koolaid. One involves conditioner and one doesn't.

      One method is the one shown above. No it's not necessary to boil the water here, but if you do this one yes you should use conditioner.

      The other method is dip dying with water and koolaid. You can choose to boil the water or just use warm water. It really doesn't matter. As you can see on the other posts, I've done it without boiling water and got a great dye job so it works either way. On that one, you don't use conditioner though.

  3. for best results, sleep with it overnight. I tried it and it didnt turn out that well cause my friend did a bad job and i ran out so i re did it and i have had it in for almost a day now.

    1. Yeah if you use conditioner you have to keep it in your hair for a long time. If you just dip dye, it only takes about 30 minutes. I really need to dye my hair again and upload another post here! It's been months, but I haven't found the motivation to do it.

  4. do u know how to get like a PINK tips only using kool aid. Like i know there isn't a pink cool aid so do u know what colors to mix to get pink? PS i have blonde hair if it helps

    1. I haven't done this myself, but I would guess you mix black cherry or cherry with pink lemonade. I'm not 100% positive though, because like I said I haven't tried it yet. I will definitely try it and post it though!

  5. do you know if it works with darker hair mines like a light brown? will it still work?

    1. Yes, it will still work very well :)

    2. Oh, I recommend dip dye if you can, or if you try conditioner, leave it in for overnight.


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