|This is red koolaid on brown hair (dip dyed). You can just barely see the red tint at the bottom.|
If you are going to use koolaid in particular to dye your hair, you'll likely need to lighten your hair. There are other methods to getting colorful hair without lightening, such as using hair chalk or eye shadow but this blog is mostly about using koolaid.
Note: If you decide to lighten your hair, you take full responsibility of any outcome. I am not an expert and I don't claim to be. I'm just sharing popular ways of lightening hair at home.
For medium brown hair:
Well, if your hair isn't very dark, you can use the lemon lightening technique. Just pour equal amounts of lemon juice and water into a spray bottle, soak the parts of your hair that you want to be lightened, and go hang out in the backyard for a while (30 minutes, an hour, or more). Once you are done, rinse it off and put some leave-in conditioner in your hair. You can also use coconut oil which is a great natural moisturizer and conditioner for the hair. You may need to repeat the lemon lightening several times before you get your hair light enough to dye it. Remember that this can cause damage to the hair if you do it over and over, so it's best to watch for signs of damage and condition your hair!
If you wanted red hair tips and you have medium brown hair, you may get a great color without even having to lighten your hair. Try the dip dye method using Black Cherry or Strawberry koolaid. For other colors such as blue and purple, it's best to lighten the hair.
For dark brown hair:
If you have dark brown hair, lemon probably will do nothing for you. You might need to use honey to lighten your hair. Natural honey contains a small amount of peroxide which lightens your hair. Cleopatra used honey to lighten her hair and skin. Just because it's honey, doesn't mean it won't cause some damage so it's best to condition your hair well afterwards. The ingredients you'll need are: room temperature distilled water, a dark-colored honey, virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil.
The Long Hair Community recommends these guidelines for the BEST honey lightening results:
1. Dampen the hair with water.
2. For every 1 tablespoon of honey used, add 6 tablespoons of water. The amount you use will vary depending on how long and thick your hair is. You'll only want to put the honey on parts of your hair that you want lightened.
3. Add honey, water, and 1/2 teaspoon of oil in a cup.
4. Apply the mixture to your hair using whatever method works best for you. For example, you can use your fingers, a spray bottle, a brush.
5. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and keep it that way for 1 hour. If it drips too much, you can use saran wrap and then put a plastic cap over it.
6. After 1 hour, rinse the hair out well and condition the hair. If you hair becomes dry because of the honey, just use a good leave-in conditioner.
You should see results from this. If you still can't get your hair as light as you need it to be, you may want to get your hair bleached by a professional.
For black hair:
You will likely not benefit from honey or lemon lightening, although you can try it if you want. You will most likely need to get your hair lightened by a stylist.
Once you have successfully lightened your hair, it's easy to dye it with koolaid. You can visit one of my many instructional articles to find out how:
How to dye hair with Strawberry koolaid, Ice Blue Raspberry Lemonade koolaid, Grape koolaid.
The lightening techniques described in this blog post can possibly dry hair out and cause damage. If you are experimenting with your hair at home, make sure you know what you are doing and take good care of your hair. Good conditioners and things like virgin coconut oil (food grade) can help protect your hair and prevent damage. You are taking responsibility for your hair.
Koolaid is not guaranteed to rinse out of hair quickly. I have made a post about this here. You should know that you are never guaranteed that, so make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. You may need to take extra steps to get the koolaid to fade faster. It could take months to fade completely from your hair, although this has never happened to me personally.