DIY DIP DYE: Koolaid Hair Tutorial


This weekend was action packed. In addition to the race, we dip dyed Nancy’s hair in Koolaid! Slightly impromptu, totally effective. This was an excellent way to spend an evening. Nancy’s hair was already ombre’d so her tips were lighter than the rest of her hair to begin with. If you have blonde hair you can skip this step, but if you have dark hair you’ll probably have to bleach the ends first. First we boiled a small pot of water, then added 5 packs of Koolaid. We were going for a pink rather than red result, so we used 4 packs of Pink Lemonade and 1 packet of Watermelon Cherry. Nancy’s hair is quite long, so if your hair is shorter you could use less Koolaid. Stir the mixture until the Koolaid has dissolved, then transfer it into a large heat safe bowl.

Next, Nancy put on an old t-shirt (in case of stains) and then dipped the ends of her hair into the bowl. She left it in for about 30 minutes, but you could probably leave it for less. We passed the time by gossiping and drinking hot cocoa. When you’re all done, simply blow dry. Voila! Hot pink hair. You should know this is a semi-permanent dye, it will eventually fade but it definitely won’t wash out for a few weeks. Lemme know if you have any questions!

xoxo Cristina


Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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  1. 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. You might wanna use some kind of food coloring without sugar… (with suger it’ll get really sticky and the color won’t stay in your hair)

    2. Hi, Kool Aid is a powder that you dissolve in water to create a sweet drink. I don’t know what you have in Portugal but if you’ve ever heard of the orange drink Tang it’s kind of similar. I hope that helps!

      If not, I know there are plenty of temporary hair dyes that would do the same thing. xx Cristina

    1. Hi Tess, no the color wouldn’t show up like this on black hair, it would need to be lightened first. xx Cristina

    1. Hi Lindsey, judging by that photo I think you would still get a reddish effect. The amount of time that it would stay really depends on the porosity of your hair (does your hair absorb product/color easily) but I think a safe guess would be about 3 weeks.

  2. Hi,
    I noticed that previous comments were asking if we had to bleach… I have dark brown hair, and I have done this many times. I have tried natural lightening (lemon juice) before and found that it didn’t make a difference on how the color showed up. If you have darker hair, I would aim for a more vibrant color such as red or blue. It works great for me when I leave it in for 30 minutes. It lasts for about one and a half months. I was wondering if the kool aid had to be hot. I am dying it tomorrow and will leave my hair for an hour to last as long as possible

    1. We applied it to Nancy’s hair while the water was still hot – we did let it cool down a bit after mixing the Kool Aid with the water so it wasn’t too hot to touch. Since this post I have also used Manic Panic’s dyes, which are vegetable-based and formulated specifically to color hair (unlike Kool Aid) so I would recommend giving that a try!

  3. At what angle did she hold her hair? Usually the dye would be straight if she just held it there, but I really like her slanted color.

    1. Hi Avania, the angle really depends on how your hair is lightened, so if your ombre ends were painted on at an angle then that’s how the red will appear. If you bleach your ends in a straight line then the red will dye accordingly. Hope that helps!

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.