Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kool-Aid Hair Dye :: DIY ::

What do you do when your 4 year old wants purple hair?
You pull out a pack of kool-aid and give her a sweet ombre look, of course!

Ruby had her hair in 2 ponytails, so we kept them like this to do the "dyeing"...

What you need:

Heat Resistant Cup or Bowl
Paper Towels

{Use 1 cup of water per Kool-Aid pack}

We used 2 "grape" packs of Kool-Aid, brought it all to a boil and then transferred it to a tall travel mug.  I carefully dipped each ponytail into the mug and kept them in the mixture for 5 minutes.

The mixture is BOILING hot, so do not leave your child unattended EVER during the process.  

When removing the ponytail from the cup, we used the paper towels to soak up the mixture until it wasn't dripping anymore.

We ended up with a pretty cute, subtle, ombre look that Ruby LOVES!
The look on her face was priceless!!

We're a bit rock 'n roll, so this look totally fits her personality!

I'm not sure how long the look will last, I imagine the color will fade substantially in the next few weeks... we may need to do a touch before ''school pics'' are taken!

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  1. This is amazing! Now I just need to borrow a little girl so I can try it...I need a nanny job. Thanks for sharing!

  2. awww...i used to do this when I was little. brings back memories :)

  3. Wonderful! My mom use to do this with my hair too! Except she just mixed the kool-aid with hair conditioner. I loved it.

  4. This is great, may have to try, I have masses of packets here :) xx

  5. Aww I love that you did this with your daughter. My best friend dyed her hair bright red with kool aide in junior high and her mother grounded her for weeks. Total overreaction.

  6. I definitely did this in elementary school too! I remember sitting for an especially long time with my hair in cherry Kool Aid, since it took a lot more dye to get my dark hair to even hint at a color change. Thanks for bringing me back to the 4th grade. Hoping Ruby loves having a Kool mama like you!

  7. That's a cool idea! (And hey, I was born in Canada! Bonjour!)

    Thanks for participating in our Wednesday Walkabout!

    Chantal @ Scattered Seashells (

  8. Visiting from the hop. This is such a great idea! Love it.

  9. just saw a little girl who had her hair colored at the and i told jeff i wanted to do that to jadas hair. i dont know if their school would approve haha, since its private school...

  10. This is SUCH a cool idea! I want to do it for me! Because, I want some funky fun colored hair but I'm a total chicken and don't want to actually dye my hair. Stopping by from the hop.

  11. Thanks for linking up to Follower to Friends Blog Hop! This kool aid hair dye is amazing! She looks great :)
    {Then There Was Us}

  12. wow! That is so cool!! I'd love to do that to MY hair!! :D

  13. Are you the coolest mom ever? Yes, I think you are! I want to do this to myself!! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Nikki at

  14. I'm too afraid to do this to my daughter's hair (I'm a bit obsessed with my kids' hair for some reason), but I'm seriously debating trying this out on my own hair. My husband (very straight-laced) would probably have a meltdown, but it's so cool! Nice hair, Ruby!

  15. If you put a hair cap or a plastic bag over your hair while it develops, it keeps the bleach from drying out while it develops, and it keeps heat in which also helps the developing process. Like I said before, I just tied a plastic grocery bag around my hair... I'm not really all that fancy about things.

    Hair Dye for Black Hair


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