Kool-Aid is a cheap and tasty drink that’s simple to make by adding water and sugar. Leave out the sugar, and make Kool-Aid powder into a safe, non-toxic and fun hair dye that can last through 4 to 5 shampoos.

Things You'll Need

Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the skin at your hairline, including the ears. Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands from stains.

Add your desired number of Kool-Aid packets to a small bowl along with 3 to 4 drops of conditioner.

Add several drops of water and stir, slowly adding more water until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. Use the back of the spoon to press the paste into the sides and bottom of the bowl to break up any hidden lumps of powder and stir again.

Scoop two finger’s full of Kool-Aid paste and smooth onto a section of hair from scalp to ends, being careful not to mash the paste into the scalp. Repeat until you have covered all of your hair, or use a toothbrush for concentrated streaks.

Mold saturated hair into a pile on top of your head, and wrap with plastic wrap. Some plastic wrap holds by itself, but you will need to tape others to stay closed.

Tuck cotton balls under the plastic wrap around the hairline to catch any drips.

Allow the Kool-Aid to sit on your hair for as long as possible–anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight.

Remove and discard plastic wrap, foil and cotton balls. Rinse the Kool-Aid from your hair. Wash and condition your hair if needed, and style as desired.


  • Kool-Aid packets contain approximately 4 grams of powder each. Approximately 28 grams is in an ounce. A full application of regular hair dye utilizes approximately 3 ounces of hair color, so you will need at least 7 packets to create a full head application.

  • Kool-Aid colors will show best on light hair, and will leave a shiny colored tint on dark hair.

  • Blue hair colors can turn green on blonde hair. Counteract this by mixing a grape flavor into a blue raspberry mixture.

  • When creating highlights or streaks, wrap the hair in foil to prevent color bleed.