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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Kool-Aid Man rings the closing bell at NASDAQ MarketSite on September 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Quarantine has us ALL having bad hair days. It really doesn’t discriminate. For me…it’s my undercut. I didn’t even get it touched up the week leading up to quarantine, so it’s been basically two months of no haircut when I used to get it done every 10-14 days. It ain’t good! For others, like my roommate…she is used to getting hers colored. Hers ain’t good either! But don’t worry…thanks to the Internet, you can now turn to a childhood favorite for a quick quarantine fix that is commitment-issue friendly! Kool-Aid! Yep, that’s right…creative types are using the flavored drink mix to give their strands a bright pop of red, blue, green, or whatever shade you’re into!

I know what you’re probably thinking right now: is it safe? Cosmetic chemist Ginger King explains that “dying your hair with Kool-Aid is generally safe as it is a temporary colorant with FD&C colors.” Professional hair colorist Barri Gibson warns that “Kool-Aid can possibly be drying to your hair texture,” and suggests using a good moisturizing conditioner afterward. Over time the Kool-Aid color will wash out on its own and the colors will show up best on blonde or light brown hair.

If you’re still reading & still interested… here’s all you need to know!

Ingredients needed: Kool-Aid packets, moisturizing conditioner, dye brush, plastic bag or shower cap, bowl or mug


  • Warning – this process can be really messy, so wear an old t-shirt and be careful where you lay your head because it could stain.
  • Step 1: Microwave conditioner in bowl or mug for around 30 seconds.
  • Step 2: Make a paste out of heated conditioner and several packets of Kool-Aid.
  • Step 3: Section off hair you want to color.
  • Step 4: Use dye brush or fingers to apply the paste to sections of hair.
  • Step 5: Cover colored hair with a shower cap or plastic bag and leave it on for three to eight hours, depending on how bright you want your hue to be.
  • Step 6: Take a shower cap or bag off and rinse with cool water.
  • Step 7: Style as usual.