Kool Shades of Blue

If you know me, you know I’m pretty spontaneous, sometimes a little daring. I had this desire to dye the ends of my hair blue but I never thought this idea would come to fruition. Well, here I am, writing this blog post, with blue hair. I figured, why the heck not, it’s just hair. Now, don’t get me wrong, I would never dye my entire head blue or use permanent color, but a little change can be refreshing.

Never tell your 10 year old sissy that you want to dye your hair blue because she’ll become overloaded with joy, and well, you just can’t rob her of that joy. In the midst of her excitement, she suggested Kool-Aid. Yes, people, KOOL-AID! Puzzled, yet intrigued, I turned to Youtube to validate this claim. After watching many tutorials with positive results, we took a trip to the supermarket to buy some blue Kool-Aid. Three packets for one dollar… Cheapest “hair dye” you’ve ever heard of, right?! Was it too good to be true? Or genius?


  1. 3 packets of unsweetened Kool-Aid (Unsweetened = no sticky hair!)
  2. 3 cups of water (approximately)
  3. Small pot/pan
  4. Mug or bowl
  5. Hair tie
  6. Hair brush
  7. Towel
  8. Old T-shirt
  9. Friend for moral support?… (HAHA)


  1. Brush your hair thoroughly and throw on that old T-shirt you’ve had since 8th grade.
  2. Empty the packets of Kool-Aid into the mug or bowl that you’ll use to dip your hair in.
  3. Tie your dry and detangled hair into a low, centered ponytail.
  4. Wrap the towel around your neck to prevent staining your clothes and skin.
  5. Boil the water on the stove. Once the water comes to a boil, transfer the boiling water into the mug or bowl containing the Kool-Aid. If you want vibrant pigment, add less water to the Kool-Aid. If you want subtle/pale pigment, add more water to dilute the Kool-Aid. Mix contents with a spoon.
  6. Dip the desired length of your ponytail to be dyed into the mixture. Be sure to keep level and still so that you have a uniform line of dyed ends.
  7. Keep your hair in the Kool-Aid mixture no longer than 20 minutes. The intensity of the hue depends on the color and texture of your hair, and how long you decide to keep your hair submerged. If you have dark hair, I recommend 15-20 minutes. If you have light hair, a good 10-15 minutes will do just fine. Use your best judgment!
  8. Once you feel that you’ve achieved the color you desire, retract hair from the mug/bowl and damp dry your hair with a towel.
  9. Shampoo, condition and blow dry to reveal luscious locks of color!


As you can see, the use of Kool-Aid was in fact, genius. My hair has been washed many times since application and the color is still as vibrant as it was when I first did it. I’ve even swam in a chlorinated pool with no fading or hue change. After a quick, easy, and cheap application and quite a lot of compliments, I’d say the blue hair was a success! Feel free to call me Aquamarine, I love mermaids.

xo, Carly




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