Kool-Aid Kid

by , posted on July 30th, 2012 in Parenting




It’s summer. That’s why I stuck my kid’s hair in a vat full of boiling Kool-Aid.

I mean, we’ve already done camps, the pool, the beach, movies… What was left?

kool-aid dye dip hair

kool-aid dye dip hair

I am not a Fun Mom. I am a Frequently Annoyed Mom. So maybe my daughter will forget about that part and just remember the summer I turned her hair the color of a Bratz doll’s. I’d post a picture of one of those trampy dolls but I don’t want to get sued for copyright. Or the color – and texture – are possibly closer to the mane of a My Little Pony, but we gave those to the girl across the street so I can’t take a picture of that either.

The process is simple: dump two packs of sugar-free strawberry (or whatever color you want. I think blue would be cool) Kool-Aid and three cups of water in a pot. Bring to boil. Pour into a heat-safe bowl. Immediately stick the hair you want to dye into the bowl. Leave it in for five minutes. Take the hair out and, with a paper towel, blot the excess liquid. That’s it.

kool-aid tip dyed hair

She worried the color would wash out when we shampooed it with the stuff you use to take chlorine out of her hair. But after a session with the blowdryer, she was VERY excited to see the color was possibly even more vibrant.

kool-aid tip dyed hair

Most of this will be cut off before school starts in September. But for now?

I get Fun Mom points. Totally worth it.

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39 Responses to “Kool-Aid Kid”

  1. Cynthia Meents Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 2:07 am

    You ARE a fun mom! A lot more fun than I ever was. We had no kool-aid hair in my house. But it really looks cute on your little one. I think blue would have been awesome!
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Yes, I think blue would’ve been awesome. But she’s happy because it’s Angels red and she’s a big fan of the team!

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  2. Arnebya Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Cute! And easily gained fun mom points are the best. My oldest daughter has been asking for color. I said yes, but wasn’t sure how to do it (there are these pod-like things that you use like a marker, but I can’t find them). How did I ever forget about Kool-Aid as many times as we did it when I was a child? Mah mind. It has left.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    See, I never even heard of it til yesterday. And now everyone’s all “we did that when we were kids.” Was it a West Coast thing or something?

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  3. Mandy Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 11:12 am

    How fun! I kinda want to do it. I wonder how it would work on dark hair…

    Nevermind. My luck, the boiling Kool Aid would spill and I’d end up in the ER trying to explain what I was trying to do. ;)
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    Cheryl Reply:

    What happened was…

    :)

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  4. tracy@sellabitmum Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Very fun! Now we’ve dyed yarn this way – but never hair. Please don’t tell my kids that it works on hair as I think they’d do it to me…
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    Cheryl Reply:

    You would totally rock it.

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  5. Cameron Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I kinda want to do that to my own hair! Too bad it’s all dark…
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    Cheryl Reply:

    I think it would still work. There’s another version where you leave it on your hair overnight, maybe that would work better on dark hair?

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  6. Tracey Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I had no idea that Kool Aid could do that. You definitely get kool mom points for this one. :)

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    Cheryl Reply:

    I didn’t either – until I saw my friend’s picture yesterday! Sure wish my hair color was that cheap!

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  7. Karen Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Now that is a cool trick. I’m thinking I could surprise the hubs tonight. He says I never do anything fun. ;)
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Yes! Totally do it!!

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  8. Julie Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Every once in awhile, we have to unclench a little…
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Okay, this made me laugh out loud.

    Also, it’s true.

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  9. Cindy Thomas Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    My 12 yr old did the left side of her hair yesterday, same color as your cutie! I’m suprised by how long it lasts. And since 7th gr starts in 2 weeks, Marin will be colorful for school. Cheaper than a salon!

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    Cheryl Reply:

    How cute! School is still over a month away, and she needs her hair cut, so most of it will be gone. I’m not sure if they’ll even allow it at school!

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  10. OCMomActivities - Katie Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    How fun!!! My neighbor did that with her daughter’s hair too, apparently it’s super common to see it in the middle schools these days – so she’s ahead of the in crowd for her age! ;)

    Definitely a cool mom in my book!
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    Cheryl Reply:

    She THINKS she’s 13, so that makes sense!

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  11. Jenn Willey Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    My goodness, my daughter would LOVE this. HMMMM maybe something to try in the next couple of days – purple maybe? Hubby would go nutz!
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    Cheryl Reply:

    Purple would be awesome! Blue, too!

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  12. Shannon Colleary Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I am loving that! Now I know what to do for the next crazy hair day at school.

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Beware: it lasts for months!

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  13. Jessica Anne Says:

    July 30th, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Fun! I’m definitely going to do that! My oldest has a feather, but she would love some color too.

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Sage has a feather – and now it’s dyed red too!

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  14. Megan Says:

    July 31st, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I need to do that! How fun. Glad to see it doesn’t bleed onto white shirts- always my fear, that it would smear everywhere.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    It does when it’s wet. But once it’s dry, it was fine.

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  15. Pattie Says:

    July 31st, 2012 at 12:19 am

    So cool! I wonder if it would work on dark hair too.
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    Cheryl Reply:

    I think so? It’s pretty vibrant!

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  16. tania luviano Says:

    July 31st, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Super cool mom!!!!

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    Cheryl Reply:

    Hee! I’ll do anything to be cool for a day!

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  17. Shelby Barone Says:

    July 31st, 2012 at 12:50 am

    This is so cool. You are such a cool mom!
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  18. Caryn B Says:

    July 31st, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Ok….totally awesome! You def. score cool mom points!
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  19. Jo Says:

    August 3rd, 2012 at 10:11 am

    That is so cool! Cat is always begging me to color her hair. It’s much darker so I’m not sure that I will work. But we might give it a try.

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  20. Shell Says:

    August 6th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Such fun mom points for that one!
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  21. anna Says:

    August 28th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Love this. However, now that i know it doesn’t wash out… my kids are never drinking that stuff again. Looks like I’ll be winning that un-fun mom title!
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  22. Jamie@SouthMainMuse Says:

    August 29th, 2012 at 10:29 am

    This is too funny. My daughter read this on something she googled but it didn’t work. She will dye when I show her this. Hmm. Now that school has started maybe I won’t.
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  23. Gayletrini Says:

    August 26th, 2013 at 11:09 am

    oh wow my daughter would have loved to have tried this… so sorry I am only now seeing this post.
    Oh boy I am not a Fun Mom either and definitely fall into the Frequently Annoyed Mom category lol Thank goodness for ice cream LOL
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