Friday, July 20, 2012

Kool-Aide... not just for drinking

I remember kool-aide as one of my favorite drinks as a kid. I think my mom might have even had a pitcher or plastic cups that looked like the "kool-aide" man that was on TV. Kool-aide was fun because it came in all kinds of flavors - yum! Now that I'm grown up, I realize it's just water, flavoring, and lots of sugar (one time my aunt mistakenly added salt instead of sugar - oh that was nasty).

Did you know it's also a rather effective hair coloring product. So if you want to have some fun with color in your hair, try this non-permanent technique. My friend Karly showed me how to do it recently. We colored sections of full strands in our hair. But you could also use the same process to just color the tips if you like. Here's the end result.

First pick a color. Kool-aide comes in so many flavors and colors! Karly and I used cherry. If you have dark hair, be sure to choose a bold /dark color - reds work very well... yellow wouldn't. If you have blonde hair, be very careful... the kool-aide may last for quite a long time (maybe months). I have a different less permanent option for all you blondes out there coming soon.

Boil a saucepan about half full of water. Add one packet of kool-aide and mix. Carefully pour the kool-aide mixture into a tall glass, filling it as high as possible so you can get the color close to your roots.

Select a section of hair to color, separate it from the rest of your hair, and pull or pin the rest of your hair out of the way. Dip the section of hair into the glass, trying to get the kool-aide mixture as close to your scalp as possible.

Hold  your hair in the glass for about 10 minutes. Less time will result in a lighter color... more time will result in a stronger color.

Remove hair from the glass and dry with a towel. Dry completely and style as you normally would.
Karly suggests waiting a day to wash your hair, allowing the color time to set.

Try lots of colors! Enjoy and have fun!!!

1 comment:

  1. Love it Lynette!! Karly always has the scoop on those creative and cool ideas! You guys are so cute in the photos!