How to Get Kool Aid Out of Hair

Crazy Kool-Aid colors will take up to one month to fade on their own.

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Kool-Aid is not just a fruity drink; some people use the brightly-hued beverage to dye their hair a rainbow of colors. Kool-Aid is packed with powerful dyes so it can successfully tint lightly colored hair. However, since Kool-Aid is not a professional-grade hair dye, it is temporary and will eventually wash out over time. If you've decided strawberry red or grape purple are not for you, you can speed up the fading process using a few techniques.


Soak hair in hot water as soon as you decide the color is not for you. It's best to start the dye removal 48 to 72 hours after dying for optimal results. Agitate your hair and rinse the water through.


Apply a dandruff shampoo to your hair, lather and rinse. Dandruff shampoo can help to remove dye.


Squirt a coin-sized amount of laundry detergent into your palm, and then apply it to your hair. Lather and rinse. Laundry detergent is designed to remove stains so it may be effective in drawing out the Kool-Aid color.


Apply several drops of dish detergent to your hair, massage in, and rinse. Dish detergent works in a similar manner to laundry detergent; it lifts and strips stains.


Examine your hair to determine if the color is faded to your liking. If not, you will need to use a color fix kit.


Mix the home color fix kit as instructed. Apply the dye removal lotion to your hair and leave on for the designated time period.


Rinse the color remover from your hair.


Apply the olive oil to your hair and massage it in from root to tip. Leave the treatment in your hair for about 10 minutes before rinsing. Not only will the oil moisturize your hair after the dying and dye-removal trauma, but oil is also effective in removing dyes from the hair.

Things You'll Need


1.Hot water

3.Dish soap

5.Color fix kit

2.Dandruff shampoo

4.Laundry detergent

6.1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


Tips & Tricks


If your hair is a shade of green, try soaking it in tomato juice. The juice will help to neutralize the dye and tone down the color. Soak for up to 10 minutes and then rinse.


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