This article is from the Kool-Aid FAQ, by Paul and Bess Dawson-Schmidt email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
1. Decide what color you want your hair to be. Remember that the color
of your hair will affect the way the color turns out. If you have
really light blonde hair, it will be about the same color as the
drink, but the darker your hair is, the duller it will end up being.
And if you're a redhead like me, greens and blues just don't work
very well...they usually turn brown. I've got reddish blond hair, and
I used one package of Rock-O-Dile Red and one of Orange. Now my hair
looks kinda like it's on fire.
2. Get as many packages of unsweetened Kool-Aid as you feel necessary.
My hair is pretty thick, and reaches most of the way to my waist, and
I got pretty good results with only two packages. And don't forget
that you can mix different flavors to get new colors. One package
of Berry Blue and one of Lemon Lime turned my brothers light blond
hair an amazing shade of turquoise.
3. Boil enough water to completely soak the part of your hair that you
want to dye. It has to be really hot, so don't plan on dyeing too
close to your head. This is another reason you might want to pick a
color that will look OK with your natural color (or, in my case the
color your hair happens to be at the moment). Just make sure you're
using less water than you would if you were making Kool-Aid to drink.
I used six cups of water for each package of Kool-Aid, instead of
eight. My brother only used four, but I don't think it made too much
of a difference.
4. Dissolve the Kool-Aid in the water
5. Dunk your hair in the dye (careful...it's hot...don't get your face
too close to the dye...or any part of yourself other than your hair
for that matter). Let your hair soak in the dye for at least five
minutes, then you might want to dry off some of the dye with a towel.
6. Let your hair dry (it will drip dye all over the place...I usually go
outside) but I don't recommend using a hair dryer...it won't leave
your hair very healthy-looking.
7. As soon as your hair is dry, you can wash it to rinse out some of the
extra dye, so that it doesn't get all over your shirt. But if you
rinse the dye out before it dries, it might all wash off, leaving
your hair the same color as when you started. Now is also a good
time to use a good conditioner, because the hot dye can dry out your
hair pretty badly.
Unfortunately, so far I don't know how long the dye will last...at
least a week, fading just a little bit each day. The color runs a
little for the first few days, and after that it's only noticeable
when you wash your hair. Rock-O-Dile Red mixed with Orange on dark
reddish blond hair gives a very bright red, which looks a little like
fire if you only dye the ends and a few streaks of your hair. Berry
Blue mixed with Lemon-Lime on light blond hair gives an intense
blue-green. Grape on black hair gives purple highlights when the
light hits it the right way.
-Kym Britnell (firstname.lastname@example.org)