This article is from the Kool-Aid FAQ, by Paul and Bess Dawson-Schmidt email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Just a spoonful of vinegar added to the Kool-Aid solution helps the color
stay in longer, and wrapping your head in plastic wrap and then a towel
or something and sleeping overnight with the Kool-Aid in works well. As
a brunette, I have trouble getting my hair to "take," but my best
friend, a light blonde since birth, used less Kool-Aid than I, and only
as "streaks" which we painted onto her head with a basting brush for
turkeys and stuff, yet pink and blue strands were still found in her
hair up to four or five months later! An Asian friend of mine also dyed
her hair with absolutely no success. Know your hair type.
As for the staining effects of the Kool-Aid, I highly recommend that you
designate a towel as your Kool-Aid towel, and keep the rainbow-colored
thing around through all your trials of hair color, as a sort of trophy
of your accomplishments, and a colorful history of your explorations.
Those blue scouring pads work to get the stains off skin relatively
quickly with only a little removal of skin (hey, it was either that or a
blue forehead!) But I have recently found that baking powder (good ole
Arm and Hammer) provides all the scouring power that you could want
without the pain. In hardship, I used baking soda-toothpaste, which
worked so well and so quickly, that it made my head spin. Vaseline, as
always, is a good idea to rub onto your forehead and ears, to keep those
runs from staining your skin.
WARNING: The strong and pungent flavor of the Kool-Aid you use will
remain as a scent in your hair for several days, and while pleasant, it
might earn you a nickname (i.e. Strawberry-Jill) from your dormmates for
the rest of the year. :)
-Jill Boughey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A web page that has information on dying is 'The Grateful Dyed' at: