How to Temporarily Dye Your Hair Without the Dye

by Andrea Griffith ; Updated September 28, 2017

If you have light brown or blond hair and you are looking for a non-permanent color option, you can dye your hair using Kool-Aid. The Kool-Aid will temporarily dye your hair the color of your choice and last about one to two weeks. Dying your hair with Kool-Aid is easy, fun and not permanent. The only drawback is the color has to be left on the hair for 10 hours for it to set, so you might consider dyeing your hair at night so you can sleep with a hair cap on.

Pour the 10 packets of Kool-Aid into a small bowl.

Add a small amount of conditioner to the bowl at a time, mixing it with a spoon. The dye will be ready when the conditioner and Kool-Aid make a thick paste.

Divide your hair in half. Attach the top portion of your hair to the top of your head with a hair clip.

Dip the paintbrush into the dye and apply it to the lower section of your hair.

Saturate the lower portion of your hair completely with the dye.

Let down the top portion of your hair and repeat Steps 4 and 5 on that section.

Gather all of your hair at the top of your head and use a hair elastic to keep it up in a bun.

Put on a hair cap, which can be purchased at any beauty supply store, and leave the color in for 10 hours. Do this is the evening, when the hair dye can set while you are sleeping.

Wash your hair after the 10 hours is up and style as usual.


  • Kool-Aid will only work on light hair colors. Dark hair can not be dyed without using actual hair dye. You can, however, purchase semi-permanent hair dyes from any beauty supply store. These will turn your hair a desired color, but the dye will wash out after a few weeks.

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Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.