Color me surprised.

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The summer after I graduated from high school, a few friends and I decided to dye our hair with Kool-Aid. The hair-dyeing hack had been making its way around the internet, so we decided to give it a try. The idea is that you can temporarily add bright colors to your hair for just the cost of a pack of Kool-Aid, so we decided it was worth a try.

To dye my hair with Kool-Aid, I just mixed a pack of the flavored powder (read: color) with a cup or two of boiling water. I went with Fruit Punch Kool-Aid in order to achieve a dark pink shade. Once the powder was mixed into the water and was completely dissolved, I let it cool for a few minutes before placing a small section of my hair in the mixture for about 20 minutes. When I took my hair out, my once-blonde strands were a bright pink shade.

There are a few reasons why I think this method didn't result in a total disaster for me. The first being that I was in college and this budget-friendly method had me at hello. I also only dyed a small section of hair that wasn't very prominent. Lastly I have blonde hair that takes color easily, especially when it came to the highly pigmented color packet I chose. A deeper hair color with a lighter-colored powder mix probably wouldn't show up quite as much, if at all. The most surprising aspect of the whole process was just how permanent it was. I sported the pink shade until my hair grew out. That being said, I did read that two tablespoons of baking soda added to boiling water can be used to help remove the color.

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In my case, using Kool-Aid was an effective way to add a touch of bright color to my hair, but I would recommend proceeding with caution because it is more permanent than you might think.

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