June 4, 2015

Put A Rainbow On It ~ how to dye your hair with food colouring

When I was fifteen and away at leadership camp, my girlfriend and I walked downtown during our afternoon free time, bought some 30¢ packages of Kool-Aid from the corner convenience store, returned to the camp bathroom and proceeded to turn our heads {and the camp sinks} bright pink.*

When I was sixteen and decided that Kermit didn't know what he was talking about and it would, in fact, be easy being green, I took my mothers food colouring and painted a long, dark streak through the hair on the right side of my face.**

When my six-year-old daughter informed me that she wanted a rainbow in her hair, I poked the sky with my finger and said, "I know just the thing!"

Because, it was easy being green - in fact, I did it over and over again {until I got over it} and I knew I could turn her golden head into a rainbow in LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES!

how to dye your hair with food colouring - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

how to dye your hair with food colouring - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

Step 1: Brush hair.
Step 2: Put a drop of food colouring on a craft paint brush.
Step 3: Paint a strip of hair.
Step 4: Repeat with different colours.

See?! It's easy being green AND blue AND pink AND purple AND whatever other colour you have on hand!

And it will {should/hopefully/fingers crossed} wash out in the first bath {if my own teenage experience holds any accuracy}.

how to dye your hair with food colouring - SelfBinding Retrospect by Alanna Rusnak

*Bonus instructions...How To Dye Your Hair With Kool-Aid 

Step 1: Wet hair.
Step 2: Pour Kool-Aid crystals into your palm & mix with a small amount of water to form a paste.
Step 3: Work through hair like conditioner - try to cover all areas evenly.
Step 4: Rinse out hair.
Step 5: Write an apology to the homeowner for staining their sink...{or be smart and do this in a stainless kitchen sink!}
WARNING: This is semi-permanent - in most cases my colour lasted nearly two months {but my hair is quite thin and very blonde}
P.S.   Only the colour is semi-permanent - you'll stop smelling like candy after your first shampoo.

**The long, dark, very green strip quickly turned the right side of my face a sickly shade when it began to rain later that day...henceforth, I kept my colour away from the hair that fell directly against my cheeks.

So what do you think? Are you brave enough to attempt a non-traditional hair-dyeing method?

Typically Simple

UPDATE: We're one shampoo later and some colour remains - very little and very faded but colour non-the-less.  I imagine all remnants will be gone after the next washing.  She is unconcerned - happy even - a faded rainbow is still a rainbow!

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  1. Such a fun way to temporary dye hair! I could see this being a big hit when the kiddos have wacky hair day at school. Thanks so much for sharing at the Creative Inspiration party!

    1. That's exactly what we did it for! And it works so well :)

  2. thesenovelideasJune 17, 2015

    I let my girls (ages 10 and 8) dye a colorful streak in their hair with Kool Aid on the last day of school every year. So much fun!!! We disolve it in a mug full of hot water so it stays in all summer. In fact, my oldest has such light hair it usually lasts longer than 3 months. FYI, if you need to get it out in a hurry (like we usually do come September), a paste made of hot water and baking soda will do the trick. :-)


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