(Closed) Kool Aid in Hair!?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Uh, no.  Not unless you want your hair to be purple or blue because teens use Kool Aid to dye their hair crayola colors.

If you absolutely refuse to go to a salon (which I recommend if you have a dye issue) then you might want to try a brass toner which you can buy in the hair dye section.

P.S. Next time you try to go lighter, see a professional.  Home dye is best for coloring your hair the same color or within 3 shades.  Going lighter is best done by a professional.  If you are on a budget check with a local beauty school to see if one of their students can help for a grade.

Post # 4
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL


When your hair color takes a turn toward the yellow or penny-hued side – and that is NOT the look you were going for – it CAN be fixed!

Solution 1:  Use Toner

Toner (also known as demi permanent color, glazes and glosses) is one of the best-kept secrets in the fight against brassy hair color. Toners help to counteract unwanted color. Toning incorporates the basic color principle that ‘opposite shades cancel each other out. ‘

Toning is usually done in a salon, although there are at home options available if you cannot make it to your favorite beauty parlorToner works to basically tone down the current shade of your hair. Remember…in order for toner to work successfully, the base color of your hair has to be correct. A toner helps to limit brassiness in the hair but it wont’ correct the shade of your base.  If the base color is too brassy to begin with, toner won’t really do much for you. Keep in mind that using a toner acts as a temporary quick fix don’t be too surprised if orange or yellow tones start to creep back up on you in a few weeks as your hair color fades.  Remember that clear toners or glosses will not typically soften or correct brassy color but rather just add shine to your hair!

Solution 2:  Add Lowlights

When your color has taken a turn for the worst…Lowlights may just be your saving grace.They will help to keep some variation in the hair and help to darken some of the pieces that may have become too light or brightly colored for your liking. To reverse the look of orange tones, darker color can be added back into the hair.  Darker blonde shades will cool the hair without darkening it too much and the results can be beautiful!  Visit GotBeauty.com for a list of our salon services.

Solution 3:  Wash with a Violet Shampoo

Violet toned shampoos and conditioners, like Kava Sea Lights,Help to balance out orange or yellow tones in the hair since they sit opposite of orange on the color wheel. They will cancel out some of the brassy or orange tones that are present.

Why Dark Hair Turns Orange When We Color It

If your natural color is dark and you want to lighten it without turning orange, you can? The most likely reason why dark hair turns orange is because the hair is over sensitized (previously damaged from either chemicals or life) and lightened incorrectly. This is especially the case with highlighting. If the lightening agent (the color or bleach) is not chosen correctly, or not left on long enough the hair is not lightened past the point of removing the yellow or orange pigment.  Those pigments are exposed and it looks ‘brassy”.Of course, I am a HUGE fan of the Salon Experience but for those of you who are braving the waters of Home Hair color here are my tips and tricks of the trade.

Tips and Tricks of the Trade:


1.   Try and stay within 2 shades of your natural hair color.  

For the most natural looking results, it’s best not to lighten too much too quickly. Especially when going from very dark to very light your chances of going brassy is greater.


2.    Add in Cool Tones

Dark hair has a tendency to turn orange because the undertones of dark hair are red and orange. A good colorist will use the right formula for your hair and correct the undertones by balancing them out with cooler shades then your color should not turn orange. At home, it may be a little more difficult to choose the correct tones to help balance your brassiness. If you don’t have a basic knowledge of chemistry or the color wheel stay away from drug store color visit a professional beauty supply to purchase your color so that you are able to get a professional recommendation.


3.   Bring in Back Ups

Consider using a color gloss in a cool tone to finish off your color and cool down any remaining warmth you may not want.

Be certain and use a shampoo and conditioner that will preserve your color.  It really DOES make a difference in the wear and tear of your desired color. Also pick up a toning shampooor conditioner!  Alternate it with your color care shampoo. This will keep your brassy tones cool and calm.


Post # 6
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I’m sorry.  Frown

My hair gets really brassy when I go lighter so I finally gave up on the expensive dye jobs and went 2 shades darker using Natural Instincts.  It looks really natural and I get complimented all the time for having super healthy looking hair; they have no idea that I dye it!

P.S. Looks like Kool Aid is more of a quick fix that isn’t supposed to last very long.  So if you use that make sure you have a backup for when it washes out.  

4. Kool it Down

Let’s say your client calls you in a panic and they need to tone down the brass in their hair, fast. Maybe they have an event or they’re on vacation and they want to look their best. Of course there isn’t a beauty supply store in site and they can’t get to you to fix it.

Problem solved with this simple trick – Tell your client to pick up a packet of blue Kool-Aid and mix a small amount into a handfull of conditioner until it turns blue. Apply it to damp hair, let it sit for a few minutes, and voila! Brassiness is toned down and you’ve just saved the day.

Note of caution: If you’re client has platinum blonde or extremely porous hair, the Kool-Aid trick probably isn’t the best option for them. The porosity in the hair could cause it to grab onto the blue too much, and then you’ll have a much bigger problem on your hands.


Post # 7
541 posts
Busy bee

Please don’t do the kool aid, just don’t.  You can fix your hair for less than 20 bucks. It may not turn out exactly how you envisioned, but you can certainly get rid of the orange. And you need to get over the idea of not dying it again. First, there is purple shampoo intended for this exact thing. If you have a sally’s near you, you can get it there, it’s about 5 bucks I think. If you don’t have a sally’s, you can find it wherever older ladies buy beauty products, walmart may even have it. The purple shampoo might be all you need, so wash with it a few times and see how it turns out. If you still have brassy color, you need to tone your hair with an ashe based demi-permanent hair color. Hopefully you have a sally’s, that’s really the easiest place to get all those things.

Post # 10
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

What shade of blonde were you trying to achieve? I would try Manic Panic virgin snow toner (don’t leave on TOO long, because it can really turn your hair platinum)

I also use Shimmer Lights shampoo to take the orange out of my hair- it is a violet shampoo that can be found at any Sallys.


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