How to Make Purple Hair Dye

Updated February 21, 2017

Many young teens and adults like to experiment with different hair colours. Most parents are never too thrilled about this, especially when the colour is something other than a natural hue. However, to appease both your sense of style and your parents' sense of authority, meet in the middle. Use an all-natural, semi-permanent dye that will give you the colour you want, but wash out by the time school starts. With a few easy products, you can get a purple hue that will last for about one week.

Pour at least 10 packets of purple Kool-Aid into a bowl.

Pour enough conditioner into the bowl to make a paste.

Stir the dye with a spoon to ensure that the powder is completely dissolved.

Apply the dye to your head like normal hair dye. Ensure your entire head is thoroughly saturated to get an even colour.

Place a plastic hair cap over your head, and let the colour sit for 10 hours. Because it's not "real" dye, the colour needs a lot of time to set.

Rinse your hair out under lukewarm water without using shampoo.

Pour one cup of beet juice into two drinking glasses -- each cup should have a half-cup of juice in it.

Pour one cup of blackberry juice into the same drinking glasses. Each cup should now be filled with a half-cup of beet juice and a half-cup of blackberry juice.

Pour the liquid from one of the glasses into your hair. While sitting in the sun, allow the colour to set for one hour.

Pour the second glass of juice into your hair. Sit in the sun for another hour while the colour sets.

Rinse your hair out with cool water.


These natural purple hair dyes work best on light-coloured hair.


Never bleach dark hair to dye it with a natural hair dye -- this will ruin your hair. If you have dark hair, it's OK to bleach it if using a real purple hair dye.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 packets of unsweetened "purple" Kool-Aid
  • 1 cup blackberry juice, divided
  • 1 cup beet juice, divided
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • 2 drinking glasses
  • Conditioner
  • Plastic hair cap
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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.