How to Dye A Synthetic Wig
2020-07-15

Normally dyeing synthetic wig is not recommended for several reasons. But in real life, sometimes you just want to dye your old synthetic wig for a color change or just make a challenge to see if you can succeed in dyeing a wig the right color you want. No matter what the reason is, there are a few different ways you can dye synthetic wigs. Read this blog to master how to dye a synthetic wig with correct steps.


Acrylic ink method


What you need: a light-colored synthetic wig, acrylic ink, 70% isopropyl alcohol, spray bottle, hand gloves, a wide-tooth comb, Styrofoam head, pins


1.Make the dye. Mix up your DIY synthetic hair dye first. Choose the acrylic ink with the color you want to dye your hair. Pour the acrylic ink into the spray bottle and then mix in some rubbing alcohol. The amount of the alcohol that you’ll want to use depends how light you want the color to turn out. Use more alcohol to dilute the ink if you want a lighter, less-opaque color. Or you can use less alcohol for a more vibrant, richer color.


2.Apply the dye. Secure the wig on the Styrofoam head with pins. Put on some gloves to keep your hands clean and apply the dye to the wig by just spraying it on. Spray it on in sections and dig your fingers all up in there to make sure the hair is saturated. Make sure you move the hair around as you go so you’re not just dyeing the top layer of the hair. Keep spraying until the whole wig is fully saturated.


3.Brush and dry the wig. After the dyeing process, use a comb to brush the dye through to make sure you are getting it on all of the hairs, layers, front and back, roots and everything.  Once you’re satisfied and think you’ve got it all covered, it is time to step back and let it air dry. If it’s fully saturated, it’s probably going to drip everywhere. So do remember to cover your workplace beforehand with trash bags, newspapers, a plastic tablecloth or anything to save your table. Give the wig at least an hour to dry but sometimes it takes a little bit longer, depending on how thick and long the wig is.


4.Rinse the wig. Once you can touch the wig and not get dye all over your hands, it means the wig is dry. You can rinse the dye out in cold water until the water runs clear. Get all of that ink out of the hair so that it doesn’t transfer to your clothes later. And make sure you rinse the cap out because while dyeing it you probably get some ink there. You don’t want that transferring to your hair either. After it’s all rinsed out, lay it out on a towel to dry. After it dries, brush the wig out as described in the blog how to brush a synthetic wig. And that’s the end of your synthetic wig dyeing journey.



Sharpie method


You can also make a similar ink combo by mixing rubbing alcohol with the ink from Sharpies, which are alcohol-based markers. For this method, you’ll need sharpies, rubbing alcohol, a spray bottle, pliers, a knife and gloves. Use the pliers to pull the sharpie apart. Your goal is to get the ink tube out of the marker. So grab the colorful front diction of the sharpie with you pliers and wiggle it around and pull it until it all comes apart. This can take some practice! It can be hard at first.


Once it’s apart, put the ink tube aside. Then use your pliers to remove the little tip from the front of the sharpie for a little bit of extra ink. Drop that into your little spray bottle. Use a knife to slice open the ink casing so the ink will come out easier. Drop the ink tube into the spray bottle and add some alcohol. Let it sit for a while. The longer you let it sit, the better. It’s best to leave it overnight to get the most out of the ink casing. Then you just apply it the same way as the acrylic ink mix.



Notes


1.If you have ever tried to dye a synthetic wig with real hair dye, you probably discovered that it doesn’t really work. Hair dye is made for human hair, not these synthetic fibers that wigs are made out of. Therefore you need to make a hair dye by yourself to give the synthetic wig a new color.


2.Prepare a light-colored synthetic wig no matter what method you use. To add any color to any hair, real or fake, it has to be light enough for the colors to show up. And since you can’t bleach synthetic hair, it has to start off lighter than the color you want to dye it. This means wigs that are white, silver, blonde, pastels, etc. will work the best. It doesn't just work on light colors. If you have a red wig and you want a darker red you can do that too. You can go darker you just can't go lighter.


3.Washing the wig will lead to the color fading, so just spot cleaning the wig or washing it as infrequently as possible. It may need touchups as soon as after one wash. It's also possible that you may have color transfer. The hair dye may ruin your clothes. If you are wearing a longer wig that touches your shirt/dress/costume, make sure it's rinsed really well, possibly seal it or wear dark clothing.


4.Some of you may want to use two dyes for some color variation and adding general dimension to the hair. It’s totally fine. You can dye the upper portion of this wig with one color, and saturate the rest of the hair with another color. Whether you choose one color or two colors, the most important thing is to make sure it is fully saturated. Because it feels bad to wash it out later and discover that you’ve missed a patch of hair.


Before starting dyeing your synthetic wigs, keep in mind that you are risk ruining your original wig. It’s possible that you may get an irreversible color, or your wig will be weaken and start to shed. As long as you’ve made the decision to dye a synthetic wig, use the methods mentioned above to get a new wig with your favorite color. What’s your method to dye synthetic wigs? Comment below and we’d love to know your ideas.


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