Dying a Synthetic Wig

Please understand that this is based on my own experience and experimentation. Each method also take up to around 1-2 days depending on what you are looking for.

If you are allergic to dye or any chemicals related to dye please do not use this method.

Step 1

Finding a Wig

When looking for a wig to dye you should always go lighter due to that dying an item darker is easier than making it lighter. An example of a good wig to dye would be either a white, silver, or light blonde wig. Each of these I have tried myself and have gotten a nice range of color that I was looking for. If the wig has a lace front then your dying experinece will be different that what I normally do.

Step 2

Dye Material

For dying a wig I have used both the Rite Synthetic Dye, Acrylic Inks, regular permanent hair dye and just Acrylic Paints. There are other methods such as using a Copic Marker or Sharpie such as Adra wigs have shown on their Insta TV.

Before doing any method always do a test strip and test to make sure you are gonna get the results you are wanting. Just remember you can dye darker but can’t dye lighter.

  1. Rite Synthetic Dye
    When using this method you have to first mix the dye with hot water (semi boiling) to activate the dye. You can either dip the whole wig into the bath, paint the dye on, or apply via spray.

  2. Acrylic Inks
    When using this method you have to first mix the dye with hot water (semi boiling) to activate the dye. You can either dip the whole wig into the bath, paint the dye on, or apply via spray.

  3. Acrylic Paints
    This is a different method than most, I personally like this method just cause I was trained in painting so mixingg and using the colors as another means is kinda cool. Either way for this method I would do a color test on paper before mixing the bath. Please keep in mind that the colors will be pastel and not as vivid as the paint. The reason why is because we are going to dilute the solution/mixture.

  4. Regular permanent hair dye
    I use this ONLY for REAL HAIR! Just remember to read the instructions on the box. This method will eventually wear away and stain just like regular hair dye but you’ll know the results from either looking them up or seeing a small sample at the store where you bought the dye. This is a great way to reuse or use up old existing hair dye. Just keep in mind that washing this wig will slowly wash away the dye.

Step 3

Dying Process

Each process is a little different from one another but you can dye them in different methods. You can either cut wefts out if they need to be a certain color then the rest such as highlights. If its an ombere pattern remember to start out with the lightest colors and slowly work your way to the darkest.

  1. Rite Synthetic Dye
    Before staring wet the wig to a damp state before applying the dye to make sure the fibers are absorbing the same amount of dye at the same time. With this method it’s easier to do via the whole wig. If there are areas that need to be a certain color such as Glimmer’s Wig from Shera then I’d cut the wefts that need to be purple off while dying the other half pink. This is to keep from the colors rubbing off each other when rinsing or from contaminating each other as you dye them. Because this is more pigmented than the other methods below a test is needed. For this method you can have the wig sit with the dye for about 10-30 minutes depending on what you are going for.

  2. Acrylic Inks
    For this method you’ll again get a less vibrant color than what you are seeing with the ink by itself. The reason why again is that you are diluting it. You can use un-diluted ink if you’d prefer but it just means you’ll have to buy more ink at the time than the other methods. For this method spraying may be the easiest or painting the dye onto each section. Bathing it can work but this method drys faster and combing through as you spray or paint keeps it even and you have more control where you want the dye to go. This for me was a more time process and work then the Rite Dye or the Acrylic Paint dye due to the nature of how fast the inks were drying and how much water to color ratio I had going at the time.

  3. Acrylic Paints
    Before staring I personally wash my wig before dying to a damp state and set it aside while mixing the bath. For the bath solution I tend to mix the paint to the right color in a double zipped gallon baggie, generally I use around half or more of a 2 fl oz bottle of paint, after I’ve mixed the paint I then add hot water to the baggie for the bath. The amount of water is up to you but I do tend to fill it up 1/5 of the way up before shaking the bag and then adding the wig before adding more hot water. For this method I normally leave the wig in for about 12 hours to make sure it got the color I want. This method I’d say is best if you just want a nice pastel color like my Mew Ichigo Wig and you don’t mind waiting over night for the dye to work.

  4. Regular permanent hair dye
    Again just follow the box :D

Step 4

After Dying

Once you have dyed the wig the color(s) you want you can then leave it out to dry a full 24 hours. This will allow the remaining dye to be absorbed and locked into the fibers in the wig. Afterwards you can wash out the wig with lukewarm water. When rinsing I do not use soap I just run the wig till the water turns clear to make sure no dye remains that’ll stain my clothes or cosplays. After this you can then use a blow dryer to dry it with spray in conditioner. I wouldn’t spray the wig to much but lightly enough to mist the conditioner around the outside and comb it throughout. After the wig is dry you can then start styling the wig! I personally like to style with a heat tool like a curing wand and use both Got-2-B Glue spray or gel and Silicon spray at the end. Got-2-B Glue to keep things set and stiff while the Silicon spray to keep the wig from getting tangled.

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