How to Dye Synthetic Wigs – 27 Step Guide
Many women like to wear synthetic lace wigs, which have recently become fashionable. When you buy a lace wig, it will make a fashion statement, you should be able to choose from a variety of colors. But what if you can’t find your choice color? It happens often, in which case you can choose to contact the manufacturer of the wig. If it happens that you can’t return your hair, or if you’re just tired of its old color, you can change it by dyeing it to any color of your choice.
A dying synthetic wig requires a different method than a dying human hair. Human hair keeps the paint, while synthetic wigs don’t. This is because of the synthetic makeup of the hair. Conventional hair dyes cannot be used to synthesize wigs – general purpose dyes or fabric dyes are recommended. When dying, it must be ensured that the color does not come into contact with the lace and accurate instructions should be followed to ensure proper completion.
What do you need to prepare
- Hair clip
- Wig rack
- Surgical mask
- Old newspaper
- Flat plastic comb
- Nail polish remover
- Old extra clothes
- One light wig
- Small plate/tray for dyes
- 1 COPIC marking ink for the desired color of the refill
- 1 COPIC marker refill required highlight color ink
- A pair of surgical (latex or rubber) gloves
- 2 Squared / Rectangular Sponges, (any will do, as long as it has a flat edge)
While dying synthetic hair it is usually advised to have all the right materials to ensure the process goes relatively smoothly. Stains can be avoided by wearing old clothes and covering the working areas with old newspapers. Some of the materials needed may include rubber gloves, face masks—to limit inhalation of dye chemicals, synthetic hair dye. Also, synthetic hair coloring brush and plastic bowl for mixing the dye. A wide tooth plastic comb can be used together with or in place of the synthetic hair coloring brush to ensure even distribution of the dye color on the hair during the drying process.
Steps by Steps
- Gather the Things You’ll Need, listed below.
- Change into your old clothing, in case of staining.
- Find a well-ventilated but not excessively windy workspace.
- Lay newspapers on the working surfaces of your furniture and floor.
- Set up your Wig Stand on a dry, newspaper-covered, flat and stable place.
- Place your Wig on the Stand.
- Put on your Gloves and Mask.
- Squeeze about 5ml of Blue Marker Ink onto a dish.
- Lightly dip one flat EDGE of the sponge into the ink, making sure that it has soaked up a moderate amount.
- Lift an approximate 2″(5cm) width of hair starting directly from the root of the parting with the forefinger and middle finger of your less dominant hand.
- You should only be holding a thin top layer of the hair.
- Pretend your fingers are scissors and you have to cut the hair. You will quite naturally position your 2 fingers parallel to your lips.
- Place the inked sponge edge at the roots, above where you are holding and slowly slide both the sponge and your fingers TOWARDS yourself.
- As you reach the end of the hair length, gently curl your wrist AWAY from you with your thumb gradually facing the floor while maintaining the position of your fingers.
- The back of your hand is now facing you, and that works like a support for the sponge to color all the way to the tips.
- Repeat throughout the entire wig.
- Clip up the completed portions, so that they do not obstruct wherever you are working with at the moment.
- It is best to revolve the wig stand so that the portions you are working on face you, rather than you climbing all over the place to reach an uncolored spot.
- Squeeze more ink as you need along the way.
- Take the other clean sponge and a new dish.
- Use the Darker Blue ink to give the hair ‘low lights’.
- This is to create some depth so that your wig will not look like a pile of flat colored plastic.
- Use the Darker Blue sparingly.
- Follow the same technique so as not to overdo it.
- The ink should dry quite quickly.
- Leave the wig out to air for 2 to 3 days.
- Dispose of used materials according to your area rules.
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Failure to wear protective masks and rubber gloves would mean inhalation and contact with harsh chemicals. The dying process should be carried out in a well-ventilated room to avoid excessive contact with the dye chemicals. When buying synthetic hair, it is advised to go for the products with strands distributed evenly throughout the hair piece. Also note that when dying synthetic hair, the original color to a large degree determines the result. White or blonde synthetic hair is quite easy to dye too much darker colors. But dark synthetic hair cannot be dyed to a lighter or white color.
If you feel uncomfortable with wig coloring, no matter what type of wig it is, you are free to visit a professional lace wig stylist to complete it. Many wig manufacturers recommend returning wigs to professional dyeing because they are chemically processed during the production process. Damage to your wig while actually dying means you must get a new wig.
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