2 Ways To Dye A Synthetic Wig With Fabric Dye

Synthetic wigs enable you to have any style you want, so why be boring? Dying synthetic wigs isn’t only lots of fun, but you can adopt a new style that is bold, bright, and creative.

Are you bored with your look? Then why not change it up! 

Dying synthetic wigs is easy, cheap, and quick. You don’t need to go to the salon or spend tons of money on products.

Using fabric dye on your synthetic wigs works very well as it can bring your visions to life, but how do you do it properly? 

2 Ways To Dye A Synthetic Wig With Fabric Dye

Making sure that you dye your synthetic wig properly will help you to feel confident and happy with how you look, so you must dye the wig carefully.

If you aren’t happy using your wig, you can practice on another wig first to perfect your skills!

Find out the best 2 ways to dye your synthetic wig with fabric dye here!

What Is The Best Color Wig To Use?

When you dye your synthetic wig, you need to make sure that the color of the wig is lighter than the color that you want to dye it.

As synthetic wigs cannot be bleached, you need to make sure that the color will stand out by having a light base color to help enhance the dye. 

The best color wigs to dye are white, silver, blonde, and pastel-colored wigs. These wigs are light enough to help the dye look bright and bold so it doesn’t darken the color. 

If you are trying to dye a brown wig pink, the color will not be bright and won’t show the way you want it to.

That is why you want a light-colored canvas to make sure that the color of the dye comes through to give you the exact color you are looking for. 

Can Hair Dye Be Used To Dye A Synthetic Wig?

As hair dye has been made to dye human hair, it isn’t strong enough to dye synthetic wigs.

Synthetic wigs are made from materials like acrylic, polyester, and polyvinyl, so they can be difficult to dye if you are using hair dye as these materials do not have natural pigments that can be dyed easily. 

Using fabric dye will help to ensure that these synthetic materials can be dyed to make sure that the wig becomes the right color that you want.

When dying your synthetic wig, you should use a fabric dye that contains bright colors as this will help to create a vibrant color that stands out.

Materials Needed For The First Method

To begin dying your synthetic wig, you will need a variety of materials.

You will need to make sure that you have the fabric dye that is the color that you want the wig, a bucket, disposable gloves, newspaper, a wide-tooth comb, a stove, and boiled water.

All of these materials will help you to dye your wig to perfection!

Using Fabric Dye To Dye A Synthetic Wig: Method 1

2 Ways To Dye A Synthetic Wig With Fabric Dye

Step 1: Make Sure You Are Protected

It is important to make sure that before you begin to use the fabric dye that you are fully protected.

Make sure that you are wearing old clothes so that if you get any dye on your clothes, you aren’t ruining anything that you want to keep. 

It is also advised that you wear disposable gloves or rubber gloves when using the fabric dye as this will make sure that the dye doesn’t stain your hands or fingernails.

If you do end up getting any fabric dye on your skin, make sure that you treat it straight away by using a combination of baking soda and water to remove it from your skin. 

2. Prepare The Bucket For The Dye

Make sure you have a sturdy and strong bucket that will not break when you are using it.

The bucket needs to be deep enough to fit the whole wig in without any of the water spilling out. 

Once you are happy with the bucket that you have chosen, add the boiling water into the bucket and add 3 teaspoons of fabric dye for every cup of water that you put in. 

3. Rinse The Wig

Before you begin dying the wig, make sure you rinse it underneath the tap.

Don’t get it soaking wet, but make sure that it is damp enough so that the dye can easily attach itself to the synthetic wig.

This will help to improve the overall color and quality of the wig. 

4. Place The Wig In The Bucket

Once the wig has been rinsed and is damp, you can place it in the bucket with the fabric dye and the water.

Carefully place it in to make sure that none of the water spills out and then leave it in the bucket until it turns the color that you want it to be. 

The longer that you leave the wig in the fabric dye, the darker the color will become.

This is why you need to stay with the wig while it is soaking, to make sure that it turns the exact color that you are after.

Your wig can turn the right color in a few minutes, so make sure that you are watching it at all times. 

Remove the wig from the bucket when you are happy with the color. 

5. Leave It To Dry

You can leave your wig to dry on a hook or a wig stand. Comb the wig with the wide-tooth comb to evenly spread the dye.

You will need to make sure that it is dried by the air instead of by heat as direct heat may end up damaging the wig. Once your wig has dried, you can begin wearing it!

Materials Needed For The Second Method

2 Ways To Dye A Synthetic Wig With Fabric Dye

To color your wig with this method, you will need some other materials. You will need to use water, a wide-tooth comb, disposable gloves, newspaper, a spray bottle, and alcohol-based ink.

This method will also help you to achieve the exact color that you are looking for for your synthetic wig. 

Using Fabric Dye To Dye A Synthetic Wig: Method 2

1. Prepare The Dye

Make sure that you find an alcohol-based ink that you are happy with for your wig and transfer the ink to a spray bottle.

Once you have added the alcohol-based ink to the spray bottle, add the same amount of water as the ink to the bottle.

After you have added equal parts of the ink and water, tighten the lid on the spray bottle.  

2. Don’t Want To Use Ink? Here’s An Alternative!

If you can’t find an alcohol-based ink that you like for your wig or you don’t want to use it, you can use a sharpie marker to color your wig instead.

Firstly, you will need to pull out the ink tube that is inside the sharpie marker to use to dye your wig. Add the ink tube to the spray bottle and add water to it.

Tighten the lid on the spray bottle and leave the ink tube to soak in the water overnight. 

3. Get Protected

Lay down some newspaper to protect your floor from the dye. Make sure that you are working on an even surface so that your wig stand can remain stable.

You will need to cover the area that you will be working at because you will be spraying the wig, so you will need to protect the surfaces well to avoid staining. 

4. Spray The Wig

When you begin to spray your wig, start at the top layer of the wig. Spray the 5-7cm area around 3-5 times to make sure that the dye is bright and clear enough.

Carry on this method until you cover the whole wig. Spray the wig as many times as you need to reach your desired color. 

5. Comb The Wig

Using the wide-tooth comb, comb the dye through the wig. This will ensure that the dye spreads across the wig and turns the exact color that you want.

Make sure that you comb the wig gently to avoid pulling any of the strands out. It is advised that you comb the wig first to avoid any knots. 

6. Leave The Wig To Dry

Leave the wig to naturally dry and keep it away from any direct heat.

You will need to make sure that the wig is completely dry, but they can take longer to dry depending on the thickness of the wig and how many times it has been sprayed.

You will need to be patient and wait until it dries. 

7. Rinse The Wig

Once your wig has dried completely, you will need to rinse it under the tap. Rinse the wig to get rid of any excess dye or color until the water becomes clear again. 

8. Comb The Wig Again!

After you have rinsed the wig, you will need to comb it again with the wide-tooth comb. Make sure that you gently comb it to avoid any damage or breakage. Comb it when it is on the wig stand drying. 

Final Thoughts

To conclude, it is very easy to dye your synthetic wig with fabric dye.

It can sometimes be difficult if you are not used to using the dye, but follow these steps to ensure that your wig is bright, colorful, and beautiful!

You can use either method to achieve the color that you want, but it is worth practicing on different wigs before using one that you love.

You can either practice both methods on separate wigs or choose the one that you prefer. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Fabric Dye Stain Your Skin?

If fabric dye comes into contact with your skin, you will need to treat it immediately.

The longer you leave fabric dye on your skin, the more it will soak into your skin and become more difficult to remove.

You can remove the fabric dye from your skin with baking soda and water, or you can keep it protected by wearing rubber gloves. 

Why Do You Need To Use Fabric Dye On Synthetic Wigs?

As synthetic wigs are made from polyester and acrylic, fabric dye will be strong enough to change color.

This is important as human hair dye won’t be able to dye these materials, so fabric dye will be necessary for a bold color to be created. 

Will A Sharpie Marker Dye The Wig?

By using the sharpie marker method, you will be able to dye your wig.

You will need to make sure that you spray the bottle a few times to get your desired color, but the marker ink will be able to create a bold color for your synthetic wig. 

Amanda Brown
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