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If your costume requires just the right color wig....
This is a time-consuming project, but it is worth the effort if you really need a specific color of wig and can't find it. I'm going as Kim Boggs from Edward Scissorhands for Halloween, and she has this specific style and color of wig that I just couldn't find anywhere...even online! So I started researching how to dye synthetic wigs and learned that you can't paint them; it makes them stiff, you can't use normal hair dye or RIT dye because it is intended for natural fibers and won't stick to the wig, so really the only way to (inexpensively) do it is to use permanent ink. Thought it would be nice to put up a short tutorial, I could definately have used one when I was figuring out how best to do it. I didn't decide to do a tutorial until I was halfway done, so I don't have photos of what it looked like before...But just imagine platinum shiny.

(NOTE: If you're doing a short to medium length wig it won't take you 5 and a half hours, this wig was pretty long. This method would also be fine to just add color highlights, lowlights, etc.)

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  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Dye A Synthetic Wig - Step 1
    Step 1

    The first thing you've got to have is the wig. I wouldn't waste the time and effort of coloring a wig unless it is of OK quality, get one that you try on before you buy, if you can. Not one of the really really cheap ones that come in a plastic bag all scrunched up. My wig was about $40...more than I originally intended... but you want it to look good, right?

  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Dye A Synthetic Wig - Step 2
    Step 2

    Get some new Sharpies close to the color you want. Keep in mind the original color of the wig and how the two colors will look on top of each other. You won't be coloring each individual hair. (Almost though).

  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Dye A Synthetic Wig - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use something to prop up your wig. If you don't have a wig stand that's ok; I used a rolled up yoga mat.

    Find a well-lit area to work, somewhere with good air circulation so you don't pass out.

  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Dye A Synthetic Wig - Step 4
    Step 4

    Before you start coloring, test your Sharpie on some hair under the wig (from the part that will be against your neck, in the back). Then, start coloring.

    Take a small section of hair at a time and color in light, gentle strokes with the side of the Sharpie. You may want to hold it at a slant. Start at the "scalp" of the wig and work your way down.

    Don't worry if it doesn't seem dark enough; you'll want to start out light and go back to darken it later, if you need to.

  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Dye A Synthetic Wig - Step 5
    Step 5

    There are rows all down the "scalp" where the hair is attatched. Color the areas right where the hair comes out of them a little darker that the full strands to mimic the way roots are darker on an actual head of hair.

  • Step 6

  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Dye A Synthetic Wig - Step 7
    Step 7

    Put on a movie and keep on coloring. Take a break, put on another movie, keep coloring. Maybe another movie. Enjoy your custom-colored wig.

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Eve c.
Eve c.

is there any smell from the marker ?

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ficklephonebug ..
ficklephonebug .. · , , · 60 projects

very helpful!!!

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Charlotte K.
Charlotte K. · 2 projects

you can do this on barbie/bratz too.

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Danielle
Danielle · Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thanks so much for this tutorial! My wig dying is coming along slowly but wonderfully. Also, do you know if it is safe to wash the wig after without losing the colour?

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Kasey Kasket
Kasey Kasket · Ormond Beach, Florida · 25 projects

Its going to come off on your fingers, also you cannot get it wet! It might come off on your face as well, Ive used this method before.

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Kasey Kasket
Kasey Kasket · Ormond Beach, Florida · 25 projects

Its going to come off on your fingers, also you cannot get it wet! It might come off on your face as well, Ive used this method before.

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Tim M.
Tim M.

Another question, does it require multiple markers (due to ink running out)?

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Tim M.
Tim M.

I've never thought of that! You've helped me out of a jam. Thanks. :D

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Marty B.
Marty B. · Boulder, Colorado · 1 project

Yay! This'll help me get the exact color I want for many of my cosplays! :D Thanks!

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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, NS, Canada · 1258 projects

good idea

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