How To Dye A Wig

How To Dye A Wig

We have all gotten mad at our hair at some point for not looking the way we want it to. Your hair makes or breaks your entire look and we spend hours looking for the right hairstyles and colours to look glam for the gram!

Using such techniques also damages your hair in the long run and when they don’t even give you the result you wanted, it makes you frustrated. This is why it is wise to invest in a wig, style it the way you want it to and look fabulous at all times.

Choosing a wig

There are a few factors you should take into account before making the decision to purchase a wig:

  • Cost
  • The type of fibre you want. You can either opt for a synthetic hair wig or a human hair wig
  • How comfortably it fits. Always make sure the cap of your wig is comfortable on your head or it will cause much irritation later on
  • Any specific style or colour you would want

After you have made your decision and chosen a wig for yourself, you have to take proper care to maintain it. A human hair wig costs more but also because it offers longevity and durability. It also feels natural and can be customised to any style you want.

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Which material of wig holds colour best?

Synthetic hair wigs have evolved over time but they still cannot hold any colour. This is because the material, with which the wig is made of, is not absorbent at all.

If you want to get a wig for the purpose of dyeing it frequently then your best bet is to get a wig made of human hair. Human hair is porous and absorbs well. Tread carefully though, dyeing it too often may cause damage to the wig as well.

If you take good care of a human hair wig then it can last you up to anytime between one to a few years.

Choosing the right colour for your skin tone

The first and most important thing you need to know before dyeing a wig is how to choose a colour which will flatter your skin tone. Sorted below are complexion tones and what hair colour look flattering on those tones. There are two main types of tones:

  • Cool tones
  • Warm tones

Which hair colours work well with cool toned skin?

  • Brown hues
  • Reds
  • Orange tones
  • Golden blonde
  • Chocolate or honey tones

Which hair colours work well with warm toned skin?

  • Blonde or platinum hues
  • Silver tones
  • Cool toned browns

Basically, the gist of it is that people with a cool toned skin should opt for hair colours with warm tones and people with warm toned skin should opt for hair colours with cool tones. It is that simple!

If you have chosen the wig and the colour which will suit your skin, to move forward you need to do some research on how to dye a wig. If you are doing it for the first time it might be a challenging task but it is actually very doable. Just make sure you are well versed with how a wig works.

Prep time! Assemble all tools

Before you start dyeing your wig, assemble everything you will need as it will make it easier for you to manage and you will not be looking for anything at the last minute.

Here is a check list of what you will need:

  1. Gloves
  2. Plastic bowl
  3. Plastic spatula
  4. Hairbrush
  5. Wide tooth comb
  6. Hair dye
  7. Hair developer
  8. Mannequin head
  9. Plastic cape, or you can even use an apron

The art of colouring a wig – A step by step guide

Choose the right dye

There is no science to this, just pick up a dye you use on normal hair in the colour that you want. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and if your wig is short you will only need one box. However, if your wig is medium length it might be beneficial to grab two boxes of dye.

Hair developer

This enables you to develop shades on your hair. The developer you use will make your darker or lighter. The higher the developer, the darker your hair will get. Normally, volume 20 is perfect if you don’t want your hair too dark or too light.

Mix both the ingredients

Put on gloves, usually they are provided in the dye box. Then take a plastic bowl and mix the developer and dye in it to create the shade you want. Metals donot react well when they come into contact with dye and they can affect the shade of your dye. This is why it is important to use plastic tools during this process.

When you are mixing, at first the shade will look lighter than how you want it to be, but eventually it will become rich in colour and turn into the shade you want it to be.

How to apply the dye

Now comes the challenging part. Since you are not a professional, it might be wise to first test the dye on some of the wig hair. You can do this by applying it on strands of hair that are under and not that visible. Wait for half an hour then wash those strands. Check the colour, if it is what you wanted then great! Otherwise mix the shades again and try to reach the colour you wish to achieve. Once you do, it is now time to apply!

No brushing, only soaking!

Usually the conventional method of dyeing hair is to use a brush to spread the colour evenly to your hair. In the case of a wig, it is different.

The bowl you have made your dye mixture in, just take the wig and let it soak. Be sure to take the mixture from the bowl and gently spread it on to your wig making sure that the whole wig is immersed in dye.

This will ensure that no strands are left and dye is distributed evenly among all of them.

Let the colour set

Wig hair, especially a human hair wig is very porous and you need to allow it to rest for some time before washing the dye off. Use a mannequin head to use the wig on. Start brushing the wig hair to help excess dye in getting out. This will guarantee an even distribution of dye and won’t make your wig very rich or bright in colour.

Let the colour set and leave the wig for half an hour, till then have a snack, watch TV or just relax.

Times up, you have got to wash your wig now. Make sure to use a human wig shampoo, yes that exists. It helps maintain and care for the wig. Use it to wash the dye out with cool or barely warm water.

Rinse, then apply conditioner and voila your wig is washed! Once all this is done, you can dry the wig by using a hairdryer, or letting it naturally dry. An important point to note is that if you use a hairdryer; make sure it is not on the hot air setting. Heat causes damage to wig hair.

All done! Hope this guide was helpful.

These days, new hair colouring trends are all the rage. Hair colour is being used to not just make fashion statements but to express one’s own individuality. The trend of ombre hair gained popularity very rapidly. It is still a go to choice for many people and below is a step by step guide on how to dye your wig ombre honey blonde. It is super easy and fun to do.

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How to dye your wig honey blonde (ombre)

First things first, you need to do your prep and here is everything you will need:

  • Volume 40 developer
  • Volume 20 developer
  • Blue bleach
  • Purple shampoo
  • Toner
  • Best deep conditioner
  • Mannequin head
  • Wig tripod
  • Mixing bowl and brush set
  • Blow dryer
  • Detangling brush
  • Spray bottle
  • Aluminium foil

Step 1

Empty half the bucket of blue bleach and in the remaining half, start adding volume 40 developer. Keep mixing till the mixture is completely saturated and does not form lumps.

Step 2

Take the mannequin head and place it on the tripod then place the wig on the mannequin head and divide the hair in to four sections. If you don’t have a mannequin head, you can just lay the wig flat on a plastic sheet or a surface that you are not afraid of getting messy.

Step 3

Use a colouring brush and start applying the dye evenly on hair sections. Start from the lower sections and then work your way up, this is a great tip to ensure that the hair inside is lighter and as the dye works its way up, the colour will start looking darker and not too bright. Work the product in the wig using a detangling brush to spread the dye evenly.

Pro tip: During the whole application process, make sure to keep the sections divided with aluminium foil instead of clipping the wig. Using clips will ruin the way the bleach affects your hair and cause inconsistency in the shades.

Step 4

Let the dye sit for twenty minutes then take the wig, immerse it in water and wash it using shampoo. Use the detangling brush to work in the shampoo and then rinse the product out.

Step 5

Take a bowl, mix one part toner and two parts volume 20 developer. Lay the wig on a flat surface. Take a colouring brush and evenly distribute the mixture all over the wig. Use the detangling brush to work the mixture in your wig.

The purpose of a toner is to make sure that your wig gets a professional look and does not have any extra orangey hues.

Wash the wig thoroughly and then use a hair dryer or air dry the wig. If you are using a hair dryer then it should be on the cool setting.

Voila! Your hair is now a beautiful honey ombre. Now that you got it, you can wear the wig and flaunt it!

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Bonus tips to care for your human hair wig which is now beautifully dyed

Use a wide tooth comb

To brush your wig, make sure you use a wide tooth comb so hair is detangled with ease. Such combs are easier on the hair and result in less breakage as compared to using a normal comb or hairbrush.

Moisturiser is your best friend

Wigs can easily get frizzy and to ensure that you hair looks fresh, moisturise them very frequently using wig friendly products.

No heat

Constant use of heat damages the hair over time, especially a wig as it is not as strong as real hair and so don’t use many styling tools or blow dry on the hot setting.

Soak your wig in cold water

Cold water locks the moisture in hair and so whenever you wash your wig, make sure you use cold water every step of the way to keep your wig looking shiny and healthy.

Keep your wig spray free

Don’t use any sort of styling products such as hairspray, mousse or gel on wigs. They ruin the texture of the hair and reduces the lifespan of the wig.

Protect from rain

Make sure you don’t let your hair out when it is raining. Rain water and humidity are the enemies of wig hair and cause damage to the wig.

The purpose of these tips is to increase the longevity of your wig.

This was a short post on all things wig, from choosing the right one to dyeing and caring for it yourself. We hope you found it helpful!

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