Is there a wig that you need for an upcoming cosplay in a color that you just can’t seem to find anywhere? It’s okay, I have your solution! Just find a blond or white wig in the right style that you’re looking for, and dye it!
There are several methods that I know of for dyeing a wig. The first is the sharpie method, where you harvest the ink from several sharpies and dye your wig with it. The second is the FW ink method, where you use FW ink, which is an acrylic ink, and mix it with alcohol and use that to dye the wig. The last method is using Katie Blair’s wig dye, which is easy and premade for you, but can be expensive if you’re dyeing a very long or thick wig. I prefer the FW ink method.
Later on I’ll make a tutorial on how to dye a wig using this method, since it is slightly different than doing it with wefts. Again, I apologise for the shadows in the picture, next time I’ll try to get the table moved elsewhere so that we don’t have the shadow from the overhang in our way.
So first things first, here is what you’ll need:
Now you want to go over the wefts one more time with the dye. Feel free to pick up the head, turn it sideways, upside down, anything you need to do to get the wefts completely covered. Now, you might ask, “Why didn’t we pin the wefts to the wig head in the first place and just dye it from there?” Well, when you dye wigs using this method, the dye tends to run down the hairs very quickly. Most of the dye ends up on the ground or table, and the ends of the hair look great and colorful while the roots of the hair or wefts are lighter. This is why I started with laying them on the table, we already have a large amount of color on the wefts.
The next step is to take your wig inside, and rinse it under cold water. Or you could use the hose, your preference. Rinse it until the water runs clear, and I suggest gently washing it in wig shampoo, as well. My base wig was rinsed a good three times, and still rubbed purple onto my white shirt when I wore it. After I rinsed it with wig shampoo, I had no problem.
This is where a mannequin head holder comes in handy. You’ll want to clip it to your table outside so you can sit your wig head on it while your wefts are drying. You want your wefts to hang free while they’re drying so that they dry hanging straight down, instead of being in a funky shape.
And voila! A few hours later, just unpin your wefts from your wig head, and you have a handful of perfectly colored wefts to match your wig!
The next post on sewing in wefts coming later this week!