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Can You Dye Synthetic Wigs?

If you are seeking an easy and inexpensive way to add length or volume to your hair. This essay goes over all of the options and challenges of dyeing your wig.

Different colors of artificial hair.

When you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to add length or volume to your hair, you probably turn to a synthetic wig. They are a great way to have a temporary change to your hair or style. But what happens when you grow tired of that wig style? You may have considered dying your synthetic wig. This article discusses all the possibilities and difficulties of dying your wig.

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Can You Dye Synthetic Wigs?

Yes, it is possible to dye a synthetic wig, but it really is not recommended. You run the risk of ruining your wig when you attempt to dye it. Most synthetic wigs come in a wide variety of colors and options, which means buying a new wig may be a better option. 

However, if you have an old wig that you do not mind experimenting with, you can certainly dye your wig. However, keep in mind that you cannot use any regular hair dye because the synthetic wig fiber cannot be penetrated by dye as natural fibers can. Therefore, the results will vary and may not last for an extended period of time. 

Which Synthetic Wigs Are Best for Dying?

A wig synthetic and natural hair color ash blonde.

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If you want to attempt to dye your wig, you should use a light colored one, such as a white wig or a pastel colored one. They are more likely to show the proper color and will not interfere with the process. You are not able to lighten a dark wig with bleach the same way you can natural hair.

You can make any wig darker, but you will not be able to make it lighter.  You want to use a cheaper wig because you will not mind as much if it gets ruined. A more expensive wig has a smoother texture, and the color washes right off.

An excellent option for dying is a wig that you are ready to throw away. You might be able to give it new life but will not mind if you ruin it. 

Challenges with Dying Synthetic Wigs

Close up photo of wig hair for women.

You should be aware of some challenges you might face when attempting to dye your wig. The synthetic materials consist of polyester, acrylic, and polyvinyl, which do not hold regular hair dye. Instead, you should use fabric dye that is made specifically for synthetic and polyester. You will not be able to bleach a synthetic wig which means you must dye the wig darker than the current color. 

Steps To Take To Dye Synthetic Wigs

There are specific steps you must follow when you are planning to dye a synthetic wig.

Protect Yourself

You want to wear old clothes that you do not care about. However, Dye gets messy, and you could ruin your favorite shirt. It would be best if you considered wearing gloves so you do not stain your hands. If you get dye on your hands, you can use a mix of water and baking soda to clean your hands. If it does not come off, you can expect it to stay on your hands for about two weeks. After that, you can put newspaper on the floor to protect it from the dye. 

You Should Use A Large Pot

You want to use a pot that is large enough to fit whatever wig you are dying. It is essential that you know how much water you add to the pot. Bring that water to a boil, and then add three teaspoons of dye for every cup of water. Once you add the dye, you can bring the water to a simmer. 

Prepare The Wig

A woman hair styling on a mannequin.

Rinse off the wig with water. Once it is slightly damp, you can add it to the pot. If the wig is damp, it is easier to dye. When you leave your wig in the pot of dyed water for a longer period of time, the darker the wig will be. You want to watch the wig and remove it once it is the color you would like. It may be as fast as just a few seconds, or it could take a few minutes. Do not walk away from your wig. Once you remove the wig from the pot, rinse it in cold water. Continue to rinse it until the water is clear. You should put the wig on a wig stand so it can dry.

Can I Dye A Wig Without Staining The Lace?

It would be best if you coated the interior of your lace with a heavy hairspray. You want it to be a heavy coat. Do not lightly spray the lace with the hairspray. You can also use a hair gel. Whichever one you use, you should let them dry and harden before putting the wig in the pot of dyed water.