How to Dye a Human Hair Wig

Dying your human hair wig is an excellent restyle way to refresh and revive your old hair while catching up with the latest fashion trends without investing in a new wig. Even a slight color change can make a big difference in the overall image of a person. Today's blog post will teach you how to dye wigs at home.

How to dye a human hair wig

How To Dye A Human Hair Wig

There are two methods you can take, you can choose any one according to you prefer. The Watercolor method is more suitable for light-colored wig, it is more simple and convenient to operate. While salon method is suitable for all hair types, especially if you want to add some special effects (highlights, ombres, skunk stripe, etc.) It is easier to operate when doing special shapes. Dyeing a wig at home is not as difficult as you think. Follow the instructions below and you can dye your wig like a pro. Let is start!

Things You Should Know Before Start

1. Ensure that your wig is made from 100% virgin human hair. Some low-quality wigs might incorporate inferior hair or synthetic fibers during production. Poor-quality hair doesn't take dye well, and wigs containing synthetic fibers cannot be dyed.

2. If you intend to dye the hair a light or vibrant color, begin by bleaching the hair to a golden shade. The lighter you want the final color to be, the greater the contrast with the wig's original color. In such cases, only bleaching can reduce the hair's natural pigments. A cleaner base color results in higher brightness, purity, translucency, and vibrancy of the dyed color.

3. For lace front wigs, apply Vaseline or hair gel to the lace base to prevent the dye from staining the lace.

4. Before dyeing, it's crucial to start with clean hair. Gently wash the wig using a mild shampoo. Thoroughly rinse and allow the wig to air dry completely before proceeding. Then, carefully detangle the hair using a wide-tooth comb or paddle brush to remove any knots. This step ensures that the dye is applied evenly to each strand.

5. Wearing disposable gloves during the dyeing process will protect your hands from exposure to chemicals. Placing old newspapers beneath the wig stand will prevent dye from dripping onto your furniture or flooring.

6. After the dyeing time is up, rinse the wig with cold water until the water runs clear. Apply a mild conditioner and leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing. This helps to lock in the color and keep the hair soft and shiny.

7. Air dry the wig. It is better to not use a blow dryer. Excessive heat will cause hair strands to become fragile and may make hair color fade.
1# Watercolor Method
water color method dye a wig
Tools You May Need
  • Transparent Plastic Bucket
  • Watercolor Dye
  • Disposable Gloves
STEP 1: Pour hot water (cold or lukewarm water won't adequately dissolve the watercolor dye) into the bucket, add the watercolor dye, and stir thoroughly using a long brush. You can add a small amount of silicon mix to make the hair smoother.

STEP 2: Completely submerge the hair in the water. Comb through to ensure even distribution. Next, cover the wig with plastic and set a timer according to the package. Allowing the wig to soak in the dye for the recommended time is crucial to achieve the desired color intensity.

STEP 3: Rinse thoroughly with cold water. Ensure thorough washing to eliminate any residual dye that might persist, as it could continue to process and harm the hair.
2# Hair Salon Method
salon method dye a wig
Tools You May Need
  • Wig Stand
  • Hair Dye
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Old Newspaper
  • Brush
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Foil (If you want to do highlights or ombre effects, you can use foil or plastic wrap to separate the sections.)
STEP 1: Mix the Dye
Mix the hair dye and developer in the mixing bowl, following the instructions on the packaging. Stir until the mixture is smooth and even. Make sure you're in a well-ventilated area while mixing and applying the dye. Some hair dyes have a pungent smell. For some sensitive people, you can wear a mask when dyeing your hair.

STEP 2: Apply the Dye
Separate the hair into manageable sections using clips or hair ties. This will make it easier to apply the hair dye evenly. Starting from the roots, use an applicator brush to evenly distribute the dye throughout the wig. Work in small sections to ensure thorough coverage. Avoid applying excessive dye, as it can lead to uneven results.

STEP 3: Wrap and Wait
Once the dye is applied, wrap the wig in plastic wrap. Follow the dye's instructions for the recommended processing time. This is usually around 20-45 minutes, depending on the brand and the color intensity you're aiming for.

Hair Color Ideas for Black Women 2023 Fall

1. Brown Hair with Blonde Money Piece 

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2. Chestnut Brown Fall Color Hair

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3. Copper Colored Hair

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4. 613 Blonde Hair

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5. Chocolate Autumn Color 

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6. Reddish Brown Hair Color for Fall

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Dyeing a human hair wig can be a fun and creative way to transform your appearance. Remember to take your time, follow the dye's instructions, and enjoy the process of creating a customized look that suits your style.