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Mastering a DIY Hair Transformation: How to Dye Your Human Hair Wig at Home

Last updated Jan 14, 2024

With the rising cost of hair care and salon services, learning how to do your hair is becoming a necessity. While dyeing your hair can lead to catastrophic results, dyeing a wig is a safe alternative. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about custom coloring your wig at home.

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The Art of Choosing the Right Wig

Wig Materials Matter: Before you begin the dyeing process, selecting the right type of wig is crucial. Human hair wigs are the best choice for coloring, as they can be dyed just like your natural hair. Synthetic wigs, on the other hand, don't absorb hair dye well, so steer clear of them if you're looking for a color change.

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Choosing the Right Tools

1. Hair Dye: Opt for a hair dye color that is darker than your hair unit. You can only darken a human hair wig since working with bleach can be tricky and can risk compromising the human hair unit. If you want to dye your unit a light color, opt for a blonde wig as your base. If you would like to dye your hair a darker color opt for a brown or even black wig unit.

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2. Developer: We recommend using a 20-volume developer as it is enough to darken the wig 1-2 shades.

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3. Applicator Brush and Bowl: These tools will help you apply the dye evenly to your wig.

4. Plastic or Vinyl Gloves: Protect your hands from staining and chemical exposure by wearing gloves throughout the process.

5. Foil and Clips: If you're going for a multi-color look, foil and clips will be handy for sectioning and highlighting your wig.

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6. Shampoo and Conditioner: Opt for sulfate-free products to maintain the wig's quality.

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The Dyeing Process

Prep the Wig: Ensure an even application by combing and detangling the wig. If it's dirty, wash it and let it dry completely.

Mix the Dye: Follow package instructions to blend dye and developer in a bowl until smooth.

Section the Wig: Use clips to divide the wig for even dye application.

Apply the Dye: Start at the roots with an applicator brush and saturate the hair, working your way to the tips.

Wait It Out: Follow the recommended processing time mentioned in the dye instructions, which may vary by brand and desired color.

Rinse and Condition: Post-processing, rinse with cool water until clear. Apply a color-safe conditioner to restore hair moisture.

Air Dry: Blot excess water with a towel and let it air dry on a wig stand or mannequin head to maintain its shape.

Maintaining Your Color

To protect your custom color, opt for color-safe hair products, including shampoos and conditioners. Reducing heat styling helps maintain both the color and hair quality. When not in use, store your wig in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, and consider using a protective bag to prevent color fading. With these practices, your freshly dyed human hair wig will continue to look stunning.

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If you're still struggling with learning how to dye your wig at home yourself check out the above video tutorial or U-Natural Hair Day Held every first Monday of the month. It's your gateway to connecting with top-notch hair experts and stylists. It offers actionable tips and tricks for wig and extension maintenance, professional installation techniques, and the latest hairstyle trends. Join us on Instagram or subscribe to our email list to participate—see you on U-Natural Hair Day!

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