If you'd asked us 10 or even 5 years ago if it would be possible to dye a synthetic wig at home without it looking like a hot mess afterwards, we probably would've told you no. However, thanks to the rising quality of synthetic wigs in recent years, dyeing synthetic wigs at home has become a breeze. Keep reading as we guide you through how to dye a synthetic wig.
Choose A Quality Wig
Not all synthetic wigs are created equal. While synthetic wigs have overall improved and are continuing to improve in quality, there are still many synthetic wigs on the market that reflect the stereotypical qualities of synthetic wigs: stiff, difficult to manage and near impossible to customise. So if you're looking for quality synthetic wigs you can dye, Outre is one of the brands leading the way in this new synthetic hair revolution. TikTok is full of videos of people slaying their affordable Outre wigs. Available online and in beauty supply stores, these wigs are easily accessible and a great option for your hair transformation adventures.
Image | Outre
Use The Correct Dye
Synthetic hair won't behave the same as human hair so it's important to use the right type of dye for the best result. Synthetic fabric dye is the best option to go for if you want to give your wig the best chances to take on your ideal colour. Rit fabric dye–specifically their Dye More formulation designed for synthetic fibres–is an online favourite for many people who have ventured into the world of synthetic wig dyeing. Available in a rainbow of colours, you're spoilt for choice. If you're based outside of the US, their online site ships worldwide and Amazon UK also stock the dye.
Now when it comes to how to actually dye the wig, this tutorial by Kyne is helpful, well-explained and the end result is gorgeous.
Not Into Dye? Try Fabric Spray
If you're not thrilled at the idea of dyeing your wig in a more traditional sense, fabric dyes can also be used as can root touch up sprays like L'Oreal's Magic Retouch. Simply spray evenly across small sections of your wig at a time and brush the product through for almost instant results. While this method is great if you're looking to test the proverbial waters when it comes to dyeing your synthetic wig, the colour coverage isn't as strong as it through traditional dye, especially when using a product like the Magic Retouch. If you're looking for soft pastel colours to refresh a platinum blonde wig this is a great, semi-permanent option to try out but for bolder colours, stick to the water and dye method.
Aftercare Is Key
Synthetic hair is already notorious for being high maintenance so if you've dyed yours, it's extra important to take good care of it by practising the following:
- Gently brush from the ends upwards
- Never brush the hair when wet
- Avoid buildup by using products like oils sparingly
- Protect the lace on your wig and your natural hair by using the Wig Fix
Cover Photo Image | Rit Outre