Ink & Alcohol
Mix ink and alcohol in spray bottle and spray onto wig. Let dry before carefully brushing it then rinsing it with cold water.
Note: The pearlescent FW ink have a fine glitter which adds shine but can rub off.
Pros: Easy to coat large amounts of fibres with little ink. Simply add more ink to intensify colour. Good for getting consistent colour and easy to make new colours by mixing inks. Great for applying gradient effects. Easy to detangle fibres after dyeing. Can be used on curly and non heat-resistant wigs.
Cons: Strong smell, not as precise as hand drawn Sharpie, can sometimes rub off, messy to apply, leaves and be hard to find product locally (FW ink).
Tutorial/links: Arda's tutorial & Cosplay.com thread
Apply light coats onto wig. For Ink: Rinse wig in cold water after application. For both: Comb dry wig to remove crispiness from fibres. Note: when applying multiple layers there is a build up on the fibres adding texture and volume. Also it makes the wig fibre matte.
Pros: Easy to cover large amounts of fibres easily. Can apply lighter colours onto darker wigs using airbrush paint, however, not recommended for coating large amounts of long wefts. Can be used on curly, fully styled (crazy spikes and the like), and non heat-resistant wigs.
Cons: Can make your fibres rough. If using ink, the airbrush can use it up quickly, making it less cost efficient than the alcohol and ink method (above).
Tutorial/links: Technoranma's Guide
Recommend for dyeing large amounts of fibres
**Fibres must be heat resistant**
Boil water then add dye (and intensifier) and stir. Submerge wefts/wig and stir while boiling. Remove after a few minutes then hang to dry. Detangle the wig, then either flat-iron it straight or restyle the fibres.
Dip dye to get a gradient effect.
Mutual Pros: Can dye large amounts of wig fibres. Can gradient dye.
Mutual Cons: Boiling water curls and tangles the wig which means you have to detangle and straighten it afterwards. Cannot be used on curly wigs unless you are willing to restyle it. Limited colour choices. Colour can be patchy if not stirred properly, and can stain your floor/tables/appliances.
Tutorial/links: Arda's colour dyeing chart
Sharpie application by hand is recommended for small amounts such as, colouring roots, streaks, and block or pixel effects. For medium to large projects, look at the alternate techniques listed in the tutorial section.
I prefer doing this on a flat surface, so I lay out some white paper on my work area. Warning: do not use newspaper because the ink may stain your wig. When complete rinse with cold water until it runs clear.
Pros: Precise if done by hand. Guaranteed colour matching results.
Cons: Strong smell, sometimes rubs off or runs, very time consuming (by hand), messy to apply, and can stain your floor/tables/appliances.
Tutorial/links: By Spray bottle | By batch/bucket | By sponge
Recommend for dyeing large amounts of fibres to natural light blondes.
*Fibres must be heat resistant*
Bring water to a boil, then reduce to low heat. Add many tea bags and let it steep. Once water has darkened from tea (5-10min), turn off the element and submerge the wig. Let it soak until the water cools or you reach the desired colour.
Note: there may be potential to tint light coloured wefts pink by using different coloured teas (roobios or hibiscus comes to mind), however, I have yet to see someone test this out.
Pros: Natural look. Can dye large amounts at once.
Cons: Very limited colour choice (white to pale blonde or Pale blonde to a slightly darker blonde), and it takes a long time to set. Varied results depending on fibres and tea used. fibres may need to be detangled or straightened once dry.
Tutorial/links: Courtoon's Tutorial
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