First, you need to test your skin to make sure you’re not allergic to the dye of your wig. No one likes a cotton candy-colored rash. Then test a small strand of wig to make sure the color is going to come out as you hope. This may require a round (or three) of bleaching beforehand, especially if you have dark color wig. Unless you’re naturally platinum blonde, bleaching is necessary to get color close to what’s on the box. You can be brave and use an at-home bleach kit like this one…or play it safe and see a professional.
After bleaching, make sure to wash your wig thoroughly, otherwise the residual chemicals may interfere with color application.Prior to dyeing, make sure to put on some protective gloves, otherwise staining is inevitable. Safety first! And apply petroleum jelly around your hairline to avoid staining your skin. Prepare the dye according to the directions and apply with a tint brush. You are about to get the wig of your dreams. It’s important to completely saturate your hwig with the product. Get it all up in there!
Leave it on as long as the product requires. Any less and the results might be too light. If your wig is darker or hard to dye, you can leave a cap on to insulate the wig while the color penetrates. Rinsing your wig with white vinegar immediately after dyeing can help lock in color by raising the pH level. Science creates fierceness. It’s also advised to wash your wig in cold water to help keep color looking fresh.
Beware of staining fabrics right after you dye your wig. Sleep with an old towel covering your pillowcase for a few days. Unless you want candy-colored sheets – up to you. Hydrated wig will better retain the color molecules. Weekly deep-conditioning treatments are recommended. Using sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner will also help lessen color-eroding damage. You’ve got to give back to the rainbow wig gods.
And not washing your wig for at least a week after dyeing is another great color preserver. Also, before making the decision to dye, decide if you want permanent or semi-permanent color. And don’t forget, it doesn’t hurt to seek the help of a professional stylist. You may be brave and smart, but they have done this before.