1. How to Dye a Wig
More like tinting rather than dyeing; you can’t make the color of a wig lighter. This is a very long and time consuming process to do correctly.
Collect a spray bottle, acrylic ink, and high strength rubbing alcohol. Make sure it’s acrylic ink, otherwise it won’t work. In a cup mix together the acrylic ink and the rubbing alcohol. A good guideline to follow is 1/2 cup alcohol to about 10 drops of ink. You don’t have to follow this however. Use your eye and mix till you get the desired color. Some shades require a lot more ink than others.
Set up your wig in an area that is ok to get messy and take as many precautions as possible to prevent staining. This stuff will stain and there is a good chance it won’t come out. I suggest doing this outside on a tarp.
Once your wig is set up, turn your wig upside down and spray the entire bottom layer, making sure to gently comb through it. Once the bottom is covered, flip the wig over and repeat the process, going through weft layer by weft layer. Make sure to cover all the fibers but not over saturate.Let the wig dry fully. You can use a blow dryer to help speed this up.
Once the wig is dry, rinse, rinse, rinse! Rinse until the water fully runs clear. This could take a while. You might have to let the wig dry, brush it out, then rinse again if you use lots of ink. This will help prevent the color rubbing off on clothing and your skin so it’s well worth the time you put into it.
2. How to Curl a Wig
Before you start, check to see if your wig is heat resistant; you can use a curling iron if it is. Otherwise, follow the instructions below, or your wig could melt! Select a section of fibers to be curled. Wrap the fibers around a rod of some sort. The bigger the rod, the bigger the curls.
Dip the rod into hot water between 158 to 178 degrees Fahrenheit, making sure not to exceed 185 degrees. Allow fiber to stay in the water for 15 seconds. Remove and gently towel dry and allow to cool to room temperature. Remove rod and style as you want. The curls will come out after a few washings or if you straighten them.
3. How to Straighten a Wig
Before you start, check to see if your wig is heat resistant; if so you can use a flat iron instead. Warm up the steamer. Once the steamer is ready, select a section of fibers to straighten and spray with the hot steam, making sure not to get too close. While you steam pull at the curls to make the fibers straight.
Keep adding steam, working your way around the wig. This could take a while and might take a few passes so just keep at it until the curls are gone.