how to dye a wig

Do you know How To Dye A Human Hair Wig?

Colors, they say, give life so what better way to add some spark to your wigs than to dye them? They give you a whole new look and also turn heads when you walk by. If you’ve never dyed a wig before, don’t worry, this article is here to guide you so keep reading.

What You Should Know Before You Begin

Select the Hair Color That Matches Your Skin Tone

Skin tone is usually divided into three: warm, cool, and neutral. Warm skin tones usually have gold, yellow or olive undertones while cool skin tones have red, blue, and pink undertones. Neutral undertones, on the other hand, are a mix of both warm and cool skin tones. Professionals usually advise that you use a hair color or dye that is the opposite of your skin tone. For instance, people with warm skin tones should use cool hair colors and vice versa. However, those with neutral skin tones can use both cool and warm colors.

In this YouTube video, hairstylist Brad Mondo breaks down the process of how to select a hair color that matches your skin tone:

Can I Dye a Synthetic Wig?

Yes, you can. However, due to their composition, there’s more risk of ruining your synthetic wig with dye when compared to human hair wigs.

How Much Dye/Color and Developer Do I Need?

For every box of color, you need one-third ⅓ of a hair developer. The less developer and color you have, the darker your wig comes out. Also, the more developer and colors you have, the lighter your wig turns out.

What Type of Colors Can I Use on My Wig?

This is totally up to you. You can dye your human hair wig blonde, grey, purple, pink, red, and even black. As a matter of fact, you can dye your hair in two, three, or multiple colors depending on your preference and expertise.

How To Dye A Human Hair Wig With Bleach

The method of using bleach to dye a wig is one of the common methods. In this video, Tiarra Myles shows how she uses the watercolor method to dye a human hair wig:

Have These Items Ready

  • Hair Color
  • Hair developer
  • Bleach powder
  • Keratin shampoo
  • Keratin conditioner
  • Hand gloves
  • Kitchen whisk
  • Foil papers
  • Your frontal or closure wig

1. Saturate the Hair

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  • First of all, put on rubber gloves to protect your hands from the harsh chemicals in the products. Then dip the hair in cool water until it is soaking wet.

2. Prepare the Bleach

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  • Mix some hot water with cool water in the sink to make warm water.

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  • Then pour three scoops of the bleach powder into the water.

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  • After this, add the hair developer into the mix.

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  • Then stir the mix with your whisk until all the products are fully dissolved.

3. Bleach the Wig

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  • After mixing, the next step is to dip the wig in the mix until it is fully saturated.

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  • Then cover the wig with foil papers and leave for about an hour.

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  • When the time is up, rinse the bleach out of the wig in cool water.

4. Shampoo the Wig

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  • The next step is to apply your keratin shampoo to the wig. Why should you use keratin shampoo? Bleaches are chemical treatments that leave the hair weak and can cause damage. Keratin shampoos are formulated with ingredients to help restore strength to the hair and get rid of any leftover chemicals. So, apply your keratin shampoo to the wig and wash.

5. Protect the Lace

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  • One valid question people ask during a wig dyeing process is, “How do you keep the lace of your wig from getting stained by the hair color?” The answer is to simply put conditioner on the lace and it will not get stained.

6. Mix the Colors

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  • Mix your colors together and whisk. If you want to know what type of shade you are likely to get, then first do a strand test. What is a strand test? This is simply cutting off a strand of hair from your wig and dipping it into the color mix to see how your wig will look after the dyeing process. You can mix small amounts of colors for the strand test. If you like the color, you can go ahead and dye the entire wig. However, if you don’t like the color on the strand, you can try other colors.

7. Dye the Wig

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  • Next, immerse the wig into the color mix, starting from the ends all the way to the roots. Leave it for a few minutes.

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  • Then rinse thoroughly with cold water. Do not use hot water because it can cause the color of the wig to fade.

8. Condition and Dry

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  • After rinsing, apply the keratin conditioner. This will make the wig soft. Leave the conditioner in for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly with cool water.

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  • After this, pat the hair dry with a towel and then leave it to air dry.

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  • Your wig is ready in its vibrant new color.

How To Dye Your Wig Without Bleaching

This is another method of dyeing a wig that is usually recommended for beginners. In this video tutorial, Sophiology shows how to dye a human hair wig without bleaching:

The Items You’ll Need

  • Hair Color
  • Hair developer
  • Hand gloves
  • Rubber bands
  • Rattail comb
  • Mannequin head or wig stand
  • Paintbrush
  • Plastic plate
  • Measuring cup
  • Got2b freeze spray
  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Hairbrush
  • Foil paper
  • Your human hair wig

Here Is A Step-by-step Method

1. Section the Hair

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  • Place the wig on the mannequin head/wig start and start to part them in sections. Then tie each section with a rubber band.

2. Mix the Dye

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  • Put on your rubber gloves to protect your hands from harsh chemicals. Then squeeze out the hair color(s) from their packs into the plastic plate. Stir with your paintbrush.

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  • After this, pour your hair developer into the mix and stir.

3. Apply The Mix to Your Hair

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  • Using your gloved hands, rub in the mix on the wig, section by section except for the front section.

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  • When you get to the front section, spray the lace with your Got2b freeze spray. This will prevent any dye from staining your frontal lace.

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  • Then comb the front hair back with your fine-tooth comb.

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  • After this, rub the hair color and developer mix on your frontal.

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  • Wrap the hair in foil paper for extra heat. Leave for some minutes before drying the wig.

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  • Then brush with your hair brush.

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  • Good job! You have successfully colored your wig without bleaching.

How to Dye Human Hair Wig Ombre

Now that you know how to dye your human hair wig both with and without bleaching, learn how to dye it with two colors. Msroshposh shares this video tutorial on how to dye your wig ombre using two shades of purple:

Tools and Products You’ll Need

  • Your hair colors
  • Two bowls
  • Got2b freeze spray
  • Manic Panic Pastel-izer or a hair conditioner
  • Kitchen whisk
  • Rubber/plastic gloves
  • Paintbrush
  • Mannequin head or wig stand
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Blow dryer
  • Hair serum
  • Your wig

1. Protect the Lace

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  • Spray the frontal with the Got2b freeze spray to prevent any hair color from staining it. If you don’t have the spray, you can apply a leave-in conditioner instead.

2. Prepare the First Color

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  • Next, squeeze out the lighter hair color/shade (or the darker color/shade, depending on which shade/color you want to use first).

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  • Follow this with some of the Manic Panic Pastel-izer or hair conditioner.

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  • Stir the mix with the whisk.

3. Prepare the Second Color

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  • Next, squeeze out the darker hair color in a separate section of the bowl. If you do not have a bowl with sections, you can use another bowl for this. Add your hair conditioner to the darker hair color/shade and whisk the mix.

4. Apply to the Hair

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  • Then pin the hair up and start working from the back. Start applying the lighter color/shade from the roots to the midsection of the hair (or where you want it to stop).

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  • Then apply the darker color/shade from where the first stopped all the way down to the ends of the hair. Repeat the steps all over the hair sections. Leave for 30 minutes and wash with conditioner afterward.

5. Comb and Style as Desired

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  • After this, comb the hair back with your wide-tooth comb.

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  • Then blow dry the wig.

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  • When your hair is fully dried, apply some hair serum to it for some shine.

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  • Then style as desired.

Key Points

Here are the highlights of this article:

  • Do a strand test before you dye your hair.
  • Apply hair conditioner or Got2b freeze spray on the lace wig to prevent any stains.
  • Use cold water to rinse the dye because hot water can cause the color to run out.
  • Part the hair into sections to make it easier for you to work with.
  • Always wear rubber or plastic gloves to protect your hands.


Dyeing your wig needs time and patience but the outcome is usually worth it. Learning to do it yourself also saves you the money you’d pay at the salon to get it done for you. However, if you find this process too hard, you can simply shop here for some quality colored human hair wigs.

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