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How To Dye Synthetic Hair

Posted on May 19 2019

Playing with beauty and hair is so much fun. I have always enjoyed trying new colors and different techniques, but a lack of bio-hair left me with few options... until I found synthetic wigs!


Dying Synthetic Wigs



A few years ago, I was on YouTube and stumbled across a tutorial on how to dye a synthetic wig. Now, this excited me. By this time, I had plenty of wigs in my closet that I wasn’t wearing very often - either because the color is not my favorite anymore, or the style is not for me - and maybe this could resurrect my unused wigs.

How To Dye A Synthetic Wig

PLEASE NOTE: I would not recommend dying wigs unless you are willing to risk ruining them, which in this case, I was! Detailed below is the technique that I learned that can help you on your journey to wig resurrection!

Dying a Synthetic Wig

What you need:

  • Synthetic Wig that is heat resistant
  • Fabric dye of your choice
  • Pot and stove
  • Probably wear some old clothes you don’t like and other protective items just to be sure all you are dyeing is the wig.

Start by bringing water to boil in a pot - large size is best but if it is a smaller wig you may be able to fluctuate a little on size - and mix in the dye. Then before you drop in your wig, get it a little damp by running it under the sink just so it is already a bit saturated and this will help the process of actual dyeing.

Remove the pot from the stove, and quickly dunk the wig in! The lighter you want the color, the less time you leave it in, the darker you want it, the longer you leave it in. Basically, this process is not one you can walk away from. You can also control the tint by putting less or more dye in the actual mixture. Once you have reached a point of color tint you like, remove the wig and rinse it in cold water. Rinse well until the water runs clear and then allow your hair piece to dry naturally. 

This is a risky process, but has worked for me and many others! Remember that this process can EASILY ruin a wig, so you must be very careful and only try this on wigs that you have no emotional attachments to!


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Please note*: Our guest writers share their opinions and experiences and we appreciate them! Synthetic wigs are versatile and inexpensive. Synthetic wigs and hair comes in so many colors, it is much easier to find the color you want instead of risking ruining one if your color attempt does not work out.  We DO NOT recommend dying synthetic wigs.  


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  • The Wig Experts: June 10, 2020

    Hi Marci,

    We recommend trying this method on a wig that you no longer wear first before trying it on a style that you want to wear frequently.

    - The Wig Experts

  • Marci Nadler: June 10, 2020

    I have a mid brown synthetic wig that was supposed to be reddish but is not. Can I use this to give it that red hue its missing? And the somewhat iridescent value red hair has by using the metallic alcohol paint? If it doesn’t work its no biggie.

  • The Wig Experts: April 09, 2020

    Hi Peg,

    Since it is a heat resistant wig, you can straighten the curls!

    - The Wig Experts

  • Peg Clark: April 08, 2020

    Will the hot water remove curl from a heat resistant wig?

  • The Wig Experts: March 05, 2020

    Hi Sarah,

    Fabric dye lasts just as long as normal hair processing. The shade will last longer if you hair care protects that protects color (like our BeautiMark Synthetic Hair Care line) instead of regular shampoo and conditioner.

    See our BeautiMark line here:

    - The Wig Experts

  • The Wig Experts: March 05, 2020

    Hi Megan,

    We recommend following the instructions in the blog for dying a wig a darker color – always go darker not lighter.

    - The Wig Experts

  • Sarah: March 05, 2020

    How long would the dye last for?

  • Megan: March 05, 2020

    Is it OK to dye a grey/silver wig black. If so, how?

  • The Wig Experts: December 13, 2019

    Hi Sam,

    Use a dark brown or black fabric dye and follow the instructions in this blog!

    - The Wig Experts

  • Sam: December 13, 2019

    Hey, I have a short light brown wig that I kinda need in black, its long enough for a specific hairstyle and want to know if this would be possible and what materials do I need.

  • The Wig Experts: October 10, 2019

    Hi Nikola!

    We don’t recommend dying synthetic wigs a lighter color – just a darker color. But, if you are looking for a white wig we have options! See our colored wigs here:

    - The Wig Experts

  • Nikola: October 10, 2019

    I have a bright orange synthetic wig from like target or something from around 6 years ago and I want to dye one half of it white. Is there really no way you can do this?

  • The Wig Experts: August 08, 2019

    Hi Jerris,

    We wouldn’t recommend this method if you are looking to change the color of the hair only in specific areas. We apologize that we couldn’t be of more assistance!

    - The Wig Experts

  • Jerris: August 08, 2019

    I just want to add a few lighter streaks to a wig that’s a bit too dark. Is this possible & how do I do it? The original color is medium golden brown.

  • Roberta Todd: August 20, 2018

    l did it !!!😊 l utilized GOLD BOND body powder, it even toned it down to a dry straw hay color, something l could never

  • Michelle Weaver: May 14, 2018

    This Tutorial of how to dye your synthetic wig really helped me a lot. Dying your synthetic hair wig in a right manner is like a dream come true. I’ll really appreciate the way you told all these steps for dying your synthetic hair wig.

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