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How to Dye Human Hair Wigs like a Pro

Updated: Feb 9

Detailed mannequin heads with wigs of various colors placed on a shelf at a wig shop.

The Palette of Possibilities

Welcome to the colorful world of wig customization! At Tress Treasures by Yena LLC, we understand the desire to personalize your wig to match your unique style. One of the most popular methods to achieve this is by dyeing them. Delve into this step-by-step guide to unlock the secrets of how to dye human hair wigs and embrace the freedom of self-expression.

Understanding Human Hair Wigs

The first step toward learning about how to dye human hair wigs is understanding more about the different types there are. Human hair wigs offer unparalleled versatility and realism and their natural texture and quality make them perfect for dyeing. They come in a variety of types—from virgin hair to processed hair—and the method you use to dye them may vary based on their original state.

Types of Human Hair Wigs:

  • Virgin Hair Wigs: These wigs are made from hair that has never been chemically processed. Virgin hair is the most sought-after for dyeing because of its purity and uniformity in texture and color. It absorbs hair dye more evenly and predictably, providing a natural and vibrant result.

  • Remy Hair Wigs: Remy wigs are composed of hair where the cuticles are intact and aligned in one direction. This alignment maintains the hair’s natural luster and prevents tangling. While Remy hair may have undergone some processing, it is still a high-quality choice for dyeing.

  • Processed Hair Wigs: These wigs have been chemically treated, either for texture (like perming or relaxing) or color. Dyeing processed wigs can be more challenging as the previous treatments might affect how the wig absorbs the new color. Special care and a strand test are recommended before a full dyeing process.

Close-up of brown hair.

Understanding Hair Porosity

Another quality to pay attention to when it comes to learning about how to dye human hair wigs is the concept of hair porosity. Hair porosity refers to the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture and chemicals. Wigs with high porosity due to previous chemical treatments might absorb dye quickly but could also be prone to damage. On the other hand, low-porosity wigs might resist coloring and need a longer processing time. Knowing the porosity of your wig can guide you in choosing the right dye and determining the optimal processing time.

Hair porosity test stylized visual aid with hair floating in a glass of water.

Color Base and Wig Dyeing

When you dye human hair wigs, you should keep in mind that the original color of the wig plays a significant role in the outcome of the dyeing process. Lighter wigs offer a great base for vibrant colors and pastel shades, while darker wigs might require bleaching before applying lighter or brighter colors. However, remember that bleaching is a harsh process and can affect the integrity of the wig. Consulting a professional or conducting a strand test is advisable when making drastic color changes.

Maintaining the Integrity of the Wig

Frequent dyeing or using harsh chemicals can compromise the health of the wig. To preserve the longevity and appearance of your human hair wig, it's essential to use quality dye products and follow up with proper care, including regular conditioning and gentle styling.

How to Dye Human Hair Wigs: Preparation - Setting the Stage

1. Gather Your Supplies: Before initiating the dyeing process, ensure you have the necessary supplies. This includes high-quality hair dye (preferably one specifically formulated for human hair), gloves, a dye brush, clips, a mixing bowl, and a wide-toothed comb.

2. Prep the Wig: When you dye human hair wigs, it’s important to properly prepare them for the process. Detangle the wig gently using the wide-toothed comb. It’s advisable to wash the wig beforehand to remove any residue that might interfere with the dye's penetration. Let it air dry completely.

Long golden blonde curly hair on pink background.

How to Dye Human Hair Wigs: The Dyeing Process - Brush Strokes of Color

3. Selecting the Right Dye: Choose a dye in your preferred shade. Remember, the original color of the wig will influence the final result. If the wig is lighter, it might take the color more vibrantly compared to darker wigs.

4. Mixing the Dye: Don’t forget to wear the proper gloves to protect your hands and follow all instructions on the dye packaging. Mix the appropriate portions of the necessary components into a hair color mixing bowl until you achieve a smooth, consistent blend.

5. Application: Section the wig using clips for ease of application. Starting from the bottom sections, apply the dye using the brush in gentle, even strokes. Ensure every strand is coated thoroughly.

6. Processing Time: Refer to the dye’s instructions for the recommended processing time. Cover the wig with a shower cap to lock in the dye and aid in its development.

Hand of woman pouring hair dye mixing ingredient in bowl.

How to Dye Human Hair Wigs: Rinse and Care - Nurturing the New Hue

Once the processing time is up, it’s time to rinse the wig. Follow these steps:

7. Rinse Thoroughly: Gently rinse the wig with lukewarm water until the water runs clear, ensuring all excess dye is removed.

8. Conditioning: Apply a high-quality conditioner to restore moisture and keep the hair soft and shiny.

9. Drying: Let the wig air dry naturally. Avoid excessive heat from blow dryers as it can damage the hair fibers.

Three different wigs drying on a washing line.

A Masterpiece Unveiled

Learning how to dye human hair wigs is a huge step toward this unique expression of individuality. At Tress Treasures by Yena LLC, we encourage creativity and self-expression through our premium human hair wigs. Follow these steps with care and attention to detail, and watch your wig transform into a personalized masterpiece that complements your style flawlessly.

Begin your dyeing journey today and embrace the boundless possibilities of self-expression with Tress Treasures by Yena LLC’s wigs!

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