One of the great things about human hair wigs  is their versatility and the fact that you can style them as you like.

That means you can dye them, much like your own hair.

But the question is – how you can dye a human hair wig at home by yourself without damaging the wig.

If you’ve invested in a high-quality wig, you want to make sure it lasts the 1-3 years that you know it should. So, you need to know how to dye a wig at home and protect your investment.

Let’s look at how to do so, plus a little bonus on how to avoid dying altogether if you’re not comfortable with the process.

Step 1. Know Your Current Wig Color

Knowing the color of your current wig will help with the dying process. If your wig color is of a lighter shade, then it’s easier to dye it something darker. If it’s on the intensely darker side, you may need to bleach before you can dye if you’d like a very light shade.

Step 2: Gather Your Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need to dye your wig at home:

  • Dye brush
  • Dye
  • Bleach
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Mixing bowl
  • Gloves
  • Wig head
  • Towel
  • Shampoo
  • Brush
  • Blow dryer

 how to dye a wig

Step 3: Follow the Dyeing Process

The Prep Phase

  • Wash the wig.

Shampoo the wig before dyeing. This is especially important if you’ve used chemicals or styling products in the wig before. Don’t condition.

how to dye a wig

  • Dry wig.

You can choose to blow dry the wig. Or, if you plan ahead, leave the wig to dry naturally.

how to dye a wig


how to dye a wig

  • Brush out the air.

Once the wig is dried, place it on your wig head, secure with some T-pins and comb and brush to detangle and free it of knots.

how to dye a wig

The Dyeing Phase

Before you start, you’ll need to protect the lace from dyeing. You can put styling gel on the lace and leave it to dry (or blow-dry). Then seal the gel in place with freeze spray and dry. Alternatively, you can apply a thick layer of Vaseline to the lace to prevent any stains from the dye.

  1. Lay the clean, dry wig on a flat surface.
  2. Follow the package instructions to mix the dye in a bowl with the developer.  
  3. Brush the dye into the hair with the dye brush being careful to avoid the knots by the scalp. (If you’re only doing highlights, you can do this process on a wig head).
  4. Leave the dye on the hair in keeping with the dye instructions.
  5. Rinse wig under warm water until it runs clear.
  6. Apply conditioner as per dye box instructions.
  7. Towel-dry the hair. Place on the wig head and allow to dry or go ahead and to dye a wig

Once dry, you should see the new color coming through.

Pro tips:

Make sure to test the process on a small part of the hair that’s not easily seen before trying on the full wig.

Getting a wig that’s already dyed

Some online wig companies sell high-quality human hair wigs that are already dyed. So, for example, here at Hairvivi, you can find wigs in a variety of colors ranging from blonde, brown, to red highlights.

Here are just 4 of our gorgeously colored wigs that you’ll be sure to love and which you won’t run the risk of ruining by trying to dye it yourself.

They all come with bleached knots, 3 options for the fake scalp to match your skin tone, and natural-looking hairline that’s already pre-plucked.

1. Hairvivi Zuri Wig (reverse ombre)

Our Zuri is a reverse ombre lace front wig. With a honey blond hair transitioning to the natural black color below, it’s a gorgeous reverse ombre look without you needing to dye the hair on your own to get the look.

how to dye a wig

how to dye a wig

2. Hairvivi Elliot Wig

If you’re looking for a wig with blond layers, Elliot is the perfect choice for you.

Elliot darling is available as a 13x6 frontal wig and a 5x5 closure wig to suit your preference. She comes straightened. But as she’s 100% human virgin hair, you can add curls in the future if you so desire.

how to dye a wig

how to dye a wig

how to dye a wig

3. Hairvivi Bella Wig

The Bella wig, featured with naturally transitioned ombre brown and deliberately added blonde highlights, is perfect for every season. You can wear it  both in your daily life and special events.

how to dye a wig

4. Hairvivi Eve Wig

Step out bold with Eve in a glorious red. Long and wavy, Eve is a statement piece unlike any other. Eve also comes in two option as a 13x6 frontal wig and a 5x5 closure.

how to dye a wig

how to dye a wig

Try our colored human hair wigs today.

December 31, 2020

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