How to Dye a Human Hair Wig

by Charlie Gaston

Caring for a human hair wig means taking the necessary precautions to handle and accurately apply dye. The process is moderately simple, but it does require some attention to detail and a strict adherence to the application time as well as the manufacturer's instructions.

Items you will need

  • Gloves
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Mixing bowl
Step 1

Wash the human hair wig to remove any product buildup or dirt and oils. Allow the wig to air-dry, or blow-dry 24 hours before coloring the wig.

Step 2

Use a large-tooth comb to separate the human hair into four sections. Comb the human hair wig to eliminate tangles.

Step 3

Use an at-home coloring system. Mix the color mixture in a plastic bowl or add system contents to the bottle provided. The process is easy: Simply follow the directions provided by the manufacturer. In most cases, you must combine a colorant to a color developer. An after-color conditioner will be applied later.

Step 4

Mix content thoroughly and then put on gloves. Open a window for ventilation.

Step 5

Place the human hair wig on a Styrofoam mannequin head, if available. Pull down on the human hair wig to secure to the head. Avoid pulling the hair, as the wig may slide off the mannequin head.

Step 6

Add color, starting at the top of the wig. Think of the top of the wig, where it is woven or sewn into the cap or lining, as the root of the wig. Always apply from the top and move around the crown of the human hair wig. Once the crown is covered, move down each section, working your way to the ends of the human hair. Then move to the next section.

Step 7

Allow the dye to sit for no more than 25 minutes. Human hair is subject to drying, breakage and loss of sheen. Avoid overprocessing your human hair wig by following the directions provided.

Step 8

Aid a light conditioner to the hair for 3 minutes. Dry and then style as needed.

Tips

  • Heat can be applied to a human hair wig.

Warnings

  • Do not use dye on human hair that is glued onto a stocking cap, as the tracks will come undone. Homemade and cheaper wigs are made this way.

About the Author

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.