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Dying your wig at home with a box dye.

April 17, 2013

Below are a few tips for the most even application:

1. prepare all your supplies in advance. Taking breaks to go fish out a towel, brush or other tools may make one spot take longer and darker than others. Read all instructions twice before starting.

2. Most color packages recommend a test patch and we do too: permanent color can be tricky and may take much darker than expected if your past experience is only with semi-permanent.

3. Most color packages recommend starting from the bottom up, but on wigs, we advise starting from the top down: wigs oxidize on the top the most and therefore need the color to sit longer on top.

4. Check how many ounces the total product in the box is. Compare it with your previous experience. Wigs are thicker than hair, so longer lengths may need two boxes! Mix both boxes together before you start working, because if you have to stop in the middle, your color application will take unevenly.

5. In our opinion, when applying liquid color, your best bet is not only to apply it to the scalp, but to allow it to saturate the scalp for the most even application and no orange stains at the roots! If you rinse the scalp completely, preferably using a spray hose for extra pressure, you can get it to come out a natural color, with only the slightest bit of tint, which will fade within a wash or two. Only the reddest reds, bluest shades of black and the ashiest (grayish) shades of brown will leave behind a tint of the scalp if rinsed correctly. Creme color is different though, and may be more difficult to rinse, so shop wisely.

6. Brush the wig completely and thoroughly before starting and throughout application. Make sure no sections of hair are pinned underneath the wig around the hairline, ears and bottom edges too. Perhaps the most important instruction is to work in small sections, making sure to brush through each section properly and completely. Knots left in any area may not be permeated with color and will leave stains. Saturate the cap with color too, so that you don’t have dyes stains left at the roots either.

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