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Sharpie Wig Dyeing Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay Sharpie Wig Dyeing Tutorial by FireLilyCosplay
I know there are a few others out there, but here is my tutorial for Sharpie dyeing a wig! This works best with Kanekalon and other premium synthetic wigs. Eleora and cheaper synthetic wigs may not dye evenly. Make sure to check your wig fiber content before attempting to dye!

I've had a lot of practice with this method, and this is the formula that works best for me, so I hope it can help you dye your wig the custom color you are looking for!

Many thanks to my friend Envel who helped me with my first Sharpie dyeing experience. Tutorial and all images therein are Copyright Fire Lily and

EDIT: Since so many people ask this question, I'm addressing it here. "How do I dye a wig black?" Since Black Sharpies are concentrated purple, you will have to use FW Ink, India Ink, or another Artists Ink and follow the FW Ink Dyeing Method: [link]

Another method is to color/sharpie the wig by hand using a black Sharpie. This will give it a slightly purple sheen, but it will come out black.
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icekitsune13darkfire 20 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
do you know if going from light purple to grey, what colour sharpie should i use? :3 i was thinking maybe black but i don't want it to turn out dark, (or more purple) should i use like silver or grey? idk if those would just wash out...sorry so many questions >.<
sjham 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU FOR THIS TUTORIAL *0*!!! Should I style a wig (with heat) BEFORE coloring it, or color it and THEN style it? Thanks!
kitkatty Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this awesome tutorial!! I'm hoping to get that light pink like you've got showing (bottom left), and I'm wondering how many sharpie's you used? I'm debating between using the sharpies or the FW ink, but it'll basically come down to which option is cheaper. The wig will be about chest length, for a goddess Madoka cosplay :3
Hi! I'm dying a wig and I want it to be a dark brown... what would I use to get that color?
FireLilyCosplay Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You'll probably have to use artist inks or FW inks in dark brown. Sharpies can't do a dark brown as the browns are red based and the black is concentrated purple.
Can you heat set the colors into the wig so they dont run everywhere?
FireLilyCosplay Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not that I am aware of, but you can try...?
Noiz-Bleu Mar 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I have a question, do you know if this will also work with highlighters? 
FireLilyCosplay Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not that I'm aware of.  Highlighter ink is very light and may not make much difference.
NekoNamiCosplay Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, I was wondering if it is possible to dye half of a wig using this method.  I've got a wig that I want to dye half bright pink, half bright blue, and I was wondering if this would work for that case.  Thanks!
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