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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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R1THISAK Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I have a question! How can you dye a black wig? Would fabric paint or even dipping the wig over and over into the sharpie ink work or would it make it shrivel up..?
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can't dye a black wig.  Just like you can't dye anything black to a different color.  You can try to paint it, but the wig fiber will suffer.

Now, are you asking how can you dye a wig to a black color?  Just get some black ink and go for it :)
R1THISAK Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Aw..alrighty then. But thanks! I was going to dye a black wig..but thanks so much though!!
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Selparda Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Hello, do you know a way to dye a wig, but that you still can easily remove the color when you are finish cosplaying? I want to buy a rapunzel wig and dye it green for a palutena cosplay, and later use it for a rapunzel cosplay. So do you know a possible way? :)
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can do that using this method, but not all of the color will come out - you may still have a tint or wash of the color you dyed to.  I do not know of a way to temporarily dye plastic and return it to its original color.
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ChaoticallyAwkward Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Um, I have a question. Is there any way I can dye parts of the wig? Like dyeing strips of the wig darker? I have a part cat character who has stripes, and I couldn't find a wig in the color I needed with them.
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, just separate the hair and spray dye it.
ChaoticallyAwkward Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright. Thank you. ^^
KellywoeshxD Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have a black wig, but i need the ends of the hairs to be dark green. Is this possible?

and what if i put the ends in bleach first?
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