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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 FireLilyCosplay.com.

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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BlueRosePetalsQueen Featured By Owner 3 days ago
thank you
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you do this with doll wigs such as LIV?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't see why not. Ink will stain any plastic fiber.
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks =) and also, does the sharpie ink come off with water, fade off, or is it permanent?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Relatively permanent. Will come off with rubbing alcohol or alcohol based hair products. Red-based colors will rub off onto fabrics.
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ThestralWizard Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I see ;) 
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thegreatsix Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Does this also work well this Sharpie highlighters?  I'm trying to do a female Jak (from Jak II) cosplay and I found a blonde wig, but it's not electric yellow enough for me.  I'm considering making the same alcohol solution but using Sharpie Highlighter yellow.  Will this work?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No. Highlighters don't provide enough solid color; more of a wash, really. You can try adding it to regular yellow Sharpie ink to make that yellow a bit hotter, but I'd recommend just buying a yellow wig.
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thegreatsix Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :) (Smile) 
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xXLadySapphireXx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If I dye strands of my wig and wash it after, would the dye bleed onto undyed strands?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It shouldn't, as long as you don't touch them a lot or apply a lot of alcohol-based styling products. There may be a slight rub off, but it won't be very noticeable.
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xXLadySapphireXx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm okay thanks, also, what would be a good way to wash/rinse a wig? I'm new to the dying and washing
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just rinse it in water. I mention that in the tutorial. Avoid regular shampoo or soap due to the alcohol content.
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rykku-chan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hello! im trying to dye a light blonde wig a more sandy blonde/ ashe blonde color. any tips on how many sharpies to use for this? (for cindy from ffxv) it looks like you used four sharpies for you wig, right? im almost going for a tint.
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure you can use Sharpies to get that color. You'll have to test it yourself - sorry!
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supercalifragile Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Have you been able to wash this out of wigs? 
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, this is permanent. You can try stripping the color out with rubbing alcohol, but it will stay somewhat stained.
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KyonAyanamiChan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay so I have this bright orange wig that I can't do anything with and I wanted to try dying it dark brown. Do you think this method would work?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can certainly try. I'd recommend using artist inks rather than Sharpies to get dark brown, since Sharpie Browns are red based
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KyonAyanamiChan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the feedback :3
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LinkIsMine Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I'm trying to find a way to dye doll hair White/silver and was wondering if it's even possible? I've searched everywhere and most people are saying to just reroot the doll but I've never rerooted a doll before and I'm scared I will permanently damage the doll by trying to reroot. So I wanted to see about trying to use dye (possibly with the sharpie method as to not damage the doll hair) so I don't have to worry about messing up the doll's head (plus spending the extra money to buy the extra hair for rerooting) But the color I want/need the hair to be is either WHITE or SILVER, and the doll I'm using is a Monster High doll. If I could get some opinions on this, it will be MUCH appreciated! ;u;
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can't dye anything white - dye doesn't work that way. You can only dye white hair to silver, and it will most likely only turn grey and slightly sparkled than actual silver. Re-rooting is your only option.
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LinkIsMine Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there a way I can use some kinda paint-pens or something to color the hair, like by coloring each strand individualy? (btw thanks for replying <3)
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can try, but the paint may leave a powdery or gritty residue on the fiber.
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LinkIsMine Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay I will definitely try and see how it works out. Worst case scenario I'll have to figure out how to re-root the hair. lol
Thanks for the input! (o' u 'o)/
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HeirOfGlee Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Do it rub off easily on white clothes
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes. More so on red based colors, so be sure to rinse all the excess out as much as possible.
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rosewald Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Do you think this would work with a lace front wig?
I'm looking into buying a synthetic lace front and the shop that has what i'm looking for unfortunately doesn't have the color I need.  I'm just worried that if i follow this method it will dye the lace.
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It may dye the lace, but you can use the rubbing alcohol to clean it off and remove most of the color. A little bit of soap will help clean it further.
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rosewald Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Okay, thank you :D
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Little-Dead-Riding Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Super helpful tutorial, can you use this to dye just in streaks? 
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure. Just separate the wig fibers out that you want to dye and apart them with Sharpie solution.
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Little-Dead-Riding Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks!
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MyBloodyTears3 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015
I've been trying to get the right color for natural looking roots on a blonde wig but my mixtures don't seem to be right. I've looked at other people but can't seem to find one that doesn't have the sharpie mixture made when they go through their tutorial. Any suggestions?!
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not really sure, but maybe try a different medium, like FW ink, copic markers, or just hand marker the roots.
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StrainseirShadow Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Can hydrogen peroxide work instead of rubbing alcohol? 
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No. Peroxide is used to bleach/remove stains and won't work.
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StrainseirShadow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright! Thank you! :3
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Sabama Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
After the wig has been dyed like this, how can you wash it without the color coming out? Or is it just not possible? (as in every time you have to wash it, you have to also re dye it?)

Also, will the wig color sweat onto clothes? Do I have to worry about the color rubbing off onto my clothes?

Thanks for the tutorial~
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Once the wig fibers are dyed, they will always retain the new color in some part. And, yes, it will run off into your clothing/skin - more so if it's red or brown or black. That's why you need to remove as much excess color as possible after dyeing.
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bean93 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
Thanks for the tutorial! I would like to ask your advice. I am trying to get a blonde wig to a more orange wig. Is this color change possible?

This is the color I am trying to get : www.bing.com/images/search?q=s…

 I am trying to get this Epiccosplay wig www.epiccosplay.com/autumn-gol… to this color www.epiccosplay.com/autumn-ora… (but a little bit more toned down and brown than super bright orange)
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes. Just mix up some orange ink solution.
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Secretariatess Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a blue wig that I'm trying to get a light purple.  Do you know how this will affect the color, and if there's anything I can do to use it to my advantage?
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SugarGaL Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi, thanks for the tutorial! Your wigs look amazing after the dye! Gonna try this to dye my blonde-green wig to a slightly lighter tone.

Have you tried using hairspray on your wigs? Would it make the colour run?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The alcohol content in styling products won't make the color run unless you are using a ton of it or you are styling when wet.
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JoelmaDiasLopes Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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AuricEspeon Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
This is a great tutorial!!! I haven't tried it yet because I wanted to check something- I have a light purple wig and I want to dye it dark blue (Wendy Marvell colored). Will it still have a purple tint or will it be completely blue?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It should go completely blue.
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