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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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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?
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?
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.
JoelmaDiasLopes Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  New member Student General Artist
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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?
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It should go completely blue.
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 Sep 17, 2014  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 Sep 18, 2014  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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