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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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NekoNamiCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome, thank you!  :)
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NekoNamiCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For specific colors, I'm looking for the electric blue in the picture where you're wearing glasses and a more bright, neon-y pink in the picture with the yellow glove.  
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CATZMONEY Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Could this possibly work to dye parts of a Black wig blue?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No.  You have to use a lighter color wig and dye to dark.  You cannot dye a dark wig a lighter color.  That's common sense :)
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Spookura Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
I have a question. I coloured my wig with shades of black, but after washing the wig two times it still gives off colour when I run my hands through it. How many times should I wash the wig to get rid of this? I washed them both till the water was clear. I did wash them both times with shampoo, could this be the reason why it doesn't stick to the wig that well?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wash as many times as it takes until the wig doesn't run anymore.  However, there will still be residual color on the wig that will come off with your body oils and with styling products.  So don't touch it unless necessary and go easy on the styling products.
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Spookura Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Thank you for the reply!! I'll keep it in mind :)
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Cartoonsforever Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a few questions.

Will the wig come out rough once it is rinsed, dried and brushed after dyed with the sharpie coloring?

Will I be able to style the wig using heat sources (i.e. Curling irons, straighteners, etc.) without the chance of the wig catching on fire or destroying the wig?

Is there any chance that I could rinse the wig enough to guarantee there is no running of the colors onto my costume what-so-ever?

If not, how often/bad does a properly rinsed wig tend to leave behind color?
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collarfox Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
i've not done any of this, but i will point out that you cannot use heat to style a synthetic wig, period.  this is a method to dye synthetic hair because you cannot use hair dye on synthetics, it will just wash out. if you have a human hair wig, just use regular dye.
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Cartoonsforever Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay thank you. :)
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