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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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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's not actual dye. It's ink. Even if it rubs off on your hair or skin you can just wash it off. It can stain clothing, though.
xletmelive267x Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is so awesome!! Will this remove curls from a wig? The wig I want to purchase is super curly and I like it that way, but they don't make it in the color I need. What do you think?
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It shouldn't do anything to the condition of the wig fiber except to color it.  The state of the fiber (curly, straight, etc) should remain unaffected.  I have dyed a curly wig before and it remained just as curly when I was finished. 
xXYamikoNekoXx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
honeeey D: i have a question, if iwant to UNDYE it later, with this method i'll can?
i mean, i tried with permanent markers and it worked out the "undye" thingie >-< with this one will work too?
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can generally strip the dye out using plain rubbing alcohol without problems :)
xXYamikoNekoXx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh i lav chu so mucho (?

silver-bluewind Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Will it work using wigs that already have color (brown, blonde, red, etc.) or does it blend the colors together/not get dyed well. How saturated is the color and how well does the wig sustain it (or does it depend on the kind of fiber the wig uses)? Is this a better method compared to using others (like the FW Ink and such).

I'm actually a bit hesitant to try since I draw often and use Sharpies to ink, and seeing them used this way kinda makes my inner artist scream in horror at all the wasted drawings. ^^; But it seems the easiest (and cheapest) compared to FW Ink or Copic markers...
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You have to think of it as staining the plastic wig fibers rather then "dyeing."  If you have red plastic, lighter colors won't show up at all, and darker colors will only affect the red but not necessarily completely re-color the red.  As long as you let the ink stain the fibers for long enough at a high enough concentration, you should be able to obtain a good color.  And as long as you was our the excess thoroughly, the wig won't bleed everywhere (though some run-off is to be expected with red-based colors).

I haven't tried the other methods, but this one works fine for me.  Some others prefer FW inks due to the different colors available.
icekitsune13darkfire Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  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!
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