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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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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can generally strip the dye out using plain rubbing alcohol without problems :)
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xXYamikoNekoXx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh i lav chu so mucho (?

thanks!!
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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...
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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.
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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 >.<
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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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kitkatty Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for this awesome tutorial!! I'm hoping to get that light pink like you've got showing (bottom left), and I'm wondering how many sharpie's you used? I'm debating between using the sharpies or the FW ink, but it'll basically come down to which option is cheaper. The wig will be about chest length, for a goddess Madoka cosplay :3
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ThatFuzzyFeeling Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Hi! I'm dying a wig and I want it to be a dark brown... what would I use to get that color?
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You'll probably have to use artist inks or FW inks in dark brown. Sharpies can't do a dark brown as the browns are red based and the black is concentrated purple.
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ThatFuzzyFeeling Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
Thanks much!
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