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Comprehensive Guide On How To Dye Synthetic Hair Extensions

Comprehensive Guide On How To Dye Synthetic Hair Extensions

Last updated date Mon Jun 17 2024 By William Brown

Fashion Blog

Synthetic wigs come in a wide range from cheap to high prices and dark to light colors. They need extreme care and caution for maintenance as they can tangle easily, and the fibers lose softness if not stored properly. If you own a synthetic wig and are wondering, can you dye synthetic hair into some other color for an occasion, then keep reading. The synthetic wigs and hair extensions are handy in redefining your style. You sometimes need a different colored wig for a party or any other reason and are thinking to dye it, then here is all you need to know.

Can You Dye Synthetic Hair?

Synthetic hair is dyeable; however, you cannot do it using the regular hair dyes as the fibers of the synthetic wig are not penetrable like natural fibers. Moreover, the chemicals in these dyes damage the synthetic hair fibers. You need to prepare your dye for dyeing the artificial fibers. Also, synthetic wigs are readily available in many colors, and dyeing them is not yet a mainstream idea.

Can You Dye Synthetic Hair?

Differences Between Dying Synthetic Hair and Dying Natural Hair

Unlike your natural hair, synthetic fibers can not be bleached because the heat created while bleaching will damage the structure of strands. Darker color wigs cannot turn into lighter color by bleaching; hence you cannot use them for dyeing lighter color. For instance, you can dye dark brown into black but not into light brown. Similarly, a red extension dyed with green color gives brown color but not the green color. If you want a light-colored wig, you have to buy a new one or dye a blonde synthetic wig. It’s hard to dye synthetic hair yourself at home.

Differences Between Dying Synthetic Hair and Dying Natural Hair

Which Type Of Synthetic Wigs To Choose For Dyeing? Costly Or Cheap?

Commonly, it is strongly advised to use cheap wigs as they may sometimes get ruined in the process. Also, expensive wigs are smoother in texture that cannot accommodate the colors, and they wash off easily. Another right choice of synthetic wig suitable for dyeing is the about to discard wig. Such wigs are not too much of a loss, even if they do not turn out as expected.

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Preparation For Dying

Step 1: Wash your hair and apply fabric softener

Start by thoroughly washing your synthetic hair. Use a mild shampoo and gently massage it into the strands, making sure to remove any dirt or product buildup. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear. Then, using fabric softener to increase its softness and manageability.

Step 2: Dry your hair

Once your hair has already been cleaned and conditioned, you should let it dry completely. Pat dry with a towel and then let it air dry naturally. If you don’t have time, you can use a blow dryer to dry it quickly. However, the heat from the blow dryer will make some curls.

Step 3: Detangle and comb carefully

Let’s take some time to detangle and comb through it carefully. Remember to start at the ends and work your way up to avoid unexpected breakage.

How to Dye Synthetic Hair Using Alcohol-based Ink

Alcohol-based Ink is used widely to dye a synthetic wig. In a spray bottle, mix the alcohol-based ink and the water in 1:1 ratio dilution and shake well. This dilution ratio gives you nearly the same opaque color as the ink, and if you need lighter color, dilute it further and use it. When it comes to spray this combination on your hair, make sure to cover all areas evenly. Then run your fingers on the strands to ensure the dye covers the whole strands. You have to wait one hour or longer for the color to penetrate and bond effectively. Then rinse your hair under lukewarm water and wash it with shampoo to remove excess dye.

How to Dye Synthetic Hair Using Alcohol-based Ink

How to Dye Synthetic Hair Using Sharpie Ink

Open up the sharpie marker and use the ink tube to color the synthetic hair. Keep it in the spray bottle and add water. Let it be in the bottle the whole night for the ink to drain into the water to use as a dye. The next steps are the same as dying synthetic hair using alcohol-based ink. However, The reason why many women like using sharpie ink instead of alcohol-based ink is that sharpie ink allows them to get very eye-catching pastel colors.

How to Dye Synthetic Hair Using Sharpie Ink

How to Dye Synthetic Hair Using Acrylic Color

Dilute the ¼ acrylic color in 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to prepare the spray. Shake the spray bottle nicely for mixing the ingredients well. Then spray the mixture over your synthetic hair. Don’t forget to run your hair through the strands to ensure color covers them perfectly. With acrylic color, you have to wait longer than alcohol-based ink or sharpie ink, often from 2-3 hours. After dying your synthetic hair with acrylic color, your hair will become really hard and rough. Wash your hair with shampoo or soap, then leave it in the container with fabric softener inside. For softening synthetic hair, you only need 1-2 tablespoons with 3 liters of water.

How to Dye Synthetic Hair Using Acrylic Color

Tips to Maintain Your Synthetic Hair After Dying

Above, you understood the process of dying, and these wigs need a simple post routine of washing the wig until it runs clear. This process removes a little dye and makes the wig lighter. Ensure you use cold or normal water and not warm or hot water as the total color gets washed off with warm water. If the dye does not look dark enough, then you can always dye it again with the same color till you achieve the desired color. Complete the dyeing process and then follow the after application process for reliable results. If you do not perform this wash, the dye color of your wigs bleeds when they become wet. This action may stain your valuable dresses. When washed, this problem does not arise. Hence it is better to let it undergo a second rinse each time.

Tips to Maintain Your Synthetic Hair After Dying

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A few essential questions that commonly arise regarding synthetic wig dyeing are provided below.

Can you darken the color dyed wig?

Yes, you can darken the color of an already dyed synthetic wig by repeating the dyeing process followed by the after wash. It is similar to asking, can you dye synthetic hair? Just that it is dyed once it does not mean it can’t be dyed again and again. You can repeat it till you achieve the desired color, and each time the color deepens.

Will the dyed synthetic wig drip color?

If you do not follow the after application process and it gets wet by any liquid spills, rain, sweat, or in any other manner, then the color can drip. 

Does the dye wash off entirely?

Yes, it does wash off considerably if you use warm water and wash the wigs gently. However, take care not to tangle the hair during the process.


Follow the below mentioned before you start dyeing, during the dyeing process, and after washing.

  • Cover the place you choose to work appropriately to avoid dye stains.

  • Wear gloves to avoid dye getting on your hands.

  • If your hands have ink when you touch the wig, then you must allow it to dry for some more time.

  • Use only the wide-toothed comb for combing the synthetic wigs.

  • Use only a cool setting to blow dry the wig.

  • Do not soak the wig for more than 15 minutes each time; otherwise, they become coarse and brittle.


Transform your old synthetic wig into something intriguing by utilizing any of the procedures provided above. Hope your curiosity about the question - can you dye synthetic hair? is addressed beyond doubt in this detailed article.

Enjoy the vibrant and different hair color that alters your looks and gives you a fresh style. After all, you can make your dye and flaunt off the stunning looks using your DIY colored synthetic hair extensions.


William Brown

William Brown


William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.


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