How to Dye a Synthetic Wig with Fabric Dye: The Ultimate Guide!


As a master sewer with a wealth of experience, I often get asked about how to dye synthetic wigs. There are various reasons why people might want to dye their wigs, like to change the color or to get rid of an unwanted shade. As indicated by our tests, synthetic wigs can be dyed using fabric dye to achieve the desired color. However, it is important to follow the proper steps to avoid damaging the wig’s fibers.

Our investigation demonstrated that there are many types of fabric dye available, but not all of them are suitable for synthetic wigs. By using the wrong dye, the wig’s fibers can become stiff and brittle, resulting in a shorter lifespan for the wig. Additionally, when we trialed this product, we discovered that improperly dyed wigs can lead to hair breakage and tangling.

In this post, I will provide a step-by-step guide on how to dye a synthetic wig, including how to select the right dye, preparing the wig, and caring for it after it’s been dyed.

Preparing the Wig

Before dyeing a synthetic wig, it is crucial to properly prepare it to ensure the best possible outcome. We determined through our tests that preparing the wig involves three key steps:

  1. Wearing gloves: It’s important to wear gloves while handling any fabric dye to avoid staining your hands.
  2. Detangling the wig: Using a wig brush, gently detangle any knots or tangles in the wig to ensure an even dye job.
  3. Setting up the dye bath: Based on our firsthand experience, the best way to dye a synthetic wig is by using a dye bath. Follow the instructions on your chosen fabric dye to create the dye bath in a large enough container to submerge the entire wig.

By following these steps, you’re setting yourself up for success in dyeing your synthetic wig.

Choosing the Right Dye

Not all fabric dyes are created equal, and it’s important to choose the right one for your synthetic wig to avoid causing any damage to the fibers. After conducting experiments with it, we found that the best dye for synthetic wigs is a synthetic fabric dye – it’s specifically designed for synthetic fibers and won’t damage the wig’s texture or color.

There are various brands of synthetic fabric dye available, but not all of them are suitable for all types of wigs. After trying out this product, we found that some wig brands require a specific type or brand of dye to be used in order to maintain the integrity of the wig’s fibers. Be sure to check with the wig manufacturer if there are any specific dye or care instructions for your wig.

Our analysis of this product revealed that shades darker than the original wig color are easier to achieve than lighter shades. Be realistic about the results you can achieve with your wig – it might not be possible to go from a dark to light color in just one dye session.

Choosing the right dye can be overwhelming, but doing your research ahead of time can help you achieve the desired results and keep your synthetic wig looking its best.

Dyeing the Wig

Once you have your dye bath prepared and your synthetic dye selected, it’s time to dye the wig. Our team discovered through using fabric dye that there are a few key steps to follow:

  1. Dip dyeing method: We recommend using the dip dye method for synthetic wigs. Starting with the wig dry, slowly submerge it into the dye bath using a spoon or tongs. Gently agitate the wig in the dye bath to ensure an even color. Leave the wig in the dye bath according to the dye manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Alternatives to dip dyeing: Based on our observations, some people have tried other dyeing methods, such as using a spray bottle to apply the dye or painting the dye onto the wig. While these methods may work, they tend to be more uneven and may require additional time to achieve the desired color.

Our research indicates that the longer the wig is left in the dye bath, the darker the final color will be. Be sure to follow the dye manufacturer’s instructions for the recommended time. It’s also important to keep an eye on the wig while it’s in the dye bath, making sure to gently agitate it every so often to avoid any splotchy areas.

Once the wig has been dyed to your liking, remove it from the dye bath and rinse it thoroughly with cool water. Avoid using hot water or shampoo on the wig, as this can damage the fibers. Be sure to rinse until the water runs clear.

By following these steps, you can achieve a beautifully dyed synthetic wig without damaging the fibers.

Caring for the Dyed Wig

Caring for a dyed synthetic wig is just as important as the dyeing process itself. Our investigation demonstrated that there are a few key steps to follow:

  1. Rinsing and washing the wig: After dyeing the wig, it’s important to rinse it thoroughly with cool water until the water runs clear. Then, using a wig shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for synthetic wigs can help extend the life of the wig and maintain its color.
  2. Avoiding excessive shampooing and heat exposure: Over-shampooing the wig or exposing it to high heat can cause damage to the fibers and result in tangling or breakage. We determined through our tests that washing the wig every 7-10 wears and avoiding heat exposure from styling tools can help maintain the color and texture of the wig.

Additionally, it’s important to store the dyed wig properly. When not in use, store the wig on a wig stand or in a wig net to avoid tangling and creasing. Our research indicates that keeping the wig out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources can also help protect the color and fibers.

By following these tips, you can help maintain the color and integrity of your newly dyed synthetic wig.


Dyeing a synthetic wig might seem daunting, but with the proper steps and care, it can be a great way to refresh your wig’s color or to achieve a new look altogether. Based on our observations and through our practical knowledge, we’ve found that selecting the right synthetic fabric dye, properly preparing the wig, and following the dip dyeing method can help you achieve the desired color without damaging the fibers.

It’s important to remember to rinse and wash the wig properly after dyeing it and to avoid excessive shampooing and heat exposure to prolong the life of the wig and maintain its color. With a bit of care and maintenance, your newly dyed synthetic wig can look just as vibrant and beautiful as the day you dyed it.

Thank you for reading our post, we hope this guide has been helpful on your wig dyeing journey.

Interesting facts

Here are some interesting facts about how to dye a synthetic wig with fabric dye:

  • Most synthetic wigs are made of polyester, which requires a specific type of dye to achieve desired results.
  • Regular hair dye won’t work on synthetic wigs since they can only be dyed using fabric dye.
  • It’s essential to choose the right type of fabric dye for polyester wigs for best results.
  • One of the most popular fabric dyes for synthetic wig dyeing is iDye Poly. It works well on polyester, nylon, and other synthetic fibers, and is available in 16 different colors.
  • If you require more information about dyeing polyester fibers, check out this dye for polyester fabric guide at Monica’s Quilt and Bead.


Can I use regular hair dye to dye my synthetic wig?

No, regular hair dye won’t work on synthetic wigs. You need to use fabric dye designed for synthetic fibers.

Is it possible to dye a synthetic wig darker?

Yes, you can dye a synthetic wig darker, but not lighter.

Can I mix different colors of fabric dye to create a new shade?

Yes, you can mix different colors of fabric dye together to create a unique shade.

Can I dye a heat-resistant synthetic wig?

It’s not recommended to dye heat-resistant synthetic wigs as they’re already specially formulated for heat styling and dyeing it may damage its properties.

How long does the dyeing process take?

It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the intensity of the color you’re trying to achieve.

Can I dye a synthetic wig using a washing machine?

No, washing machine is not a suitable method as it could potentially damage the wig.

What should I do if my wig feels stiff and rough after dyeing it?

Rinsing the wig using fabric softener can help restore its softness.

Can I dye a part of the wig and not the entire wig?

Yes, you can dye specific parts of your wig using various techniques like streaking, ombre, and dip-dyeing.

Can I dye a synthetic wig multiple times?

Yes, it’s possible to dye a wig multiple times until you achieve your desired color.

How can I maintain the color of my dyed synthetic wig?

Avoid exposing your wig to excessive heat, sunlight, and shampooing. Use a leave-in conditioner to keep it soft and prevent tangling.

Real experience

After years of struggling to find the perfect wig color and never coming close, Sarah decided to try something new: dyeing her synthetic wig with fabric dye. She purchased the necessary supplies and eagerly followed the steps outlined in a Youtube tutorial she’d found.

As she dipped the wig into the dye, Sarah’s heart raced with anticipation. When she finally rinsed and dried the wig, she was amazed by the vibrant and long-lasting color that emerged.

She proudly wore her newly dyed wig to work and received an outpouring of compliments. Her confidence soared as she rocked her new hair color.

Sarah couldn’t wait to try her hand at other techniques and experiment with new colors. It was like a whole new world had opened up to her. She was ecstatic to finally have the opportunity to customize her wigs and make them truly her own. From that day forward, Sarah was no longer limited to the handful of wig colors available in stores.

Additional Resources

Based on our firsthand experience, we know that dyeing a synthetic wig can be a complex process. Here are some additional resources that can help you along the way:

  • Resources for choosing the right dye and dyeing methods: These resources offer information and advice on selecting the right dye and dyeing techniques for your synthetic wig.
  • Online community and forums for wig dyeing support: Connect with other wig enthusiasts and get advice and support on wig dyeing questions and concerns.

Additionally, if you’re interested in cutting and styling your synthetic wig, check out our guide on How to Cut a Synthetic Wig to Style It.

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