Lace front wigs have been well received among wig amateurs these days because of their exceptional breathability and affordable price. If you’ve been contemplating changing the color of your lace front wig at home but worrying that you might stain the lace, here is a piece of good news for you. Dyeing a wig is an effective way to add some flavor to it and even beginners will be able to make it with the help of this blog. Above all, regular hair dyes are only suitable for human hair wigs since synthetic fibers cannot be penetrated like your natural hair. As you know, you can do anything to your human hair wigs as you do to your hair, so it's ideal to work with human hair wigs for the best results.
Go for a blonde wig first
Basically, it’s easier to start with a #613 blonde wig for the first time. This is because it is the lightest wig color so you can skip the bleaching step. Make sure your lace front wig is in good condition so that you can dye it virtually any color you can think of. You want a semi-permanent dye if you’re looking for a short-term change. Besides that, the dyes in a semi-permanent formula are less damaging to hair follicles because the color essentially sits on the surface. It is much less intimidating and often easier to apply.
Prepare your wig for dyeing
Wash your wig thoroughly in lukewarm water with sulfate-free shampoos. Deep conditioning is essential because hair dye will cause damage to the wig. BUT leave out the conditioner since it may cause the cuticles to close and make it difficult to penetrate the strands. After washing, pat dry the blonde wig with a soft towel and let dry naturally on a wig stand while you prepare the tools for dyeing. If you’re in a hurry, blow dry with a low setting. Use a wide-toothed comb to gently brush out any tangles or knots in your wig before you dye. This will make dyeing easier.
Protect the lace
The lace part is quite important to secure the wig and create an invisible appearance. That’s why you need to take good care of it before start dyeing. Since dye stains cannot be removed easily, the entire lace front wig might get ruined in case you stain the lace. Fortunately, here are a few tips to avoid. You can spread a generous layer of Vaseline onto the frontal lace and parting lines. Be careful not to apply the Vaseline to the fabric portions of the wig. Or coat the inside of the wig with a heavy hairspray, and allow plenty of time to dry and harden before getting into the dye. You can also use strong hair gel to coat around the hairline of the lace, and again, let it dry.
Apply the dye
For semi-permanent hair dye, it’s not necessary to mix the dye with the developer or any other products. First, you can conduct a test strand. Select a small wig section and apply the dye. Such test is suggested for any types of color treatment to see whether you like the results or not. After more than 40 minutes, you can see if the color aligns with your expectations. When it turns out fine, you can start the full dyeing process.
Step 1. Divide your wig into 4 to 6 separate sections based on hair volume.
Step 2. Put on gloves and apply the dye to hair strands with a hair dye brush. Start from the bottom and work your way from the root to the tip.
Step 3. Use a small brush and be careful not to touch the lace when it gets close to the lace surrounding area. Also, avoid the wig cap.
Step 4. Once you’ve completely coated the wig in the dye, use a comb or a wig brush to distribute the dye throughout the wig and ensure that the dye is evenly applied to the entire wig. This will help the dyed hair look more natural, which is key when it comes to human hair wigs.
After finishing all the processes, all you need is to wait anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes for the color to set. Once time is up, rinse the wig thoroughly with shampoo and follow up with a deep conditioning treatment to the tips of your wig to reduce chemical damage. Then you can dry the wig and let dry as you did after washing it regularly.
How long does the color stay?
Because the semi-permanent color doesn't fundamentally change the color or texture of your wig, the color washes out completely at last and the wig returns to its original blonde wig color. The typical lifespan of a semi-permanent shade is usually around 4-6 washes, which means you can enjoy your perfect color for a few weeks before it gradually fades.
How to get the most out of it?
You’d better not have your wig washed within two days of dyeing. Also, avoid washing your hair daily if you want to get the most out of a temporary hair color, and a little dry shampoo is all you need to freshen up between showers. You can consider investing in a quality shampoo and conditioner designed for colored hair. What’s more, remember to keep away from bright sunlight, which can damage pigmentation. With a bit of extra care, you can make your color last longer.
How often can I dye the wig?
Although you can dye the wig as often as you like, the frequency of dyeing directly affects your wig’s health condition. So how long should you wait in between dyes before the next? The answer is anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. But the most common answer is every 4 to 6 weeks. This helps you stay ahead of your root growth while also keeping your wig safe.
How to protect dye-damaged wig?
Deep condition your wig regularly can repair the damage, moisturize and soften the strands thoroughly. You’ll also need to trim the split or damaged ends promptly to prevent them from going upwards.
Upon finishing the reading, it’s time to dye your lace front wig by yourself. Hope you can make it and get ready to embrace a brand-new look.