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Tutorial - Wig Dyeing by KuragariSensei Tutorial - Wig Dyeing by KuragariSensei
Second tutorial~

A friend of mine, :iconazurimi:, knew I was going to dye one of my wig and wanted to know how I would proceed. So I thought... Why not make a tutorial about it ? XD
It was my first time dyeing a wig ever O.O
I was so scared to ruin it >.<!!! But it came out great!
I didn't put any picture of myself with it caaauussse... it's still drying up a bit XD
But I'll have pictures soon enough :iconshaplz:

So anyway... I hope you enjoyed it and if you have any question you can ask! ^^

Sorry for the messy workshop XD
Also, if you're not doing it outside, you may want to protect the surrounding surfaces around like I did with that sheet XD

**EDIT** WIP of Kise from Kuroko no Basket with the wig [link] / [link]
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Tutorial and dye made by me~
I don't own Kuroko no Basket (even if you can't tell yet that I cosplayed Kise)
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:iconeternal-song:
eternal-song Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
oh god thank you so much
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:iconthe-magnificent-unsu:
So I've seen this tutorial a lot, and a lot of people have really good results. I'm just having issues. I've got 70% rubbing alcohol, FW acrylic ink in burnt umber, and a long orange wig I'm trying to get a more rusty color. I'll let the wig dry lying down in my tub for 24 hours, turning it around and spreading out the hair to make sure it all dries, but as soon as the water hits it it ALWAYS rinses out. The color change has been so slight even after 2 bottles it's barely noticeable, and not anywhere close to where I need it to be. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong, since I use the right alcohol, the right ink, the right ratio, and cold as ice water to rinse. And as soon as I start to squeeze the water out of the wig so it can dry, there's a waterfall of brown. Has anyone else had this issue? Have they found a way around it?
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KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
I had a bit of an issue with the color rubbing off after a bit of time. But I use some hair spray and a color sealer in spray to fix it. But it's the first time that I hear that the color rinse off immediately though.... 
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:iconthe-magnificent-unsu:
Like I said, it'll stain it slightly, but it's very little when you figure how many dyes it has gone through. I'm going to let it set for 2 days, see if that helps. About all else I use on it is some wig detangler to help when I comb it out after rinsing, but it's very little added moisture so I don't know how that also makes all the color wash out when I rinse again. I'm starting to think it's just the wig being a butt.
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Ahaha xD
I already tried to dye an old one... I think that the fibers were too damaged and it was really too old... It didn't came out well so I just threw it away xD
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:iconanimegirl007:
animegirl007 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Nice tutorial :nod:
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Thanks ^^
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:iconlittle-star14:
little-star14 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can this also work on a brown wig to black
And since I'm only using 1 dye color how much dye and rubbing alcohol should I use ( in measurements please )
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
It could yeah ^^
Like I said just before the mix I used it's 8 full squeezes of ink for 1 cup of alcohol 
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:iconlittle-star14:
little-star14 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
alrighty thanks so much :D
and i thought so just making sure thanks so much :hug:
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
You're welcome ^^
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:iconpontiac1968:
Pontiac1968 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Would this method work for dying a cheap pink wig black? I've had this short cheap wig for a number of years, and I've never used it, I thought could die it black for a cosplay I'm working on right now, so do you think it'll work?
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
You can always try.
I don't guarantee at it will work since never change a wig that drastically though.
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:iconpontiac1968:
Pontiac1968 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I'll give it a shot, thanks!
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
You're welcome ^^
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:iconairiemi:
Airiemi Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool! So if I use yellow fw ink on a super light platinum blonde, will i get a pale yellow blonde? I also don't want a neon yellow wig.
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013
Make sure to put less ink in your mix then!
Rinse well between the applications to look at the color you got.
So a light yellow it's better to put less ink but to do more applications. It's the better way to do it without having a neon yellow wig
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:iconairiemi:
Airiemi Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks it turned out well! But when I rub the wig hair with my fingers I get some yellow on it, does that happen to you?
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Yeah... I had to rinse it a few times then I spray some Got2b to seal it
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:iconcalligaro:
calligaro Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
can you dye a wig that has a dark colour and do the same thing. I have a blood red wig which is nice except the tips of the hair need to be maroon. Is it the same principle? what is I wanted to make it lighter, do you know if that would work in case I may want to do it in the future?
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
I guess you could alway pin away the fibers that you don't want to dye and put something to protect it over them.
But you can't really make a wig lighter. You can change to coloring or make it darker. I still don't know a way to make it lighter
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:iconcalligaro:
calligaro Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
ill have to try plan B, glad i asked. Thank you!
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
You're welcome ^^
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:iconderpyfox110:
DerpyFox110 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I have just one question. Does FW ink come in any artsy store???
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Yes. I bought mine at a local craft store
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:iconpastacakeve:
PastaCakeVe Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask where you got your wig? I think it's absolutely awesome! And wow it's England's? It's a really nice wig ^^ This tutorial was great! My Denmark wig is a bit to yellowish so I need to get it a bit more brownish and this tutorial will help a lot! Now I just need to find similar stuff in Norway ;A;
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
I bought it from ebay XD
Yeah you can easily mix a little bit less of ink (it will just give a smaller shade of yellow) and instead of orange you can use a bit of brown
As long as it is Acrylic Ink
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:iconhence-ferula:
Hence-Ferula Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Super awesome tutorial! Thanks!
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I'm glad you like it ^^
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:iconangelofdarkness217:
AngelOfDarkness217 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
what cosplay was in the first picture, it kind of looks like England from Hetalia
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
It's my England's wig XD
But I find that it was yellowish enough for him... and I cut it... It was a really failed attempt at Kise Ryouta from Kuroko no Basket XD
It was that attempt that convince me to dye it
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:iconangelofdarkness217:
AngelOfDarkness217 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
XD I just started doing Hetalia cosplay, so when I saw the wig, I thought "It's Iggy's hair!!!" (lol fangirl moment)
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
I actually have a few pictures as Iggy XD
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:iconangelofdarkness217:
AngelOfDarkness217 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
really? *searches your gallery like a crazy fangirl* XD lolz
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Woah XD That was something XD
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:iconangelofdarkness217:
AngelOfDarkness217 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
XD I am a complete Hetalia fangirl ha ha
Now if only I could find someone who likes doing Hetalia cosplay to date me
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Ahaha it's okay~
Do you go to some conventions ?
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:iconanimegirl007:
animegirl007 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Nice tutorial :nod: ....Thanks!!
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Thank you ^^
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:icongwan-chan:
Gwan-chan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
very good tut! All other tutorials of these says that you have to buy those goddamn sharpies, it's nice to know that there is another (cheaper) way
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Yeah sharpies are expensive. There's juste some color you can't buy alone so you have to buy packs and packs of sharpies... I don't want to know how expensive it would be.
And it's messy too. You have to open the markers and squeeze out the ink... And it's less accurate for the mix.

A bottle of FW ink can be sell between 4-7$ here.
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:icongwan-chan:
Gwan-chan Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
exactly! So when I have to go colour a wig, I will go look for ink :)
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Well good luck ! ^^
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:iconokami-chan1023:
okami-chan1023 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
any advice when it comes to dyeing a caramel brown wig to black? im horrible with dyeing wigs >.<
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Well... It was my first time dyeing one...
But the first rule is that you can't lighten a wig, you can only tint it (like I did) or darken it.
I don't think it should be a big problem. Especially if it's too black XD
But I am no expert ^^"
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:iconmissnightmares:
MissNightmares Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
thank you! :D been looking for one
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
I'm glad that it can be of any help ! ^^
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:iconmissnightmares:
MissNightmares Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
i won't spend much money on another good looking wig...i can dye my white one now ~ :3
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:iconkuragarisensei:
KuragariSensei Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Yeah.
The fun part with a white one is that you can dye it in... every color you want XD
Though it might need you more than the only coat I did
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:iconmissnightmares:
MissNightmares Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
i know...does it work good too with a blonde one?
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