Synthetic wigs have always been favored by a large number of girls with their affordable prices and amazing style memory. So if you are already tired of your wig and want to restyle your wig, it is a good choice to dye it. Then can you dye a synthetic wig? This blog aims to tell you how to dye a synthetic wig and a few things you need to know.

Can You Dye A Synthetic Wig?

The answer is yes, but the dyeing process of synthetic wigs is more challenging than human hair wigs. And you can’t dye a synthetic wig with regular hair dye because synthetic hair isn't as permeable as human hair, and the chemicals in the dye can damage synthetic hair fibers. So the fabric dyes that are specifically made for polyester and synthetic materials are better.

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The Challenge Of Dyeing A Synthetic Wig?

Because synthetic materials, created from processed fibers such as polyester, acrylic, and polyvinyl, don’t have the natural pigments that real human hair does, regular hair dyes will not work on synthetic wigs. If you are going to dye your synthetic wig, we recommend fabric dyes specifically made for polyester and synthetic materials.

Plus, it is impossible to dye a synthetic wig into lighter color. They cannot be bleached. Therefore, you have to choose a darker color than your wig. Generally, white wigs, silver wigs, and pastel wigs are usually the easiest to dye.

What Synthetic Wigs Are Apt For Dyeing?

The color of the wig: You are probably wondering how to dye a synthetic wig a lighter color. Because the hair of the synthetic wig lacks toughness, the bearing capacity is also worse. Therefore, the color of synthetic wigs cannot be faded. In other words, light-colored wigs are easier to dye, while darker wigs cannot be bleached to a lighter color. For example, if you want to dye a synthetic wig dark brown, dont choose a black one, a lighter wig is better. Therefore, using a pastel-colored wig or a white wig is ideal for coloring.

A new or used wig: We strongly advise you to choose a cheaper and used wig. Because your synthetic wigs may sometimes get ruined in the process. Also, expensive wigs are smoother in texture that cannot accommodate the colors, not only are they difficult to color, but they are also easy to fade. Besides, a discarded synthetic wig is more suitable for dyeing. Such wigs are not too much of a loss, even if they do not turn out as expected, which will minimize your losses.

How To Dye A Synthetic Wig?

If youd like to take the risk of dyeing synthetic wigs, you can try to follow the steps.

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What you will need: 1 bottle of fabric dye, a pot, a stove, a large tong

1. Take some protective measures

Wear an apron to keep the dye from staining your clothes, and a pair of gloves to protect your hands from dye and boiling water. This is a step that cannot be ignored, and your safety is the number one priority no matter what you do.

2. Boil water

Prepare a large pot and put it on a stove. Bring it to almost a near boil, wait until the bubbles start slowly popping up. You don't want the water to be boiling.

3. Add the dye into the water

Shake the bottle and pour some dye into the pot. To prevent you from pouring too much, please keep small amounts and multiple times. You can use a paper towel to kind of see where you're at with the pigment. If you find the color is too light on the paper towel, add more to the pot and stir them with a large tong.

4. Put your wig into the wig

Take put your synthetic wig and put it in the pot. Secured the front with the tongs so that I won't die any part of the front of the wig. You will never want your wig cap to get colored. Leave your wig in the pot for a few minutes.

5. Rinse the wig

Take out your wig and rinse it with cold water. Go ahead and shampoo it with a mild shampoo just to make sure that the color will not bleed anymore. After making sure you have rinsed out all the shampoo and dried it, you can style it with your straightener.


Dyeing a synthetic wig is a challenging process, But we do not recommend dyeing synthetic wigs. If you want a new colored wig, purchasing a new synthetic wig is a better choice. And compared with a synthetic wig, human hair wigs are more durable and have a longer lifespan.