Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Dyeing Sheitel at Home?

Posted by Unknown at 9:17 PM
Dear Chavi-

I am thinking of dyeing my sheitel a darker color. I am also thinking of doing it myself.

What are the pros and cons of such an adventure?


Dear KD,

Sheitels, like the hair on our heads, oxidizes and fades over time from exposure to the sun. Because of this effect, many wig wearers are inclined to dye their sheitels at one point or another when the color changes to a different color. If your sheitel is made of human hair, it can be dyed. There are two routes: Professional and At-home.

The professional job will be more expensive, probably $50-100 depending on where it is done. However, a colorist expert has ample experience and knows how to get the desired shade.

If you are attempting at home, I would advise buying two boxes of hair dye which cost about $8-9 each. Secondly, make sure to read the box. You want a permanent color and you want to make sure the dye is made for the color range. Also keep in mind cool versus warm tones of each shade and purchase accordingly. Instructions for dyeing a wig can be identical to dyeing your own hair except the wig will be pinned to a head. It is advisable to do a strand test to make sure you get the desired color result. It will be important that the dye covers every strand of hair. This can be done with a comb. It is best not to get the dye on the cap because it could leave a stain.

If you are desiring a dye job because your wig has faded it is likely that the wig will fade again, because of this, the cost of professional dye jobs could really add up in the long run if they are required every 6-12 months.

Lastly, while I would be comfortable with dyeing a piece darker I would NEVER advise someone to dye a wig lighter or put in highlights at home. The chemistry for lightening is more complicated and requires more knowledge. Going darker with a professional creme based dye is pretty self-explanatory. Also, if the hair has already been dyed it would make coloring at home more difficult (namely lightening) because of the way the colors interact. 

There is always the possibility of not getting the desired result, which could end up needed a professional to correct it anyway.  However, I have friends who had little coloring experience who followed the instructions and successfully dyed their wigs darker at home.  Good luck!


Anonymous said...

How do I protect the skin part from the dye? Thanks Chavi!

Unknown on September 9, 2015 at 12:23 PM said...

I actually had that happen to me where I had a professional low light my wig and the skin part got dyed and it looked really bad! Since she put in dark streaks into a lighter wig, the part has dark spots as well and it makes the wig look like it has bald spots. What to do now??

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