How to Dye a Full Lace Wig

Full lace wigs are a lifesaver for women suffering from medical hair loss, as they are able to be styled and customized to the specifics of the wearer. One of the most common ways to customize a full lace wig is with hair color, which can be applied to create a whole new look, or match the customer's natural style. Some precautions need to be taken when dyeing a full lace wig, but this process gets easier with practice.

Things You'll Need

  • Full lace wig
  • Mannequin head
  • Duckbill clips
  • Comb
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hair dye
  • Mixing bowl
  • Applicator brush
  • Styling foil (optional)
  • Hair dryer
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner

Instructions

  1. Dyeing a Full Lace Wig

    • 1

      Secure a clean, dry full lace wig to a mannequin head or wig stand and place the stand at the center of your work space.

    • 2

      Section the hair into quadrants using duckbill clips to hold in place.

    • 3

      Put on rubber gloves before opening any hair product bottles. Mix color according to manufacturer instructions, using the applicator brush as the stirring utensil.

    • 4

      Start applying dye at the rear of the full lace wig. If you plan to apply only highlights, prepare your foils and apply to the sections you wish. If you are applying an all-over color, remove a thin row from the first quadrant of hair, and pin the rest out of the way with another duckbill clip.

    • 5

      Using the applicator brush, paint the dye onto the row of hair in the direction of the hair cuticle for the entire length of hair, beginning 1mm away from the lace. This is done to protect the lace, as the dye will expand slightly as it processes. Repeat through each row and quadrant of hair.

    • 6

      Leave the full lace wig on the wig stand. Allow the dye to process per manufacturer instructions. Be careful not to mush the colored hair into the cap. Heat may be used.

    • 7

      Keeping the wig on its wig stand, rinse the dye from the rear section, moving from rear to front until the water runs clear. Shampoo, condition and comb your full lace wig.

    • 8

      Allow to air dry, and style as desired.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always do a patch and strand test when coloring a full lace wig to be sure that the hair or lace will not break, dissolve, or become otherwise damaged.
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