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5 Easy Steps To Darken Synthetic Hair At Home

Synthetic hair is an increasingly useful and popular accessory for both men and women. There are also more and more people boasting synthetic weaves, extensions, or even full wigs.

However, whether natural or synthetic hair, people almost always want to shake things up with the occasional change.

Unfortunately, due to the composition of synthetic hair, they often have fewer styling options than natural hair.

In it, cutting is difficult because it will not elongate either. But, can you color synthetic hair? You will find the answer in this article.

Is there a way to dye synthetic hair?

If you’re looking at your wig and wondering if you can dye synthetic hair? Then the answer to you is YES.

Plus, you can do this at home. You can use shampoos or tonics to dye synthetic wigs.

However, one thing to note is that the dye cannot be applied to wigs with a thick layer.

Therefore, to achieve the effect, it is best to dilute a small amount of the tonic in a small amount of water, then dye the synthetic hair with a diluted composition.

Can you dye a synthetic wig with regular hair dye?

The synthetic wigs we often use are made up of processed fibers such as polyester, acrylic, and polyvinyl.

Therefore, they are very difficult to dye. Unlike natural pigments like real human hair, these synthetic materials do not have natural pigments.

That means ordinary hair dyes or semi-permanent colors will definitely not work on synthetic wigs. Instead, use fabric dyes that are specifically made for polyester and composites.

See also: Can you dye synthetic braiding hair?

How do you make a synthetic wig darker?

Using acrylic inks is one of the most popular options people often apply to dye synthetic hair.

Depending on your preference, you have a variety of inks that you can easily create custom colors.

Compared to other methods, this method is fairly simple, highly effective, and less likely to ruin your wig.

Things you’ll need:

  • 1-3 bottles of acrylic ink (more if you want more colors)
  • 1 bottle 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • A comb
  • A Styrofoam head for the wig
  • A light-colored synthetic wig
  • An apron
  • 1 spray bottle per color (or one that you thoroughly rinse between colors)
  • A plastic tablecloth or other protective covers
  • Latex or neoprene gloves


  1. Step 1: Arrange the wig on top of your Styrofoam head.
  2. Step 2: Mix ink and alcohol at the rate of 50/50 in a spray bottle. Remember, it is not possible to lighten when the color is too dark.
  3. Step 3: Spray the main color on most of the wig.
  4. Step 4: Put on gloves and apron, then mess with the first part of hair a few times and brush hair with a comb or using hands. Note, you need to completely moisten your hair and you are dyeing each strand of hair.
  5. Step 5: Let dry. Since synthetic hair tends to dry quickly, it only takes about an hour or so for it to dry completely.

How do you lighten dark synthetic hair?

As we mentioned above, synthetic wigs are difficult to bleach, especially when it is black. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to change its color.

In this section, we will show you how to lighten synthetic hair with peroxide.

If you follow the correct instructions for the process, it can be effective.

However, this synthetic hair removal process uses chemical preparations, which can seriously damage your hair. Therefore, make sure your hair is strong and healthy.

Things you’ll need:

  • 3% hydrogen peroxide solution (10-volume developer)
  • Spray bottle
  • Comb
  • Hair clips
  • Towel
  • Silver paper
  • Hair conditioner (balm oil)


  1. Step 1: Wash your hair, dry with a towel, and comb your hair thoroughly.
  2. Step 2: Dilute 3% hydrogen peroxide solution with water at the ratio of 1: 1 and pour it into a washed spray bottle.
  3. Step 3: Use hair clips to divide the hair into small sections.
  4. Step 4: Dip a swab into the solution and wipe part of the hair with it. Repeat the same steps until all the strands are colored.
  5. Step 5: For dark hair, it will take 30 minutes or more for it to light up. The average clarification time is no more than 45-60 minutes. To speed up the process, you can collect the hair in a tail and wrap it in foil. Then heat evenly with a hairdryer for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Step 6: After the set time, rinse your head with cool water.
  7. Step 7: After 25-30 minutes, you can apply balm along the entire length of the hair to restore their natural state.

See also: The ways to lighten hair with peroxide and shampoo

Final Words

Hopefully, after reading this article, you feel a little more comfortable with the intention of dyeing synthetic hair.

There are many other additional methods out there; however, we tried to choose and follow the method that is most consistent and least risky.

You may also find that bleaching or synthetic hair dyeing can be very risky. For the most part, they cannot be undone or repaired.

With the information that we have shared, you will surely be able to confidently adjust the color of your favorite synthetic wig without worrying about them getting damaged.

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