Question about dying synthetic hairby NarconiaPosted 1 week, 6 days ago
So I recently got a few synthetic hair extensions, and I am hoping to dye them a vibrant yet dark midnight blue, or midnight blue black. Thing is I have 0 experience with dying synthetic hair, and only know how to dye real human hair. i have heard that you can dye it with fabric dye, acrylic ink mixed with rubbing alcohol, and alcohol ink supposedly. Thing is I have no idea what brands will be best to get vibrant colors. Every time I google dying synthetic hair it only comes up with Rit dye, and its never bright and always seems more of a faded or smoked out tone. I have heard of jacquard idye poly, but can't find any images or videos of it, nor any of the 2 ink methods.
I found a few pictures of hair dyed that looks like what I want and some that are similar to what I'm hoping for so ill post those on here to help. The image with 4 smaller pictures in it its the bottom left one that looks similar to what im hoping for though the top right is ok just wish it was a bit more vibrant.
It can be darker than these, but not brighter. I am aiming for a blue black hair that looks black in dim to no light, but in good lighting it looks like a vibrant dark blue.
by vivienne StaffPosted 1 week, 6 days ago
Base on my limited experience with dyeing synthetic wigs, I find iDye Poly and the Sharpie method to both be decent in terms of creating saturated colours, but it is a messy process and you do have to soak the hair in hot water for 30+ minutes (more for more saturated colour). I don't know of the best mix ratio, but if you use Sharpies, a mix of blue and black is probably fine. For iDye Poly, I know they have a kind of greyish shade, but I think it's probably too light, so you'd probably need to mix in some black and blue.
by NarconiaPosted 1 week, 5 days ago
@vivienne The sharpie method probably will work best but sounds expensive. Would 1 of the ink methods work similar to the sharpie method, as I know I could get enough ink to dye with for a cheaper price than the sharpie method as the sharpie color I would want is hard to find and expensive as I know I would need more than 1 to do it. As for soaking time that's not a issue, and honestly I figured I might just let it soak all night if possible.
What would happen if I used a very dark yet vibrant blue and just let it soak all night or even 24 hours?
by vivienne StaffPosted 1 week, 5 days ago
It's fine to let it soak, but it really only absorbs well if the water is hot, at least for the iDye Poly. 24 hours is probably overkill, but I think it should be okay. The only concern I'd have is the hair getting tangled.
I haven't tried other inks, so I'm not sure how they compare to Sharpies and you'd definitely need quite a few of them if you're aiming to do a dark colour. I don't think acrylic ink will get you dark enough. The only examples I've seen with it are usually quite pastel and muted.
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