Coloring Your Full Lace Virgin Wig


Will hairpiece hair take dye the same way as growing hair?
The hair in the hairpiece will take the color about three to four times faster than growing hair, but only if the unit is virgin hair. In my experience, non-virgin hair will not take to any dye, bleach or other kind of lightener.
 
Do I use the same color?
Generally, using a color that is one shade lighter will yield the perfect match for the hairpiece hair.
 
Will the results have unwanted red tones?
Most people should stay with cool ash colors if possible and you may add a few drops of a drabber such as “Red Out” to the mix. Hairpiece hair tends to shift toward the red otherwise.
 
What sort of color should I buy?
Rather than mix a pack of color and throw most of it away, use professional products. Use any brand of developer, ideally in 20% volume. Cream developer is less messy than liquid, and gel developer is less messy than cream. Use professional color from a leading brand such as Clairol, L’Oreal, Wella, Revlon etc. Normally the mix ratio is 1:1 color gel to developer gel/cream.
 
What tools do I need?
A non-metallic bowl, a nylon brush designed for hair dye application, a plastic or rubber comb, disposable gloves, and some hair dye remover in case you stain your ears and neck. Buy all at the beauty supply store.
 
Will I ruin the hairpiece? How exactly do I apply the dye safely?
Just brush the gel-like dye mixture onto your comb and then use the comb to direct the dye through the hair. Keep the dye away from the knots, the base, the lace and especially the polyurethane areas. You can also prevent the knots from beng dyed by rubbing petroleum jelly through the base from beneath before you start to dye the unit. It will coat the knots and the base of each hair and stop the dye from getting to this part
 
The dye is on. Now what?
After 10 minutes or so, rinse the dye out under the tap from the bottom of the unit. Shampoo and condition. Hairpiece hair reacts three or four times faster than growing hair to dye, because the cuticle layer is stripped away during manufacturing.
How can I be sure the dye will just go where it should and not spoil the unit?
To help you avoid staining the base or darkening the knots, just keep thinking about the money it will cost to replace the unit!

The dye is on. Now what?
After 10 minutes or so, rinse the dye out under the tap from the bottom of the unit. Shampoo and condition. Hairpiece hair reacts three or four times faster than growing hair to dye, because the cuticle layer is stripped away during manufacturing.
How can I be sure the dye will just go where it should and not spoil the unit?
To help you avoid staining the base or darkening the knots, just keep thinking about the money it will cost to replace the unit!

Can color fading be prevented?
It seems the color fading due to sunshine can be successfully prevented to a large extent. One product that seems to work very well is Redken Sunshape Sun Milk. It contains a strong SPF sunscreen, is a nice styling aid, and smells nice too. Control experiments of one unit with, and one unit without, have not been tried here, but it seems to protect the hair from any noticeable sun fading. There may be similar products from other makers.
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