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10 Apr 2011 - 14:3253780
Colouring a black wig
I want to cosplay a human Knuckles for the May London Expo, I've bought a dreadlocks wig and I want to colour it red. What would be the best way to do this? My initial thought was to just use red spray paint, but I'm afraid of it cracking, not sticking, etc.

10 Apr 2011 - 14:3953782
There is no way you can color a black wig with a pretty outcome.

10 Apr 2011 - 16:5153784
This won't end well. Save the black wig for something else and look for a red one instead. It might be hard to find one but what you've suggested is not going to work.

11 Apr 2011 - 15:2053846
What about hair spray paint? Like the temporary stuff?

11 Apr 2011 - 15:2853847
In my experience, hairspray never tends to colour every strand and will therefore leave a black underlay under a thin coating of red. Some of them just tend to thin out over the day due to wear as well. I'd just follow the previous advice you were given - it's really more worthwhile buying a completely new wig.

11 Apr 2011 - 17:0853853
You cant lighten a dark wig, which is essentially what you are enquiring about.

Wigs are a synthetic fibre, they don't absorb anything so spraying wont work, it just won't stay on it properly and you'll just end up staining your clothes and body.

You could use acrylic paints, but thats very time consuming, is ill advised and to be honest, it won't look good. Iv'e done it before and it really isnt advised.

You can only really darken a wig, and when you already have a dark wig, you may aswell not bother, source a light wig, like white,grey or blonde and darken that instead.

What you are doing when colouring a wig is coating the strands in whatever it is you are using, I don't advise human hair dye because thats made for human hair, which absorbs stuff, it just won;t end well, and no, you can't bleach a dark wig, at least not without damaging it pretty badly.

You can get special dyes just for wigs but like I say, you'll want to start with a light colour first. You can also dye wigs with a sharpie, which are available in virtualy every colour. It takes a long time since you are basicly colouring the wig in strand by strand.

Basicly, it will be less effort, less money and less of a pain in the butt to just either source a wig in the relevant colour to whatever you wish to do, or source a wig thats white, light grey or a lighter blonde and colour that.

11 Apr 2011 - 17:3053856
Quote Kylmar:
What about hair spray paint? Like the temporary stuff?

That stuff is terrible.

12 Apr 2011 - 21:2153957
Just tried using some red hair spray paint on it but it didn't stick. :I Any ideas? Would bleaching then dying red work?

12 Apr 2011 - 21:2853958
Bleaching will only make the wig shrivel up. Whilst that wouldn't be too much of a problem since it's dreadlocks, it won't take away the colour for you to make it red.

Really you need a different wig. Why not describe what you want here, and maybe we can all keep an eye out for it for you?

12 Apr 2011 - 21:3753959
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/RED-IRISH-AUBURN-Hair-Falls-Dreadlocks-Dreads-Full-Wig-/310305801462?pt=AU_Women_Accessories&hash=item483faac4f6 heres what you need

12 Apr 2011 - 21:3753960
Apart from buying a new wig, the only thing i could think of doing would be to use some red fabric paint? im guessing its a synthetic or wool dread wig? if so that might work, maybe dilute it a little if you want like a black to red transition?
if not you can pick up dreads from here
plain - http://www.1stophair.com/catalog/Elysee_Star_Dreads_320.html
transition - http://www.1stophair.com/catalog/ElyseeStar_Dread_Transitions_320.html

theyre really good prices, and quick delivery i'd recomend buying a few of those and making a new wig from thoose before trying other techniques :/

But as others have said...you'll be fighting a loosing battle trying to bleach and dye.

~smarter than your average idiot!~
12 Apr 2011 - 21:4253961
A wig is not hair, wigs are made of kanekalon, hair is made of keratin, using hair products won't work.

Trying to turn it red is like painting red onto a black page, it doesn't work.

Buy a new wig, if you can't afford it, save up or sell the old one and buy a new one. Or try buying white or a light colour and use wig dye.


13 Apr 2011 - 23:2154046
Quote hitmanx2:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/RED-IRISH-AUBURN-Hair-Falls-Dreadlocks-Dreads-Full-Wig-/310305801462?pt=AU_Women_Accessories&hash=item483faac4f6 heres what you need

That is EXACTLY the kind of wig I want! It's a bit pricier than I'd like though.

EDIT: Just found someone selling one on cosplay.com http://www.cosplay.com/marketplace/showproduct.php?product=38452

I'm hoping they ship to UK.

Last edited by Kylmar (13 Apr 2011 - 23:35)
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