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Gradient Dye Wig Tutorial

By Hakuji
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I suck at making tutorials. However, I've found out I've needed to gradient dye TWO wigs in the past couple months. I have a lot of people asking me how I did it, so here we go! If you have any questions, feel free to ask me here or at
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naomiinferno's avatar
Such a fantastic tutorial! Would it be feasible to use this technique on a medium-blonde/honey colored wig and have it graduate to a darker pink? Or would it not really show up on the fibers?
SilentCherubim's avatar
What if the gradient is to be done on the top? Like white hair and black top 'roots'?
Kawaii-Ash's avatar
Is there a way to prevent the dye from coming off on Cosplay?
sea-shimmer's avatar
great tutorial!! do you have any recommendations on dyeing a wig so it is gray or black at the root and then a different color at the tips?

like this:…

UndesiredValentine's avatar
Awesome for future reference! I'm glad you made this!
77Flower77's avatar
Hey I was wondering if it's okay if I -with credit and everything linking back to your page- post a link to this on a page Im running about cosplays and do-it-yourself tutorials? Only if it's okay with you of course! 
westernmassacre's avatar
Thank you for posting this tutorial! I've been coveting gradient wigs for a while and finding a way to make one myself is a huge help (and probably a lot of money saved depending on the wig vendors)! Do you know if RIT dyes work for pigment? I've seen many wig-dying tutorials recommend using RIT for regular wig dying (and it's the brand I use for dying most things so I already have some on hand), but I've never seen a gradient tutorial until now.

I hope getting the dye in your eyes wasn't too painful or damaging! That doesn't sound very pleasant. Maybe you should pick up some goggles from a craft or hardware store! They're often pretty cheap and definitely worth it if you plan on doing any more gradient wigs. It could be helpful for prop work, too. Just a thought! C:
Hakuji's avatar
I've used RIT dye on wigs before, but I personally prefer using India ink for pigment. RIT would work much the same, though, so it would work with this tutorial. :3 I'm glad I could help you with your wig work!
westernmassacre's avatar
Ah, thank you so much! I can't wait to try this out. I didn't expect you to respond so quickly! I really appreciate it.
liriana's avatar
Really great tutorial you have here!

I was wondering, would this work if the dye were darker colours (black and red) instead of pastel/light shades?
Hakuji's avatar
My friend actually used this tutorial to dye black over a red wig. He just had to do it many many times. So yes, it's possible, just requires a little more patience.
liriana's avatar
Ah, thank you!
PsychoKay's avatar
Would there be a way to get the dye out?
Hakuji's avatar
90% rubbing alcohol takes the dye out, but it also dries the wig out so you'll need some kind of silicone spray or something else to keep it from being straw-like afterwards.
PsychoKay's avatar
Ok, thank you!
draggersprez's avatar
really cool! how would you suggest I dye a wig for Merli?
Hakuji's avatar
For a wig like that you can use… that tutorial
Sorry for the late response.
ruzovymonster's avatar
coooooool!!!!! *o*
BlackMageDark's avatar
amazing tutorial!! Thank you!
Hakuji's avatar
You're welcome! <3
kinomotochan's avatar
*-* thank you so much <3
Hakuji's avatar
You're very welcome! <3
EnvelCosplay's avatar
May I ask what color you used as the start for you Nowi wig?
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