Spraying wigs a new color makes a big statement.

How to Spray Dye a Synthetic Wig

by David Lipscomb

Wigs aren't always for augmenting your natural hair color. Cosplay enthusiasts or those simply wanting a little whimsy in their wig coloring may choose to spray dye their piece, leaving a permanent coloring that adds interest and character. Once completed, the new wig potentially becomes the focal point for your outfit or costume, while adding a huge splash of color.

Don your plastic gloves so you don't accidentally color your hands. Put on old clothes or a smock.

Cover the walls and floors of the area where you plan to spray. The dye is emitted from the can or bottle in aerosol form, meaning it will get on and in places you won't anticipate. Take the time to cover these things up to avoid mishaps.

Select a dye that's close to the original color of the wig. It's easier, for example, to dye a light blue wig a darker shade than if starting from white or blonde.

Mix 10 drops of dye per cup of alcohol in your glass container.

Pour the mixture into your spray bottle.

Pin up the outer sections of the wig, to ensure even coverage on the lower layers. Spray these sections evenly, until the desired color is achieved.

Let down each subsequent layer. Evenly spray these as before. Each time, be sure to comb the dye through the hair for even coverage.

Allow the dye to set and dry. Wash the wig gently in cold water, allowing any excess spray dye to rinse away.

Blot the piece dry. Mount it to your wig form for it to maintain its proper shape.

Items you will need

  • Plastic gloves
  • Old clothes or smock
  • Plastic sheeting
  • 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Glass mixing container
  • Dye
  • Glass or plastic spray bottle
  • Comb
  • Wig form


  • Remember that plastic vessels like spray bottles and mixing cups will probably absorb dye as well. Use glass if you intend to reuse these containers.

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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