FW Ink Wig Dye FAQ

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#1 Dal_Segno on 10 years ago

I’m here to round off the wig dyeing FAQ mission. The purpose of these threads is to cut down on the repetitiveness in the other threads; this will hopefully allow people to find the information quickly instead of having to clog them up. If you have a question that is not listed, ask and I will gladly answer it and put it on the FAQ.

This thread will pertain to FW Ink only! Do not ask about Sharpie dye, wig styling, weft issues, fitting problems, or anything else unless it also pertains to FW Ink dye.

I am not the creator of this method! The lovely Honey Bunny was the one that came up with this, but since she has left, I more or less am the maintainer of the thread now. I used to help her with the Arizona Cosplay Society, so I think she’d be fine with me helping. I am by no means a wig goddess [since my experience with them is actually limited compared to some of you], but I do know my FW Ink dye. ;]

There will be some cross questions from the Sharpie method FAQ, but I’m going to write most of this assuming you haven’t read that yet.

This is not a tutorial. Please read the original thread for basic instructions.

So, on with the FAQ.

[U]Added: December 12, 2010 by Dal_Segno/Kalas[/U]

Note: We are all busy people, me not excluded as a college student. I try to drop in when I can but sometimes I loose track. If you need more immediate help and aren't getting a response from the thread, feel free to PM me. Please post in the thread first though. :]

#2 Dal_Segno on 10 years ago

#3 Envel on 10 years ago

Awesome, awesome, and much love. I can't think of any more questions I have about FW Ink, you've done an awesome job!

#4 virus=[1.6k] on 10 years ago

would spray rubbing alcohole on a wig ( with out any dye in it ) take away the sheen from it i need this for a white wig and i dont have time to get white ink from the net

#5 Dal_Segno on 10 years ago

I don't believe so, but I've honestly never tried.

#6 kenshin-chan64 on 10 years ago

so sorry if this sounds too much like an individual question, but here it is.

so my understanding with this dyeing method is that it kind of tints the wig if it isnt pure white. so, if example you want to match hair that is so dark brown, that it is almost black/is always mistaken for black, could you start off with a brown wig and use black die to aquire that kind of color effect?

i could see this working with a really dark purple color too, and many other color combinations in my head. i just think it would be easier to do something like that than trying to mix the ink to get the perfect color combination.

#7 benihime on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=kenshin-chan64;2543601]so sorry if this sounds too much like an individual question, but here it is.

so my understanding with this dyeing method is that it kind of tints the wig if it isnt pure white. so, if example you want to match hair that is so dark brown, that it is almost black/is always mistaken for black, could you start off with a brown wig and use black die to aquire that kind of color effect?

i could see this working with a really dark purple color too, and many other color combinations in my head. i just think it would be easier to do something like that than trying to mix the ink to get the perfect color combination.[/QUOTE]

it doesn't have to be pure white
i've successfully dyed blond wigs.
you will never actually the real black. it's be a really dark grey, but if you wanted it a darker brown, perhaps it might work but when its already brown, although a really LIGHT brown might work, but a dark brown, you really won't be able to get what you're looking for, you need a lighter wig or a new wig

#8 Dal_Segno on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=kenshin-chan64;2543601]so sorry if this sounds too much like an individual question, but here it is.

so my understanding with this dyeing method is that it kind of tints the wig if it isnt pure white. so, if example you want to match hair that is so dark brown, that it is almost black/is always mistaken for black, could you start off with a brown wig and use black die to aquire that kind of color effect?

i could see this working with a really dark purple color too, and many other color combinations in my head. i just think it would be easier to do something like that than trying to mix the ink to get the perfect color combination.[/QUOTE]

"Tint" implies it's less potent then it is [although that's what is going on]. You will get a nice coat of color with this method, it's just that you can't expect to go backwards from the original fiber color [which is true of any dyeing method thus far, including Sharpies]. So you can go from brown to black, just not black to brown.

As long as you are trying to go darker, you will generally be fine. Paler colors give you more range, with white being a completely blank canvas [but blond is also a good starting point, since it would be the equivalent of creme or off white].

As benihime said, you can't get "black" with dyeing [which is also true with Sharpies]. You can get really, really, really close, but no cigar. [And I've never actually seen anybody try to dye a wig black this way, so it may turn out that you can, I'm just not counting on it yet.]

#9 kenshin-chan64 on 10 years ago

thank you for the input kalas and benihime, i think i understand what i am wanting to do. but to be sure let me try a diffrent color combination question for that.

say if i were to get an all out orange wig, like the party colors (dont cringe yet!). if i took some shade of brown and diluted it somewhat and sprayed, do you think the wig would come out with more of a 'natural red head' color, like auborn and the such (such method work with colored pancils on paper, i was just wondering if the same method couls be aplyed to dyes).

#10 benihime on 10 years ago

unless you get that auburn color in the sharpie, no you can't alter the color of the wig, you can only color OVER it

#11 kenshin-chan64 on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=benihime;2544569]unless you get that auburn color in the sharpie, no you can't alter the color of the wig, you can only color OVER it[/QUOTE]

aww poop :( that would have been awsome if it would work. thanks anyways

#12 Dal_Segno on 10 years ago

This isn't Sharpies. :]

[QUOTE=kenshin-chan64;2544316]thank you for the input kalas and benihime, i think i understand what i am wanting to do. but to be sure let me try a diffrent color combination question for that.

say if i were to get an all out orange wig, like the party colors (dont cringe yet!). if i took some shade of brown and diluted it somewhat and sprayed, do you think the wig would come out with more of a 'natural red head' color, like auborn and the such (such method work with colored pancils on paper, i was just wondering if the same method couls be aplyed to dyes).[/QUOTE]

You very well could. It just depends on how you mix it and the base color you have. Assuming you have a pale wig, I don't think Auburn would be out of range using brown [although you may want to add a drop of red or crimson to get closer to the undertones].

#13 Vince Noir on 10 years ago

Heads up: the FW Black ink is true black - I dyed a 613 wig to a very cool deep steel gray!

#14 Vince Noir on 10 years ago

Here is my ex-613 wig dyed black and resulted in a steel-grey. [url]http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1632753/[/url]

#15 benihime on 10 years ago

[QUOTE=Vince Noir;2546809]Here is my ex-613 wig dyed black and resulted in a steel-grey. [url]http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1632753/[/url][/QUOTE]

but it turned grey right, not black?
it's never a guarantee that it's going to be black, thats why it's always better to get a new wig