Copic Marker Wig-Dying Tutorial and Tips
Disclaimer! I am by no means a professional hairstylist (nor is the picture of TOP above the finished product, it is merely the reference I used). This tutorial and these tips are only based off of my own experience. Your experience may differ slightly based on the type of wig you use, the color of dye you use and the types of hair products you use to style the wig afterward. This has been your warning.
What you will need:
- Copic Markers.
They are available from Michael’s (and Staples in the US) as well as online. It is best that you get the wide markers but not all color shades are available in all sizes so you might have to make due with a smaller sizer. Warning! Copics are pricey ($7-$8) so I try to only buy them when they’re on sale or using Michael’s 40% off coupons.
- Copic Marker refill matching the color of your marker.
This will save you tons of money instead of buying half a dozen markers.
- A light colored wig.
You can only dye your wig darker! You cannot dye it lighter! You also need to take into account how the color of the dye will react with the color of the wig. For my Shinhwa wig it appears like the wig is blonde on the top, brown on the bottom. To get this I actually used a dark gray Copic to dye the bottom which when colored over the blonde, turned a nice natural brown.
- A wig head.
You can buy these at most craft/hobby/beauty supplies stores.
- Pins.To pin the wig to the head in place and keep it from moving around while you’re dying.
- Hair clips.
These will be used to section off the hair as you dye and keep it out of the way.
- Plastic gloves.Unless you don’t mind dying your fingers purple for 3 weeks. Also recommended for people with sensitive skin as the alcohol in the markers will dry out your skin very quickly.
- A clean work space where there is no risk of anything nearby being ruined by dye. You may want to wear crappy clothes and put down plastic before working if you’re someone like me who drops pens a lot.
- Copic Markers.